The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publication date: May 2012
Length: 9 hrs 5 min
Source: Won audio from Small Review and Walden Pond Press
Things I Liked:
This was a delightfully fun romp into the world of princes charming and how wrong all the fairy tale stories got it. I loved every minute of it, from Prince Frederic's obsession with Sir Bertram the Dainty to Gustav's desire to rush blade-first at anything that moves. The personalities of the princes kept me laughing and smiling through the whole thing. And don't think princesses get the short end of the stick, either. Cinderella certainly holds her own throughout, though I thought Briar Rose was an especially nice touch. Definitely a fun fractured fairy tale for any true fans of a good retelling. I like how it didn't stray into the trap of making everything end neatly like a fairy tale. It was still pretty messy. Bronson Pinchot, the narrator for the audio, was fantastic, doing every voice differently and with amazing characterization. I laughed out loud a number of times on my commute, and that is saying something. He did a superb job of bringing the princes, the witch, the troll, and more to life. I think it more than made up for not getting to see the awesome illustrations.
Things I Didn't Like:
Honestly, I kinda of wish there was more. When I got to the end, I was hoping for more adventures with the League of Princes and felt disappointed that it ended. That's about it, though.
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BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
I think maybe one or two mild cuss words
most of the fighting is pretty lightly handled
Overall rating: *****
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