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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Nov. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A52UH38
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The story itself was quite good, although some of the chapters were far too short at a paragraph or two at most. For me the biggest problem was the characters. In the original fairy tales the stories are plot driven and the characters are stereotypical and one dimensional, but for the length of a fairytale it works. However once you get to a full length novel where you characters are faced with something entirely new, you expect far more depth from your characters. Unfortunately only the main character of the Woodcutter was given any substance and even that was fairly shallow.
A reasonable read if a bit shallow, but not one that is going to set the world alight unfortunately.
I loved the mix of whimsy, magic and romance (true love's kiss really does win the day); which worked well with the darker moments as some characters' dreams are crushed whilst others face death. This book brought to mind fairy tales that I loved as a child and haven't thought of in decades; The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Twelve Dancing Ladies, plus classics such as Snow White, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. These characters and many other familiar faces are cleverly woven into the plot and each play an important role during The Woodcutter's quest. There are some heart-breaking moments as The Woodcutter uncovers a dastardly plot; whilst the powerful finale is a wonderfully fitting end to a beautiful story.
The Woodcutter is basically a Frankenstein monster of all the pretty tales you grew up with as a child. Practically every fairy tale you can think of has been dissected, and sewn back together in an unattractive and messy way.
I really didn't like the narrative and flow of the book. I was only a few chapters in, and had to check the book was not part of a series. I felt that I was being dropped into a world I should have already known about, and should not have needed explaining. You are swapmed with an overload of information at once, which made the first part of the book feel very bogged down and clunky. The VERY short chapters also made for a jarring and disjointed feeling, and made it difficult to really get absorbed in the book.
To be honest the story became a little repetitive as it went on. At every challenge the Woodcutter faced he seemed to be defeated, only to find a predictable solution and carry on the next trial to do it all over again...
Not a book I would read again. I wasn't keen, but with so many familiar and well loved characters making an appearance, it will appeal to some people.
The nearest description I can manage is that it is similar to a text-based computer game of the Sword and Sorcery group (You are standing in front of a cave labelled 'dragon's den' - there is a sword on the floor <pick up sword>).
I'm no expert on "Fairy Stories" but I don't think there is anything original in this book. The style is aimed at children but it is commendably free of patronising or "twee": it could possibly be read aloud as an extended bedtime story or given to young children as an alternative to Harry Potter (with only very minor editing - I'm not sure how seven or eight year old children react to prostitution but the reference is vague).
In sum: I found it a bit heavy going and could wish more thought had been given to the publisher's blurb (with especial reference to the target age group): but it cost very little and was probably worth the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book, very intriguing and a different spin on the fairy tales we all know, mixing old with a new and original story.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Delightful story made all the better for the familiarity given a greater depth. Couldn't put it down - one to read over and over again.Published 2 months ago by Jane Gibbs
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I loved it. It was a very easy read but kept me going with a fast paced plot and I need to find out what had happened and who was doing it. I really enjoyed it.Published 8 months ago by Julie Walls
I read this book for my little cousin before bed over the holidays they loved it and so did I really good storyPublished 8 months ago by iris
This book is SO Good! I loved it!
its a quick read but such a good story line.
Unusual story, the black side of fairy stories also brings in Shakespeare's work. Fascinating read.Published 9 months ago by Lindy Lou
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The adventure was thrilling from start to finish. I took every step with the woodcutter through the many realms . Highly recommend.Published 9 months ago by Juke
I love this book; I'm a sucker for re-told fairy tales, and this is so well done. Five starsPublished 10 months ago by osmonde