• Hazel and Gray

  • Faraway collection
  • By: Nic Stone
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Woods
  • Length: 59 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (374 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two anxious young lovers lost in the woods. A beckoning mansion in a dark clearing. A short modern-day retelling of Hansel and Gretel by the number one New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin.

It’s bad enough that Hazel and Gray have defied the demands of Hazel’s foul stepfather. The Monster has forbidden their romance. Now they’ve awakened in the forest, phones dead, hours past curfew. But not far away is a grand estate in the middle of nowhere. The door is open. In this short story about choosing your own path, the fury of the Monster that awaits them back home may be nothing compared to what lies ahead.

Hazel and Gray is part of Faraway, a collection of retold fairy tales that take the happily-ever-after in daring new directions. Whether read or listened to in one sitting, prepare to be charmed, moved, enlightened, and frightened all over again.

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Great rework of Hazel and Gretel

Great rework of Hazel and Gretel with a twist on modern day sex trafficking and wicked step-fathers.

Really well written for a modern day remake of a classic fairy tale

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Enjoyed it!

I like that it’s short enough to listen to in one setting and a good story

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I found myself hard pressed to recognize this tale

I found this available free through my Amazon prime account and somehow the audio version tagged along for the ride when the ebook was downloaded!
This book was advertised as a retelling of Hansel and Gretel! I generally enjoy retellings and looked forward to listening to the book! I have to say that the story was so changed that other than the lego block scene, I would have been hard pressed to believe that it was from the fairy tale. The story was ok, and the narrator was great!

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warning not a children's story

story contains graphic details of sex and details that is not suitable for young children. I can appreciate the symbolism for predatory behaviors but wish there was warning for sex as I was listening to this with my elementary age daughter. became a teachable moment for me to her.

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Awfully awful

I couldn't even finish this stereotypical racist book...that's all I have to say about this book.

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different spin

That was certainly a different spin on the story. I did enjoy it though sorta how it would be told nowadays.

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Yikes! Was This Written as a Class Exercise?

Might have been written by a high schooler. Horrible. Big waste of time. Thank goodness I didn’t pay extra for it.
Cliched plot and characters. Too trashy and predictable for words.

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Good story, wrong narrator

The story was an interesting and successful adaptation - the parts of the simple fairy tale are there, and the updates made the experience of such a familiar story: wicked, predatory stepparent, duped other parent, kids who turn the tables, even mysterious woods.

BUT. The narrator was not the right choice for this story. She seems oddly uncomfortable with the dialogue, especially (strange given she’s a voice actor) - the text clearly gives the characters aspects of speech that she avoids conveying, as if she were reading a transcript and not a story. It took me out of the story so much that I had to stop about 1/3 through and switch to the text.

I don’t mean to say that the reader is not skilled, but this was not a good fit as read, and something that more attentive direction might have helped, perhaps.

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Dull and incomprehensible

The story was all over the place and not like a cool flashback way. You get to the end and somehow we are are supposed to believe the ending was in the details along the way but nope it randomized gibberish.

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weird

trigger warning, abusive stepfather, bipolar mother.

the story jumped back and forth which is fine if you are listening in one setting, I did not. I was unaware that this was a short story! kind of obvious twist.