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Publisher's Summary

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience! *

The first audiobook in Chris Colfer's number one New York Times best-selling series The Land of Stories about two siblings who fall into a fairy-tale world! 

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. 

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2012 Chris Colfer (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"In The Land of Stories, Colfer showcases his talent for crafting fancifully imaginative plots and multidimensional characters."—Los Angeles Times
"Captivating."—Teen Vogue
#1 New York Times Bestseller
"A magical debut."—Family Circle
"There's more in Colfer's magic kingdoms than Disney has dreamt of."—USA Today
"It will hit big with its combination of earnestness and playful poise."—The New York Times Book Review
"It's hard not to love a book dedicated to the Glee star's grandmother...Colfer gets off many good lines [and] the nifty ending ties the plot's multiple strands up while leaving room for further fairy tale adventures."—Publishers Weekly

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The grownups fairytale

This is an enjoyable story. I like how Chis tied the various fairytales together. It was interesting and plausible, although slow at times.
Unfortunately I must add a list of things that bothered me:
1. The story lacked character development, and description, and attention to detail.
2. At times it was difficult to listen to this story. It would either drag or race. It wasn’t balanced.
3. The language is very repetitive like it was the author’s first time writing a book and it felt like a first draft.
4. Most authors are not the best narrators and Chris is no exception to this rule.
Side note: there are frequently sprinkled inappropriate comments, so depending on your point of view this may be more of a book for teens and adults than children. However, the writing level is really geared toward a younger age.

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Sweet and funny

Chris Colfer has such an abundance of creative talent, it blows my mind. It is hard to imagine he wove the lovely magical world of the Land of Stories in his early 20s while working on Glee, to boot. The stories are written in a simple, sometimes childish style that adds to their charm, and they are so incredibly engaging, the hours flit away while you listen. I particularly love that, while Chris clearly had a series in mind, he did not hold back on the first book like many authors do. He threw every kind of adventure at his protagonists and dug deep on many of his wonderful characters. At the end, he resolved all the mysteries, love stories and character arcs. Clearly, here was a young author not afraid to invest all his best ideas into the first book, confident that he can come up with even better ones later. Hearing the stories read in his sweet voice, so familiar from Glee, is a special treat. I look forward to escaping to this magical land again and again over the years -- both with my kids and without.

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Something a little different

This book isn't my norm, but I read good reviews and gave it a chance. I loved it. It was well written and clever how it all comes together. I give it a big thumbs up!

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Silence the magic mirror!

I cannot stress enough how much I hate the voice of the magic mirror. The whisper makes my skin crawl. I cannot focus on what she is saying. My advice is to never narrate with that whisper again. I would return the book, but it does not play a big role in the book. Just had to get that off my chest.

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It was gud i dont rait veri wel its faif stars so wel hay

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A tale as new as time

As a fairytale should be it's a tale for all ages! I love every second and can't wait for book 2!

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best audiobook I've heard in awhile!

I loved, loved this book! the narrator did such an awesome job with so many different voices, enjoyed every bit of it and had quite a few laughs throughout the book. I will definitely get everyone of the series and I'm so glad that there are more!

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Incredible Story

This was an incredible story full of magic. The author's narrative was excellent and really helped the story come to life. It was enjoyed by my whole family and perfect for listening to while traveling. It left us anxious to begin the next book.

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Absolutely entertaining!

I won't go into a lot of detail but let me just say.....I enjoyed this book a ridiculous amount for a 45 year old woman. A friend and coworker recommended it to me because she knew I loved Harry Potter and lots of fantasy themed books/movies. I can't wait to get book number two. Thank so so much for pure, enjoyable entertainment.

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Awesome

It has been one of the most wonderful and incredible book I’ve ever read, it gave me the faith I needed in the worst moments, it made believe again in fairy tales... It’s never to late to read fairy tales !!!
Love it.
Thank you Chris Colfer.

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  • 08-09-22

Amazing highly recommend

I have all his books they are amazing I have them as Audible online books and on the shelves in my room if that isn't clear enough they are truly amazing they are the only books I read it doesn't matter how many times I have heard them. Definitely read them all.

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Huge fans

We are huge fans of Chris Colfer. We have read the entire series but listening to Chris narrate it was just magical.

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i loved it.

it was the best audiobook i have ever heard. you need to make another one!

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