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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

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Written by: Chris Colfer
Narrated by: Chris Colfer
Series: The Land of Stories, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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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

What the critics say

"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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  • 2020-03-03

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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  • Natalie
  • 2019-12-31

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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  • ladyladd2001
  • 2020-07-29

enchanting

what a fun little book. im going to have to real all of them now. i was totally able to go on the journey with the twins.

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  • Lyssandra
  • 2020-07-16

amazing

Used this during quiet time at preschool and it works wonders to help the kiddos calm down

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-02

Thank you

Even though I am all grown to 37 years of life, the book, story gave me a wonderful escape from this world we live in.

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  • stephanie nicole
  • 2020-03-22

finished this in 2 days on a road trip

we loved this book! everytime we got in the truck, we were excited to see where the story would take us