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Download Peter & Max: A Fables Novel Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,994 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Willingham Narrator: Wil Wheaton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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When an unspeakable tragedy befalls a family of traveling minstrels, they become stranded and left for dead. Here in the heart of The Black Forest, Peter Piper and his older brother, Max, encounter ominous forces that will change them both irreparably.

Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music, and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern-day Fabletown.

Writer Bill Willingham deftly weaves a story of adventure and dark fantasy that will keep listeners riveted until the final, fateful last words.

Fans of the ongoing Fables series will uncover the secret histories of some of their favorite characters, including Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder and Bo Peep to name a few.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaimie | 2/18/2014

    " It should come as no surprise to readers of the Fables graphic novels that Bill Willingham's writing style translates perfectly from the graphic novel format to novel-style narratives. He creates a compellingly interwoven story of the Pied Piper (of Hamlin fame) and Peter Piper (yes, the one who ate a pickled pepper), who were once brother but became foes after the family heirloom flute was passed onto the younger brother of the two. Willingham exploits the classic sibling rivalry to explain the back story of these two characters, even while preserving much of the original tales. It is most definitely a tale well told, and I was especially happy to see evidence of a Germanic fairytale world (Hesse) and the myriad of characters who created the legends of the Brothers Grimm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/14/2014

    " Pretty good, but I like the comics best :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Bean | 2/7/2014

    " The main reason I love this book is because I was a huge fan of Bill Willingham's 'Fables' comic for so long. I'm not honestly sure how someone unfamiliar would enjoy this tale, but if you're a fan: this is one of those rare books that has everything! Two likeable protagonists, a well-drawn antagonist, magic, mystery, action, adventure and a never-ending sense of fun and wonder! There's so much going for 'Peter and Max' it'd be a shame for the uninitiated to miss out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/6/2014

    " A Fables, non-graphic novel? Yes, please! This book follows Peter Piper and his estranged brother Max through their childhood and adult lives. Vivid descriptions and great characterization mean you don't even need illustrations to picture these characters in your mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 2/3/2014

    " This is the Splinter of the Mind's Eye of the Fables series, residing in between a couple volumes in the lead up to the war with the Adversary. A quick and easy read, I found myself skimming most of the stuff that would be back-story to the non-Fables readers (or should we call them mundane readers?). The story is a lot of fun, and brings to life two or three characters that aren't prevalent in Fables while confirming your suspicions of another, headlining Fable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 1/20/2014

    " I really loved this book. i am a big fan of the "Fables" comic book series, and the novel was really enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 1/12/2014

    " Interesting concept. Started out very good, but here and there certain plot points seem forced/contrived. Over-all entertaining YA fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/14/2013

    " This book was awesome. I really enjoyed it, It is written by the same person who writes the comic book series Fables. It is a great read and defenatley hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Steinberg | 12/2/2013

    " Love Bill Willingham and all things Fables. Really nicely set up story and it's amazing how he weaves in the fairy tale lore so perfectly. My only small complaint would be the two-second resolution. Would have liked a little more there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/12/2013

    " The story of Peter Piper, and his evil brother Max, who is the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Love the story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaina | 10/28/2013

    " If you like Fables Graphic Novels, you'll like this. It's basically the same thing, but in a novel. Not brilliant, but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 3/11/2013

    " the comics are great, but this novel is even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/1/2013

    " A very interesting and fun addition to the Fables series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/26/2012

    " Like the Fables comic book series which it is based upon, a fun escape with some of our favorite fairy tale characters. Little Bo Peep as an assassin. Love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heathar Bradbury | 12/1/2012

    " If you read the comic series, you will love the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumayyah | 10/29/2012

    " Interesting. Fairy tale characters come to life, and what do you know? They're just like the rest of us. 3.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/16/2012

    " If you read the comic, then there's no reason not to read this book. And if you don't read the comic, then you're really missing out on a great story. Just reading the book is fine too. Plus, it confirmed my suspicion that playing the flute could possibly jeopardize the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lina | 5/14/2012

    " Was going really well, but the ending was anti-climatic and lowered it down to a 3 star instead of a 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 7/17/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but it didn't have the same (no pun intended) magic for me that the comic series has. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to someone who hasn't read the comics (no matter what the introduction says). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta | 6/28/2011

    " This is the first novel from the Fables graphic novel series (Vertigo) and like the graphic novels, it manages to keep me on my toes from it's excitement. This also explained a bit about why the characters had to exile to the human realm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/5/2011

    " Bill Willingham is a good storyteller, but his novelization doesn't have the same oomph as his full-color, hit comic book series Fables. Not to say Peter & Max is a bad story, but Willingham builds too much suspense for an ending he doesn't quite know how to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 5/28/2011

    " It took me a while to finish this one... not because it's bad, but because life interceded. I started reading this when it was new, but had to put it down. I got a copy when I got my new Kindle and finished it in a weekend. Good stuff overall, slightly anti-climactic but otherwise a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 5/26/2011

    " The Pied Piper is scary! The Fables series is clever and evocative, this novel follows suits - fairy tales were never meant for children! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris.longstreetgmail.com | 5/26/2011

    " This is a fun tail that takes places in the Vertigo Comics Fables world. Willingham delivers on creating back stories and personalties for all the classic stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 5/11/2011

    " I really enjoy the Fables Series and wish I'd started reading them earlier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/8/2011

    " Wow. Awesome book. Helps if you've read the Fables comic book series, but stands alone well if you haven't. To avoid spoilers, avoid reading until the point in the graphic novels where the first page tells you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Will | 4/7/2011

    " Nothing amazing - just fine. Comic series by same author is way better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heathar | 3/26/2011

    " If you read the comic series, you will love the book. "

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About the Narrator

Wil Wheaton is an actor, voice artist, author, and award-winning audiobook narrator. Among his movie credits are Stand by Me and Toy Soldiers. His many television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory, and Generator Rex. As a narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, he has twice won the prestigious Audie Award, twice been a finalist for the Audie, and earned an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine.