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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Narrated by: Chris Colfer
Series: The Land of Stories, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 fairytales.

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 the 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.

©2012 Christopher Colfer (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Best story Ever

I love the image you get in your head. For 7+ and boys or girls. 999/100

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simple, predictable, but generally sweet

I listened this book when I wanted something a bit more... fanciful. I had recently read some heavy stuff and I wanted something light. this book was good for easy listening. but in that same vein I did find it pretty predictable and very much geared at teens/young adults. probably was a bit young for me to read. I enjoyed the readers voices as well.

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amazing

You spin a story giving old characters new life and depth. amazing narration I could burn it off!

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Must be heard not read

I love the ideas and sequences and the author reads this amazingly but if I was reading I wouldn't have gotten the nuance, since he overuses the word "said"
Given this I'd recommend it for older primary, lower secondary age children.

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My favorite series

Chris Colfer is my favourite author. The Land of Stories is my favourite series and I'm glad I finally got around to listen to the audiobook. Chris read it so wonderfully and it's very enjoyable. Can't wait to listen to all the books

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Not for us

Narration is rushed, sometimes hard to understand. For an older age bracket than my kids.

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BEST BOOK EVER

This is amazing. I really enjoyed it. This is now my favourite book and I love the the author read it. GREAT!!!👍👍👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️❤️💜😀😀😀😀😀👍👌👌

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Imagination plus

Chris' way of interweaving old-school fairy tales is so great! Young adults can relate to his descriptions of items and characters. Chris' performance of reading these wonderful books adds to the likableness of the tale.

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AMAZING!!

Love this series, great books, awesome author!!!😀😀😀😀😀😀Absolutely amazing
everyone should listen to these books!😊
#TLOS THE LAND OF STORIES

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2016

Some of the book reminds me of my book

What did you love best about The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell?

I liked it, the voices were interesting at times and the ideas well thought out especially the finish of snow white a really interesting outlook

What did you like best about this story?

Goldilocks on the run

What does Chris Colfer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voices not like the voices in my head but ok still i guess

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Fuck drm

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Anjum
  • 07-03-2016

So so good.. must read!

Loved the story! Very inspiring and charming. All the characters are beautifully tied together... Great narration by Chris Colfer! Can't wait to hear the next book!

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  • Alice
  • 11-03-2015

Love it!

What made the experience of listening to The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell the most enjoyable?

The way in which he reads and changes his voice for each character is really amusing to hear :D

What other book might you compare The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell to and why?

I guess the other books in the series? XD If not those, then I am unsure...

What about Chris Colfer’s performance did you like?

I liked his voice changing for each character, and that he clearly pronounces his words.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I haven't finished it all yet, so not yet, I'm part way through chapter two

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to finish reading!! :D

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  • JK
  • 08-02-2016

Magical

This book was the embodiment of a good kids/young adult book. Wait,scrap that. Is a book for all ages and I certainly enjoyed the land of stories and Alex and Conner's journies! A must read. 👍👍👍

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  • Andi
  • 04-02-2020

Wow! I wasn't expecting that!

I downloaded this book as a last minute "MUST use my credit" choice thinking by the title that it was a bunch of short fairytales that I could play for the kids, only to one night not having anything new to read began to listen and was shocked how much I, a fully grown professional adult was gripped by the story and couldn't put it down. The Narration brought the story to life and what a story it's like someone took Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and mashed them altogether with all the fairytales ever told. Found out there is a a series of adventures and Just purchased the whole box set as I cant wait to see what' hapoens next , oh n for my kids as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-2020

Best book I've come across!

I've been quite a big fan of Chris for a while now.
I've always had trouble sleeping but I started listening to this last night and oh my did it help!
A great book for everyone! I'm a 16 year old boy and I don't really like books, but Chris' are something different!
A must have!

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  • gi
  • 14-06-2020

A very nice background story and twist to classic fairytales

Enjoyed it overall and Colfer’s narration is not bad at all.
The story became a tad bit disjointed when the twins went over the journal trying to guess the items which were described in form of rhymes, practically wracking their brains to crack the codes only to have them spilled out blatantly (including ways of getting them) in two chapters after.
Very odd detailing.
And this is why I gave it a 4 star on the story line.
It was entertaining but not in J.K. Rowling’s league.
Not sure if it is exciting enough for a second time listen time.

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  • shaun
  • 01-06-2020

Robotic narration

A wonderfully creative and gripping story read with all the flair of a train announcement - see it, say it, read it. I really can’t believe this has been allowed to be released...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-2019

what a brilliant book!

Me and my son have enjoyed listening and reading this book together thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-2019

brilliant for kids in long car journeys. Mum

as above. mum even enjoyed it. great narrating too. my kids are 6 to 10

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  • Andrew Baum
  • 10-12-2017

Amazing BOOK

Alex and Conner are Two twins who one falls asleep
In class but what happens when they fall into a book The twins have to collect the wishing spell items
to go back home

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  • Mrs K Barton
  • 28-09-2016

Great book.

I really enjoyed this book even as an adult. Well performed and a joy to listen to. I will definitely be buying the next one!

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  • MW27
  • 05-09-2016

Super audio

I loved listening to all the adventures Alex and Conor Bailey had. It was very good to be listening to it whenever I had the chance to listen to it