Tales of the Peculiar Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A companion to the best-selling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton.
Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.
Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar - the collection of fairy tales known to hide information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops - first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his number-one best-selling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series.
Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history with a collection of original stories in this deluxe volume of Tales of the Peculiar, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.
Featuring narration by Simon Callow, this compelling and truly peculiar anthology is the perfect gift for not only fans, but for all booklovers.
Narrated by Simon Callow, with Bruce Mann and Garrick Hagon “[These tales] embody gentle, empowering messages: accept yourself and others; celebrate difference and oddity; never lose your sense of wonder.” (Financial Times)
“With a Victorian style for writing and a capacity for subtle humor, the tales read as cautionary fables, rich with peril and phantasy, and will be enjoyed by teens and adults alike.” (GeekDad.com)
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 26 minutes|
|Narrator||Simon Callow, Bruce Mann, Garrick Hagon|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 03, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #25,304 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#6 in Time Travel Fiction for Teens
#8 in Anthologies & Short Stories for Teens
#38 in Short Stories in Teen & Young Adult Literature
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016
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“The Splendid Cannibals” cautions against envy and greed; it may be the most violent of the tales. “The Fork-Tongued Princess” tells of the danger in valuing physical beauty above all else and of the freedom that forgiveness affords. “The First Ymbryne” is the story of how Ymbrynes came to be; it should have been the first entry in “Tales of the Peculiar”. “The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts” is a story of seeking friendship and kindred spirits. “Colobolo” reminds readers to accept their innate nature rather than attempting to alter it to conform to society. “The Pigeons of Saint Paul’s” is a story showing that having a stake in something makes a difference to the affected individuals. “The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares” tells of good intentions producing disastrous results and of using that lesson to benefit others. “The Locust” points out how vital a parent’s unconditional love is in the life of their child. In “The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea”, a boy who was tricked into using his “Peculiar” powers for unlawful, nefarious purposes begins to understand that his well-intentioned attempt to help may also have harmful results. “The Tale of Cuthbert” is a story of life-long friendship and loyalty.
Characters are relatable and very "human". Their hopes, fears, and dreams are those we all hold. Their situations and personalities draw the reader into the story and create, in the reader, a feeling of empathy.
Andrew Davidson’s illustrations resemble woodcut engravings like those of Albrecht Durer. Each story is introduced by one full-page drawing; there are no illustrations within a story. The illustrations enhance the reader’s impression that “Tales of the Peculiar” is a book of vintage fables.
The construction of “Tales of the Peculiar” is an important factor influencing the reader’s perception of the book. The gold-and-white design of the end papers, the ribbon marker, and the wheat-colored page numbers and footnotes strengthen the vintage feel. Two factors detracted from the physical presentation of “Tales of the Peculiar”. Instead of a dust jacket, a slick white paper containing information usually included in a dust jacket was glued to the back cover. Further, the wheat-colored ink used for the footnotes made them difficult to read.
Ransom Riggs is one of my favorite authors; his writing is interesting, unusual, and very literate; the "Peculiars" are unique and quirky. “Tales of the Peculiar” was a joy to read. It will take its place in my library beside the “Peculiar Children” volumes.
I admit that I'm a huge fan of young adult fantasy and sci-fi. And I loved this one.
I'm a stickler for reading in order so I started with this one. The hard cover was really nice and it made me feel like I was truly discovering an old treasure.
The author really integrates you into the world of all Peculiarness. And I love that.
The stories were funny, fascinating, amusing, comical, etc. And I never felt like anything was too inappropriate for kidz, unless you consider cannibalism to be too inappropriate.
I think I was way more into it that my daughter and my younger cousins, lol.
Children and adults will both love this. It is truly an easy read, and sooo enjoyable.
For anyone who read the rest of the Miss Peregrine series, this book is a delight. Much like the Fantastic Beasts spin-off for Harry Potter, Tales of the Peculiar brings to life a book referenced inside the stories for us to read as its own book. The fables inside this collection are intended to teach lessons to peculiar children (not the normal ones like us), with stories ranging from lessons on greed, humility, and compassion… the same way collections like Aesop’s Fables teach the rest of us.
I am a huge fan of the footnotes and “in character” storytelling aspect of things. Millard Nullings, the invisible boy from the original trilogy (and well known historian among the peculiar children under Miss Peregrine’s wing) is the curator of the anthology. The in character aspect adds an extra level of flair, in the same way that Lemony Snicket as an in-character narrator adds to uniqueness of the Series of Unfortunate Events books or Bartimaeus’s footnotes in The Amulet of Samarkand.
My favorite story was probably the one about the cannibals, which was the lead story in the collection. It really set the pace for both the specificity of peculiar issues the children who would be told these stories would need to know. There is also some great background and tie-ins with the events of the books, and that is always fun! Definitely worth a read for fans of the Miss Peregrine books!
They are stories written as fables for peculiar children so, as such, they are more than appropriate for regular children. Granted, regular children don’t often have to deal with unique powers or being able to regrow limbs, making them ideal candidates for a symbiotic relationship with cannibals. There are similar lessons throughout, sometimes landing the protagonist of the story in a bad spot, but nothing that would preclude children of any age from being able to enjoy the stories as they are told.
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A beautiful embroidered book with beautiful illustrations and great condition paper!
Very happy - Would recommend!