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Meet Keith Doyle - weirdo, business major, nerd, and believer in myths. To his joy - and horror - Keith has just discovered a village of elves in the university library. And when the library is threatened with demolition, Keith and the elves join forces to save it.

©1990 Jody Lynn Nye (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • 08-04-13

Bureaucracy: The Fairy Tale? Seriously?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book couldn't quite decide what it was. A fantasy about fairy-tale elves come to life? A satire of bureaucracy in government, education and labor unions? A lighthearted romance? As a result, none of it worked for me. The magic was mired in details of -- I kid you not -- trying to file estimated taxes and secure mortgages given the challenge of elves having no social security numbers. If that bureaucracy had been played for laughs it might have made for a good satire, but alas, it was all tiresomely serious.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most: the details of creating a scavenger-elf civilization: Least: a tie between the unconvincing romances and the endless bureaucracy.

What three words best describe Kevin Free’s performance?

Well-meaning; bouncy; makes every female character high-pitched and breathy.

Any additional comments?

I listened to more than three-quarters of this book, thinking all the while that surely things were finally about to get interesting. Unfortunately, it never happened for me.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful