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Summary

A short, urban fantasy tale set in Edinburgh, Scotland. An introduction to the Edinburgh Elementals series.

Michael has just moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to make a fresh start with his three children. While they're out exploring the city, he's relaxing with a glass of wine.

That is until a knock on the front door leads to a bizarre revelation from a strange, red-haired woman, and an encounter in the attic with some unexpected guests.

About the Series...

Giants, pixies, mermaids - all creatures confined within fairytales. But what if these being were as real as you or I? They're not that easy to spot but if you look properly you will find them.

Thanks to her different-colored eyes, Edinburgh resident, Hattie, can clearly see that goblin sitting on the park bench tripping up passers-by, or the salamander that's relaxing in the flames of next door's bonfire. As long as the creatures don't bother her, she won't bother the creatures. But if they do cause trouble, they'd better watch out...

©2013 Gayle Ramage (P)2014 Gayle Ramage

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A thoroughly enjoyable story beautifully read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this book to friends who enjoy magical realism, where fantasy breaks through into the 'real' world, and also simply friends who enjoy a fun tale with lots of tension and intrigue... (what is in the attic?), with memorable characters and situation, the whole thing peppered through with lots of humour.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Hattie. It's very hard, when reviewing a short story, not to give away spoilers, but she was a great combination of mystery and down-to-earth humour, which is brilliantly set against the slightly incredulous Michael.

What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

Chris Barnes' voice is a joy to listen to - and his narrator accent complements the book's Scottish setting.
In this story, he not only gives distinct voices to the quite different characters, but also guides the listener through a book which has a real mixture in tone throughout the story: there are moments of tense unease as Michael starts to learn more about his new home and what may lurk within, through to moments of Pratchetesque absurdity.
Barnes handles all of these well, sensitive in his narration to the writer's words and characterisation. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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made me LOL in a crowded room!

What made the experience of listening to The Trouble with Pixies the most enjoyable?

I think Chris Barnes accent was perfect for the story setting and humour element

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Trouble with Pixies?

the pixies hiding as hedgehogs!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the pixies getting paint balled - not sure how Chris Barnes kept his voice so stable I was literally laughing and snorting in a crowded room

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh - many times!

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to the other two currently in this series!

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Fun, short story

I thought this was a really fun, short story. Being only 27 minutes long it is a quick listen. Chris Barnes performance is excellent, his voice is smooth and transitions from character and narration seamlessly.

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  • Bryant
  • 29-09-14

Good story, TOO SHORT

I bought this story without paying attention to the length. The story is good. It is complex and interesting, but it's wayyyy to short. I would almost say that it is worth the credit, but I can't wholeheartedly say it and mean it because of the length. So, if you're looking for a short story and don't mind spending a credit on it, this is a decent story. Is it worth a credit without more length? No. In fact, it does seem to be episodic, and you have to buy each story to get the whole story. I would have given four stars if the length had been there. So, again, decent story, far too short, and much is the pity.

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  • Pyxi Rose
  • 30-03-14

Fun and engaging read!

Any additional comments?

My review for: The Trouble With Pixies (Edinburgh Elementals, #1) by Gayle Ramage
Narrator: Chris Barnes
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Shanna Roberson

The Trouble with Pixies is a very fun and fast read! A delightful UF short with a huge dose of magic and lore.

In this introductory tale we met Michael, a single dad who just moved to Edinburgh for a new start and a house full of life. But when a stranger with mismatched eyes shows up at his door, he doesn’t realize he is getting more than he bargains for with his new home….

It is no secret that Chris Barnes is one of my favorite narrators and while I am used to his readings having a more darker atmosphere, this lighter read meshed well with his lovely Scottish brogue. Easily bringing the characters to life, it was easy to picture being in Michael’s shoes in this fun short! If you are looking for a quick and engaging read, you need to check out this series! Well done, Gayle and Chris. Can’t wait for more.

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  • kanina james
  • 21-04-17

So short!

What is the point to such a short story? I love the reader so that why I bought this.. I'd like to hear more of this story!

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  • Genevieve
  • 04-07-15

Loved it, but wish it were longer.

Would you listen to The Trouble with Pixies again? Why?

No, but only because I don't do that. If I were someone who listened (read) things twice, I definitely would. Very entertaining.

Have you listened to any of Chris Barnes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, and this one was just as excellent.

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  • Mark Mackey
  • 14-03-15

the Trouble with Pixies review

Would you listen to The Trouble with Pixies again? Why?

Yes - because it's interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character Michael.

Which scene was your favorite?

The attic scene.

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

Yes, definitely.

Any additional comments?

It's an interesting short story.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 25-03-14

Brilliantly narrated, okay story

Where does The Trouble with Pixies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle. I love the narrator of this, he did the story a lot of justice

Would you be willing to try another book from Gayle Ramage? Why or why not?

Hmmm not sure. I liked the writing style well enough, but the story fell a little flat for me. The book is marked as YA, but it felt more like a children's book (for 3rd or 4th grade kids) and lacked a little imagination. Though the setting was interesting enough.

What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

I loved the different accents, and the fast pace of the narrative. There was real 'life' in the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, not at all.

Any additional comments?

I think this will be a nice story for younger children. For me it lacked a bit of layers, and the story itself didn't live up to the promise. I didn't want to give it two stars, because it wasn't bad. I feel the narrator really spruced it up for me, though.

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  • ML
  • 13-11-17

Story grabs you,just too short

This book is the 1st in a series of three. The fantasy series is great story telling. Don't think of them as novels, but short stories that have the same lead character. I did not want this one to end. I wanted more of this family!!
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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 04-11-17

How to catch pixies...you will know after this!

The Trouble with Pixies
Edinburgh Elementals, Book 1
By: Gayle Ramage
Narrated by: Chris Barnes
This audible book is a short story or prequel. It was a clever story about a family moving in and the neighbor coming over and catching pixies in the attic. Of course the guy didn't believe in pixies but let her catch them anyway. It was cute and clever. I am prepared now! LOL. Sounds like a cute series start. The problem with the audible is that the Scottish was so thick it was difficult to understand at times. I think I missed several words.