New York Times best-selling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward - but she's also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast's prisoner.
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I have read this book in print a number of times in the past and I always have enjoyed it. I find that the characters are sweet and genuinely good people in this story and I love it for being an affirmation of the goodness of humanity. I do feel that it is naive, but I find it soothing to read something so charmingly innocent and good-natured. I felt that the narration by Charlotte Parry was wonderfully done. I found her voice to be extremely pleasant to listen to and I felt that she maintained the characters consistently in the voices that she created for them.
There are a lot of versions of Beauty and the Beast out there. I've read different versions of the fairy tale, seen a TV movie, and of course Disney's version. This one is my favorite.
Audible has this categorized as a book for 8-10 year-old kids. I didn't encounter it until I was in my 30s, I am now in my 60s, and I still reread it. So I recommend this book to women of any age.
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Probably more suited to a younger reader. But still made for a pleasant commuter read.
"A classic is a book that never finishes saying what it has to say." Italo Calvino
The magic of "Beauty" is that it is easy to forget that it is a retelling until you reach the end. The character Beauty adds realism to an unrealistic fable because she does not know she is beautiful. Such insecurity on her part drives the story and makes it believable. Through her naivety, the enchantments and sorcery are not surprising. I found myself accepting the magical as common place. I was, however, pleasantly surprised that I liked this novel so very much. Sometimes you just need a fairytale.
Robin McKinley is my favorite author and the reader does a practically perfect job with this wonderful story. Her English accents make it quite enjoyable. Relatively new to audio books and it's great for me because I tend to rush to my favorite parts.
not overly enthusiastic because McKinley is a calm, meditative writer
This is a wonderful novel-version of the story of Beauty and the Beast. What makes the story fascinating is the details and idiosyncrasies--the ways in which McKinley's story differs from the traditional fairy tale. Beauty, first of all, considers herself distinctly un-beautiful throughout the story, especially in comparison with her two sisters. The Beast's library contains books which do not yet exist and Beauty fights with her invisible enchanted maids over what to wear. The writing is subtle, the story is funny and meaningful. A great read (definitely for adults, too!) and a great listen.
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It's a favorite Story from my childhood.
It's beautifully told.
I wouldn't go that far, but it does transport you away from reality.
I recently bought an audio book edition of this much beloved book from my childhood. I honestly still love this story, and I know I've read it five or six times. It strays very little from the traditional telling of the story but it's charm is in Robin McKinley's masterful prose. Many people immediately draw similarities between this book and the Disney movie but it should be noted that this story was first published in 1978 and the Disney movie came out in 1991. I highly recommend this if you enjoy fairy tales.
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Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite fairy tales when I was a child. This is a very well done retelling but it is on an adult level (don't get excited - no sex!). I started listening and could not stop until I had finished. All the characters are well written by the author and well performed by the reader. They are a little different from the characters in the original story but I found them even more likable. I particularly connected with Beauty, who tells the story from a first person perspective. My only complaint is that it stops and I would have liked for the story to have gone on for years!
If you are a fan of Fairy Tales, the fantasy genre, or Robin McKinley then this is an excellent fit for you.
The story is charming and well written with solid characters.
The narrator, Charlotte Parry, could have been better. I have the print version of this novel and read along with it. The narrator appears to pause every four or five words whether there is punctuation for it or not. The cadence of the audible version becomes stop and go because of this. The director dropped the ball.
Overall, if you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast, this will not disappoint.
I listen to books while I commute. There were times I would actually be a little pleased to see some traffic slowdowns...so that I could lose myself in Beauty's story just a bit longer.
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Yes, my friends have similar tastes to me and over the years have all been given a copy of this paperback as I love it so much. It's a fairy tale rewriting of Beauty and the Beast but what is lovely about this is the lead is a bookworm :) a girl after my own heart.
Ummm... Beauty and the Beast :) no. Ok, Robin McKinley has gone on to write Rose Daughter another retelling of a classic fairy tale. I would also say Patricia C Wredes Enchanted Forest Chronicles would be a similar read.
I love that it's a British narrator. I've happily listened to America narrators and it's such a delight to listen to a great voice. She brought Beauty to life.
Yes and I did :) listened to it all in one day whilst pootling about the house entertaining the tiddlers and doing some housework.
a great standalone listen.
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