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Beauty Audiobook

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast

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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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.

©1978 Robin McKinley (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Meredith 05-27-13
    Meredith 05-27-13
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    "Absolutely Lovely"

    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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan 08-11-13
    ShySusan 08-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best version of B&tB I've ever read, seen, heard."

    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.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-09-13
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-09-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Nice twist on an old story."

    Probably more suited to a younger reader. But still made for a pleasant commuter read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cybele Bell WI, United States 07-03-13
    Cybele Bell WI, United States 07-03-13
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    "she's really quite a perfect reader"
    Would you listen to Beauty again? Why?

    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.


    What about Charlotte Parry’s performance did you like?

    not overly enthusiastic because McKinley is a calm, meditative writer


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie 05-12-13
    Natalie 05-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful Re-telling from a superb author"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie USA 09-22-15
    Natalie USA 09-22-15

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    "A Much Beloved Story"
    Where does Beauty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a favorite Story from my childhood.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's beautifully told.


    Which character – as performed by Charlotte Parry – was your favorite?

    Not sure.


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

    I wouldn't go that far, but it does transport you away from reality.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ine 07-05-14
    ine 07-05-14
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    "Quite enjoyable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, definitely. I love the story of Beauty and the Beast, and I liked this version of the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Too sweet, too quick and too simple for my taste. I found the ending to spoil my overall enjoyment of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The character of Beauty was a bit irritating at times, due to her constant case "I-am-ugly-and-will-tell-everyone-that-will-listen-syndrome".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R 09-05-14
    R 09-05-14

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There wasn't anything truly unique about this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It was well-written but utterly predictable; so much so that I didn't really care about reaching the end. I mean, I wasn't expecting much but I could have re-watched the Disney version and saved myself some time. Robin McKinley has added characters only to emphasize how 'different' Beauty is but then fails to actually make her stand out as exceptional. The author does introduce some really interesting potential into the story that MIGHT have been pursued for a fresh take on the classic tale, but in the end disregards it for staying within accepted boundaries. (And what's up with the fact that the women all have to have such virtuous standards from birth but men can just be themselves?)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Morals of the story: 1) all problems can be fixed with wealth; 2) beauty is only skin deep (and let's keep it that way). I know it's a children's book but that doesn't mean it should push drivel upon its audience in the guise of illuminated and worthy goals.


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

    I have not but she was wonderful. The best part of this audiobook was definitely the narrator.


    Do you think Beauty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-09-14
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2016

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Watch the movie; go to the musical; avoid the book"

    I finished this book searching and hoping for something redeeming at least in the ending. I never found it.

    The book could easily have been written by an above average high school student.

    Okay, only three words so as not to waste any more time on this book:
    Silly, Simplistic, Uninspired.

    10 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 04-13-16
    bebe South Carolina 04-13-16 Member Since 2009

    English major, Attorney then CEO of 5000 employee company (in that order). I have over 1200 books in my Audible library.

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    "Wonderful sweet story"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    "a childhood favourite now available"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Beauty to, and why?

    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.


    What does Charlotte Parry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


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

    Yes and I did :) listened to it all in one day whilst pootling about the house entertaining the tiddlers and doing some housework.


    Any additional comments?

    a great standalone listen.

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