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Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast | [Robin McKinley]

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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    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


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan 08-11-13
    ShySusan 08-11-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie 05-12-13
    Natalie 05-12-13
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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.

    2 of 2 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.

    1 of 1 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 2015

    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.

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    Glutenfreegirl 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Five Star Rating all the way"
    What made the experience of listening to Beauty the most enjoyable?

    Charlotte Parry's voice is perfectly suited for the retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Robin Mckinley does and excellent version of this much beloved fairy tale. All the characters are gentle and good which makes for a feel-good story.


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

    Yes. It was a little slow at the beginning or maybe I was just impatient for the enchantment to start and meet the character of the Beast.


    Any additional comments?

    Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite fairy tale ever since I was a young girl. I just discovered this version as an over-40 woman and will treasure the enchanting sweetness of this retelling of an old favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Dominguez 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "All the love in the world for Robin McKinley"
    Where does Beauty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've been reading this book for years. The story is wonderful. I love how Robin McKinley keeps the story and atmosphere of magic faithful to the original Beauty and the Beast, while leaving out the info dump at the end of the story the original B+B had.


    Any additional comments?

    I admit, I didn't like the narrator much in the beginning. I warmed up to her as the story progressed, but I still felt that she put more effort into the side characters then she did in the main characters. Beauty's voice was a little grating at times, and Beasts voice almost never varied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 01-17-15
    Robin 01-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I have loved this book for years."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maelana 01-06-15
    Maelana 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    ""Beauty" is Beautiful"
    Where does Beauty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's among my favorite - tying first with several others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love her voice and the "clues" that the reader is given through Beauty's observations. I also enjoyed the feeling that I was there, in the story - feeling the cold, smelling the flowers, hearing the birds.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight Beauty has with her invisible attendants. It was frustrating and comical all at once.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not that I can think of!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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