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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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
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.
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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Probably more suited to a younger reader. But still made for a pleasant commuter read.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
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.
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.
It's among my favorite - tying first with several others.
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.
The fight Beauty has with her invisible attendants. It was frustrating and comical all at once.
Not that I can think of!
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?)
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.
I have not but she was wonderful. The best part of this audiobook was definitely the narrator.
This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it contains all of the elements of the story you usually see. Loving the story so much, I was expecting to enjoy this too, and I was not disappointed. It's beautifully told, and McKinley's interpretation of the world and the characters is truly delightful. I adored Beauty, who was not "typically" beautiful or by any means perfect, which just made her all the more real and powerful. I loved the slow build of her relationship with the Beast. I loved her relationships with the rest of her family. I loved the twists and turns of the plot. I loved the narration by Charlotte Parry. I just loved this book.
"a childhood favourite now available"
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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