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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 Somers, NY, United States 05-27-13
    Meredith Somers, NY, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 08-11-13
    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 08-11-13 Member Since 2006
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Austin, TX, United States 05-12-13
    Natalie Austin, TX, United States 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 2011

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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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    ine 07-05-14
    ine 07-05-14 Member Since 2013
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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".

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    Hyrina New York 06-24-14
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    "Entertaining."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wanted to recommend this to a friend of mine because she's totally into fairy tales and the like. I don't think she'd read it (and I know she wouldn't listen to it) though because she's stubborn. Haha. :P


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

    Beauty, of course. She was the protagonist so she had the most personality. Plus, she's a lot like me. Practical, sort of nose in the book type of person.


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

    Not this time. Not that it didn't invoke emotions. Just not like this.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest it. It was very entertaining.

    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.

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