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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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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