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Fairest | [Gail Carson Levine]

Fairest

Aza is far from beautiful. With pale skin and blood-red lips (not to mention ungainly size), she is seen as odd, at best. But Aza does have one blessing: a voice of astonishing beauty. In Ayortha, where singing is the main mode of communication, this gift is no small thing, and soon Aza finds herself rising at court. But, as she will discover, unexpected good fortune can also bring unexpected danger.
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Aza is far from beautiful. With pale skin and blood-red lips (not to mention ungainly size), she is seen as odd, at best. But Aza does have one blessing: a voice of astonishing beauty. In Ayortha, where singing is the main mode of communication, this gift is no small thing, and soon Aza finds herself rising at court. But, as she will discover, unexpected good fortune can also bring unexpected danger.

Funny and moving, wise as well as uplifting, Fairest represents New York Times best-selling author Gail Carson Levine at her finest.

Composer-director Todd Hobin has crafted melodies for all the story's lyrics and songs, resulting in a unique listening experience - an audiobook that has as much original music as a Broadway show!

©2006 Gail Carson Levine; (P)2007 Full Cast Audio

What the Critics Say

"Readers will enjoy the fairy-tale setting while identifying with the real-life problems of living in an appearance-obsessed society." (School Library Journal)

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    Ruth United States 01-19-12
    Ruth United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2010

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "A Wonderful Fairytale Musical!"

    I have a new favorite fairytale novel! I so loved this book. I need to clarify that I am a musician. I think music is indispensable. I've sung and played musical instruments my whole life. I love musicals, operettas, and opera. This audio version is definitely a musical and is really an operetta in many places. This book tells a story of a land that relies heavily on music as art, entertainment, achievement, tradition and base of belief. They use it in everything from cooking and cleaning to royal ceremony. They have included many songs and all the musical passages are sung. The characters are well-drawn and full. I cared so much about them and that it all came out right . I cried with tears down my cheeks at the end. It is definitely good and made much better by the full-cast audio recording. I thought it was lovely. It has made my whole week and I will definitely visit this new friend again. If you love musicals and fairytales you won't want to miss this wonderful story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    R. D. Sweetland Wayne, NE United States 05-31-08
    R. D. Sweetland Wayne, NE United States 05-31-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Song and story = great combination"

    A creative fair tale that combines song and story. Listening to this book presents it in a unique interesting way. Story of a plain commoner and her struggle in life until happenstance and her unique gift lead to a fairy tale ending. Great story for middle grades and above.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rocky Pensacola, FL, USA 12-04-08
    Rocky Pensacola, FL, USA 12-04-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Wonderfully Done!"

    This fantastic story is wonderfully told with brilliant music that stays true to the author's voice and tone.

    Very well done.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Mitchell 04-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Full Cast Audio was the right choice!"

    This was my first Full Cast Audio presentation. I found their work with Fairest to be very charming and brought full life to the book. The songs were well orchestrated and performed. As a reader who usually skips songs in a book, I found it so much easier to sense what the author wanted when hearing the songs set to music..

    I had previously read the book's paperback version. I felt this was a unique and intriguing look at the Snow White story. Levine has a great way of bringing fairy tales to life in new ways. She has succeeded once more with Snow White. The characters, even those who are little seen in the story, are rich and dynamic, adding to the over arching story line.The moral of the story is very common, and rather obvious. However, this is book for young teens, and I can support the main lesson Levine weaves through the book.

    Overall, I adore this book and have already recommended it to other people. Now I'll just have to make sure everyone knows how much I like the audio version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Burbank, CA, USA 10-08-09
    Beth Burbank, CA, USA 10-08-09 Member Since 2005
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    "More please"

    Love the production, both story and songs!!! Audible please make more,if there are any already existing, please recommend them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shirolight 04-02-14
    Shirolight 04-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I liked the singing."
    Would you listen to Fairest again? Why?

    Yes. I enjoyed being pulled into a written (read) fairy tale where people randomly burst into into song,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was zhamM. He really was a gentleman, and so sweet and kind and wise for a nonhuman character such as a gnome while not being pulled into a caricature of a character. He was fun to hear too, to be exact.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Naughton – was your favorite?

    Aza of course. She really had a wonderful voice. Some of her songs got stuck in my head.


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

    Oddly enough I really enjoyed the wedding. It wrapped things up beautifully..


    Any additional comments?

    I almost didn't get the book because of all the reviews that complained about the singing, but I'm glad I got it anyway. I don't think the audiobook would have been the same without it. It's a world based on music. There really is no other proper way to do it but sing the lines. I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer FLAGSTAFF, AZ, United States 11-08-13
    Amazon Customer FLAGSTAFF, AZ, United States 11-08-13
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    "Cute story"

    This was a cute story but somewhat predictable. I am not sure it is one I would recommend listening to. It requires a lot of singing in different voices and it is not extremely enjoyable to listen to the singing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Hickory, NC, USA 05-07-12
    Edward Hickory, NC, USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2003
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    "My 11 year old daughter loved this"

    This audiobook has lots of singing, so it is a great listen. I encourage her to read and listen to books like this to develop different kinds of comprehension skills. It also helps to get a narrator's voice in her mind, so that when she reads it on her own, she can match the rhythm and character voices.

    My daughter loved the story, the production values and the singing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Ithaca, NY, United States 02-19-12
    Ann Ithaca, NY, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fairest to be better than the print version?

    Yes but I liked this too


    What other book might you compare Fairest to and why?

    Ella Enchanted because they're both equally good


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Naughton – was your favorite?

    Aza!


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

    this book just makes me really happy and satisfied every time I read/listen to it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Spruce Grove, Alberta 10-17-09
    Kathleen Spruce Grove, Alberta 10-17-09 Member Since 2009

    I work in sales for a cellphone company and so obviously love technology. I couldn't function without my Audible apps on my phones!!

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    "A lot of singing...."

    There is a lot of singing... kinda annoying. But if you are into that sort of thing you might enjoy it. Just not my thing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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