Benella is concerned with two things - avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark, misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast.
When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet the fate isn't one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.
A classic fairy tale with a seductively dark new twist, the A Beastly Tale saga begins with Depravity.
Intended for mature listeners due to sexual situations and moderate language. This book is one of three in the series.
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Audio Reviewer under Audio Flow. I enjoy delving into the imagination of writers and hearing it read aloud by seasoned and new audio actors.
"I received a copy of this audiobook for a review. All opinions are my own."
What happens when you take the beloved story of Beauty and the Beast, and add a little steam? You get Depravity.
I own a copy of the printed book, but had yet to read it. So when I was given the opportunity to review, of course I said yes. This is a period drama, so I had to adjust my listening ears and give it a chance. Unlike the last few audios I've reviewed, this took a lot of concentration.
Haag, does an amazing job with research. I say that because of the language and attention to detail about what it must have been like to live during this time. I immediately time-traveled to where socio-economic ideologies relied upon trade, property and status. Much like today the lack of "coin" to a poorer, less established families will at times, push you to your limit.
Benella, the heroine of the story, is a feisty and curious young woman, who struggles to keep her family in tact, while trying to escape the courting of men who she holds no interest. Instead, she finds herself connecting to an unlikely source. In her efforts to stay away, she is consistently drawn to the mysterious person behind the "fog" agreeing to meet his demands for money and food. Tensions continue to grow and then IT happens...Not that IT you pervy pervy lol, but something happens and since I'm the QUEEN of no spoilers, I can't tell you what IT is...
Sierra Kline brings a refreshing take on the narration. I liked her, but at times found it hard to believe her as 18/19 because she sounded a tad older. Nevertheless, her intonation and accent provided a good fit for the character.
This was such an intricate and captivating take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. I love the way Melissa Haag takes me in a direction that I don't expect to go. Her characters are full of depth and you immediately get a feel for them. I've always loved this story, but she ramps it up into an adult version that draws you in and doesn't let go. Although it includes some adult situations, I found it more readable and intriguing. It is filled with danger and magic, gives you chills and makes your heart pump faster.
Ms Haag weaves a colorful story, helping the imagination to take us into the tale, becoming a part of the scene. I found myself looking forward to the scenes with Benella and the Beast, my mind capturing the dynamics of the strong young woman and this powerful beast and wondering when her heart might weaken toward the beast and her responses might become more submissive to his nature.
Though I'd read the book before, this audible copy really brings life to the story. I can't wait to hear subsequent books.
I've never heard her narrate before and was quite impressed. She has a very flexible voice and does the male parts well. Her inflections and the changes in vocals for each character are well emphasized. It is not an easy job, and she did it well.
Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps owner/blogger, lover of the written and narrated word, if you write it they will review.
I am utterly enthralled by the Beastly Tales and head over heels for this narrator. She did such a wonderful job capturing Benella's spirit and the Beast's anger. I wish I had time to begin the next book right away as I simply must continue this captivating journey!
Rebecca L Rogers
The narrator really brings to life the story and the essence of the book
Benellas interactions with the beast were always edgy and unpredictable
It amazed me how tender the Beast was with Benella even when he was angry
This is a great story re-imagined for the adult listener. Desperate for book 2. This ranks up there with my favorites.
I love all of MJ Haag's books and Depravity is no exception. Depravity is a dark retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. I love the storyline, pace of the book and main character.
I felt that Sierra Kline did an exceptional job with Depravity. She was wonderful with the many voices in the story. Sierra immersed me once again in this story that I love and have read several times. It has left me wanting to purchase the audio books for Deceit and Devastation.
Loved the narration, Sierra Kline!!
I'm a sucker for the Beauty and the Beast story line, but this was really well done. The familiar plot feels fresh and the characters feel rich and real. The stakes are incredibly high and there's an air of mystery and magic that permeates the entire world. Add that to another solid performance from narrator Sierra Kline, and I'm very excited to hear how this develops in the next book.
Having read the book previously, I knew it was a good book. I love audiobooks since I can go about my daily chores and still enjoy a book.
She was amazing! Maybe one of my new favorite narrators. She keeps a wonderful pace when reading and when she does a man's voice, it doesn't sound ridiculous. She knows her range and makes it work for her.
Most definitely! It's maybe the quickest I've ever listened to a book. Even knowing what would happen, I couldn't stop listening. I even listened in the shower.
Can't wait for the next one!
teasing, darkish, and lush
Other than Benella (the main character) I'd say Ila, one of the Whispering Sisters.
No, this is this first of her performances for me. She does a really good job of pulling the listener into the story. I kept expecting more when the story ended.
The end when it came time to save her dad.
I really can't wait to listen to the other two books in this series!
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