"It is the heart of this place, and it is dying," says the Beast. And it is true; the center of the Beast's palace, the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new environment, is filled with leafless brown rosebushes. But deep within this enchanted world, new life, at once subtle and strong, is about to awaken. Twenty years ago Robin McKinley enthralled listeners with the power of Beauty. Now this extraordinarily gifted novelist retells the story of Beauty and the Beast again - but in a totally new way, with fresh perspective, ingenuity, and mature insight. In Rose Daughter she has written her finest and most deeply felt work, a compelling, richly imagined, and haunting exploration of the transformative power of love.
©1997 Robin McKinley (P)2013 Recorded Books
I'm honestly not sure. I've read the print book several times and loved it, and the narration of this audiobook was excellent. However, it became obvious about halfway through that I've been skimming the longest sections of narration to get back to what's happening in the story. McKinley is the queen of long and luxurious description, but I found it dragged occasionally while listening. I still love it, but I might stick to the text version from now on.
The world of this story is so rich that you can't help but feel transported there.
Amato did an excellent job bringing out some of the subtler inflections of character voice. I could feel the emotion, and a time or two it brought tears to my eyes (and I'm not usually a crier).
Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors in the whole world. Her first book is entitled, "Beauty" and is the story of Beauty and the Beast. Oddly, many years and books after "Beauty" Robin chose to tell the story of Beauty and the Beast again. And that is this book.
Both books have some things in common. They are both telling the same fairy tale, after all. But this story is fairly different in many ways. When this book first came out on paper, I got it immediately, but I was Very fond of "Beauty" and I think I was jealous on its behalf. I did not reread "Rose Daughter" again until this audio version came out. I can see now that "Rose Daughter" has much to offer. I think "Beauty" was the romantic ideal of an unmarried woman in her 20s, and "Rose Daughter" is the romantic ideal of a married woman in her 40s.
I still like "Beauty" better.
My advice if you have never read any of Robin's books: Start with "Beauty" or "The Blue Sword" or "The Hero and the Crown". Then if you fall in love with Robin's work, branch out into her other books, including this one.
Yes, because all of my friends like fairy tales.
I like that the two sisters aren't irredeemable nitwits in this version- they too have character and are a great support to their youngest sister.
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