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The Goose Girl Audiobook

The Goose Girl: Book One of the Books of Bayern

Princess Anidori-Kiladra of Kildenree was born with a word on her tongue, and a secret magic. Though she is raised in luxury, she is never quite comfortable with who she is, or what she is to become. Then she is sent on a journey to marry an unknown prince. The trip is difficult, and before it is finished all her expectations are overturned. Alone, friendless, stripped of her crown and her title, Ani must learn to make her own path in the world. Along the way, she just might learn to be a princess.
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Princess Anidori-Kiladra of Kildenree was born with a word on her tongue, and a secret magic. Though she is raised in luxury, she is never quite comfortable with who she is, or what she is to become. Then she is sent on a journey to marry an unknown prince. The trip is difficult, and before it is finished all her expectations are overturned. Alone, friendless, stripped of her crown and her title, Ani must learn to make her own path in the world. Along the way, she just might learn to be a princess.

Bold in concept, stunning in execution, The Goose Girl is one of the most spectacular debut novels of recent years. Now more than four dozen actors bring it to thrilling new life in this unabridged audio edition—a recording that will delight those who already love the book, and enthrall those who have not yet discovered it.

©2003 Shannon Hale (P)2005 Full Cast Audio and AudioGO

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    Fitzwoman 04-21-15
    Fitzwoman 04-21-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A fairy tale for the older kids in all of us"

    The language used in "The Goose Girl" was really lovely, and I'm sure that reading it in print is a great experience, too. But the different voices of this narration really added to the story. Although I'm used to single narrators, I will now look for "full-cast" narrations.

    This is not a story for children, in my opinion. As in the original fairy tales, death plays a part, and there are some very frightening scenes.

    The magic is difficult to understand, unlike most supernatural stories these days; it's not black and white but very gray.

    I highly recommend this audio book to all those who like light fantasy.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Stokes Fairport, NY USA 10-04-13
    Kevin Stokes Fairport, NY USA 10-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Very enjoyable light reading"

    I frequently listen to books while I am working on construction projects or other tasks, so I was looking for a book that didn't have a thousand characters or an intricate plot. The Goose Girl was a good choice. It had kind of a slow start, but within a few chapters it grabs hold of you.
    I liked the main character, which is so important for a book to be enjoyable. The other characters added to the tale.
    The target audience category for this book is 11 - 13 year olds, so take the following criticism with a grain of salt. My reason for giving it four stars instead of five was that some of the events near the ending seemed a little far-fetched, so much so that it tended to jar me out of the story.

    In summary, I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it to others.

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Groton, NY, United States 12-14-12
    Michael Groton, NY, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Cynthia Is a fairytale narrator Par excellence!"
    What did you love best about The Goose Girl?

    My girls will love this! Good moral character qualities but still exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    A full five honks! (Or whatever geese do). I am so glad to a found this. Well-crafted, the story does justice to the original fairytale without changing the storyline for a much at all.
    Anni the goose girl is a very good character-- truly the character of a humble Princess who has to learn the plight of the common people and seek their help.
    There is a lot of action and plot twists-- just the kind of thing to keep my daughters really interested. And the 2005 full cast audio production of it on audible is great!

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Huffman, TX, United States 01-08-14
    Douglas Huffman, TX, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprisingly Good!"
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    I listened to Goose Girl to preview it for our children ages 7-11. I frankly didn't want to listen to it but was cajoled into it by my wife since I have a long commute. It took me a little while to warm to it but it captured my interest and held it all the way to the end. I think that it is age appropriate for my kids but wish that the author had left out or toned down the story of why the women of Bayern travel with their husbands to war which seemed inappropriate. For a children's book she could have also left out the numerous "bed" references especially at the end. Note that there is a some violence and murder but not gratuitous.

    The narrative was really well done with different readers for each of the characters and music during the transitions that elevated the audio quality far above the typical single-narrator book. A Classic! Well done!

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    S. Glanzer Utah 01-22-13
    S. Glanzer Utah 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "good fun"

    While predictable, this story really had me by the end. I cared for the characters Shannon Hale created, as well as the world they lived in. I prefer one narrator versus a full cast because sometimes the full cast have weak actors voicing the parts but overall the cast did well, especially the narrator and main characters. I will definitely read the next book in the series.

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    Anne Mortenson Oregon 04-15-14
    Anne Mortenson Oregon 04-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A Great Book to Share with Daughters"
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    I plan to share this book with my granddaughters when they are old enough to have an attention span. This is a delightful story about a young girl who overcomes many obstacles, not the least of which is self-doubt. As she faces her challenges she grows into the princess she is meant to be. This is a story of strengh, humility, courage, hope, and true friendship, with enough romance to keep my interest. There were a couple of times I felt the story dragged, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed the voices of the many characters. I highly recommend this telling of the tale of the goose girl.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 02-23-15
    Jenny 02-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amassing!"

    This book blew me away! It is so fun!!! It is the best book I ever read. I think I will read all of the series

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    tommie 02-10-16
    tommie 02-10-16 Member Since 2010

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    "My daughter gave this a big thumbs up"
    Would you listen to The Goose Girl again? Why?

    Indeed, she is listening to it a second time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    "Its all so complex. So much is happening, its so suspenseful... I just like it."- from the 9yo


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

    Some of the scenes made her sad.


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    "not a fan of full cast"

    I did not enjoy the melodramatic music and, for me, the whole cast performance, in particular the male characters. The story borders on children's fare and I found the performances unsophisticated. That said, the story is pleasant light listening.

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    Karisa Texas 02-06-16
    Karisa Texas 02-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Shannon Hale never disappoints"

    A beautiful story indeed. A timid and introverted princess that finds she's braver and stronger than she ever could have imagined. She's not the only one to root for here either. Many of the characters have very strong arcs throughout and you come to care for almost every single one.

    The performance for this audio book is also quite good. Every voice very distinct and every scene acted out in a way that brought such life to the characters. Truly a joy to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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