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The only daughter of a beloved king and queen, Princess Lissar has grown up in the shadow of her parents' infinite adoration for each other - an infatuation so great that it could only be broken by the queen's unexpected passing. As Lissar reaches womanhood, it becomes clear to everyone in the kingdom that she has inherited her late mother's breathtaking beauty. But on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Lissar's exquisite looks become a curse....

Betrayed and abused, Lissar is forced to flee her home to escape her father's madness. With her loyal dog Ash at her side, Lissar finds refuge in the mountains, where she has the chance to heal and start anew. As she unlocks a door to a world of magic, Lissar finds the key to her survival and begins an adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

©1993 Robin McKinley (P)2018 Tantor

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Poor Narrator choice :/

Ok, to start, I LOVE the book. Totally my favorite of all Ms. Mckinley's books. Unfortunately, the audio is like the one for "Sunshine". Odd accents trip through pseudo-British and Southern American. Worst of all, though, the narrator makes the heroine sound like she *wrings her hands*. Just very tired throughout. I was so excited to see that this book was available, but was so disappointed in the performance .

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One of my favorites

I love this story. I was so happy to find an audible recording of it because I have read it numerous times -- own the hardback as well -- and had wanted an audible recording. The choice of Xe Sands to read it was the hands down best choice that could have been made. In her reading, she expressed the emotions of the story in such a way that it didn't overpower the story but gave it the nuances it needed. The book covers a very difficult topic and this recording of it was perfect.

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excellent read

be wary, some of the content is sexually violent but in all the author is very good with describing trauma and recovery.

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A dark and beautiful story

Deerskin is one of Robin McKinley's darker stories but none the less a beautiful story. It involves some topics that are considered taboo like rape. Even though this is a darker tale ut is still a story of surviving and overcoming great hardship. It is well worth the read or listen.

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Dark but triumphant

Our hero(ine) starts in a very grim place indeed, and it gets worse. Through persistence, charity, and a kind of faith, she finds her way back to hope and love. Robins' prose is lovely and matter of fact- I couldn't have made it through the tough parts if she'd raged or bled over them, and it left a more lingering, thoughtful impact. Definitely not a children's tale, but very worth "reading". The reader does an awesome job with a difficult story. I will listen to it several times over the next year or two.

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  • Anne
  • Seattle
  • 08-14-18

great book

fantastic story about a broken woman and dogs. was very happy will definitely read more of the same author

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A beautiful story!

This book is beautifully written and narrated. I will read again and I never do that. The writing drew me inand I saw everything. I walked and ran with Deerskin. This book will haunt you.

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  • sue
  • Johns Creek, GA, United States
  • 07-20-18

WORST NARRATOR EVER!!!

I read this book years ago. When I saw it was available on audio, I was so excited. But the narration is awful! Not only does it sound like it was recorded on a old fashioned tape recorder, but the narrator does not know what punctuation means. Her pitch goes high then low, sentences run together all into one very long sentence. I could only listen to it for 10 minutes....10 minutes of torture. Save your credit. The worst!

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Just read the book

I really love this book. I read it in high school, and really enjoyed rediscovering it as an adult However, I did not much enjoy Xe Sands' performance. I've appreciated her in other performances, but I just don't think she does as nice a job with the fantasy genre. Her accents/character voices were terrible. In this case, I would recommend just reading the book.

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Wonderful story<br />

This is a sweet, sad, fantasy story of a young royal woman and her dog.