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Rose is the youngest of seven children, meant to replace her dead sister. Maybe because of that, she’s never really fit in. She’s always felt different, out of place, a restless wanderer in a family of homebodies. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with it—in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family—she readily agrees.

Rose travels on the bear’s broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger. In discovering his identity, she loses her heart-and finds her purpose—and realizes her journey has just begun.

As familiar and moving as Beauty and the Beast, yet as fresh and original as only the best fantasy can be, East is a bold retelling of the classic tale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” a sweeping story of grand proportions.

©2005 Edith Pattou (P)2012 Listening Library

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Frmom an East of the Sun, West of the Moon Fan

If you could sum up East in three words, what would they be?

A fun twist

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Troll Queen - everybody loves a good villain and boy she was one. Her narrator was also fantastic.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

About five characters narrate the story and each has its own voice actor. The cast was very good.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How far would you go to right a wrong? How far would you go, for love?

Any additional comments?

I loved the "original" story of East of the Sun, West of the Moon when I was a little girl. Although the author kept the spirit and skeleton of the story, she gave the tale her own unique spin. I'm an adult and I rarely read books written for teenagers, but this one held my interest. The author did a great job giving each character their own voice and personality. It was enjoyable seeing the story from different points of view. I was a bit surprised by some of the choices the writer made, but it's fun to read a book that isn't predictable. I would recommend this title to fans of the original and to people who love stories with a fairy tale feel.

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One of my favorites =]

What made the experience of listening to East the most enjoyable?

I read this book as a teenager and loved it. I am a big fan of fairy tale retellings and wasn't as familiar with this one. I have listened to this book multiple times. When I find a good book, audio or print, it becomes almost like a friend. This book provides wonderful company. The multiple narrators do great job, although the troll queen seemed a little bit much.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Rose, is very likable and I enjoy her character's bravery and spirit. But I also love the father. His love for his daughter has always seemed so sweet to me.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Multiple voices help bring alive the difference accounts.

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

Not extreme...it just made me smile.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fairy tale person, than this book is for you.

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love!! ♡♡

The narrarators were wonderful! great read! I couldn't stop listening, reminded me of Beauty and the Beast!

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One of my Favorites

This is still one of my favorite books and this audiobook did it great justice!!!

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Great Tale Which I Didn't Want to End!

Wonderful fairytale which should be added to the classics. Since my, now adult, daughter has even recently read this multiple times, I decided it was time for me to try a listen. Wonderfully written tale of a brave and slightly outcast girl coming to adult; taking on inspiring challenges. Performed well with different narrators, making this thoroughly enjoyable for several ages.

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Loved it!!

I had read this book before, but it had been so long, I wanted to read it again. I loved it just as much. Very good book. The only thing that I didn't like was the female reader that read Rose's part used childish inflections. (At least in my opinion.). I would definitely recommend this book!

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Multi-narrator success

I love books that have multiple narrators and this book leant itself to that style perfectly, as different chapters were from characters points of view. There was one male narrator I didn't love, but he was still fine and his character was more minor.

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My favorite book!

I've read this book a dozen times over the years , and it is still my absolute favorite. Very well written and full of twists. I highly recommend it.

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my favorite story!

the narrators did an excellent job with this wonderful story. This version of the east of the sun tale is doesn't have all of the elements from the original story, but its still a great one. I love the different voices and storylines

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Exactly what a novel should be.

The only bad thing I can say about Pattou's East is that it had to end. The rhythmic and vividly descriptive writing through multiple characters' perspectives was absolutely phenomenal. And the story itself was a seamless blend of history, fantasy and folklore. This is a beautiful book and one I will look forward to enjoying again and again.