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Publisher's Summary

"That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift. When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. 'My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child.' I stopped."

So begins this richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom, and she'll have to obey?

Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters and fairy godmothers, Ella's spirited account of her quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant and enchanting tale about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself.

Ella Enchanted is a 1998 Newbery Medal Honor Book and a major motion picture.

©1998 Gail Carson Levine (P)1998 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

  • Newbery Honor Book, 1998

"A winning combination of memorable characters and an alluring fantasy realm." (Publishers Weekly) "A high-spirited, comic first novel." (The New York Times Book Review) "A lively and satisfying reading." (AudioFile)

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What a fun twist on the Cinderella Story

What a fun twist on the Cinderella Story. I really enjoyed the reader of this book, and thought she did such a great job with all the different people in this book. Her reading draws you into the story and makes you sorry when it comes to an end. For an enchanting story that will take you away from the stresses of the world, look no further! It would be even more enjoyable to listen to with your favorite princess!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • tracy
  • thatcher, AZ, United States
  • 06-28-08

bad choice of narrator

I really enjoyed the story of this book. It is a fun twist on Cinder"ella", but the narrator sounded as if she was about 10 years old and so did not match the romantic storyline. It was really too bad because it detracted from the story. It was ok to listen to, but it might be a better real read.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Kazia
  • Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
  • 01-14-11

12 year old struggles with reading....NOT ANY MORE

Our 12 year old daughter hated when we told her it was time to do reading homework. She has learning disabilities in language arts. It takes her so long to process the words she is reading that she can't remember what she has read. Often she would fall asleep (before supper) trying to read. Now she can hardly wait to sit down with her book and ipod to read and listen to the stories.

She is so enjoying Ella Enchanted and finds it emotionally moving. She describes it " as being there. What a delight. We'll write more when she finishes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • C
  • Gilbert, AZ, USA
  • 06-19-09

Wonderfully read!

The narrater is a young girl - she reads the story so well that I was captivated by it along with my 8 and 12 year old daughters! This book is quite a bit more interesting than the movie. It's an excellent choice to add to your audio library!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ashley
  • Rye, NY, United States
  • 12-29-10

A Classic (atleast in my eyes)

I read this book for the first time when I was 8 or 9 and still (12 years later) love it. Full of hope, love, triumphs and happy endings! Amazing strong female character. Recommend to any child and most adults too :) Its one parents can enjoy along with their kids!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • evelyn
  • Richland, WA, United States
  • 04-24-11

one of my favorite fairy tales

I really loved reading this book for the first time, and was dissapointed in the movie. Listening to the audiobook was just like i imagined it in my head when i read it to myself!
Worth the credit!

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  • Erica
  • Manor, TX, USA
  • 01-07-08

Great story

We loved this story, but the narrator is a little hard to listen to because she sounded so young and somewhat squeaky.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Needs new narration

The story is excellent! I have read this novel many times in the past 15 years and it continues to be my favorite! But this needs a new narrator. Poor choice of voice for character and reader slips out of chosen characters' voices many times throughout the reading or is inconsistent with the quality of the chosen voice of a character. She doesn't have enough tonal or vocal range to lend variation to the large amount of characters presented though the protagonist's adventures. Very sad such a great novel is not made better by this reading.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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My favorite fairytale story

The narrator was not my favorite but it was the music that really bothered me.

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My daughter's favorite so far.

Would you listen to Ella Enchanted again? Why?

We definitely will. It's such an engaging story, and the voice actress is quite good for her age (and I think having a younger reader made it better for my daughter).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Char or Ella, quote from daughter: "nice people, Char laughs and tells people his secrets, and Ella tries to make things right when they're wrong, and she has enough courage to break the spell."

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

The feeling of it actually being a children's story; one truly for children, not just one directed at children by adults.

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

It's already been made, but it's SO different from the book! I would love to see a movie that actually was like the book, and I would give that one the tag line "not every present is a gift."

3 of 4 people found this review helpful