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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty....

Aza's singing is the fairest in all the land - and the most unusual. She can "throw" her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn't possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She's hidden in the shadows in her parents' inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light - especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.

©2006 Gail Carson Levine (P)2015 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A song-filled, fast-paced fairy tale." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Readers will instantly fall in love with the heroine, whose heart proves to be as warm as her voice." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Readers will] sink into the fairy-tale romance, the remarkable characters, and the wild, magical adventures." (ALA Booklist)

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great story!

great author!! will certainly look for more books by this author!! narrator was great, too. only thing that could make the narrator better is if she actually sang the songs in the book, which would be tough because we don't know the tunes!!
reading the songs as poetry is just fine with me, too, though.

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Cute/clever re-imagining kept me listening late!

I really enjoyed this take on the Snow White story and that our heroine was not gorgeous like Snow White usually is. This is such a clever re-telling with many elements I didn't see coming. The narration was very good and generally seamless, although anyone buying this should be aware that in the land where this book takes place, the characters like to sing a lot. This means that the narrator has to speak all the songs (and there are many of them, and some are very long). This wouldn't be an issue if you were reading the book because then you could skim down the length of the songs and see what they were about. With the audio book you have to listen to every line--even the repeats of some of the choruses, which grew somewhat irritating. Still, if you enjoy poetry recitations, or can tune out for a bit, or don't listen in the car and are good at using your FF button, this issue shouldn't be a problem for you. It certainly didn't ruin the story for me, which was generally delightful!

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Good Listen

Great writer. Perfect person to perform this book. I will definitely be buying more under the same writer. I really enjoyed the whole experience.

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Wishful thinking

The story was sweet, and the voice was suitable, but I had had wishful thinking that the songs would be sung.

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