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Once Upon a Dream

By: Liz Braswell,Disney Press
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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Publisher's Summary

What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

It should be simple - a dragon defeated, a slumbering princess in a castle, a prince poised to wake her. But when the prince falls asleep as his lips touch the fair maiden's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

With a desperate fairy's last curse controlling her mind, Princess Aurora must escape from a different castle of thorns and navigate a dangerously magical landscape - created from her very own dreams. Aurora isn't alone - a charming prince is eager to join her quest, and old friends offer their help. But as Maleficent's agents follow her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

©2016 Liz Braswell (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A good read for anyone who loves fairy tales.

Definitely a twist to the familiar story. My daughter and I loved reading this together.

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Same song just a different singer

Do Not purchase. These " novels" are not worth the credits or money. Waste of time to even listen. Highly Underwhelmed!

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Story Wasn’t Bad. Needs A Different Narrator.

The overall story was quite creative and not too predictable. However, the narration wasn’t very pleasant. I wish the narrator were a woman. I think a woman would do a better job at portraying Aurora and Maleficent as the strong and resilient women they are. This male narrator made Aurora sound unintelligent and gullible; almost unlikable.

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Intelligently written, but occasionally cliche.

This was a very smart, well written retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale brought to life by Disney. Honestly the only negative I found was that Aurora-Rose (which is such a dumb amalgamation of her names) is occasionally terribly whiny and mopey during the book's second act. It starts to feel very Bella a la Twilight for a moment there. I understand her internal conflict because of her circumstances, but considering she's older than 16 in her dream...you'd think she'd have more of a grip on herself.

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Amazing.

I love the idea of reimagining stories we know. I like this one because Aurora has to save herself, no one can do it for her. Maleficent is just as cruel and evil as she is in the Disney film, and the author really expanded on what makes her evil and why she is. This is not an exact retelling, and I loved that. Prince Phillip, King Hubert, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather help to keep the story going and interesting, and there are plenty of twists, turns, and close calls that make you feel like you're in the story right by Aurora's side, and in her head, literally. Amazing book. I cannot wait to listen to the others in the series!

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The changes are quite ambitious, with Aurora questioning her life and reality as it progresses, but this story struggles in its second half to retain me, and the performance is what ended up saving it from being put down prematurely.

good for sleeping beauty fans but I'd reccomend other Twisted Tales like What Once Was Mine or Tale as Old as Time for more striking Twisted Tales

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not the best one

couldnt deal with aurora being a snot most the time. didnt like her being called aurora rose all the time

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The book I really did not get, now I’m not saying I hate it or love it . It DiD NoT MAKE ANY SENSE!!! I like the movie but it’s not my favorite so I won’t be critical but just saying not that good

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Once Upon A Dream

What a clever twist to have Aurora live a separate life within a dream. I enjoyed the story where Aurora becomes a Queen in her own right and she is the one who defeats Maleficent.

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Interesting

Not bad, was an interesting prospective and gave the characters of the original story more depth. Still seemed a bit off, not necessarily in a bad way. I think if it was an original story and not a twist off a classic I would have liked it a lot more. I didn't dislike ot though and it didn't ruin my interest towards other Twisted Tales.