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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Audiobook

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

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Publisher's Summary

Gregory Maguire, critically acclaimed author of Wicked, returns with his eagerly anticipated second novel. Using a dazzling reincarnation of the Cinderella story set in 17th century Holland, Maguire deftly weaves together stories of inner and outer beauty. Iris is a plain but intelligent young girl. Forced to flee England with her recently widowed mother, Margarethe, and her older sister, she finds herself swept into a life that becomes a legend. Arriving destitute, the family becomes employed in the home of a wealthy tulip merchant. Margarethe is hired as the housekeeper and Iris as a companion to the merchant’s stunningly beautiful but troubled daughter. When the merchant’s wife dies, Margarethe seizes the moment, and a wicked stepmother is born. Narrated with spirit and warmth by Jenny Sterlin, Gregory Maguire’s vision of Cinderella is a sweeping story of love and deception, where a ball, a handsome prince and the betrayal of a daughter can lead to everyone living happily ever after.

©1999 Gregory Maguire (P)2000 Recorded Books

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    This is my second time reading/hearing this book, and I'm sure it won't be the last! Thinking about rereading "wicked" after listening to the interview at the end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Jasper Keller, TX, US 08-25-15
    Terry Jasper Keller, TX, US 08-25-15
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    "A new spend on something old."

    I have enjoyed both of the booked I have listened to by this author. They are refreshingly different and relatively clean.
    A good listen.

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    H. Greene Florida 10-21-17
    H. Greene Florida 10-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as good as Wicked"

    Bought this because I enjoyed Wicked. Slow at first, finally builds to an okay book. This reminds me of a hurried sequel movie that is rushed to get out while the name is still marketable.

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    Debbie 08-24-17
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    I listened for one hour...could not get into it...very wordy to get to the interesting part, so gave up.

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    "don't expect another story of OZ."

    After reading His other books based in the land of oz I was looking forward to this new story. But unfortunately I was disappointed this is not up to its former glory in story telling

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    Mattie Johnson Gage Talent Agency 05-06-17
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    "The Other side of the Cinderella Tale"

    An enchanting read. Completely unexpected from beginning to end. Delishous. I could not put it down.

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    Love him and all he writes!! I'm never disappointed! Keeps me always wanting more!! Can't wait to see what's next!!

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    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    She's great with changing voices of characters and her voice is just lovely.


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    The entire book was excellent.


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    Love, love, love everything about this book! I'm so sad it's over!

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    good story, was not really into it at first but was very much attached at the end

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