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The Beast's Heart

A Novel of Beauty and the Beast
Narrated by: Jim Dale
Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in 17th-century France - and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.

I am neither monster nor man - yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company - until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse....

©2019 Leife Shallcross (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“What a delight! This is a beautifully crafted, deeply romantic reworking of the fairy tale.” (Juliet Marillier, author of the Blackthorn & Grim series)

“A lush retelling of my favorite fairytale classic. Beautiful, poignant, and enchanting…Leife Shallcross’s Beast shines.” (C. L. Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of The Sea King

"Glorious.... retells Beauty and the Beast in a compelling and surprising novel filled with peril, darkness, romance and beauty." (Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens and The Wild Girl)

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Just ok

I love Jim Dales narrations and was excited to listen to this book, as Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, but the story just seemed to drag on and mostly involved Isabeau crying and the beast with his big feelings and tendency to play the humble victim with grand noble gestures. There wasn’t so much a climax as there was just long menotinous tale of anticlimactic longing. I really wanted to like it more, and over all I did like the writing style, but unfortunately the story just didn’t deliver in my opinion.

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I love Jim Dale

But this was a waste of his talent.
The side stories of isabeau's family was interesting enough... But oh my goodness the book dragged on and it really highlighted the manipulation, sick, stalker/Stockholm's syndrome relationship... I do not recommend

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Disappointing

I honestly can't tell you whether or not I got this book because I am so impressed by Jim Dale's performances on a regular basis, or because I love the beauty and the beast story and its spin-offs so much. however, I struggled to invest in the characters I felt that with his performance history this book severely underutilized Jim Dale's talent and I just wanted it to be over. the name Isabeau and Claude where odd names for girls especially when the heroin is Bell and all other versions that I have read so it made me feel like it was being mispronounced when it was red without any kind of l sound. I did like the fact that the beast wasn't altogether terrible and that she had sisters, but I did fail to grasp how he needed to change after he realized he loved Isabeau. even after he was turned back into a man the ferry still said that he basically gets to live because she loved his grandmother but didn't say still what she found disappointing or unworthy of him. All in all the book was, disappointing.

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Shallcross speaks a word to bring some cultural balance

I loved this book.
I loved the vulnerable, moral, courageous, suffering beast.
He won my heart. I just wanted to be his mother-in-law!
Passionate moral courageous suffering manly guy.
Meets
Kind moral courageous virtuous creative intuitive girl.
Loved it.

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  • CB
  • Altoona PA
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Riveting

Amazing narrator! One of the best. Thank you for a great retelling of this wonderful tale.

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Jim Dale does it again

I loved this! The retelling of the tale was wonderful and Jim Dale was, as always, spectacular! Very enjoyable!!

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Beauty and the Beast is my favorite childhood fairytale.

Listening to it from the Beast’s point of view was wonderful. I loved it. The reader has a very gentle tone and timing, expressing each character distinctly. It has now become my favorite version of my favorite fairytale.

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