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The Two Princesses of Bamarre

Narrated by: January LaVoy
Series: Two Princesses of Bamarre, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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A kingdom beset by monsters... A disease that weakens and destroys... An epic poem and a hero of long ago... A story of danger and desperation.

The two princesses of Bamarre couldn't be more different. Princess Addie is fearful and shy. Her deepest wish is for safety. Princess Meryl is bold and brave. Her deepest wish is to save the kingdom of Bamarre. They are sisters, and they mean the world to each other.

Then disaster strikes, and Addie - terrified and unprepared - sets out on a perilous quest. In her path are monsters of Bamarre: ogres, specters, gryphons, and dragons. Addie must battle them, but time is running out, and the sisters' lives - and Barmarre's fate - hang in the balance.

Gail Carson Levine left her mark on fantasy with her well-loved 1998 Newbery Honor Book Ella Enchanted. Now she has created another shimmering and tapestried landscape of fantasy and fairies. Bamarre and the journeys of its two princesses will burn themselves into the minds of listeners, and all will relish this moving saga about two sisters groping their way toward heroism.

©2001 Gail Carson Levine (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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One of My all-time favorite rereads

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I am a 29 year old woman who still read this book, the same book from grade school. This book, along with others, saved me during my lonely years. And I still tear up, get excited, and am filled with a valiant sense of courage after reading it, again and again and again. In times of stress or sadness, I'd read this to reclaim my sense of strength and unity. So I had to purchase this, because I gave away my physical copy a couple of years ago.
Miss Janauary LaVoy did wonders to the story's words.

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A wonderful fairytale

I have loved this book since I was a little girl, so my review might be slightly biased. The story is a light and lively adventure with the younger of two princesses, the 'cowardly' one who is afraid of spiders, war, and everything in between. She grows through the story, overcoming her fears and meeting challenges headlong along the way. As a girl, I liked that she started out by being scared and then became brave; it was an example I tried to emulate to some success. As and adult, I love the rich characters, the hero from Bamarre's stories who becomes a literal guiding force for Addie through the story. The ending is particularly striking, as it isn't the ultimately completely happy ending frequently found in many stories targeted at this age group. I think the ending is perfect as it is, but it isn't what you expect at all and is magical because of it.
I recommend this book to anyone of any age group, and it has a permanent place on my favorites list.

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Tear Jerker!

I read this when I was in my early teens and when I finished I insisted on reading it to my not-so-bookwormy sister and she loved it too! I've listened to it a couple times on audible and it always hits me right in the feels and I always get tears at the sisterly love parts. It's like it was written about my sister and me and sewn into the fairytale life I'd always dreamt of! This has to be my favorite book of all books! Gail Carson Levine is a masterful story teller and has amazing twists in her stories! I love her books and I wish she had more, more, more!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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The Epic Poem

The poetic prose of this novel is simply heart warming. This narrator brings the different characters to life with her voices and skillful display of reading talent. If you love original fairytale like stories or solid life forming relationships and characters. Then this is a must read.

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lovely story of a timid young woman turning brave

This is an old favorite for me. January LeVoy did it nicely.

I especially liked her voice for the dragon Vollys. Very cool. I can imagine kids really loving this narration!

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Enchanting and Fun

I read this book as a kid and it was so much fun to listen again as an adult. January performance added the right amount of suspense and drama and truly brought to life the excitement in the sisters’ tale. It brought me back to the same emotions I experienced reading this book to myself as a child.

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Finally!

I read this book about 10 years ago and have been waiting on the audio book for about a year. This story is magical, beautiful and full of love. It is a wholesome family book. I would recommend it to women who enjoy a little bit of childhood fantasy or to a child who loves fairy tales. The narrator did a great job bringing this story to life. 5/5 stars on the whole thing ❤️