The Ugly Duckling

Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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With more than eight million copies of her books in print, Iris Johansen has captured top spots on national best-seller lists and attracted a wide audience of fans. Renowned for her superb storytelling, Johansen adds a dark twist to the well-known fable in The Ugly Duckling.

Nell Calder is the docile, plain wife of a powerful financier. She is content to live in the shadows of his elegant international life. Suddenly one night, at a lavish party, a hit man targets her husband. Nell’s face and body are deeply marred by the same violent hand. But from the ensuing surgery and rehabilitation, Nell emerges beautiful, strong, and bent on revenge. To develop the skills she needs to face her attacker, Nell must conquer her fear and face almost impossible odds.

Layered with suspense, drama, and passion, this fast-paced story plunges you into Nell's dangerous mission. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat provides the perfect pace for a gripping, sophisticated tale.

©1996 I. J. Enterprises (P)1998 Recorded Books

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Love Barbara R!

Good story, a bit predictable at times, but the narrator was splendid! Will definitely check out what else she has narrated.

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Too Many Deep Inhales

The narrator took so many deep inhales that made me feel she was bored with story. She did a great job with different characters.

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Absolutely love Iris Johansen

Ugly Duckling was the first book of Iris Johansson novels that i had ever read from this author now i am stuck on her books. I've been a huge fan of her books for over 15 years.

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Still Great.

I read this book in the 90's after i found the paperback in my apartments laundry room. it was so good then. I saw it on Audible and thought i would see how i felt about it now. Its still a great story and the narrator gives the characters life.

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Favorite Book

This has always been my favorite book and the narrator was great at making it come alive!

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greatest

it's awesome that kept me wanting to listen to more great story line and details were great... just great...

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Worst narration EVER!

This is actually a really good book, but the narration is absolutely awful. I couldn’t even get through the 2nd chapter. The narrator has a serious smoker voice and there’s no variation between characters. Also, you can hear her taking breathes which is really annoying. I ended up just reading the book.

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One of my favorites.

What made the experience of listening to The Ugly Duckling the most enjoyable?

I heard this years ago and enjoyed it very much. The whole idea of a less than beautiful woman being remade inside and out was interesting. I just recently purchased the audio so I could hear it again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ugly Duckling?

The lengths the main character was willing to go to make things right. Stepping out of her comfort zone and doing the hard work to change.

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't have one. I enjoyed the entire book.

Any additional comments?

I don't normally support revenge in any form. But this was a different twist. The book had several unexpected turns that made it good from beginning to end.

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REVENGE---WHAT IT IT, GOOD FOR?

WE KNOW THE SONG, BUT LIVING OR PAYING WITH THIS AS A CURRENCY IS A FRIVOLOUS PURSUIT. YOU MUST UNLEARN BEFORE ONE'S LIFE IS ORE IT IS "THE CROSS" THAT LIVES AND LETS YOU FLY "TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH THE FACE OF GOD.". ARE YOU ABLE TO CONTEND? IT IS NOT ONE FOR THE TIMID.OF HEAR TED.

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An overdose of adverbs!

What would have made The Ugly Duckling better?

A less predictable plot line and avoidance of adverbs.

What do you think your next listen will be?

not Iris Johansen

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Ugly Duckling?

Most of them.

Any additional comments?

Not even the amazing talents of Barbara Rosenblatt could save this dreadful work.