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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin McKinley Narrator: Charlotte Parry Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781470360801
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Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward–but she’s also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast’s prisoner.

New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal.

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  • “Charlotte Parry’s nuanced reading of this fairy tale retelling will enchant listeners. From her spirited renditions of wealthy life in the city and her solid characterizations of country characters to a fearful voicing of the Beast, Parry embraces the core of the iconic story.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Charlotte Parry’s narration brings out the charm of this older children’s rendition of this timeless fairy tale. Parry lends a dainty yet spirited voice to the young protagonist who, although plain, is nicknamed Beauty. Parry’s down-to-earth narration captures Beauty’s innocence as well as her determination to take her father’s place as the beast’s prisoner…Through pacing and inflections Parry highlights Beauty’s wide-eyed, and sometimes fearful, astonishment at the luxuries and magic of the castle. Slight tweaks to Parry’s English accent and deeper tones help differentiate the men’s voices, and she offers a hint of gentlemanly eloquence to the Beast’s gruff demeanor.”


  • A 2015 School Library Journal Top Pick of Summer Audiobooks
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About the Author
Author Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine, the New York Times bestseller Spindle’s End, two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, English writer Peter Dickinson.

About the Narrator

Charlotte Parry is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. She made her Broadway debut in the 2000 Tony Award–winning revival of The Real Thing and has also appeared in stage productions of As You Like It, Pygmalion, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She has performed in several Broadway plays, including the revival of The Winslow Boy and The Importance of Being Earnest.