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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (162,862 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Carson Levine Narrator: Eden Riegel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751369
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At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you'll ever read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1999 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • Winner of the 2000 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
  • A 1998 Newbery Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 2/18/2014

    " It was O.K. I didn't like it that much but it was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittani Allen | 2/11/2014

    " I love the book and the movie so much even though they're completely different. in fact I love that they're completely different. I love the story and the way its written and its hilarious. I can already see me reading it to my daughter someday "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Lincoln | 2/6/2014

    " This is a rich and imaginative retelling of the Cinderella story as a young adult novel. At last readers get a reasonable explanation for Cinderella's meek behavior. Poor Ella isn't a doormat; she is literally cursed with obedience. But she is a strong and intelligent role model, instead of taking her misfortune sitting down, she marches off to rid herself of the troublesome curse. Learning her worries and dreams gives readers a reason to root for her. Prince Charmant becomes more than a name as we read the letters he and Ella write to each other. A cast of fantastic and familiar fairy-tale figures includes the foolish fairy who bestows gifts nobody wants, a wise fairy godmother who refuses to use magic for anything important, and a gnome toddler with a baby beard. Gail Carson Levine casts a spell and manages to remake a classic tale into something completely new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmy | 2/3/2014

    " This is my all time favorite book I have ever read. I had two copies as a little girl that's how much I loved this book. <3<3<3<3<3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 1/25/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book! It had been laughing, crying, and "aww'ing the entire time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/20/2014

    " A quick read. It's basically the Cinderella story revamped to represent more modern beliefs about women's rights. What's cool is that the old ideals are still in there as a contrast. Ella's curse of obedience is another fun element of the story. Overall, a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Rowland | 1/19/2014

    " Ella Enchanted is a crazy fantasy about a young girl. This tale leaves children with a crazy fantasy world that they can then imagine and add to themselves. This is a very creative and well written book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chloe | 1/15/2014

    " I first read this book when I was about 13 years old. I loved it then, but I haven't read it in a while. I'll always remember it as a childhood favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/4/2014

    " It's a nice classic, but wasn't my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheral | 12/31/2013

    " WAY better than the movie... which I liked a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie smith | 12/26/2013

    " I READ IT AND I LOVED IT !!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelcey Murdoch | 12/24/2013

    " Love this book, easy to read. A different kind of Cinderella story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marin Rahman | 12/17/2013

    " This book is amazing, I can reread it on and on & brings back childhood memories :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia Chong | 12/9/2013

    " I liked the part when she can't decide to give into the curse to marry the prince, or just not marry the prince...:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LynnDee | 12/6/2013

    " I read this book when I was younger, and this was a book I could read over and over again. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Ray | 11/8/2013

    " Read it after I watched the movie. It was really different from the movie but it was still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Mccollum | 6/30/2013

    " Ella Enchanted is a book about a girl who has a curse that she has to do what ever they told her to do. In the end of the book Ella is free of the curse and marries the prince named Char. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalie | 4/29/2013

    " An amazing fairy tale! Four stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariah Platou | 3/8/2013

    " I remember reading this book in middle school and loving it! I must read this again to refresh my memory of the details, but I do recall that I really enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellany Kincross | 12/30/2012

    " Great story! Well written. The pre-story to Cinderella. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan :) | 10/21/2012

    " One of the very best books I have ever read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Guerra | 9/24/2012

    " if you were to pick up my copy of this book I swear it would fall apart. my all time favorite book ever. even as an adult I still love it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Balugajoe | 4/23/2012

    " Don't judge me. I love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 4/10/2012

    " Awesome! Read it a while ago though, but it's definitively a children's book though older people can read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 11/20/2011

    " Such a cute story! Too bad they messed the movie up so badly. This book had me laughing out loud in some places and biting my nails in other. Overall, a wonderful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Bertke | 10/27/2011

    " This is a great book for young girls who have just started reading young adult romances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 9/13/2011

    " I loved this book as a child, I read it until the cover fell off. Its still a great read! A nice twist on the typical Cinderella story, Ella has depth and complexity in her character making her more than your typical princess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smriti Sant | 7/20/2011

    " A book I read ages ago, but it I still remember it warming my heart in the weirdest of ways. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley Casteel | 7/7/2011

    " I thought that it was a good book that made you remember what is was like to be a girl that had a hard time with life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Honeybee | 5/23/2011

    " LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Ella is such a great character, spunky, funny and all grrrrrrrl power! Studied this book later with some ESL students and they loved it too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 5/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. I've read this probably 25 times. Never gets old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 5/22/2011

    " The book was wonderful. When the movie came out i was supper excited, untill i watched it. The book is so much better then the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jelimo | 5/21/2011

    " it is cinderella with a little twist here and there "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/21/2011

    " What an adorable book. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The fantasy elements were just perfect, and I loved the personalities of all the characters. What a lovely twist on the Cinderella story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elianna | 5/20/2011

    " What can I say but this book was utterly ENCHANTING? Everything about it IS enchanting. Ella the main character is Spunky and indeed verry Lovable. I'd recommend this book to almost everyone!

    -Elianna "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 5/20/2011

    " Loved this book! What a entertaining, sweet, fun read. Enjoyed the detour from the classical Cinderella story, the "back story" that explained the classic Cinderella story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/19/2011

    " Fave book from my childhood. It is falling apart it has been read so often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/19/2011

    " I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters (especially Ella and Prince Char. Oh my word.),the way it's written, all the twists in the plot - it was amazing and enjoyed it so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackenzie | 5/19/2011

    " I think it was a very impressive story, I like it alot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 5/18/2011

    " I first read this book as a fourth grader, and fell completely in love with it. It's a great Cinderella story with adventure and romance and it will always be a favorite of mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 5/18/2011

    " My favorite childhood book. I still read it, and will always love it.
    p.s. the movie they made is AWFUL and NOTHING like the book. "

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