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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: Kate Forbes, John McDonough, Barbara Rosenblat, Richard Ferrone Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780061762833
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The year is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vincente.

But one day a noble entourage makes its way up the winding slopes to the farm—and the world comes to Montefiore. In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia—decadent children of a wicked pope—no one can claim innocence for long. When Borgia sends Don Vicente on a years-long quest to reclaim a relic of the original Tree of Knowledge, he leaves Bianca under the care—so to speak—of Lucrezia. She plots a dire fate for the young girl in the woods below the farm, but in the dark forest there can be found salvation as well . . .

The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant achievement.”

    Boston Herald

  • “With his rich, idiosyncratic storytelling, Maguire restores the edge to an oft-told tale and imbues it with a strange, unsettling beauty.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The language has an old-fashioned quality and the point of view shifts frequently, but teens who continue to the end will learn much of medieval Italy and a little of human nature, and have a new respect for the old tale. This is a great addition to the Maguire shelf.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Wildly inventive…Maguire refreshes his source material capably…Every bit as good as Wicked: wicked good, in fact.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mirah W | 2/20/2014

    " I was hopeful about this one. After liking Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and disliking Wicked, I thought I would give Maguire another shot when I heard his take on Snow White featured the legendary Borgia family. Overall, an interesting idea for the reshaping of the Snow White fairy tale. But the delivery was poor. Honestly, I found his writing style distracting in his inability to just come right out and say something. Everything is revealed in these round about ways and he gets too long-winded about things. I basically skimmed the last third of the book because I was so ready to be done with it. Thank goodness the chapters are brief. Even with skimming I was still able to get the gist of the book at the end. I wish I wouldn't have wasted my time with this book. But, at least now I know not to waste my time with Maguire in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/14/2014

    " Very good, enjoyed this at the beach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charleen | 2/13/2014

    " This was a very underwhelming story. It was interesting to see the way Maguire humanized the classic villain this time, by making her an actual historical figure. And I generally enjoy his writing itself, the style in which he puts his words together and paints a scene. There were definitely some magical moments in here. But overall, I just didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as his earlier works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katelyn | 2/9/2014

    " An excellent twist on Snow White "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skeptigirl | 1/29/2014

    " This book started out amazing. I was transported to a historical world with undertones of magic. It was good until the end. I felt that I got lost there and plunged down a well and in a snap it was over. I barely knew what was happening. It was like the ending happened in a thick fog. The ending gets one star but the rest of the book was so good that I still liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claybone | 1/28/2014

    " eh, nothing special. Sometimes interesting, but nothing really spectacular happens the entire story... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 1/24/2014

    " New spins on fairy tales is a shtick Maguire has stuck with. Too bad it only worked well in Wicked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammye | 1/21/2014

    " It did not hold my attention as his earlier works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle Southern | 1/20/2014

    " Although this was a unique take on the story of Snow White, I wasn't too taken by the book. There was a lot left to be desired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rexdeaver | 1/5/2014

    " Fascinating treatment of the Snow White story, casting Lucretia Borgia as the wicked guardian. Love the alien "otherness" of the dwarves, their definitively non-human perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 12/26/2013

    " Not as good as some of his other books I've read, but still good. I really liked that he placed the story in real history, very interesting. I wasn't as invested in these characters as much as some of the others he's created. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 12/7/2013

    " When I finished reading this, I thought the author needed to find something else besides traditional fairy tales to satirize. It was a story with a plot that was stretched out too long and was very thin. It was hard to keep my interest and I barely finished reading the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Moore | 12/2/2013

    " Kinda weird at times, but the renaissance retelling of Snow White is pretty well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Duks | 11/25/2013

    " Liked to concept of a spin on Snow White, was excited to read it. Just kind of dragged at times, took awhile but I finished it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa Dustin | 10/19/2013

    " Too weird. Bordering on icky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/18/2013

    " Super fun and an easy read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sae-chan | 6/14/2013

    " This is the punishment I get when I judged a book by its cover. Cute cover, really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny | 4/6/2013

    " Such an amazing twist on the Snow White story. I loved the way they tied in the poisoned apple given to Snow White with the apple from the tree of knowledge. An interesting mash-up of stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 12/25/2012

    " An interesting take on the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves fairy tale. I found this a more enjoyable read then Maguire's Wicked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bri | 11/18/2012

    " A few of my all-time favorite quotes come from this book, but I just couldn't get into it like I could Wicked. It's not a horrible book, but I definitely prefer Maguire's other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simone | 10/27/2012

    " Another great creation of a story that's not all about a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Tack | 10/4/2012

    " The retelling of Snow White. I enjoyed the setting and the twist on who these characters actually are (i.e. the dwarf) compared to the fairy tale. The Italian setting is very interesting and adds depth to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 8/8/2012

    " Ack I don't know what it is about Snow White stories but I just don't like 'em. I never got through the Disney movie either. But I love all of Maguire's other books that I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 4/8/2012

    " This was better the LOST but not as good as Wicked or Ugly Stepsister. I did enjoy the inclusion of the Borgias to give it a historical fiction identity, but overall I just didn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Barton | 3/9/2012

    " Not as good as Wicked. I grew tired of the genre as he didn't capture characters as well in this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dominique | 10/11/2011

    " Not his best work. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was a lot better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LeAnn | 9/27/2011

    " This book was a little tough to get into. Slow pace and the story didn't flow as naturally as in the Wicked books.Characters are less sympathetic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Embee | 8/15/2011

    " See 'Wicked' review, less the clock... that damn clock! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenneen | 7/7/2011

    " Bit wierd, but still great. Love the evil "witch" Lucrezia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/20/2011

    " I was just happy to finally have time read a book for the sheer enjoyment of reading a book. Thankfully this book provided such enjoyment. "

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

    " Disappointing...as have been most of Maguire's efforts since Wicked and Son of A Witch.

    Perhaps he and Phillipa Gregory should get together and trade pointers on prolonging your creative voice after an initial major success comes in and takes a giant dump on your originality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebalioness | 5/15/2011

    " Snow White meets Lucretia Borgia. Do not mix with cold medicine, as with all his books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rumschik | 5/9/2011

    " Wicked was good but the rest of this authors books stink. Not a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Horton | 5/8/2011

    " This guy is a bit wacko, but I have to say I would be hard put to come up with such an imaginative re-take on Snow White and the Seven Garden Gnomes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dodokins | 4/28/2011

    " This is the punishment I get when I judged a book by its cover. Cute cover, really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 4/26/2011

    " Clever, but definitely not as good as Wicked. This story winds history into the story of Snow White. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 4/13/2011

    " There are many negative reviews of this book but I loved it -- perhaps not as much as Wicked but it still fascinated me. I thought including Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, two of the most ruthless and amoral historical of all time, in the retelling of Snow White was genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 4/5/2011

    " Although this was a unique take on the story of Snow White, I wasn't too taken by the book. There was a lot left to be desired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/1/2011

    " Sleeping Beauty as told from the dwarves' perspective. It's an interesting concept, and very effective in this book. "

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

    " I read Gergory Maguire's 'Wicked' trilogy last year and looked forward to this book about Snow White. It wasn't as good as the others (Wicked being the best of the three). This is no Disney Snow White. Lucrezia Borgia is the Wicked Witch in this one... 'nuf said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/18/2011

    " Didn't quite like this one as much as some of Maguire's others, but still a good read. The author certainly has a good imagination! "

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About the Author
Author Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Years series—Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical, Son of a WitchA Lion among Men, and Out of Oz—among several other novels. He has also written more than a dozen novels for children. His work for both adults and children has been published abroad in England, Ireland, and Australia, and various works have been purchased for translation into French, German, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, he makes his home in Massachusetts.

About the Narrators

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.