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3.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 5 3.04 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Napoli Narrator: Robert Ramirez Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Young Persian Prince Orasmyn lives a peaceful life of quiet duty and thoughtful obedience. Tending his fragrance garden gives him much more pleasure than the bloody royal hunts staged by his father. But a single wrong decision sets in motion an ancient curse that changes Orasmyn's fate forever. Told he will be killed by his own father, he is transformed into a lion on the day of a great hunt. The prince has no choice but to flee beloved Persia and his precious family. Balancing his fading human memories with his new beastly impulses, he makes his way to Europe - where his destiny awaits in the person of a French beauty named Belle. Donna Jo Napoli once again weaves the magic she has shown in books like Crazy Jack and Zel , transforming a well-known fairy tale into an unforgettable epic of duty, love, and redemption. Robert Ramirez's narration captures all the anguish and struggle of Orasmyn's quest to regain his humanity. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/20/2014

    " Not nearly as good as I had anticipated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 2/10/2014

    " Beast was a little wierd. I normally love books that tell a classic story from someone else's perspective, but this one was pretty choppy and odd. For instance, there is a rather raunchy scene between a couple of lions, and nobody needs that. It was pretty gross. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loopie | 2/8/2014

    " A telling of the 'Beauty and Beast', before and throughout the the time the Beast became beast. It takes you on a journey or how a man becomes and animal and how this animal once more becomes a man. For any fairy-tale lovers out there, this is certainly a twist to the well-known fable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 2/3/2014

    " While the book was good, some parts were just really weird. Well, way to weird for me anyways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annamaria | 1/24/2014

    " it takes a it to get into this book but once in it's a great story. although recognizable as the traditional tale of beauty and the beast it is told form the beasts point of view...I liked it better than McKinley's Beauty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 1/12/2014

    " An interesting take on Beauty and the Beast but wasn't as well written as I had hoped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 1/10/2014

    " I love this rendition of Beauty and the Beast! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Misty | 1/4/2014

    " Terrible, boring book the includes the MC who is still fully human of mind, but animal of body mating with other animals that are strictly animals. The ick factor broke the meter for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khanam | 12/31/2013

    " Awful cover, good story. A lot of Persian references, very colourful; it's literally told from the point of view of a beast. Very entertaining if you have some knowledge of Islam and if your favourite fairy tale as a child was Beauty and the Beast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Covington | 12/28/2013

    " I like how this is from the beast's viewpoint, and how it included a backstory for him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anni | 12/11/2013

    " This was so unbelievably boring I couldn't even finish the first chapter. I really don't like Donna Jo Napoli; the best rating I've ever given one of her books is 'meh.' She has these great ideas and then ruins them completely. I don't know how she manages to do this over and over again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marilyn | 8/10/2013

    " I tried but I couldn't get into this re-telling of the beauty and the beast story. Stilted dialogue, uninteresting characters, and way too many words in Arabic(?)translated into English causing the story to stop moving forward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 5/26/2013

    " Great adaption of a classic story, really pleasant to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/22/2013

    " a very interesting twist on Beauty and the Beast. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anajoy-rusticgirl | 4/30/2013

    " AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Couldn't bare to read any more after page 200. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla | 11/22/2012

    " The perfect parallel version of The Beauty and the Beast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/18/2012

    " An adaptation of the Beauty and the Beast story. In it, a Persian prince is turned into a lion, and makes his way to France, where he encounters a young woman that may be able to break the spell he's under. Very exotic, very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 1/1/2012

    " Another fantastic beauty and the beast. It takes awhile to get into the action, but it still really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tegan | 10/23/2011

    " A take on the story of Beauty and the Beast from the Beast's point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaelyn Grant | 10/7/2011

    " The language flows combining Persian, Latin and French into a beautifully told story. Rich with religion, reality and just a bit of magic. An amazing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 6/29/2011

    " This was a cool twist on my favorite folk/fairy tale! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae | 4/24/2011

    " uhh maybe three and a half, didn't love it but it wasn't bad lol "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/23/2011

    " It was a nice take on the original fairy tale. It was fun to hear the side of the beast but the book ended too soon and I wish there had been more time spent on the romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 1/21/2011

    " Another version of Beauty and the Beast. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/15/2011

    " I just not like the way Napoli writes her fairy tales. They are so harsh and more like an Opera. I would never recommend any of her books to young adults. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caileen | 1/11/2011

    " horrible! too descriptive of animal sacrifices "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 1/10/2011

    " two sexual references didn't appreciate, very wordy, long, skipped parts "

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