Listening Length: 8 hours and 6 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Full Cast Audio Audible.com
Release Date: November 1, 2007
Age Range: 10 and up
Series: Enchanted #3
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Aza is far from beautiful. With pale skin and blood-red lips (not to
mention ungainly size), she is seen as odd, at best. But Aza does have
one blessing: a voice of astonishing beauty. In Ayortha, where singing
is the main mode of communication, this gift is no small thing, and soon
Aza finds herself rising at court. But, as she will discover,
unexpected good fortune can also bring unexpected danger.
Funny and moving, wise as well as uplifting, Fairest represents New York Times best-selling author Gail Carson Levine at her finest.
Todd Hobin has crafted melodies for all the story’s lyrics and songs,
resulting in a unique listening experience – an audiobook that has as
much original music as a Broadway show!
About the Author:
Gail Carson Levine grew up in
New York City and began writing seriously in 1987. Her first book for
children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine’s other
books include Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book
for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and the six
Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and the picture book Betsy Who
Cried Wolf, illustrated by Scott Nash. Gail, her husband, David, and
their Airedale, Baxter, live in a 1790 farmhouse in the Hudson River
Valley of New York State.
I listened to the full cast audio book. I will be honest in saying that
I spaced out during lots of the singing. The singers were very dramatic
and sometimes difficult to understand. Besides that, I absolutely
loved the book!
I loved the way prince Igori fell in love with Asa for the right
reasons and in spite of her appearance. I also liked the way Asa didn’t
suddenly love herself completely once Igori confessed his feelings. She
knew it would take some time for her to accept herself, but she was
willing to try, and that seemed like a realistic response from her.
This is my second Gail Carson Levine book that I’ve listened to and I really
like her work. Her books are clean and have a good message tucked
inside. They are especially good for young girls, ages 9 and up.
BONUS: If you buy the Kindle version, you can get the Audible version for $1.49.