Audiobook Review: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Age Range: 8 and up

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 19, 2011)

Source: Library

Rating: 5 of 5 stars.


That fool of a fairy
Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift.
When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were
her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy
touched my nose. “My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient.
Now stop crying child.”So begins this richly entertaining story of Ella
of Frell who wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda’s gift and
feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to
herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on
one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom – and she’ll have to

Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked
stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella’s spirited account of her quest
to break the curse is a funny, poignant, and enchanting tale about an
unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself.

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.


My Thoughts:

I loved this book! Although the narrator sounded a little too young to
play Ella, I thought she did a wonderful job of bringing life to the
story. My kids even enjoyed listening to the book even though
they are much younger than the target audience.

I am an official sucker for fairy tales, but it’s no wonder when I read
books like this. It was such a cute story.  If you like fairy tale
retellings, you will enjoy this. It is for middle grade and young YA and
is perfectly clean.

Content: clean

Ella Enchanted ebook is available for $4.74


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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    May 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Aw! I did not know what this book was about. She wants to belong to herself… I really want to read this now. Isn't it better that the narrator was young? I've been trying out samples of audio books and sometimes the narrators are way too old.
    I know that this author and Alex Flinn have a couple of fairy tale retellings you might want to check out.

    • Reply
      May 29, 2013 at 12:49 am

      You should read this, you would like it. I also downloaded Fairest for my Kindle and I plan on reading that when I get the chance. I didn't mind that the narrator was young, it just made me think that Ella was younger than her character really is.

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