The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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The break out fantasy novel of 2003 becomes the must-have fantasy audio of 2005! By re-imagining the old story of the princess who is reduced to caring for the geese while an imposter takes her place at the royal wedding, Shannon Hale has created a compelling and deeply engaging novel. Follow the adventures of Princess Anidori Kiladra of Kildenree as she struggles to regain not merely her crown, but her very name. Sweeping in its vision and enlivened by a huge cast of vivid characters, "The goose girl" has earned both rave reviews and an intensely loyal fan following. Now it comes to life in an epic recording that will enthrall existing fans while also bringing the book to a whole new audience
Publisher: [Syracuse, N.Y.] : Full Cast Audio, 2005
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Bishop, Cynthia

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artemishi
Mar 04, 2015

This retelling of the (non-Disney, rather dark) Goose Girl fairytale is excellent for both fans of the source material and those who have never heard of it. Some of the gorier specifics are included, but this one dives deeper into kingdom politics, magic, etc.

Ani comes into her own, but I hesitate to call it a 'coming of age' novel (it straddles the line between middle grade and YA, I think) because Ani has the grace to take every hardship in stride. She does have some handicaps, and also some amazing powers, but I feel like her real power came from being around some amazing supporting characters.

That being said, it was an enjoyable read/listen (aside from some poor editing in the audiobook, with music and odd spacing between sections). I didn't feel particularly connected to Ani, but there were compelling moments of "can it get any worse?!" and a sweet romance that kept me reading. Complex themes weave throughout (such as classism, criminal justice, etc.) but they're more background noise than addressed issues.

I look forward to reading more of the Books of Bayern, which promise to delve deeper into the established setting (and maybe light on other fairytales?). I recommend this for fans of fairytale retelling in the YA genre, riches-to-rags stories, ensemble casts (though Ani is clearly the sole protagonist), fantasy and magic.

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hoper
Oct 04, 2010

oh my gosh
i loved this book
so awesome

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Anthonia
Jun 24, 2010

I just loved this book! Very interesting, even busy, I found myself trying to make time to read it!

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Winter_Romance
Jan 04, 2010

I loved the plot and the romance.

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