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by | Read by Shannon McManus

Children Ages 10+ • 8.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2015

This newly reenvisioned version of "Sleeping Beauty" features a beauty named Aurora, who is struggling against the life that has been planned out for her after being awakened by her prince. Shannon McManus's breathy narration, while perfect for Aurora upon her bewildering reintroduction to society, doesn't match her search for independence as the tale continues. Nor does it provide any distinction for secondary characters. At times, McManus's performance even detracts from the story as the main character reaches within to find the emotional strength to escape her destined path. Fairy-tale lovers or those looking for an audiobook with an interesting twist will doubtless admire the story itself, but veteran audio listeners may find a more deeply enjoyable experience elsewhere. J.M. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2015]

Trade Ed. • Harper Audio • 2015

CD ISBN 9781481533553 $34.99 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN 9780062346148 $21.99


Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2015

CD ISBN 9781481533546 $59.99 • Eight CDs

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