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Beauty and His Beast

Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
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They call him Marrex the Monster. Deformed and wretched, Captain Marrex roams the black of space with only a pair of eccentric AIs for company. The curse in his DNA means a long, bitterly lonely life for the Ghelyxian, and it’s a fate Marrex knows he can’t change. 

After a long sleep in stasis, Juniper Bo wakes to discover he’s an unwelcome guest aboard Captain Marrex’s ship. Though he tries to stay away from the surly Ghelyxian, he just doesn’t get why the curse is such a big deal - then again, Juniper knows his tastes are rather...unusual for a Human. When friendship blooms between Marrex and Juniper, they realize they face a future that neither could have predicted in their wildest dreams.

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Better than the book

I like this version of beauty. Much better than the original fairytale. I've read the book first, but the audiobook is better as the narrator imbues all the characters with wonderful voices that I now hear in my head when I reread the book.
The AIs add light relief and are cute in the way that they help the protagonists get together. MM fairytale, slightly on the dark side, with a side of scifi, and a wonderful narrator, it is perfect.

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  • AAHickman
  • 27-11-19

Perfect rework of a classic!

This was outstanding! It took all the troubling parts of the BatB story, and dumped them overboard for an even stronger story.

BatB is my favorite fairy tale, even with the issues, so this had a lot to live up to, but I loved this more than the original. Considering I'm not a huge fan of science fiction or space stories it's even more impressive that I enjoyed this so much.

Marrex and Juniper are wonderful, and I loved how the points of the original were included, but tweaked to fit the setting. I loved the AI sidekicks as well, they added a great touch of humor.

I don't always find reworks of classics work for me, but this was great in every way.

Audio: I love Michael Ferraiuolo's narration in general, and this was no exception. All the voices were distinct and appropriate to the characters. I even enjoy his female voices, they never come across as caricatures, and they sound feminine, not all male narrators achieve that. He also does great with accents. I wish he did more books that I enjoyed!

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  • Diane
  • 14-02-18

I really enjoyed it

I enjoyed this take on the classic Beauty & the Beast. I hated Juniper's sisters for what they tried to do. I would love to see more of these two together & maybe Marrex reunion with his people. I really wish there was a sequel.

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  • multimom
  • 08-04-20

new twist on classic story

set in space and being mm it's a new twist on Beauty and the Beast. Only this belle's family is really crappy and the Beast is in desperateneed of love. The story is good and the narration is good.