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Beauty and the Beast: An Adult Fairytale Romance

Narrated by: Shoshana Franck
Series: Once Upon a Spell, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

Princess Anastasia Rose dreams of attending school, but her plans are put on hold when war begins between her father and the beastly lord of a nearby castle in the mountains.

Prince Alistair isn't an ordinary dragon. He's a shifter afflicted by a curse, unable to become human again until he finds his true love.

When a mortal king's adventurers trespass in Alistair's territory to steal a rare flower, the prince decides to steal a valuable prize of his own.

Author's Note: This is a magical retelling of the beloved tale, written for an adult audience. Listener discretion is advised.

©2016 Payne & Taylor (P)2017 Payne & Taylor
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really nice!

i really enjoyed Reading this book! a Story that i know and love written for anche adult! :) i really loved Every part... very well done!

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  • Jillian
  • 12-06-18

Good fairy tale

I did enjoy this. I’m glad I listened to the whole thing. I was tempted a time or two to delete it because I couldn’t stand the narrator at all. So sing-songy, like an overly annoying preschool teacher

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  • Cheri
  • 11-03-17

BRAVO! WONDERFUL STORY! AMAZING NARRATION!


ONE OF THE BEST RETELLINGS OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

I loved how Vivienne Savage takes the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, owns it, re-creates it, and delivers a sweet and beautiful retelling of this classic. The plot's well written, flows naturally, and has excellent world building and character development. Vivienne's version is sweet, and builds the relationship and chemistry between the characters. There's no instant love, nor is it filled with angst or any unnecessary drama, just a swoon worthy dragon-shifter who's been cursed.

Shoshana Franck's performance BLEW ME AWAY!!!! It was awesome! She really brought this fairly tale to life, and nailed the tone, characters and emotions. I knew within just a few minutes of starting, I was going to love her performance, and I did!

I devoured, and enjoyed every minute! Recommended for any fairy tale fan. It's well worth the time, credit, sale, but it's also an excellent whispersync deal!

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  • Racycarr
  • 15-02-17

Fire that burns within

Some authors have true talent. They truly have magic in their fingertips. They can make their words reach out through the pages and pull the reader right into the story itself. Well these two authors have that talent. If you are like me when reading a good story, you get pulled into the book so much that you can see it playing out before you in your mind. This can really put you on an emotional rollercoaster and I truly was on one in this book. Yip, I laughed and shed a few tears.

I truly loved Anastasia. She was full of so much life and had so much strength. She truly is a strong woman and that strength will be tested in this book. There were places were my heart truly broke for her. There were times I wanted to reach in the book and truly to protect her and other places I wanted to just reach in and give her a hug and tell her it will be okay. In this story you will see that Ana will know what it is like to be loved deeply by her father, she will know betrayal, hurt, fear and hatred. She will also know what it is like to be selfless and be brave.

In this book we will get to know the Beast who was also known as Alistair. We will know his bitterness, pain, and betrayal that he felt. The authors truly were in touch with this character and wrote him well. You truly got to know the beast on more of a personal level and understand him a little better. Beast was letting his hurt and anger consume him. It was destroying the young man that his fairy godmother loved. Something need to change and I have to say that the fairy godmother truly showed tough love and it was truly needed.

I feel like I should touch on Anastasia’s parents just a little. Love can so strange things. Queen Lorelei who was Ana’s mother was suffering from a mental illness. It had not only taken the Queen from her family mentally and it was really taking a toll on the King and Ana as well. King Morgan who was Ana’s father was something. You will have some many things go through your mind when reading the book. At one point you will feel he truly loves his daughter and then in some parts of the book you will doubt that love.

Prince Edward of Dalborough. WOW, what a character. I hated him from the get go. I have to say that every pain he felt he truly deserved. Prince Edward’s parents were something as well. I truly believe that this family was the true monsters in this story.

I loved when Alistair and Anastasia met. They truly needed each other. Alistair is cursed and there are some conditions to his curse. He is doing his best to make sure not break those conditions but Ana with her curious mind is truly making it hard. My heart broke for Alistair during his time with Ana. Alistair was a dragon shifter who was stuck in his dragon form. So all Ana was getting to see was the Beast. He wanted so badly for her to see the man. It broke my heart every day when he would ask her if she could ever love him. I do have to say though that I did love the twist that the fairy Eos threw on things. Sorry you will have to read the book to find out.

If you love fairy tales, then you will love this one. The authors did an amazing job putting their own little twist to Beauty and the Beast.

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  • Kelli
  • 05-06-17

Geared more towards young adults

Book was a little too simplistic. When stating your book is an adult fairytale one should make the book a little more interesting and create debt if characters. This book was written for a young mind rather than an adult mind.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-17

Painful

This book was truely awful. The plot, if it can be called a plot, was a never ending stream of senseless babble. The characters were poorly developed. I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone.

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  • Kindle Customer Sharon Nichols
  • 22-05-20

Beauty and the Beast by Vivienne Savage

This was my first adult fairy tale and I really enjoyed it. It takes a child’s fairy tale and brings it up to an adult level that is easy to listen to and adds romance not seen in the original tale. I thought it was done very well with excitement and romance, with a dragon and a spirit, and with magic.

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  • andrea rosa
  • 05-03-20

best book

this version of the story will be one of my favorites. the narrator was perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-20

Beauty and the beast: an adult fairytale romance

A good story where individuals learned, hopefully, their mistakes and will rethink what they would do differently the next time an issue came up. Mostly the individuals who had to learn were the males in the story. The males were arrogant being kings and prince. They just acted without asking or thinking. The Beast, who was now a king, caused numerous deaths and destruction because he lost his family to war. His fairy godmother wanted to teach him a lesson and made him remain in his dragon form until his true love’s kiss. The king wanted to keep his daughter safe, so he arranged a marriage for the princess to a prince, who tried to rape her before the wedding. The princess escaped under extreme measures and then met the dragon king. The story flowed smoothly. The narrator did an excellent job. It had a very HEA.

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  • S.Crawford
  • 21-01-20

Enjoyable adult fairytale

Keep close to the original story as l like. A nice twist bit the classic was not lost. I recommend. Moving to the next book..fingers crossed.

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  • Shorty
  • 14-01-20

Favorite Story

As a kid you love the stories about princesses and Kings but this one takes the cake!! I loved how this story was written and I hope to like the others as well!!