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Ballad of the Beanstalk Audiobook

Ballad of the Beanstalk

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As her fingers move across the strings of her family's heirloom harp, 16-year-old Clarion can forget. She doesn't dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn't think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected. She doesn't worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn't want to be her sweetheart anymore. She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.

When Mack, a lord's dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena's can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time. Drawn to Clarion's music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena's relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen. When even the town witch won't help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn't need protecting. But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn't have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.

A prequel to the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.

©2017 Amy McNulty (P)2017 Amy McNulty

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    micki 29/07/2017
    micki 29/07/2017
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    "Something a little different"
    Where does Ballad of the Beanstalk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.Ballad of the Beanstalk was a little different from what I normally listen to/read. I enjoyed it very much, as the narrator was very talented and projected quite well.


    Would you recommend Ballad of the Beanstalk to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to my friends


    Have you listened to any of Kaitlin Descutner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I had not heard Kaitlin Descutner perform before, but will look for her on other projects.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The beginning was handled very well while attempting to be delicate with the relationship between the traditional roles of the best friend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • HeatherY
    28/07/17
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    "Imaginative Fairy Tale Retelling"

    This fairy tale retelling tells the story of the magical golden harp in Jack and the Beanstalk. Clarion is the daughter of a pig farmer, one of a trio of friends, and a harpist that can capture listeners' hearts. After her father's death, her mother resorts to selling all of their possessions, including Clarion's beloved harp. While playing her harp for the last time at the Mayor's ball, Clarion and a visiting lord's son discover a giant beanstalk growing in a witch's garden and the adventure begins!

    I love fairy tale retellings, and I've never read a Jack and the Beanstalk story before. The author created an interesting world and characters. I liked that the sexuality of the characters was presented as matter of fact without labels. I actually preferred Elena to the main character, and sympathized with her when she realized that Clarion had feelings for a man, and she was alone.

    The plot was interesting, but every new reveal had to be explained to Clarion in detail, so every twist consisted of another character telling Clarion, 'No, THIS is why that happened'. Clarion asked all the right questions, but instead of being addressed, they were ignored. I'd love to hear more about why the little people didn't know about the giants, and where Jacosa's magic came from.

    The narrator read dramatically and with feeling. Instead of reciting songs, she sang them, and it was really well done. I was provided a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly Smith
    Oklahoma City
    18/08/17
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    "Meh..."

    I was excited to start this book and just knew I would love it...not so much. Right from the beginning, I had a hard time staying with it. It started slow and just never picked up or got interesting for me. The only thing that wasn't slow was the narration! Most of the book sounds like the narrator is trying to speed read. I tried slowing to .75 and it was just the right speed until those moments when the narrator realized she was reading too fast and tried to slow down. Unfortunately, it just wasn't that great.
    I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn Fuhrman
    Pennsylvania USA
    16/08/17
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    "Not just Jack's Beanstalk!"

    Wow. This book took a classic story and twisted it upside down the back again. I really enjoyed how different the two lands were, yet tied strongly together.

    Clarion is one determined girl, who is not afraid to get what she wants. She may not know who she wants to be with more, but she certainly will stop at nothing to make sure she has that choice.

    Kaitlyn Descutner is brilliant. She is easy to listen to and reads at a great pace to follow. It was easy to tell the characters apart and really enjoy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Missouri, USA
    05/08/17
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    "back story of harp, poorly executed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no, it was very slow to start and shallow characters, poor or fair plot


    What was most disappointing about Amy McNulty’s story?

    I think with some re-write it could be good


    Any additional comments?

    Ballad of the Beanstalk by Amy McNulty and narrated by Kaitlin Descutner is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This is the back story of the harp and the story of the bean stalk characters. The story was very hard to get into. It was slow, too many character introductions, the plot was going nowhere... It did get a bit better later but the characters still were shallow and the plot just okay. The saving grace was the narrator who performed wonderfully with what she had. I would have given this a lower score had it not been for the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Myztikal
    On the Edge of Glory
    26/07/17
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    "Mack & Clarion Ascended the Beanstalk First"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm always on the hunt for intelligent, adult driven, psychological, and/or deeper (or darker) fairy tale or nursery rhymes retellings. This one gets two thumbs up. Rather, two hands and two legs to climb up.

    The first thirty minutes or so (I wasn't watching the time) could be overwhelming with the introduction of many of the Land characters. The 'giants' seemed to be more slowly coaxed onto the pages. The relationships among the characters were a mixture of loss, sickness, happiness, new and lost loves, strict parents, diplomacy, and other dynamics. A book of this length usually doesn't cover a wide spectrum but Ms McNulty wove it well and seamlessly. If it was a quilt, it'd win the highest bid.

    It quenched the curiosities of this forbidden and feared land we read from Jack's adventures when he traded his goat for the beans.

    Clarion was a young a complex teenager, but this book was written for readers of that age group and older.

    The romance was slightly touched with the innocence of young lovers. More in depth than puppy love; but no jumping in bed, love/hate innuendos. Complex feelings of bisexuality versus homosexuality were spoken between the characters. Love, arguments, and understanding twinkled in the developments of relationships.

    Many surprises and breath taking moments - good and bad. But it made for a very solid, well-rooted fairy tale. One that isn't quite a happily ever after.

    Ms Descutner's voice flowed with the characters' emotions, intensity of the movement of time, and personal confusions and explanations. Each character had a distinct tone. I'm extremely satisfied with her narration of this audiobook.

    I haven't listened nor read any of this author's other works but would be happy to, should she explore other 'prequels' or retellings!

    4.75 stars for story simply because an extended fifteen minutes (or so) to pace the numerous villagers would have been ideal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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