The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

Bayern Series, Book 1

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013 | Unabridged
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Princess Anidori-Kiladra of Kildenree was born with a word on her tongue, and a secret magic. Though she is raised in luxury, she is never quite comfortable with who she is, or what she is to become. Then she is sent on a journey to marry an unknown prince. The trip is difficult, and before it is finished all her expectations are overturned. Alone, friendless, stripped of her crown and her title, Ani must learn to make her own path in the world. Along the way, she just might learn to be a princess. Bold in concept, stunning in execution, The Goose Girl is one of the most spectacular debut novels of recent years. Now more than four dozen actors bring it to thrilling new life in this unabridged audio edition—a recording that will delight those who already love the book, and enthrall those who have not yet discovered it.
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (9 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Bishop, Cynthia
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781933322629

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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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