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Where does Beast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's definitely in my top five! Top two, if I had to base it on how much effort the narrator put into the story.
What other book might you compare Beast to and why?
I would compare 'Beast' to 'Guardian of Darkness.' Both were written by Kathryn Le Veque and both narrated by Brad Wills. The two stories are vastly different, but there are moments of great tragedy and poignancy in both.
What about Brad Wills’s performance did you like?
Everything! Come on, it's Brad Wills!!! The best of The Best!! Seriously, this book is by far his best effort! His range of emotion in 'Beast' was much wider. He read the voice of the 9-year-old king very well. As always, I was struck by how he can switch voices in a conversation and the pacing never lags. Imagine trying to read the male lead, the female lead and a child all in the same conversation without losing a beat!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were quite a few moments in this book that I thought were particularly moving. One moment was when Joan of Arc addressed the French people gathered at her execution. Another moment was when Bastian's wife screamed at him that she would hate him all the rest of her days.
The part that really got me, though, was the entire portion following Sir Braxton's death. Grief-stricken at the news his father had died when their home had been invaded, Bastian raced home to ensure the welfare of his wife. When he burst into his father's chamber and saw him, and then got the reaction of his grieving and angry wife, he was just broken. When he continued, in tears, pleading with his wife to open the door and listen to him, he reached the end of his rope. By the time I listened through to the end of that scene, I felt gutted!!
Any additional comments?
I will definitely listen to this audio again and again. Get it - you won't be disappointed!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is another great story by Kathryn Le Veque. I have not listen to a book by the author yet, that I didn't love. This is a non-stop listen. My husband and I stayed up to 3 in the morning listening to this book. This book is very entertaining. I liked how the young King is timid in the beginning, but starts to turn into a stronger king towards the end. Brad Wills does an excellent job with narrating, especially with young King Henry.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful