Beauty Queens

  • by Libba Bray
  • Narrated by Libba Bray
  • 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up? Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness.

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Beauty Queens - Absolutely Awesome

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Certainly, I'd recommend it to anyone even if it doesn't seem like your genre of choice. Look beyond the bright cover and stereotypes and you will be, in the very least, pleasantly surprised. I have convinced my friends to listen/read Beauty Queens as soon as I finished myself and all feedback was positive.


What did you like best about this story?

I loved all aspects of this story: from the girls exploration of personal values to the fast-paced action and the government conspiracies. The multiple story-lines also added a lot of depth to the book which is one of its strongest features. Eventually, all the story-lines are combined for an epic, unpredictable finale.


Which character – as performed by Libba Bray – was your favourite?

Each character was unlike any other I have read about. All were outstanding and the diversity of the contestants meant they appeared realistic and relatable. Libba Bray's performance was excellent and by far my favourite in comparison to other narrators in my Audible library. L.Bray did a magnificent job of making each character sound unique. I could differentiate between the large cast of characters due to her performance which made it easier to follow the story right from the start. She brought the book to life with her accents, footnotes and 'advertisements'.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book occasionally caused my to burst into laughter on public transport despite my best efforts so listen at your own risk. The dialogue and satire is witty yet much deeper than it appears at first glance. L.Bray effectively displays the social issues that are often overlooked in an ironic manner which may change one's perception of common stereotypes that we have grown to accept.


Any additional comments?

Listened to this book during the summer and it was my number one favourite read/(listen) of the year. I did not expect to love this book but was instantaneously impressed. Libba Bray's performance made me glad that I bought it as an audio book although I'm now tempted to have a physical copy of this book too.

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- Lara.M

Unexpectedly wonderful

If you could sum up Beauty Queens in three words, what would they be?

Hilarious (meaningful?) parody


Who was your favorite character and why?

Too hard to decide.


What does Libba Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Huge enthusiasm and crazy enjoyment


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

A lot of moments when the girls come to recognise their own abilities. Also a lot of the stuff about Petra and Tiara.


Any additional comments?

It is completely ridiculous but I enjoyed it massively.

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- Jenny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-05-2011
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio