Brave Irene

  • by William Steig
  • Narrated by Meryl Streep
  • 0 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing - quite an errand for a little girl.
But where there's a will, there's a way, as Irene proves in the danger-fraught adventure that follows. She must defy the wiles of the wicked wind, her most formidable opponent, and overcome many obstacles before she completes her mission. Surely, this winning heroine will inspire every child to cheer her on.


What the Critics Say

"One of Steig's simplest stories [and] one of his best, a tale that has the force of a legend." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Perseverance in the Face of Adversity

This is a lovely, inspiring tale of one small girl's dogged determination to carry out a crucial mission alone in a blizzard to help her dear, sick mother, and her stubborn refusal to give up even when all seems lost. Our 4 1/2 year old grandson loves it (now that he knows that all turns out well for heroic Irene and her sweet mama) and yours will, too. The only oddity is that instead of showing the pictures as we now (thanks to Doctor DeSoto, by William Steig) know is possible for an Audible book, this recording just has the cover art showing as it plays the story twice: once with Meryl Streep just reading the story in her brilliant Streepish way, and then a second time with the same incandescent reading only with chimes added to indicate when you (if you're holding a print copy of the book as you listen) should turn the page.

Fortunately, I WAS holding a print copy, and the youngster was game to hear the story a second time. Kids always are, when the reader is good, and Streep is unbeatable.

Grade: A.
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- Gretchen SLP

Odd presentation

The narration is lovely. Ms Streep lends a fantastic spins to the characters and gives them voices. This audio is odd in that you get the full story, then the story is REPEATED with tones each time we are to turn the page. Missing something here? So am I! Because this download doesn't have any pictures!

Call me crazy but the publishing team blew it on this one. Ms Streep can't fix this weird error. Otherwise, this is a short and cute story with a good narrator.
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- Tina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio