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.

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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

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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

Fantastic Story, Read Beautifully

Where does Brave Irene rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A beautifully read story about a young girl on a special mission for her mother. It's so well-read that even very small children can grasp and be drawn into the story. Just the reader's voice is worth listening to, a lovely story teller. So happy I decided to download this!


What was one of the most memorable moments of Brave Irene?

When Irene freed herself from the snow.


What about Meryl Streep’s performance did you like?

Her melodic voice, but also her incredible story-telling skills.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely.


Any additional comments?

I would rather have Steep's voice than a million dollars. ;)

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- Teri

Book Details

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