Ella Enchanted

  • by Gail Carson Levine
  • Narrated by Eden Riegel
  • 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift. When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. 'My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child.' I stopped."So begins this richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom, and she'll have to obey?
Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters and fairy godmothers, Ella's spirited account of her quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant and enchanting tale about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself.
Ella Enchanted is a 1998 Newbery Medal Honor Book and a major motion picture.

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What the Critics Say



Newbery Honor Book, 1998
"A winning combination of memorable characters and an alluring fantasy realm." (Publishers Weekly)
"A high-spirited, comic first novel." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A lively and satisfying reading." (AudioFile)

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What a fun twist on the Cinderella Story

What a fun twist on the Cinderella Story. I really enjoyed the reader of this book, and thought she did such a great job with all the different people in this book. Her reading draws you into the story and makes you sorry when it comes to an end. For an enchanting story that will take you away from the stresses of the world, look no further! It would be even more enjoyable to listen to with your favorite princess!
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- Mary A.

bad choice of narrator

I really enjoyed the story of this book. It is a fun twist on Cinder"ella", but the narrator sounded as if she was about 10 years old and so did not match the romantic storyline. It was really too bad because it detracted from the story. It was ok to listen to, but it might be a better real read.
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- tracy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2003
  • Publisher: Listening Library