Beauty and the Beast

  • by Hannah Howell
  • Narrated by Mary Jane Wells
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the eve of her wedding to the heir of Saiturn Manor, the stunningly beautiful Gytha is shocked to learn that her betrothed, a man she barely knew, is dead. Now she must marry the new heir, Thayer Saiturn, a battle-hardened knight, known as the Red Devil. With a face scarred in battle and a heart broken in love, Thayer has no interest in marriage. But not even the Red Devil can break the promise his foster-father made years ago, and he soon finds himself married to a woman whose exquisite beauty and sweet innocence intrigue him. But can his new bride look beyond his scars to find the hidden passion and undying love locked deep inside him?

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Good Story -- Not So Good Narration!

Gytha, a famously beautiful young woman, was betrothed at birth to the heir of Saitun Manor. The times being fraught with danger, her father deemed it safer to just betroth her to "the heir" whomever that might end up being, rather than a specific heir. For most of Gytha's life, that was decent, handsome William.

On the eve of her wedding, her father decided it was time to tell her that William was dead. He'd known for a while, but didn't think she needed to be told until now that she's to marry ROBERT. Gytha does not feel comfortable with Robert, even though he is nice looking, but she will do her duty.

Imagine Gytha's surprise when she arrives at the altar to find she's actually marrying…THAYER. Thayer, the heir second in line from William, was believed killed in France, until he showed up to attend the wedding of his cousin WILLIAM... or so he thought.

Thayer a renowned warrior known as the "Red Devil", scarred both in battle and of heart, does not want to marry the beautiful Gytha, fearing she could not be happy with a scarred, red haired husband and would not be faithful to him.

I liked the story, but the narration ruined it for me. Mary Jane Wells does not have the ability to change her voice enough for different characters to be easily identified. She reads quite fast, and without proper distinction between Gytha and Thayer (as well as others), it takes awhile to figure out who is talking.

I cannot recommend "Beauty and the Beast", because of the narrator.
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- Lady M

Good Overall Performance, good story

Would you try another book from Hannah Howell and/or Mary Jane Wells?

My favorite book by Hannah Howell, Highland Champion, sounds like an overdramatic constipated old man read it. That reader is excellent with Canadian/American style books, but is so fake in British/Scottish as to be a constant irritant. As that reader did many of my favourite Hannah Howell books, no, I would not buy those from Audible. Mary Jane Wells is excellent with conflict and cantankerous novels, but she has such a limited way of reading that I fear she would miss the mark for a novel requiring softer reading. She did a good job with this novel, but doesn't seem to have a large enough range to do many different styles of readings well.


If you’ve listened to books by Hannah Howell before, how does this one compare?

This one is better than the ones I have heard, all by a certain reader.


What aspect of Mary Jane Wells’s performance would you have changed?

I would have softened it, made it less shrill.


Was Beauty and the Beast worth the listening time?

Yes. It was a reasonable second opinion for a historical romance reader, especially Scottish historical romance.


Any additional comments?

Mary Jane Wells did a good enough job, but still has much room to grow.

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- S. Smalley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios