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

A fantastic romance

Would you consider the audio edition of Beauty and the Beast to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version. The narrator has received some bad reviews, but I think she is one of the best. She did a great job on all the voices and I have come to look for a Mary Jane WElls narration wehn choosing a book


What was one of the most memorable moments of Beauty and the Beast?

When the hero found out his wife was pregnant. It was so funny, I could see it all in my mind. Most of the book included humour along with some very intelligent analysis on physical beauty. This was such an interesting book. It was very thought provoking.


Have you listened to any of Mary Jane Wells’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I found this book when searching for her other narrations.


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

Absolutely. I could not stop and listened to it in one sitting. It had such great dialogue. Very little internal thoughts. The dialogue allowed me to understand what the characters were feeling and how they interacted with others. This made me care about them and become immersed in the story.


Any additional comments?

I was not expecting a lot from this book, but was so wrong. It turned out to be just great. I loved the two main characters and the wonderful supporting cast. It was funny and heart-felt. The hero's insecurity about how he looks is a change from the usual, where the female is the "ugly duckling". The H/H discussed issues with each other, especially after a love scene, so you got a sense that their relationship was growing stronger and that it was not just based on passion. There was a real sharing of two lives and how they have to blend together to form a marriage.
What can I say, I loved it!

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- karen

Book Details

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