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Publisher's Summary

"It is the heart of this place, and it is dying," says the Beast. And it is true; the center of the Beast's palace, the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new environment, is filled with leafless brown rosebushes. But deep within this enchanted world, new life, at once subtle and strong, is about to awaken. Twenty years ago Robin McKinley enthralled listeners with the power of Beauty. Now this extraordinarily gifted novelist retells the story of Beauty and the Beast again - but in a totally new way, with fresh perspective, ingenuity, and mature insight. In Rose Daughter she has written her finest and most deeply felt work, a compelling, richly imagined, and haunting exploration of the transformative power of love.
©1997 Robin McKinley (P)2013 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anya C. on 12-30-14

Same story, different characters, new ending

This book would get a solid 4.5 from me in the overall category if half stars were an option. Performance was excellent.

**NOTE** This is NOT a continuation of the original Beauty with her Beast, it's another retelling of the same story, from scratch. Think: a parallel universe where things are similar, yet also vastly different. Despite having the same name, Beauty is definitely a new main character.

What I liked:
-The alternate ending. Very cool. No spoilers here, I'm just glad I listened til the end.
-The sisters are also completely different characters, and I enjoyed their sassy personalities. Again, no spoilers, just know that these girls aren't Hope and Grace rinsed and recycled.
-Really funny little blooper they didn't catch toward the mid-end/end of the book -- "How are we doing on time?" Those always crack me up.

What I didn't like:
-While the original Beauty and "Rose Daughter" Beauty are cut from a similar cloth, I preferred the original Beauty from "Beauty" over this version. If I didn't know how much I loved the original, however, I believe I'd appreciate this Beauty a lot more.
-Another commenter pointed this out, and I agree: in audiobooks, the amount I skim past overly detailed descriptions of location when I'm enthralled with a book becomes very obvious. Robin McKinley is almost as descriptive as Diana Gabaldon, and unlike the Outlander books, which give enough meat due to their length to make up for all the dressing, this book felt slightly too short on character development for all the flowery descriptions.

Overall opinion:
Worth a listen! I'm happy with my purchase, and looking into more Robin McKinley books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-24-13

Long and Luxurious

Would you listen to Rose Daughter again? Why?

I'm honestly not sure. I've read the print book several times and loved it, and the narration of this audiobook was excellent. However, it became obvious about halfway through that I've been skimming the longest sections of narration to get back to what's happening in the story. McKinley is the queen of long and luxurious description, but I found it dragged occasionally while listening. I still love it, but I might stick to the text version from now on.

What did you like best about this story?

The world of this story is so rich that you can't help but feel transported there.

What does Bianca Amato bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Amato did an excellent job bringing out some of the subtler inflections of character voice. I could feel the emotion, and a time or two it brought tears to my eyes (and I'm not usually a crier).

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 03-02-17

Rose Daughter a Beauty and the Beast retelling

What I love about Robin McKinley is her respect for the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. Not only is Beauty one of my favourite reads/listens of all time, it's comforting and a beautiful variation.

And then there is Rose Daughter, a different variation again. Not my utmost favourite, but still a great listen.

Bianca Amato does a great job reading this.

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