• Beauty Queens

  • By: Libba Bray
  • Narrated by: Libba Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-24-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio
  • 3.7 (465 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up? Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness.
©2011 Libba Bray (P)2011 Scholastic Audio
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By Vanessa on 09-12-11

No one left unscathed

Libba takes a shot at everyone in this book. You can't take it seriously even though there are some serious messages hidden in the humour. This is NOT an 11-13 year old (which is the category it's in). Save it for your older teens. Near the end Bray starts to lose focus and like Going Bovine, needed an editor to say "reel it in" but overall the book was a keeper.

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By Lauren on 05-18-12

Not what you might expect

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. It's laugh-out-loud funny and manages to get important messages across about beauty ideals and gender without being preachy. Bray sends up the pageant world while treating the girls with tenderness and care. She manages to combine a plane full of beauty queens, a secret island hideaway for evil corporation agents, an Elvis-loving South American dictator and a boatload of pirates in a farce that is chock-full of wonderfully fleshed-out characters and tons of social commentary about the pitfalls of commercialism and capitalism.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beauty Queens?

I loved the backstories we got on all the girls - especially Mary Lou's suppression of her 'Wild Girl' side and the way she rediscovers it on the island. You might not expect swoon from a book that has a plane full of girls crash landing on an apparently deserted island, but there's swoon aplenty.

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

Libba Bray brings these characters to LIFE with her narration. I don't know how she kept all the accents straight - but these beauty queens are in a national competition, so they represent several different states across the U.S. Each character had a distinct voice and that really helped to bring their personalities to life.<br/>There's also wonderful, very professional production of the little 'commercial' interludes - with perfect accompanying music and sound effects.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Seeing the girls come together and get past their differences in order to survive was very touching. Hearing them form unexpected bonds and get to know one another in a much more in-depth way than they would have if they had only competed against one another in a beauty pageant was great.

Any additional comments?

There's a bonus interview section with Libba Bray at the end of the book where she answers some questions and explains some of her influences. It's hilarious!

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By Lara.M on 05-30-15

Beauty Queens - Absolutely Awesome

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Certainly, I'd recommend it to anyone even if it doesn't seem like your genre of choice. Look beyond the bright cover and stereotypes and you will be, in the very least, pleasantly surprised. I have convinced my friends to listen/read Beauty Queens as soon as I finished myself and all feedback was positive.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved all aspects of this story: from the girls exploration of personal values to the fast-paced action and the government conspiracies. The multiple story-lines also added a lot of depth to the book which is one of its strongest features. Eventually, all the story-lines are combined for an epic, unpredictable finale.

Which character – as performed by Libba Bray – was your favourite?

Each character was unlike any other I have read about. All were outstanding and the diversity of the contestants meant they appeared realistic and relatable. Libba Bray's performance was excellent and by far my favourite in comparison to other narrators in my Audible library. L.Bray did a magnificent job of making each character sound unique. I could differentiate between the large cast of characters due to her performance which made it easier to follow the story right from the start. She brought the book to life with her accents, footnotes and 'advertisements'.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book occasionally caused my to burst into laughter on public transport despite my best efforts so listen at your own risk. The dialogue and satire is witty yet much deeper than it appears at first glance. L.Bray effectively displays the social issues that are often overlooked in an ironic manner which may change one's perception of common stereotypes that we have grown to accept.

Any additional comments?

Listened to this book during the summer and it was my number one favourite read/(listen) of the year. I did not expect to love this book but was instantaneously impressed. Libba Bray's performance made me glad that I bought it as an audio book although I'm now tempted to have a physical copy of this book too.

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By Jenny on 07-26-14

Unexpectedly wonderful

If you could sum up Beauty Queens in three words, what would they be?

Hilarious (meaningful?) parody

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too hard to decide.

What does Libba Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Huge enthusiasm and crazy enjoyment

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

A lot of moments when the girls come to recognise their own abilities. Also a lot of the stuff about Petra and Tiara.

Any additional comments?

It is completely ridiculous but I enjoyed it massively.

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By Deb on 03-23-17

good book

this was a good book everyone should read this I has a lot of feminist messages

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