The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

Audiobook CD - 2005 | Unabridged.
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Princess Anidori, on her way to marry a prince she has never met, is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
Publisher: Syracuse, NY : Full Cast Audio, ℗2005.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781932076721
1932076727
9781933322346
1933322349
9781934180341
1934180343
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (approximately 10 hr.) : digital, Dolby processed ; 4 3/4 in.

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artemishi
Mar 04, 2015

This retelling of the (non-Disney, rather dark) Goose Girl fairytale is excellent for both fans of the source material and those who have never heard of it. Some of the gorier specifics are included, but this one dives deeper into kingdom politics, magic, etc.

Ani comes into her own, but I hesitate to call it a 'coming of age' novel (it straddles the line between middle grade and YA, I think) because Ani has the grace to take every hardship in stride. She does have some handicaps, and also some amazing powers, but I feel like her real power came from being around some amazing supporting characters.

That being said, it was an enjoyable read/listen (aside from some poor editing in the audiobook, with music and odd spacing between sections). I didn't feel particularly connected to Ani, but there were compelling moments of "can it get any worse?!" and a sweet romance that kept me reading. Complex themes weave throughout (such as classism, criminal justice, etc.) but they're more background noise than addressed issues.

I look forward to reading more of the Books of Bayern, which promise to delve deeper into the established setting (and maybe light on other fairytales?). I recommend this for fans of fairytale retelling in the YA genre, riches-to-rags stories, ensemble casts (though Ani is clearly the sole protagonist), fantasy and magic.

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hoper
Oct 04, 2010

oh my gosh
i loved this book
so awesome

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Anthonia
Jun 24, 2010

I just loved this book! Very interesting, even busy, I found myself trying to make time to read it!

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Winter_Romance
Jan 04, 2010

I loved the plot and the romance.

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