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Language: English

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (April 2004)

By: Gail Carson Levine(Author) Eden Riegel(Narrator)

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That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift. When I cried inconsolably through my first hour of life, my tears were her inspiration. Shaking her head sympathetically at Mother, the fairy touched my nose. "My gift is obedience. Ella will always be obedient. Now stop crying, child." I stopped.

So begins this richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom--and she'll have to obey?

Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's spirited account of her quest to break the curse is a funny, poignant, and enchanting tale about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself.

Eden Riegel provided the voice of Young Miriam in the animated feature film Prince of Egypt, and has appeared in the film Into the Woods. Her television credits include recurring roles on New York Undercover, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. On Broadway, she was one of the original cast members of Les Miserables and performed in The Will Rogers Follies.

"Gail Carson Levine has a real gift for humor, and her heroine is a real, live girl: strong, funny, assertive, and confused, like all the rest of us. "Ella Enchanted" is true, touching, and very funny."-- Karen Cushman, author of the Newbery Medal -- winning "The Midwife's Apprentice" and the Newbery Honor book "Catherine, called Birdy""Gail Carson Levine brings humor and wit to her story and gives us an intriguing, funny, spirited heroine. This book is fresh and charming!"-- Sharon Creech, author of the Newbery Medal-winning "Walk Two Moons""This refreshing take on one of the world's most popular fairy tales preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of hujorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female lead."("Pointer review")-- "The Kirkus Rewiews"Plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female lead. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female lead."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"As finely designed as a tapestry, with a heroine so spirited that she wins readers' hearts."--ALA Booklist (starred review)As finely designed as a tapestry, with a heroine so spirited that she wins readers hearts. --ALA Booklist (starred review)"A thoroughly enchanting novel that deepens and enriches the original tale. --School Library Journal (starred review)""A thoroughly enchanting novel that deepens and enriches the original tale."--School Library Journal (starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Miss E. Potten on 27 June 2009

    I bought this on the strength of the glowing reviews on here, especially from people who loved both the book AND the film. I actually found the two to be very different, and on balance I much prefer the film (sacrilege, I know, I know...). Where the film is more of a satire on fairytales (Prince Char has a fan club, his evil uncle is trying to take his place, the fairy godmother's lover is trapped as a magical book), the novel is a far more conventional retelling of Cinderella (with no evil uncle in sight!).Ella has been given a 'gift' by a well-meaning but thoughtless fairy. She has to be obedient at all times. Whether she's being told to wash the dishes or give up her most treasured possessions, she has to do as she's told. When her world falls apart and her vile stepmother and stepsisters find out about her obedience, she realises that the only way to stop this madness - and her domestic slavery - is to find the fairy, Lucinda, and persuade her to take away the gift. So she leaves her home town of Frell and sets off to find her, leaving behind her best friend, her home and her growing romance with Prince Charmont.So far, so different from the movie - but still eminently readable and a sweet story. It's the ending that fell apart completely for me. The film had a gripping, exciting ending that made full use of the compulsive nature of Ella's obedience to create tension and a great climax. The novel just fell quietly into a bland ending which was really disappointing at the conclusion of such a feisty heroine's story. It was perfect holiday fluff, but I don't think I'll be rereading this one. I'll buy myself the DVD instead!

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