• As Old as Time

  • A Twisted Tale Series, Book 3
  • By: Liz Braswell
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (844 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast? As Old as Time is the third book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

When Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, memories flood through Belle's mind - memories of a mother she thought she would never see again. And, stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.

©2016 Liz Brawell (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Surprised me that I liked it

It surprised me that I ended up liking it decently enough. At first, it seemed to drag on to get to the point. But, once there, it became a little thriller. I liked the middle of the book very much. The end was definitely "twisted" in a way. But, I wish it ended less cheesy and more fairytale story like.
I think it would be a great next read, unless you have something else you know you'll enjoy more. It's good enough to pull up when you don't have other things to read.
Narrator was great.

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Plot Twist

Having a backstory for Belles parents was grand. I'd have enjoyed a bit more of their plot line as a whole to be honest. Without spoiling the ending, I enjoyed the concept behind the changes, however, there was just a looming struggle for tone. Details felt modern and off at times. I loved the depth of the beast though. I felt for him. Belle seemed less sweet and a bit too analytical. Overall it was a fun take on an old tale.

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different path

wow, talk about a different views on a classic story. way mote twisted than anything I imagined, very interesting book. excited to hear other books of this series.

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Wonderful

Excellent story. performed well, not overly dramatic. excellent for my long drive. kept me interested

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Beauty and the Beast, All Grown Up

Like many kids of the 90’s, Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney princess movie. I was looking for an entertaining story to listen to while doing chores. This twisted tale fit the bill. The narrator was fabulous and made me feel immediately immersed in the story. Warning to parents, this is definitely a grownup version of the original Disney story. I would recommend listening to it first before playing it for your kids. The only complaint I have about the story was that it wasn’t long enough! I want a sequel. Highly recommend to adult lovers of the original story.

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Beautiful retelling

Anyone that loves the tale of beauty and the beast will absolutely love this retelling. You get to see an interesting side of the beasts’ curse in a way I think is better than how it’s told in the Disney original movie. I definitely recommend this adventures and loving story! The narration is a great addition to how this story is told and because of the combination of the performance and wonderful story I couldn’t stop reading. Overall, I definitely recommend this read!

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Excellent back story

This was a great back story about the relationship of all the people within the Beauty and Beast story. It definitely gives you the chance to really to know the characters in the story better.

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Perfomance low

The voice of the beats was sooooo monotone.
It was so hard to listen both character voices were very very dull.

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What would have made As Old as Time better?

I was so excited to read this. I love beauty and the beast it is one of my favorite stories. I started listening and it did not hold my interest.

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Choices have consequences

What an interesting twist. It all starts with a conflict between magical folks and non magical folks. Our fear of differences and our feelings of getting even, cursed innocent people. As always there are specks from the original story with a twist. The biggest twist is the beast remains a beast eventhough he changes his ways and Bell is able break through the curse.