• Iron Hearted Violet

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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Iron Hearted Violet

By: Kelly Barnhill
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Publisher's Summary

The end of their world begins with a story.

This one.

In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales.

Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being - called the Nybbas - imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true - not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph...or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.

Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.

©2012 Kelly Barnhill (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Love can make Anyone a Hero

What did you love best about Iron Hearted Violet?

The theme, Love can make anyone a Hero. It is beautifully narrated and written; loved every minute of both reading and listening. I am now purchasing the printed book to give as holiday gifts. This book is sure to be a classic all children (and grandparents :) should read/listen to.

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Love Love Love this author and this narrator!

Kelly Barnhill is amazing. We loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon and we loved this book. Also this narrator is the best! He also narrated The Wonderling- which we also loved- and we were so happy to hear his voice for this book. He does such an excellent job with voices and mood. Our family (9yo and 12yo) listens to audio books almost every weekday night and this one is definitely one we all enjoyed.

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Another great one from Kelly Barnhill

I chose this after enjoying Barnhill's The Witch's Boy. Like that novel, the author takes common fantasy elements: princess, a dragon, a foolish king, an evil entity bound to take over the universe (or multiverse, in this case). But Barnhill turns the cliches on their heads with a pair of young surprising heroes and a dragon who may or may not want to help them.

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Perfect. Gorgeous.

I absolutely loved this story. Feel-good, brave, great narration!! For adults it's fairytale style :)

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Dearest Ms. Barnhill

May you continue to weave stories for us all for a good long time! Cheers!

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Great story

I loved the strong themes of friendship and stubborn bravery. I also was thrilled for the strong female lead, Violet. Kids enjoyed the humor, the varied characters and the hilarious take on how princesses are usually drawn/imagined. Funny, warm, sad and hopeful.

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A book of mystery and...

i love this book, the mystery, suspece , the love and loss, the detail and the wording is all very intriguing to me. I thought this book doing be good when I first saw it but as I got deeper into it i just love it more and more!

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Enjoyable for all ages.

A fun fantasy with likable characters. Enjoyable for adults and kids. The narrator brought the story to life and suited the author’s prose.

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Woman's voices are narrated poorly

I listened to this on audiobook. It was an okay fairy tale about how being ugly on the outside doesn’t mean you are an ugly person. I had some issues with the story and the narration.

I listened to this on audiobook and wasn't a huge fan of the narrator. All the women's voices sounded like men with clogged up throats.

This was a fairy tale like fantasy about Violent, an ugly young princess, who gets drawn in by an evil banished God. As a result she almost destroys the kingdom in her search for beauty. It's also the story about a King obsessed with a Dragon.

It is interesting how a storyteller narrates the whole story. I enjoyed the fairy tale feel to it. I loved the inclusion of dragons. The story ends with an interesting twist to it that will leave readers surprised and intrigued.

It does bother me a bit though how Violet is so beautiful on the cover of the book, yet throughout it a point is made to constantly described her ugliness. In the end it is the beauty of her personality that makes people love her, but I didn't enjoy the emphasis put on looks and how her main feature was her ugliness.

I didn’t enjoy or engage with most of the characters in this book. The exception was Dimitri who is a stable boy who is trying to solve the mystery of why the things are going so horribly in the castle. He was an engaging and interesting character and also pretty much the only “good” character in the story.

Overall it was a decently done story and decently written, I just never really enjoyed the characters all that much. I did like the fairy tale feel to it and the twist at the end of the story. I didn’t enjoy the inconsistency between the illustration and the description of Violet in the book. I personally wouldn’t recommend this unless you are really into the ugly princess type of story.

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Beautiful story telling

I really like this author. Her stories are always entertaining, funny, and fantastic! And they always have a good ending...I especially like that.

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