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East

Written by: Edith Pattou
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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Rose is the youngest of seven children, meant to replace her dead sister. Maybe because of that, she’s never really fit in. She’s always felt different, out of place, a restless wanderer in a family of homebodies. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with it—in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family—she readily agrees.

Rose travels on the bear’s broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger. In discovering his identity, she loses her heart-and finds her purpose—and realizes her journey has just begun.

As familiar and moving as Beauty and the Beast, yet as fresh and original as only the best fantasy can be, East is a bold retelling of the classic tale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” a sweeping story of grand proportions.

©2005 Edith Pattou (P)2012 Listening Library

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  • Here-and-faraway
  • 2012-09-17

Frmom an East of the Sun, West of the Moon Fan

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

A fun twist

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Troll Queen - everybody loves a good villain and boy she was one. Her narrator was also fantastic.

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

About five characters narrate the story and each has its own voice actor. The cast was very good.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How far would you go to right a wrong? How far would you go, for love?

Any additional comments?

I loved the "original" story of East of the Sun, West of the Moon when I was a little girl. Although the author kept the spirit and skeleton of the story, she gave the tale her own unique spin. I'm an adult and I rarely read books written for teenagers, but this one held my interest. The author did a great job giving each character their own voice and personality. It was enjoyable seeing the story from different points of view. I was a bit surprised by some of the choices the writer made, but it's fun to read a book that isn't predictable. I would recommend this title to fans of the original and to people who love stories with a fairy tale feel.

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  • Amy Szatkowski
  • 2014-04-19

One of my favorites =]

What made the experience of listening to East the most enjoyable?

I read this book as a teenager and loved it. I am a big fan of fairy tale retellings and wasn't as familiar with this one. I have listened to this book multiple times. When I find a good book, audio or print, it becomes almost like a friend. This book provides wonderful company. The multiple narrators do great job, although the troll queen seemed a little bit much.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Rose, is very likable and I enjoy her character's bravery and spirit. But I also love the father. His love for his daughter has always seemed so sweet to me.

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

Multiple voices help bring alive the difference accounts.

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

Not extreme...it just made me smile.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fairy tale person, than this book is for you.

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  • M. Gehrisch
  • 2019-05-01

very enjoyable!

slow to start but very enjoyable!
MC recorded voice hard to listen to at first. grew on me though.
well written!!

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  • erin kay
  • 2019-04-24

Perfect, loved every second.

the different voices really made the story come alive, i couldn't stop listening. i loved it

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  • Kristen Bowman
  • 2019-01-20

Love this book!

I have loved this book since middle school and was delighted to find it on Audible! Excellent performance of one of my favorite and most under-appreciated books!

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  • Paula
  • 2019-01-13

A wonderful fairytale adventure

I loved this book. The story is entertaining and continues to twist a tale of magic and love.

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  • Rob Little
  • 2019-01-06

amazing perfect

I constantly felt like the Troll Queen was evil through out the whole story. Even though she never did seam to be evil. In the end when she did reveal her evilness by killing Tuki, and ending up with her marvelous ice castle turned into rubbish. It was simply amazing. I could feel everything all the characters were going through. Especially when Rose was locked up in the castle. How the White Bear and Rose came together in the end was simply magical. I always do love a magical happy ending. The reason I rated performance 4 stars, was because performance was good, but it kept of sporting out in some spots. I might of been because of my airpods. But everything about this book is absolutely incredible. I think everyone should read this book, well if they love romance, thrill, excitement, fairy tales, and adventure. I can't say how much I love this book!!!

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  • Heather
  • 2018-11-11

Favorite Story Ever. I love this telling.

This particular way of story telling is my favorite and this folktale is very well complimented by the writing.

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  • Deborah J. Andreasen
  • 2018-11-10

Just as amazing as I had hoped!

I have adored this book for 15 years. I didn't realize there was an audiobook until recently. it was so well done. I love Kirby Heyborn and thought he made an amazing Neddy. The voice of Rose wasn't my favorite, but that's just a personal preference.

East is a retelling of the folk tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. It tells the story of Rose who must journey to a land that doesn't exist in order to do something that can't be done. Absolutely fascinating.

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  • TNH
  • 2018-10-22

One day read!

I loved this book so much I finished the whole thing in one day. I read this a long time ago when it first came out and I remember loving it then, so on a whim I got the audiobook even though I remembered next to nothing about the plot. I was absolutely not disappointed - especially when I found out that the sequel is being released tomorrow!