If you, like me, are a fan of animation, you are aware of Pixar’s Brave, the Scottish Princess Merida and her attempts to put off a coming betrothal. One of my favorite animations: Merida is strong willed, skilled and just a bit of a tomboy, with her riding and archery skills. But, this is a review of the story presented in AudioBook form, a retelling of the movie plot.
The writing does clearly delineate the story, and it is told in Merida’s point of view. With Lucy Rayner as narrator, her brogue clearly evokes Scotland, and perfectly presents the story: with small adjustments in pacing and tone to indicate the different characters.
I enjoyed this version: Merida is a wonderfully capable young girl, and a great story of determination. Her misstep with the witch’s curse and her protectiveness in caring for her mother in bear form, as well as her determination to right the wrong she had done bring her into danger – danger she faces with strength and courage.
Perfect for kids who loved the movie, but when you want something different – car trips, quiet times without the television or computer games, even just as a bedtime treat over a few nights. The production quality is what one would expect from Disney, and I found myself imagining scenes and expressions from the film as I listened.
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5
Title: Brave: The Junior Novelization
Author: Irene Trimble, Walt Disney Company
Genre: Children's Literature, Historical Fiction
Narrator: Lucy Rayner
Published by: Blackstone Audio
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 2 Hours: 46 minutes
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Pixar Animation Studio's 13th animated feature film,Brave is an epic adventure set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. Determined to carve her own path in life, a skilled archer named Princess Merida defies a sacred age-old custom - and inadvertently unleashes a beastly curse upon the kingdom. To set things right, Merida embarks on a perilous quest and discovers the meaning of true bravery.
Brave: The Junior Novelization retells the whole exciting story!
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.