- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Recorded Books (2001)
- ISBN-10: 0788760890
- ISBN-13: 978-0788760891
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 7.8 x 3.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,419,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beast Audio, Cassette – 2001
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Charles d'Harcourt never intended to lie. But when he stumbles upon his intended bride and gets a good look at her without her knowledge and overhears her less than complimentary opinion of him - without having met him - well, he devises a plan to teach the young girl a lesson. He will trick her...Louise has no idea that Charles is on the very same ship...so, he approaches her in the dark. His plan is to seduce her and reveal himself only once he is sure that she has fallen for him and expose her true shallow nature. But as Charles spends more time with Louise and she opens up to him, he finds himself the butt of his own joke...he has fallen in love with his own fiance.
"Beast" was a GREAT book. Yet again, Ivory is brilliant. Book after book, I am seeing a pattern...her heroes are UNBELIEVABLE. I love EVERY one of them! Charles was no exception. He had such a fantastic mixture of confidence and insecurity. He saw Louises beauty, but he really did love her for HER...Read more ›
I've read reviews by readers who thought Louise was cold and calculating, some who called her an outright witch, but I found her refreshingly real. She tries very hard to put her heart into being "good" and doing "what's right", and grows up quite a bit by the end of the book. Charles, I have to love because his motives are truly all out of self-preseration. Surrounded by mirrors, he doesn't really *see* himself until the end of the book. This is a wonderful character study of two people who loathe being judged by outward appearances, and it produces interesting results.
This book left me frustrated in so many ways, I'm not sure where to begin. Unlike most of the reviewers here, I preferred the second half of the book to the first because I almost couldn't stand reading what seemed an unending account of Louise falling in love with part lie part self-created fantasy. Some may have thought it romantic that she never saw Charles and yet fell for him, but given that this is a girl bored with life, it seemed she fell for the slightly forbidden idea of sex with a foreigner as well as someone who didn't seem to care that much about her appearances, the latter being especially untrue given Charles' constant and tiresome adoration of Louise's beauty. Hey, it's nice to know the hero thinks the heroine is pretty, but especially since the whole point of this book was supposed to be about looking beyond the outer facade, I could have done with about 20 *less* pages devoted to worshipping Louise's physical perfection.
My next big problem with this book was that it wasted so many pages on verbose descriptions of settings and Louise's glowing skin, and hastily skimmed over all the parts that really needed more attention:
1. After Charles and Louise are married, things are tense between them, mostly because Louise finds Charles hideous. Charles is restricted to kissing Louise's glorious wrists--but not too many times or he'll get a whack with her trusty fan. Then suddenly, out of the blue, in a scene on the beach, Louise admits that she is "fond of his appearance" and thinks she might even love Charles. Huh? When did that happen? Maybe time has passed and things have happened that the reader is not privvy to, but I thought the whole point of a love story is to *show* two people falling in love, not tell us after it's happpened.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my very favorite books. I am two of them
Wonderful characters and story
I wore the first one out.
I chose this book, and this author, based on the NPR list of listeners' picks of best romances in different categories. Read morePublished 8 months ago by embegee
I had put off buying and reading this book for a while, as there were quite a few reviews that bemoaned how easily Louise forgave Charles or how we did not get a properly fleshed... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Simz
What a boring book. I had the most difficult time getting into the story and reading halfway through was a trial.Published 8 months ago by mai
I really enjoyed this book. It was reviewed on NPR as one of the best new romances.
Both characters are irritating, shallow, and vain; until they aren't. Read more
Judith Ivory is a brilliant writer. This book is so beautifully written and I liked both characters. I have read her book The Proposition and would give both books 5+++++++ stars!Published 11 months ago by Sunneva Jaarlintytär
Judith Ivory is a gifted writer. I'm so sorry she stopped writing. I have read and listened to this book many times. Brilliant, tender, wringing every emotion from us.Published 17 months ago by Christina
Of the 300 books I've read so far, this is by far the WORST! I can't even explain how disappointed I am! Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Hannah Hansen