Author: Libba Bray


Audiobook Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

May 25, 2012 Review 5 ★★★★★

Audiobook Review: Beauty Queens by Libba BrayRelease Date: May 24, 2011
Title: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
Narrated by: Libba Bray
Length: 14h 37m
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Audible
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
5 Stars

I’m going to be honest: I hated this book when I started listening to it. It grated on my nerves and made me cringe.

Then I figured out it was satire and was supposed to (thanks to some nudging from Amanda).

Once I embraced it for what is was… it was epic y’all.


I couldn’t get enough of it. Let’s not even talk about the story yet- I’m talking about Libba Bray’s narration. It was flawless. It was stupendous. It was freaking amazing. Want a taste? Check this out (watch the whole thing, but the audiobook portion starts at 2:20):

How can you not fall in love with that kind of performance?

Story-wise, I absolutely fell in love with all of the characters by the end. Yes, even Taylor. I must admit, I think my favorite parts were Tiara’s one-liners at the end of the chapters. Even though at first they thoroughly creeped me out because of her voice.

I really don’t have anything bad to say about this one. I’m not sure my opinion would have been quite as favorable if I had read it instead of listening to it, so I’m definitely glad I listened to it. There are footnotes. And commercials. And it’s just… epic. Seriously, there’s no other word for it.

And really- they need to make it into a movie. Yes, I really think that.

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