Benella is concerned with two things - avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark, misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast.
When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet the fate isn't one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.
A classic fairy tale with a seductively dark new twist, the A Beastly Tale saga begins with Depravity.
Intended for mature listeners due to sexual situations and moderate language. This book is one of three in the series.
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"What A Cliffy!!!"
"I received a copy of this audiobook for a review. All opinions are my own."
What happens when you take the beloved story of Beauty and the Beast, and add a little steam? You get Depravity.
I own a copy of the printed book, but had yet to read it. So when I was given the opportunity to review, of course I said yes. This is a period drama, so I had to adjust my listening ears and give it a chance. Unlike the last few audios I've reviewed, this took a lot of concentration.
Haag, does an amazing job with research. I say that because of the language and attention to detail about what it must have been like to live during this time. I immediately time-traveled to where socio-economic ideologies relied upon trade, property and status. Much like today the lack of "coin" to a poorer, less established families will at times, push you to your limit.
Benella, the heroine of the story, is a feisty and curious young woman, who struggles to keep her family in tact, while trying to escape the courting of men who she holds no interest. Instead, she finds herself connecting to an unlikely source. In her efforts to stay away, she is consistently drawn to the mysterious person behind the "fog" agreeing to meet his demands for money and food. Tensions continue to grow and then IT happens...Not that IT you pervy pervy lol, but something happens and since I'm the QUEEN of no spoilers, I can't tell you what IT is...
Sierra Kline brings a refreshing take on the narration. I liked her, but at times found it hard to believe her as 18/19 because she sounded a tad older. Nevertheless, her intonation and accent provided a good fit for the character.
"Captivating Beauty & the Beast Adult Version"
This was such an intricate and captivating take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. I love the way Melissa Haag takes me in a direction that I don't expect to go. Her characters are full of depth and you immediately get a feel for them. I've always loved this story, but she ramps it up into an adult version that draws you in and doesn't let go. Although it includes some adult situations, I found it more readable and intriguing. It is filled with danger and magic, gives you chills and makes your heart pump faster.
Ms Haag weaves a colorful story, helping the imagination to take us into the tale, becoming a part of the scene. I found myself looking forward to the scenes with Benella and the Beast, my mind capturing the dynamics of the strong young woman and this powerful beast and wondering when her heart might weaken toward the beast and her responses might become more submissive to his nature.
Though I'd read the book before, this audible copy really brings life to the story. I can't wait to hear subsequent books.
I've never heard her narrate before and was quite impressed. She has a very flexible voice and does the male parts well. Her inflections and the changes in vocals for each character are well emphasized. It is not an easy job, and she did it well.
"Not Disney's Beauty and the Beast 😏"
I've read the original story of beauty and the beast and I love picking up on the parts that are taking from the original and not Disney. I can't wait to read the next book!!! This book has me hanging on every word... I'll put the timer on before bed but keep having to extend the timer because I'm so engrossed into the story! I love fairytale stories with a much more adult twist to them if you know what I mean giggle !!!
"Audio Enhanced my Love for this Story!"
The Narrator was more fabulous than I could have ever imagined! She really brought the tale to life with her voices and narration. The story I had already read and loved and the audio made me fall in love even more!
Well Benella was the main character and narrator of the story. So she definitely is my favorite!
I have to say that Sierra Kline's depiction of the Beast was stellar!
The cliffhanger was hard to handle but I was very pleased to start right into book 2 without hesitation.
I cannot recommend this series more!
"A Story I Already Loved in a New Medium"
I like the retelling of a classic story in a new, more adult format. I like how MJ wasn't afraid to stray away from the classical telling of the story to put in her own creative license, because at the end of the day it made for a better novel (especially when you read all three books... or listen in this case... back to back).
Every. single. thing. about it.
The voice actress for this was wonderful. I always imagined Benella as British so it was wonderful seeing that reflected in the voicing of this novel. I loved her distinctive voices for each character (especially that of the Baker, lol!) and I really respected her consistency throughout the novel. One thing I will mention is that when I first heard her voice, I imagined one of the Whispering Sisters (seen in book 2 I think...) than Benella. Sierra Kline's voice is very sensual which is not how I imagined naive Benella at all. Once I got used to it though it wasn't a problem at all.
The ending.... I wont say more than that!
I was given this audio book in exchange for a review! I had previously read Depravity, as well as the novellas that followed, so I already knew the story going into it. It was a wonderful listen regardless!
I love this series so excited they have made there way to audio! Love this twist to my favorite fairy tale!
"A unique fairy tale retelling for mature audiences"
I am utterly enthralled by the Beastly Tales and head over heels for this narrator. She did such a wonderful job capturing Benella's spirit and the Beast's anger. I wish I had time to begin the next book right away as I simply must continue this captivating journey!
The narrator really brings to life the story and the essence of the book
Benellas interactions with the beast were always edgy and unpredictable
It amazed me how tender the Beast was with Benella even when he was angry
This is a great story re-imagined for the adult listener. Desperate for book 2. This ranks up there with my favorites.
"I Didn't Think I Could Love It More!!"
I love all of MJ Haag's books and Depravity is no exception. Depravity is a dark retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. I love the storyline, pace of the book and main character.
I felt that Sierra Kline did an exceptional job with Depravity. She was wonderful with the many voices in the story. Sierra immersed me once again in this story that I love and have read several times. It has left me wanting to purchase the audio books for Deceit and Devastation.
Loved the narration, Sierra Kline!!
"Fan fiction writer's almost successful experiment"
This story is part of the Beastly Tales series and as such should be reviewed as all three “books” because frankly they’re all the same book. To split this up into three separate items is, well, a bit of a con to the audience.
Book 1 –
The story begins with some effective character introductions, which moves the level of writing beyond the smut of most erotica. But only slightly. The characters are not terribly deep but that is a good thing in a story like this because it avoids clumsy chapters that aren’t relevant to the, lets be honest, soft-core fun. It’s gentle tension building and teasing that is well done.
The second part is simply an extension of the first. There’s not a lot to be said on development, as it doesn’t really differ much from the first. Continuing with a slightly heated storyline with the occasional somewhat juicy scene, the plot begins to steer into unnecessary directions. This doesn’t particularly detract from the middle chapter but certainly does set-up the final chapter for crushing boredom.
The final chapter of the series spent a very long time, and completely unnecessarily mind you, doing a character reshuffle that simply turned out to be lumbering and graceless. The author finally introduced some level of dialogue and shift away from the 1st person perspective but it was impossible to shake the feeling that so much of it was filler. Even so, this did not help the flow as it seems the author had suddenly forgotten the point of this soft-core tease and mistaken it for an actual story.
Overall the full story should have been about half as long as it was.
It’s very easy listening but absolutely not the best quality of writing.
Better than most amateurish fan-fiction stories like this but definitely not worthy of a 3 book series, as it was undoubtedly trailing off by the end of the second book. A great buildup but massive anticlimax.
The arousal scenes were “achingly” repetitive and just completely lacked any variety in vocabulary. The main character is actually not that likable – her presentation is sickeningly passive-aggressive and unjustly self-righteous.
The two-dimensional character just falls apart by the end of the 2nd book and becomes annoyingly repetitive. For somebody that is supposedly intelligent and studious, she is incredibly stupid and ignorant. What I suspect is the written view of an imbecile for what a clever person is. She’s also annoyingly prude and frigid.
Final note – the first two “books” are written almost entirely in first person. This just feels a little strange.
All this being said - Sierra Kline once again made an excellent delivery of it. Great narrator.
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