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A.D. 1432 - The blood lines of six great houses come together in the greatest knight of them all. Prepare yourself for the beast.

He bears the name of de Russe, but the bloodlines of six great houses converge in the greatest knight England has yet seen. As the grandfather of Gaston de Russe, the dark one, Sir Bastien de Russe beholds a great and terrible legacy - one that makes him both the target and the leader, the hunter and the hunted. His story is the most powerful of all. Greatness and darkness abide in the man known as the beast.

©2014 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2015 Kathryn Le Veque

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  • plaidninja814
  • 04-09-2015

I Will Listen To This One Again and Again!!

Where does Beast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's definitely in my top five! Top two, if I had to base it on how much effort the narrator put into the story.

What other book might you compare Beast to and why?

I would compare 'Beast' to 'Guardian of Darkness.' Both were written by Kathryn Le Veque and both narrated by Brad Wills. The two stories are vastly different, but there are moments of great tragedy and poignancy in both.

What about Brad Wills’s performance did you like?

Everything! Come on, it's Brad Wills!!! The best of The Best!! Seriously, this book is by far his best effort! His range of emotion in 'Beast' was much wider. He read the voice of the 9-year-old king very well. As always, I was struck by how he can switch voices in a conversation and the pacing never lags. Imagine trying to read the male lead, the female lead and a child all in the same conversation without losing a beat!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were quite a few moments in this book that I thought were particularly moving. One moment was when Joan of Arc addressed the French people gathered at her execution. Another moment was when Bastian's wife screamed at him that she would hate him all the rest of her days.

The part that really got me, though, was the entire portion following Sir Braxton's death. Grief-stricken at the news his father had died when their home had been invaded, Bastian raced home to ensure the welfare of his wife. When he burst into his father's chamber and saw him, and then got the reaction of his grieving and angry wife, he was just broken. When he continued, in tears, pleading with his wife to open the door and listen to him, he reached the end of his rope. By the time I listened through to the end of that scene, I felt gutted!!

Any additional comments?

I will definitely listen to this audio again and again. Get it - you won't be disappointed!

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  • 4The❤️OfBooks
  • 18-02-2018

FANTASTIC

This is another great story by Kathryn Le Veque. I have not listen to a book by the author yet, that I didn't love. This is a non-stop listen. My husband and I stayed up to 3 in the morning listening to this book. This book is very entertaining. I liked how the young King is timid in the beginning, but starts to turn into a stronger king towards the end. Brad Wills does an excellent job with narrating, especially with young King Henry.

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  • Alan
  • 17-02-2016

What a wonderful narrator

This narrator was terrific. He had voices for everyone.
The story was also quite good, I definitely like this writer.

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  • Virginia
  • 14-08-2015

The Very Best!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Beast to be better than the print version?

Yes! This was brilliant narrated. I found every emotion in the voice. It was done with a deep down feeling, with every word.

What other book might you compare Beast to and why?

Any that Brad Will's narrates.

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

I found myself laughing out loud, crying and tensing every muscle at times because I was sucked right into this story with the voices. I did not have to wonder who the characters were. They each had their own voice.

If you could take any character from Beast out to dinner, who would it be and why?

An English Knight whom they called the Beast - Sir Bastian de Russe. He would protect me.

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This one is from a Master Story Teller and a Master Narrator. I LOVED IT!! I wish I could give it a 100 stars!!

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  • Just My Opinion
  • 12-07-2020

Best Of The Best!

Wow! This was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to if not the best! The story was emotional, heartwarming and heartbreaking at times and oh so romantic at others, with splashes of humor, suspense and just about everything else in between. The narration was just simply amazing. Brad Wills outdoes himself with this one. His voices and emotions are spot on and he drew me into the story with such ease I felt like I was sitting right there with the characters! This is definitely an audiobook I will be listening to over and over again. Thank you Ms LeVeque for such a beautiful story and Mr. Wills for your exceptional narration, in making this such an enjoyable listen! I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys historical romance set in medieval times. This was definitely one of the best of the best!

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  • Melody
  • 23-10-2019

Add my 5 stars

Add my 5 stars to the story rating. I enjoyed how she started with a little of the history of Joanne of ark. The characters came to life in a story that kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a story I will listen to again. Well worth the money or credit.

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  • Starrynite20121
  • 03-07-2019

Beast

Kathryn LeVeque has written a true historical with love in the mix. The book had some characters you have seen. The plot of the story is one never to be before. I enjoyed this book and hope you do too. I won this book from Kathryn.

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  • Kathryn Green
  • 28-05-2019

Is it possible for a Beast to experience an abiding love?

Once again, Brad Wills captured the essence of these characters solidifying their roles in the story. Another 5 Star performance to add to his extensive number of fabulous audiobook. Definitely 5 Stars to Kathryn Le Veque also for an original, intriguing plot that keeps you attuned to the story until the end. I love the historical research Kathryn had to have done to highlight the depth of character portrayed in Joan of Arc. It was fascinating to see how she blended the historical conflict and struggles of that time period from both the French and English points of view. Don't forget your box of tissues as you read the book or listen to the audiobook. She has a gift for touching those deep emotions we all have, but may not freely express openly. This book (or audiobook) is easy to recommend to anyone who loves historical romance, especially those set in the Medieval time period.

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  • XmasMom
  • 12-08-2017

Another great one

Brad Wills really does have a nice voice.
Great story with a historical et political background.
Like the way Little King Henry came out of his shell.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-2016

The Beast

Loved this story! Brad Wills is my absolute favorite narrator and did a fantastic job as usual!

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