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Quite Contrary

Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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The secret of having an adventure is getting lost. Who ever visited an enchanted kingdom or fell into a fairy tale without wandering into the woods first? Well, Mary is lost. Mary is lost in the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and that is a cruel and murderous story. She's put on the red hood and met the wolf. When she gives in to her wolf's temptations, she will die. That's how the story goes, after all. Unfortunately for the story and unfortunately for the wolf, this Little Red Riding Hood is Mary Stuart, and she is the most stubborn and contrary 12-year-old the world has ever known. Forget the wolf's temptations, forget the advice of the talking rat trying to save her - Mary will kick her way through every myth and fairy tale ever told until she finds a way to get out of this alive. Her own way and no one else's.

©2014 Richard Roberts (P)2015 Tantor

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  • Krista Jasper
  • 02-07-2017

A very dark fairy tale.

This story is very dark and gets darker as it progresses. The main character, Red Riding Hood, AKA: Mary Stuart, is only 12 years old. What she knows is far beyond what any 12 year old should know. She comes across a lot older. Even the voice used. It is a woman's voice. I'm sure it's the narrator's normal voice and the story is told on first person POV, but it doesn't work to "suspend disbelief " for anyone to see the character as a 12 year old. So if you enjoy dark fairy tale retelling S, this book is probably for you. If you don't like dark and sinister, which I'm not a fan, don't.

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  • Sherri Brigance
  • 27-04-2018

Quite contrary

This book is so interesting I listened to he whole thing on one go. Definitely would recommend it -I’m twelve.

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  • Zachary
  • 17-07-2020

A fun story worth reading and rereading

This story has interesting characters and an intriguing world that is itself a collage of story worlds, some of which are very familiar and others entirely original. The story isn't just about Mary, but about stories themselves, the power they have, the way they grow and change with the telling, the way they follow patterns, and how someone savvy to these patterns can manipulate them. This is also one of those stories that benefits from a second reading l, where you go "oh yeah, he DID say that" or "She was just looking at it the wrong way". I can't say any more about that without spoilers, but I'm a sucker for prophecies that come true in cleverly unexpected ways and clues that you don't NEED to get to enjoy the story, but if you DO get them, you feel really clever. If you like stories about stories and magic and growing as a person, I think you'll like this one.

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  • MommaOfTwoBusyBoys
  • 06-06-2018

Weird and disturbing book that I cannot unread

I very rarely write negative reviews, but I can’t unread this book so maybe I can help you decide if this book is right for you. Firstly, the main character is a 12-year-old girl wearing a “tarty” costume who strings together cursewords like a foul-mouthed adult. She has a wolf who wants to ravish her, and yet is called “little girl” throughout the book. I don’t like the sexual connotations relating to a child. Seems creepy and disturbing. Secondly, Mary has adventure after adventure…after adventure. They all are pretty random and not connected. I felt like the story didn’t flow well. And lastly, some parts were disturbing to the point that I am left feeling unsettled. Upon finishing it, I just feel depressed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2016

Best story I've ever read or heard

This is the oldest story I can think of. Told so many different ways, it's like a living thing. The way Roberts told it... No words. Experience it yourself.

For people wanting to know why I say that, I'll give a few reasons. The characters are deep, real, and believable, they bring the story to life. The MC is perfect in every way for a modern telling of this story. The villain... The main villain of this story is at the same time the most horrible, terrifying, and awe inspiring thing I've read about. The villain made this story, and always has, but his time you get every note. You will hate him, fear him, feel utter disgust, but you can't dismiss him or his memory. Last, the world... Or Worlds. Every story and all their Worlds. Mythology, fairytales, horror, mystery, history, fantasy, and steam punk... I think the only world that didn't really appear was a solid sci-fi... Though it got close a couple times.

Just read or listen to this book. It is the best book I have ever read or listened to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-2016

VERY LONG!

Not sure if it was just a long book or long narration, did not enjoye

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  • kristina lovins
  • 03-08-2016

Quite contary

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucksss. I was only going to write suuuuucks but my review won't post without the 14 words minimum. I feel I already wasted enough of my time trying to get through this stupid drawn out plot. I am upset that I had to give it a one star rating.
This book is awful.

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