Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Audio, 2011.
ISBN: 9780545315234
0545315239
9780545357739
054535773X
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital.

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slawr084 Mar 25, 2017

At once hilarious and brilliant, Beauty Queens is like Lord-of-the-Flies-meets-Miss-Congeniality!

I can never seem to adequately describe the book to do it justice. Essentially, an airplane full of beauty pageant contestants crashes on a "deserted" island, and the adventure that follows is nothing like you'd expect from the stereotypical teenagers of television. I was initially unimpressed by the plot and characters, but after the first audiobook disk the story really picked up. The characters became increasingly more 3-dimensional and the story eventually tackled themes like consent, gender, sexuality, institutional racism, immigration and belonging, and other component experiences of teenage life in sensitive--and at times hilarious--ways.

This book is like nothing I've ever read, and the author/audiobook narrator, Libba Bray, will blow you away. She speaks in about a dozen different American accents, which makes sense since the surviving beauty pageant contestants each represent a different state in the union.

At times I couldn't help feeling like the author's writing/comedic style was reminiscent of Douglas Adams (think: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy & Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency); turns out he was one of her biggest writing influences!

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J2sweaters
Jan 13, 2016

How often does an author turn out to be a terrific audiobook reader? Libba Bray's reading is terrific! It really underscores the satirical humor of the book. I love how the story at first seems like it's going to be just straight satire but then evolves into an ensemble piece balanced among multiple characters. Each one is really three-dimensional and has a unique and interesting backstory and personality. The author seems to have touched upon just about every possible "minority" (for lack of a better term) status pertinent today. She's covered an unbelievable amount of ground in one book. And made me laugh over and over again! (check out the interview with Libba Bray at the end, too--really interesting)

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2monkeyreaders
Dec 08, 2015

Pretty good satire, which might be reactionary to The Hunger Games. You've got your stereotypical characters which are cringe-worthy, but in a good way. I don't normally read this type of book, but I enjoyed it.

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ElectricMayhem
Jan 10, 2015

Great cover and premise: A group of beauty pageant contestants are stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. Unfortunately, the execution is lacking. Gimmicky and annoying instead of funny. I couldn’t get past disc 4.

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Emmasradscreenname
Mar 16, 2014

This is probably the best audiobook I've ever listened to. The author's accents and voices bring life to the characters. Her timing and humor make the story compelling. This book is fun but adds social commentary to the mix. Definitely recommend!

iRead26 Mar 04, 2013

Funny! And some touching moments too. Loved hearing the back stories for each of the girls. The author's narration is excellent. Overall much better than I expected, original and witty.

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acritics
Nov 19, 2012

Libba Bray tackles some powerful themes in this book. It is interesting to watch, or hear, the girls grow as the story progresses. Bray does a fantastic job narrating the audio version. She captures the different accents and personalities of the girls and really brings the story to life.

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