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The Princess and the Goblin | [George MacDonald]

The Princess and the Goblin

Young Princess Irene is sent to the country to be raised in a half-farmhouse, half-castle located in the side of a mountain. While exploring the top of the castle, Irene becomes lost and inexplicably finds her way to a mystifying and beautiful woman spinning a thread. Princess Irene is drawn to the woman whom she discovers is her great-great-grandmother. But after she returns, her nurse, Lootie, refuses to believe in the old woman's existence.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Renowned musician, author, and actor Ian Whitcomb lends his lush, lilting baritone to George MacDonald’s surreal story of bravery and honor, delivering a performance sure to excite the imaginations of young listeners. Whitcomb’s soothing, melodious strains recall the almost hypnotic comfort of childhood bedtime stories. At the same time, this jack-of-all-trades performer capably captures the fantastic playfulness that drives The Princess and the Goblin, his jaunty English accent brimming with dapper affection. MacDonald’s classic relates the plight of a young princess on a mission to save her kingdom from subterranean goblin invaders. MacDonald builds layers of fantasy and surrealism throughout his tale, employing magic and symbolism with skill rivaled perhaps only by the great Lewis Carroll.

Publisher's Summary

Young Princess Irene is sent to the country to be raised in a half-farmhouse, half-castle located in the side of a mountain. While exploring the top of the castle, Irene becomes lost and inexplicably finds her way to a mystifying and beautiful woman spinning a thread. Princess Irene is drawn to the woman whom she discovers is her great-great-grandmother. But after she returns, her nurse, Lootie, refuses to believe in the old woman's existence, and the young Princess cannot find the way back to her great-great-grandmother.

Days later, while on an outing with Lootie, Princess Irene believes that she detects a Goblin. They meet a young miner, Curdie, who confirms her sighting. Soon Curdie discovers Goblins lurking under the castle that have constructed an evil plot against the king and his palace. Princess Irene's belief in her great-great-grandmother's powers becomes essential as she and Curdie work to foil the sinister Goblin plan. As the Princess tells Curdie, "sometimes you must believe without seeing".

©1996 Phoenix Recordings

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    DJCinNC 03-31-10
    DJCinNC 03-31-10

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    "Love this book"

    My children and I listened to this book in the car. We loved it so much I was inspired to buy The Princess and Curdie, because we wanted to know what happened to the characters.
    We highly recommend this one. The narrator is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lonnie Evergreen, CO, USA 01-02-10
    Lonnie Evergreen, CO, USA 01-02-10
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    "A Fantastic Story for Kids"

    I believe that this book is a great book for children to learn friendship and bravery. The author writes in a way children under five or six years old can understand. This book is a great book for a family to read together, it is a fun, entertaining,and a page-turner book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darrin B. Roush Austin, TX USA 08-15-07
    Darrin B. Roush Austin, TX USA 08-15-07 Member Since 2002

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    "Grew on me too..."

    My 9 year old daughter loves this story. It seemed boring to me (39 year old dad) at first, but after I got to disk 2 one day while we were in the car together, I too, was hooked! Now we're listening to the sequel "The Princess and Curdie."

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    Tom Hartselle, AL, USA 04-20-05
    Tom Hartselle, AL, USA 04-20-05 Member Since 2004
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    "A Wonderful book"

    All I can say is I loved this book. I would ride around the block before going home if I was at an exciting part in the book. The narrator was very good.

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    Karen Ann Arbor, MI, United States 08-13-05
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    "Wonderful and imaginative"

    My son (age 8)and I loved this book which we listened to during a long car ride. My daughter (age 5 and a princess lover) thought it was a little scarey but she liked it too.

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    Mark Woodinville, WA, United States 07-11-07
    Mark Woodinville, WA, United States 07-11-07 Member Since 2006
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    A simple story, but sometimes its enjoyable reading about the simple elements that make stories great. Definitely focussed to younger audiences, but still has some fun to it.

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    As an adult I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is a lovely tale, if a litle moral in places and not necessarily suitable for under-sevens (bit of wanton Goblin death involved), but otherwise a very enjoyable listen.

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