"I do not write for children, but for the childlike, whether of five or 50 or 75." - George MacDonald
The Princess and the Goblin was published in 1872. One of the very first fantasy novels this magical classic had a profound influence on the work of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and is loved by fans of fantasy fiction to this day. Eight-year-old Princess Irene lives in a remote mountainous region with no one but her nursemaid for company. Then she meets a mysterious old woman and Curdie, a young miner. Meanwhile, deep in the heart of the earth beneath her lurk grotesque and hideous creatures seeking vengeance against human kind.
The Goblin and the Grocer by Hans Christian Andersen is a short fairy tale about a very different kind of goblin who must choose between poetry or an edible Christmas treat.
Both stories are read by award-winning audiobook narrator, comedienne, and best-selling author of The English American, Alison Larkin. Other children's classic tales read by Alison Larkin include Peter Pan and The Inconsiderate Waiter by J M Barrie and Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - the 150th anniversary audio edition by Lewis Carroll.
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This was the perfect venue for Alison Larkin. Her voice has a built in fairy tale quality and I can't imagine this book read by anyone else now. I had not read this tale before although I recently went in search of Hans Christian Anderson tales. I loved this. I have to believe this would appeal to young adults up to old adults. Who couldn't like this? Enough symbolism to keep the intellect quite happy and enough adventure to soothe any and everyone.
I listened to this in one morning/afternoon. It was a great day!
I was luckily gifted this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
This is a delightful tale of the princess Irene, her nursemaid, and a miner boy who save mankind...with the help of a fairy godmother, of sorts. I can definitely see the correlation between later fantasy stories by CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.
I was especially drawn to Curdie, who was so steadfast and determined to save the princess at all costs, even going so far as to put himself in peril more than once. I liked how Curdie had parents who were supportive and that he could talk to about all the things he was going through and that he loved enough to listen to even when he was struggling to believe and understand what he was hearing.
The narration was fantastic, as always! Alison Larkin really has a gift for bringing classic tales to life. Her delivery is spot on and the way she is able to use subtle differences in tone or inflection to distinguish between the characters was quite good.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
Canadian | Lover of gruesome horror/depravity/anything medically related/urban fantasy/non-fiction/and YA.
First off, I have never heard of these two fairy tales until now, and I must say that they are charming and not meant solely for children. These stories were written in the late 1800’s, and if you do pick up this audiobook (and you should) do expect the long and flowery language of that era. However, this book is not difficult to understand and follow along to. I particularly enjoyed the second tale but Hans Christian Andersen, but both tales are truly a pleasure to listen to because of Alison Larkin’s performance. It’s like she was meant to read fairy tales! This audiobook is a delightful addition to anyone’s collection, young or old.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Great story with a very good narrator it made for a truly enjoyable experience for people of all ages.
Curdy the Miners son. He was really very brave to be spying on the goblins and taking the fight to them when it came time. He rushed to the rescue of the Nurse with no thought of the danger to himself.
Ms. Larkin's performance was just perfect for this story. She did a great job of giving each character such life of their own. It was a fun audiobook to listen to I would love to share it with the family on a drive.
The battle in Kings home. The bravery of Curdy in freeing the knights from the goblins was really moving. This young boy just moved in with his stout heart and voice chanting his rhythms that the goblins fear, slashing his blade, and stomping on the goblins feet their only weak point.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."
I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.
A wonderful classic fairy tale. The whole feel of the writing style is very old. You can tell it was written in the 1800s. The writing style is different and not for everyone. Still enjoyable for fantasy or classic literature fans.
The narrator gave a good performance. Very enjoyable.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
I am 71 year's old I listen to a lot of mysteries I like cute ones I really like the cozy mysteries I like Christmas mysteries and horror
book was absolutely great magical the narrator was perfect my grandchildren are all going to receive this book. this book is the kind to read over again and again I received this book from the author, publisher and or narrator for a honest and unbiased options for reviewing. from audio book boom dot com
Enchanting, Memorable, Entertaining
The fact that the Goblins aren't caricatures but feel real as does the Princess and Curdie! Even today!
It's hard to say which was my favorite scene because they are all so good! I love the scene when Curdie is hiding from the Goblins and the scene when they come to the palace are high up there.
Yes. And I did, during a long drive from New York to Maine. My kids loved it - especially my teenage daughter who is a huge fantasy fan and was fascinated to hear this was the first great fantasy novel. She said "I can definitely see how it influenced Tolkein!"
A really special listen. I also loved the short story at the end! It was completely different but a really interesting companion piece to this famous classic.
I would! It took me back to a bygone era in a way few audiobooks can.
I would probably compare it to almost anything by Tolkein, who was strongly influenced by George Macdonald.
Her voice is very easy to listen to and makes the whole experience a delight. I really love the way she characterizes children and the goblins - she doesn't go over the top - she's completely believable.
When the lonely princess meets the old grandmother in the attic - and, of course, the end!
Outstanding narration of a great classic! George Macdonald was known as the father of fantasy - this is a must listen for children of all ages who love a good story - and anyone who loves fantasy novels, classic or modern!
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