"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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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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