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The Book of Three Audiobook

The Book of Three: The Prydain Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Taran dreams of adventure, but nothing exciting ever happens to an Assistant Pig-Keeper, until his pig runs away. A chase through the woods leads Taran far from home and into great danger, for evil prowls the land of Prydain. With a collection of strange and wonderful friends whom he meets on his journey, Taran finds himself fighting so that good may triumph over evil, and so that his beloved home will not fall to a diabolical fiend.

Don't miss the rest of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles.

©1964 Lloyd Alexander; (P)2004 Random House, Inc, Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A very funny adventure tale set in an imaginary kingdom." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
"James Langton enables the listener to enter this fantastical world. Langton's presentation of each character has a depth that brings heightened compassion....Langton cares deeply about each character, and so will the listener!" (AudioFile)

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    Amazon Customer 06-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful Fantasy Series"

    The Prydain Chronicles was one of my favorite fantasy series as a child. I decided to listen to it again largely out of nostalgia. The story incorporates many old Welsh myths to weave an exciting fantasy world that centers on a boy who dreams of accomplishing big deeds but learns both humanity and courage.

    This book might be a bit scary for very young children but most ages 7 and up will enjoy the magic and adventure.

    My only complaint is that after buying this, I discovered that there was an option to buy book 1 and book 2 in the series together as one book, so it ended up costing me an extra credit to get the entire series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Cathedral City, CA, USA 08-23-09
    Brian Cathedral City, CA, USA 08-23-09
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    "Important lessons learned for young ones"

    My 9 year old chose this book from her reading list this summer and to my surprise became one of our families favorite. This book teaches some very important lessons about growing up and learning to find ones own identity in a world that when young seems so large and exciting, but when the time comes to step outside ones comfort zone only makes us realize there is no place like home.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Carbondale, IL, USA 02-08-05
    Jennifer Carbondale, IL, USA 02-08-05
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    "Good, brave fun!"

    My kids (girl-11yr & boy-9yr) and I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a little slow starting and the names were confusing at first, but it got moving and was a lot of fun. Taran (main character) gives hope to the average-feeling person. Bravery often comes in small packages. We're ready for the next book in the series.

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    Lance Stroudsburg, PA, USA 04-26-06
    Lance Stroudsburg, PA, USA 04-26-06
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    "Excellent"

    This was simply excellent, great fantasy for young and old

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    "One of my favorites from childhood."

    Brought back the memories and it was wonderful to let someone else do the reading this time. He definitely pronounced the names better than I do.
    Wonderful story and series.

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    John 05-10-16
    John 05-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Indeed"

    Most excellent story enjoyment for the whole family. if you give it a chance you will not be disappointed. Our family enjoyed listening to it over a couple days during bed time.

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    Steve P West Jordan, UT 04-08-16
    Steve P West Jordan, UT 04-08-16

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    "This is perfect for tweens"

    The story was a little bald as far as character development in comparison to books like Game of Thrones. It was a very good fast paced story, I think it set up the next book in the series very well.

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    Kindle Customer Sandy OR. 12-04-15
    Kindle Customer Sandy OR. 12-04-15 Member Since 2010

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    "The Book of Three"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Three to be better than the print version?

    As good as, but we talking about all time top five books here.


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    Gold standard.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Pig Keeper rises above station.


    Any additional comments?

    At the bottom of my rambling is my original review, pitiful if I must say. Five years later I have a much better appreciation of Mr. Alexander's masterful work. I would rank it with The Hobbit. The tale of assistant pig keeper Taran and Eilonwy the charming princess, Fflewddur Fflam, the bard who stretches the truth all too often as well as ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmgeonly Doli--all of whom become involved in the legendary land of Prydain.

    The narrative in the Audible edition is good standard even after ten years plus still delightful. Do not miss great classic!

    Good story with some hitches, the pig never said a word. The Horned King did not melt in a good cause and effect. Overall very enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Rhoads Regan, ND 08-24-15
    Shawn Rhoads Regan, ND 08-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome Story!!! Irritating Performance."

    Mr. Alexander has written what is to me one of the most memorable book series' of my childhood - one which still grips me today.

    Mr. Langston's reading of it - his attempt to give every character its own voice (including little girls) at times grates on the nerves. Like bad enough that I almost couldn't finish listening.

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    LSnow 12-07-12
    LSnow 12-07-12
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    "An excellent reading of a longtime favorite."

    I have loved the Prydain Chronicles for many years, but it had been ages since I had last re-read them. James Langton reads "The Book of Three" beautifully, bringing it very much to life. One small complaint is that there are some technical hiccups in the recording - there are a couple of quite noticeable skips. Overall, though, it was a pleasure to hear this performance.

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