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The Book of Three Audiobook

The Book of Three: The Prydain Chronicles, Book 1

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.
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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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    Ark1836 06-02-15
    Ark1836 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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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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    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

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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
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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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    John Spring, TX, United States 08-15-12
    John Spring, TX, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well read for younger listeners"

    The five books in this classic coming-of-age series were written to be read aloud, and the narrator does a good job with them. They were favorite bedtime stories for our children and they enjoyed hearing them again while traveling. Although the main character is a boy growing to be a man, both my sons and daughter have read and re-read these stories. Be aware that some of the characters die in the later books, so this is not for very young children. Ages eight to twelve would be about right.

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    C 05-28-12
    C 05-28-12

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    "Is Adventure What you Think?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the first book of a series in which we are introduced to wonderful characters, the primary of which is Taran, a young boy who longs to be a hero. But adventure isn't what he imagines it to be. I enjoy seeing him learn as he journeys and the entertaining companions he aquires along the way. The messages in the text are relevant to adults as well as the young adults who are the primary audience. The only thing I wonder about is the title since the Book of Three doesn't play a very large part. Maybe Assistant Pig Keeper would have been better.

    Although I enjoy this series, I've given this part of the story 4 stars because there are a lot of times the author reverts to writing that things are best left unsaid and sometimes the urgency is slowed down by too much discussion.


    What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have read the book. Listening to it instead taught me how to pronounce all the names. I feel that James Langton's depiction of the characters was true to how I imagined them when reading.


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    Monica Rae 03-21-12
    Monica Rae 03-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful, lyrical prose; timeless story for all"

    I have heard this story several times and am always moved by the beauty of the prose and the gentle wisdom contained within. My children, boy (9) and girl (7), both ask to hear this story over and over. It is funny, touching, wise, and beautifully takes us along Taran's journey to becoming who he is meant to be. Langdon does an exceptional narration, probably the best narrated book I've ever heard. Do yourself a favor and listen to the entire series, and share it with your children. It will stay with you...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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