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©1965 Lloyd Alexander; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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 adds new characters to the growing plot. The narrator does a particularly good job with the cowardly giant. What's not to love about a book that features a giant, ferocious cat?
This book might be a bit scary for very young children but most ages 7 and up will enjoy the magic and adventure.
Taran and Elonwy are just so cute together despite the bickering. Taran's companions are unusual and entertaining. A huge cat, a baird with a lie detector harp, a mischievous crow and a furry Gergy. What's not to love?
With each book, Taran matures and so does the story. This time Taran is becoming aware of his feelings towards a certain young lady. The reader continues to find voices for all the new characters in a satisfying way.
This is the 3rd book in the Chronicles of Prydain, and I highly recommend all of them. If you love great adventures, well drawn lovable characters, and profound life lessons, you will love Prydain. Lloyd Alexander creates the world of Prydain loosely based on Welsh mythology. They are excellent excellent books! For those who have listened to Harry Potter, James Langton does as good a job as Jim Dale. It was wonderful to listen to him bring Taran and his friends to life. This is a book written for younger readers (middle school and late elementary) but high schoolers and adults will take much from it also. Do yourself a favor--read these books!
My 8 yr old son, my 5 yr old daughter, my wife and I all loved this and the other Chronicles of Prydain books. James Langton's narration is fantastic.
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