©1968 Lloyd Alexander; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
Overall, I was happy with this last book. I would have liked to have heard more about Taran's followers. Once they decided to follow him not much was mentioned about them. Also, I would have loved to have heard if HenWen lived a long happy life like Tarran. I guess we can assume she did. Overall, the Narrator did a great job on the series and I enjoyed most of his voices. However, I really disliked the accent he gave some of the main characters (Eilonwy and Gwydion). It was a strange mixture that sounded part German and part Indian. Since the tale was taken partly from Welch legend an English, Irish, etc accent would have been better.
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 is a fantastic conclusion to the series. Taran has to muster all of the skills and friends he has acquired over the previous four books to save the world.
This book might be a bit scary for very young children but most ages 7 and up will enjoy the magic and adventure.
I highly recommend all the Chronicles of Prydain and especially this 5th and final book om the series, The High King. The High King won the Newberry Award for Children's Literature and is an amazing book full of great adventures, well drawn lovable characters, and profound life lessons. Lloyd Alexander creates the world of Prydain loosely based on Welsh mythology. This is the 5th book in the Chronicles of Prydain, and I recommend reading them in order. The last chapter is truly amazing. Taran learns that everyone is a hero who strives more for others than for himself! Excellent! 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 YA readers (middle school and late elementary) but high schoolers and adults will take much from it also. Do yourself a favor--read these books and give them as gifts to all young people you know.
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