She then sends him on a quest, accompanied by a peculiar doglike creature named Lina, who was once a human. However, Curdie must resolve his own skepticism before he can use the powers granted to him to defeat the evil that is threatening the future of the kingdom.
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After reading The Princess and the Goblin, I couldn't wait to listen to this one. It was just as good as The Princess and the Goblin. Again, the narrator was excellent.
After listening to The Princess and the Goblin which was a literature requirement in our home school, we wanted to follow the characters on our own so we bought this book. We listened only in the car and my kids ages 5-13 did not want to get our of the car when we arrived at our destinations. We were sad to finish this book.
One of our very favorites.
I like to listen to classic literature while I'm on the treadmill at the gym. The deep meaningful thoughts drown out the inane pop music.
My three daughters and I enjoyed the adventure scenes and thought provoking observations on life in The Princess and Curdie, however the ending was quite disappointing. One of the main characters who we came to care about was summarily killed off at the end with no explanation. It seemed to have no point. Also, the author goes on to mention generations after the main characters who save the kingdom, and how those later generations destroyed the kingdom. It ended on a very dismal note, which did not seem to follow from the rest of the book. I don't think we'll read or listen to any more George MacDonald.
I've loved this book since I was a child. The tale centers on being honorable, choosing to do right, and learning to have faith in what you believe in--presented in the most delightful Victorian style prose which demands that you think and pay attention to the narrative. I'm sure I will listen to this audiobook at least as many times as I have read the book--which is a great many times indeed.
It is entirely enjoyable, but as a sequel to The Princess and the Goblins, it is noticeably stodgier. It lacks the fast paced unfolding of the story, with many long detailed digressions into descriptive imagery. However, it is still very rich in narrative detail and good fun to listen to. It is also a bit heavier on the moralism, and consequently less interesting than the Goblins.
Yes, the audio version comes “alive” in a way that, for me, improves upon the print version.
MacDonald has always been my favorite children's writer. He has a way to write a childs story that has many levels of meaning, making the stories for adults as well as children. His tales have survived more than a century as fresh as when he wrote them.
Unfortunately, Ian Whitcomb reads the story as if he were in sixth grade English class. Slow and stilted, it bored me within the first five minutes. It's a shame to read such a good story like this.
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