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The Black Unicorn Audiobook

The Black Unicorn: Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 2

A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdom from the wizard Meeks, who had set a series of pitfalls against him. Ben survived, by the aid of three loyal friends: Questor Thews, an ill-trained wizard; Abernathy, a talking dog, the Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow, who sometimes had to be a tree.
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Publisher's Summary

A year had passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdom from the wizard Meeks, who had set a series of pitfalls against him. Ben survived, by the aid of three loyal friends: Questor Thews, an ill-trained wizard; Abernathy, a talking dog, the Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow, who sometimes had to be a tree.

But Ben had been troubled by dreams of disaster to his former partner, Miles Bennett. Yet when he returned to Earth, Ben found Miles doing splendidly.

Unknown to Ben, the dreams had been a trap by Meeks, who had returned to the Magic Kingdom as a tiny insect hidden in Ben's clothing. That first night back in Landover, Ben awoke to see Meeks gloating over him, claiming to have the medallion that could summon the mysterious knight-protector, the Paladin, and that he had cast a spell to switch appearances with Ben.

Ben found himself outcast, no longer recognized by any friend, though all his powerful enemies seemed to know him. Without the medallion, he couldn't seek the help of the Paladin against Meeks. There was only the prism cat - whatever that might be!

And where was Willow - and the mysterious black unicorn she'd set out to find?

Pay another visit to The Magic Kingdom of Landover.

©1987 Terry Brooks; ©2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"This sequel...contains the same welcome touches of humor as its predecessor and confirms Brooks's talent for light fantasy." (Library Journal)

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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 09-03-11
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 09-03-11 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "The excelence continues."

    A year had passed since Ben Holiday had crossed from Earth to the magical realm of Landover. The sickness that plagued the land at the time of his arrival has been expunged, the magic restored. Now, however, Ben finds himself travelling back to Earthh in response to a disturbing dream that seemed to hint that his former law partner and closest friend Miles Bennett was in need of help. Questor Thews, the ill-trained but steadfast court magician, travels to an ancient fortress wherein he believes he will find a pair of ancient books of magic. The lovely Sylph Willow has a mission of her own, find a bridle of spun gold, the only object capable of binding a mysterious black Unicorn, a being of Landoverian myth widely believed not to be a true unicorn but a demon whose presence corrupts those who look upon it. Upon visiting Earth, however, Ben finds Miles doing splendidly and glad of the visit. Upon returning to Landover, Ben discovers that he had an uninvited passenger. The former court wizard Meeks, half-brother to Questor and the one who had sold him the throne of Landover inthe first place, has returned to the realm and now exiles Ben from his own castle, though not before placing a spell on him that makes him unrecognizable to his friends. He has also assumed Ben's appearance and, thanks to Questor, gained possession of the missing books of magic and now needs only the bridle of spun gold in order to capture the black unicorn, whatever it may be, for some unknown but undoubtedly sinister purpose. Can Ben find a way to regain the trust of his friends and thwart the treacherous wizard's plans before it's too late?
    Once again narrator Dick Hill does an excellent job of bringing life to a great story. As with Magic Kingdom, I found it very hard to stop listening. This is definitely one narrator who could probably do justice to just about anything he reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 07-01-08
    Jamie 07-01-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "I was part of the group quest! GREAT LISTEN"

    This was an amazing listen. I am a huge fan of Terry Brooks - especially his Landover Series -
    Grab a pillow and blanket, stoke the fire and settle in for a great night of listening.

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    MsITgeek 10-03-15
    MsITgeek 10-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A great fantasy to expand your mind!!"
    Would you listen to The Black Unicorn again? Why?

    I'd read the entire series years ago and through the audio version, I can re-experienced it wonderfully!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have no favorites. I love them all and all play an equal part in the stories!


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

    I love how he enhanced my visualization of the characters by his voice and his natural abilities to allow me to uniquely identify with each of the characters!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen during my commutes.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Bill!

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    Phil 09-08-15
    Phil 09-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good sequel"

    good book. liked the first book as a kid so it's nice to here the second book.

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    Steven Philips 08-29-15

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    "Story ever compeling, imaginative and fun."
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Unicorn the most enjoyable?

    This is a continuation of the series. Just when you think Ben and team catch a break some other twist happens. It is rather amusing and tense but always fun and compelling to the next book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is highly imaginative and fun. A good series for all ages.


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

    I appreciate the narrators intonations and various voices. The recording is old so I can't play it at the 2x speed but at 1.5x speed is good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could listen to this book the whole way through. I have to break because life happens. The world is highly imaginative and give just the right amount of detail for one to build a good picture of the environment and characters.


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    A. Mitchell Florida 05-21-15
    A. Mitchell Florida 05-21-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Just feels like I have heard this before."

    The narrator was fantastic! He really breathes life into the characters.

    The story on the other hand... Well...The first book is fresh and original, unlike the Sword of Shannara which to me just felt like a re-write of Tolkien. This one, though I remember enjoying it as a young girl, and listening to it today feels like it's a story that has been told in a much better way.

    The Last Unicorn is a favorite story of mine, I almost know it by heart. This story has such similarities to it as to be distracting.

    If you don't know the story of The Last Unicorn, then you will probably enjoy this book. The Kingdom of Landover is an intriguing storyline. But if you are like me, then you may find yourself more making comparisons to a story that you already know then really paying attention to the plot.

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    JIM HOUSTON 01-15-15
    JIM HOUSTON 01-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book Dick Hill does a very good job"

    can't wait to continue the story
    all of terry books r great the shannara series also is a must if u like this one.

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    Nina 07-21-13
    Nina 07-21-13
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    "Good Read"

    Enjoyed listening to this with my granddaughter. We are starting the next book in this series.

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    Inge Rochester, NY, United States 12-24-12
    Inge Rochester, NY, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good listen, plot slightly predictable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Unicorn the most enjoyable?

    It is one of those easy-to-listen books. It's light and easy to follow, nothing deep or too memorable, just very entertaining. Sometimes that's all you need.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fillip and Sot. Just gotta love those G'Home Gnomes!


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

    He makes the characters stand out and gives them a personality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 09-17-09
    Randy Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 09-17-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, bad reading"

    I enjoyed the story, as I do with all of Terry Brooks stories, but I could not enjoy the reading of this book. The voice of the dragon sounded like it was from the Bronx, and several of the other voices were not much better. I don't remember the voices being so out-of-place in the first Landover novel, and actually really enjoyed the first one.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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