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The Last Unicorn Audiobook

The Last Unicorn

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Publisher's Summary

A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world.

This is an unabridged audiobook of Peter S. Beagle's classic fantasy novel, read by the author, and featuring original music by Jeff Slingluff. It was engineered at MondoMedia Studios in San Francisco by Jim Lively, and produced by Connor Cochran and Jim Lively.

The Last Unicorn is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th Century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages. The animated movie version, released in 1982, has been seen by hundreds of millions of people, and after 25 years is still showing regularly on cable and satellite television in more than a dozen countries.

©1968 Peter S. Beagle (P)2005 Conlan Press

What the Critics Say

"The plot is a classic quest structure - an impossible goal, a motley company, heroes, villains, monsters, magic, desperate chances, bittersweet success....What makes The Last Unicorn unique is the way Mr. Beagle transcends the ordinary fantasy quest trope with his incomparable storytelling skill." (The Green Man Review)

"The Last Unicorn is one of the true classics of fantasy, ranking with Tolkien's The Hobbit, Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy, and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Beagle writes a shimmering prose-poetry, the voice of fairy tales and childhood." (Amazon.com review)

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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 02-28-13
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2016

    I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

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    "Unicorns rediscovered!"
    If you could sum up The Last Unicorn in three words, what would they be?

    A great story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the music lead at each chapter. The music reflected how I felt when I read this story so long ago. It also brought back to my mind scenes from the movie. The story is as appropriate today as it was when first published.


    What does Peter S. Beagle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Peter S. Beagle's voice sounded a lot like I mentally visualized the wizard's voice to sound like. I enjoyed his reading very much! I was a little reluctant at first due to having been put off by other authors reading their work.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen and enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-24-10
    Kathryn Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Need different narrator"

    I have always loved this story and was looking forward to the audio version, until I realized Perter S. Beagle was a great writer and an awful narrator. I couldn't get through the first thirty minutes. Which is too bad, it is a great story.

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    Joseph Cieslewski 02-27-16
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    "Wonder-full"

    No book for as long as I can remember has brought together such wonder, such elegance, and such fantasy with so little effort and pretense.

    This book made me remember why I love books. It made me remember why I love the written word. And above all else it made me remember why I love fantasy and fairy tales.

    The narration by the author himself was as spot on, as sonorous, and as soothing as it ought to be, and I cannot now imagine hearing those words from any other lips but his.

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    Stef 12-03-14
    Stef 12-03-14
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    "You couldn't ask for a better fairy tale."

    This isn't so much a novel as a novel-length work of spiritual poetry. Hm, that might turn off some people. I don't mean it's inaccessible; quite the opposite. The language is often stunningly beautiful. There are lots of wonderful references to other literature for people who happen to have read the other literature, but they don't distract from the story.

    Narrated by the author. His narration is capable. It is flat, with little attempt at dramatization. It's probably good he didn't try to do more than he is capable of, and it's charming in its way, maybe like listening to your favorite uncle read. I think that a voice actor could do a better job at making some of the scenes come alive, though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 04-05-14
    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 04-05-14

    I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!

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    "My favorite movie on the page"

    I finally got around to reading this (20+ years later). I loved this movie as a child. It was one of those tapes that I wore out move than once. It was delightful to finally read the book. I was impressed with how closely the movie followed the book, and I greatly enjoyed the additional richness in the text. The narration by the author works very well, and I listened from start to finish without pause. Excellent fantasy read in general especially for anyone who grew up in the 80's.

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    ange 07-23-12
    ange 07-23-12
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    "I have always loved this story."

    I have watched the animated movie for years, so many times I can recite the dialogue. The book and movie are very close, almost word for word, so as I listened I could see the movie scenes in my head. Great book, great story.

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    Kenya 08-24-11
    Kenya 08-24-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Book, Good reader"

    Ok, some people are just silly about their reviews. Yeah the reader is british but you can hardly tell (he's lived in the states for a long time) and he sounds great. This book is a classic, and yeah I may not want to listen to is 4 times a year, but every 3 years I like to read this book. Along with watching the movie :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 05-26-11
    Stephanie FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 05-26-11
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    "A Classic Must Buy"

    If you've only ever watched the animated movie as I had, then I sincerely suggest you purchase this book as well. Though the movie follows the story fairly accurately, the movie is no substitute for the book. You learn more of the characters and understand their psychology all the better by listening to this marvelous tale. The fact that it's narrated by the author himself is an added bonus. You can really hear how he intended the characters to sound, and that can make all the difference.

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    Faith 03-19-16
    Faith 03-19-16
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    "Ageless classic"

    From watching the movie as a child to reading and listening to the original story as an adult, Peter S Beagle's work never fails to keep you interested until the end.

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    Angie Toxica Providence, RI 01-16-16
    Angie Toxica Providence, RI 01-16-16 Member Since 2015

    Erotica, fantasy, spirituality, leftist politics, self help, and a lot of goth horror...yup, that's me!

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    "Like hearing a beloved tale read by a dear friend"

    This is one of my most beloved books. It's a timeless fairy tale made up of equal parts childlike wonder and grown-up wit, a medieval romance sprinkled with poetry, song, and tongue-in-cheek modern references. It's self aware, but not self conscious. The tale is simple and sweet, yet within it is woven all of heartbreak and bittersweetness of the human condition: aging, death, sorrow, loss, longing, desire - and of course, as long as there is a unicorn left on Earth, hope.

    Hearing the author read his own prose is a treat that will be satisfying to any fan who holds this tale dear, particularly when the words break out into rhyme or song. It's also a great entry point for anyone encountering the work for the first time, as a tale like this is almost meant to be read aloud. My boyfriend, who was not familiar with with the story, enjoyed hearing it pipe in from the next room from time to time just because he found the author's voice so pleasant.

    Highly recommended! I have a feeling I'll come back to listen again and again.

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  • Jenny
    Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    3/3/11
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    "Interesting and a little unusual - I like it"

    This is definitely an odd book, and hard to describe!
    I've loved listening to it, and did from the start, but took a little while to get into the swing of his storytelling. It certainly has a rhyme and reason of its own... there are indeed all the 'classic' fantasy quest elements here but it goes a little crosswise to both classic styles and the more modern fantasy that i'm used to - although both elements are definitely in there. Makes a pleasant and suprising change.

    I don't normally go for fantasy (or otherwise) read in an american accent, since i often find it somewhat grating but I have really enjoyed this narrator. Of course its always great to get your hands on an audiobook narrated by the author.

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  • hugh
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    "excellent rendition of a classic"
    Would you listen to The Last Unicorn again? Why?

    i have yes it has hidden depths.


    What did you like best about this story?

    this is a profound meditation on age and memory cleverly dressed as a fantasy


    What about Peter S. Beagle’s performance did you like?

    I found his narration strange as he isn't a professional, however I soon realized he is perfect for this material as his understanding of the true themes of this book shine through.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    they already have, the tag line should be {A beautiful film it helps to like the band America}


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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  • Janice
    Boston, United Kingdom
    2/6/13
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    "Gandaughter really enjoyed this."

    Well written and read, by grandaughter and I listened to this when she was going to bed and wanted to listen again in the mornings.

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