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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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    Thomas United States 03-20-15
    Thomas United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book! Poor performance."

    Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn was one of my favorite film's as a child. I remember going with my friend Beth to see the movie when it came out and being swept up, not just in the story, but also in the artwork which was so different from other animation I was used to up to that point. I just read the book for the first time, or rather, I listed to the audio version, performed by Mr. Beagle, and, while I still love the story and was again swept up in the magic of the world he created, I was left feeling somewhat disappointed. Mr. Beagle is a fine author, but as a performer he left me wanting more theatricality and that may mean returning to the physical book on my own in the near future. Obviously, it isn't that Mr. Beagle doesn't know the work or that he cannot embrace the passion and mythology of it, because he certainly can. But there was an amateur quality to it, including the intrusion of other voices piping in here and there ("Standby!") and Mr. Beagle's own slight errors that took me out of the story as he corrected himself. All of these could have been fixed in the editing, but they were left in place.

    Now, I still encourage you to read it. READ it. I chose the audio version because it was more accessible to me as I was busily running to and fro, but in hindsight I should have taken the time to sit and read it. That's not to say that other audiobooks are not worth their value. On the contrary, I am a HUGE fan of audiobooks and have enjoyed MANY over the last several years. It is unfortunate that this one, one that I so looked forward to, fell short of my expectations.

    But the story of the unicorn who goes in search of her kind, refusing to believe the stories that she is the last, is one of romance, mystery, magic, and loving nods to other literary sources. It is a gem that should be cherished and I look forward to reading it to my child one day, over many nights, as his or her imagination takes flight with me and we travel with the unicorn to unravel the truth and, possibly, return beauty to the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jed Twin Falls, ID, United States 08-07-13
    Jed Twin Falls, ID, United States 08-07-13
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    "Just couldn't get past the reader"
    Would you try another book from Peter S. Beagle and/or Peter S. Beagle?

    I'd love to listen to a book by Peter S. Beagle that was read by a professional reader.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter S. Beagle’s performances?

    No.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rastein 06-18-12
    Rastein 06-18-12 Member Since 2014

    Filmmaker and artist in Los Angeles.

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    "Classic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Unicorn the most enjoyable?

    This was my favorite story as a kid so hearing it again years later, I still have a love for it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Unicorn?

    The way the writer describes characters is always in such a way that makes things incredibly detailed.
    For some reason what sticks out to me right now is how a butterfly was singing songs to the unicorn and her breath as she spoke blew the butterfly backward, far from her.


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

    I liked the fact that it was his writing. You get more of a sense of how he wanted you to hear it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many of the characters psyches are very unique. Each one with a pain or sorrow, jaded happiness and untainted joys. Its very realistic despite being a tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I was happy for the film when it came out (besides the awful songs they sing!!!) how true it was to the book.
    It was so nice hearing the audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brent New York, NY, United States 03-06-12
    Brent New York, NY, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "My Favorite Story Ever!"
    Would you listen to The Last Unicorn again? Why?

    Probably. The words are magic. I would love to hear Mia Farrow narrarate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beagle created a masterpiece that resonates on so many levels, and in different ways as I grow from a child to an adult.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Peter's voise is likeable enough but I think someone trained to do dramatic reading would add some flavor.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 04-27-12
    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Hated the Narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No not in audio form. I read this book when I was younger and I fondly remember the story. It is a good story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The unicorn of course


    What didn’t you like about Peter S. Beagle’s performance?

    He sounds like he has a lisp. It was very irritating it listen too. He should have gotten someone else to read it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trey Ratcliff Austin, Texas, Earth 02-15-12
    Trey Ratcliff Austin, Texas, Earth 02-15-12 Member Since 2009

    Trey Ratcliff

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    "Story and writing is amazing! But... the author's"
    What did you like best about The Last Unicorn? What did you like least?

    Oh god this is a great story with fabulous writing.... and I HATE to say it, but the author reads this book and he's not so great at that. I have trouble really understanding why this is... I guess I can't expect one man to be a great writer and a great reader.


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    Robert Wiscott Jr. ohio 09-15-16
    Robert Wiscott Jr. ohio 09-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I love this story, wish for a different narrator."
    How could the performance have been better?

    I get it, it's read by the author. That's normally good because you get the story as the author was writing it. The problem is there are so many good voice actors and narrators and, unfortunately, Mr Beagle sounds a bit like Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama. I can't get that out of my head. The movie was blessed with so much voice talent. I found myself wishing for the delivery, the heart and feeling of the movie cast. Instead I got flat narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this story. I do, I have since I was first introduced to the movie as a child. Listening to Mr. Beagle stumble his way around the words was a chore. It really got in the way of the story for me, unfortunately.

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    Erin Smith 08-18-16
    Erin Smith 08-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable Read"

    It ignited the memories of my childhood. The Last Unicorn was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and the reading was well done by the author himself. I enjoyed the musical interludes too.

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    Chloe Shepard 07-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly magical"

    One of my all time favorite stories is given new life hearing it read my the man who created it. Peter's voice is soft and enchanting, and will transport you into a world where unicorns breath light into everything.

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    Amber 05-21-16
    Amber 05-21-16
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    "loved it."

    I'm very pleased that Peter narrated the tale. It is only fitting that he did so for he is probably the only person who could capture the tale as it was meant to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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