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
"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)
This was my favorite story as a kid so hearing it again years later, I still have a love for it.
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.
I liked the fact that it was his writing. You get more of a sense of how he wanted you to hear it.
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.
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.
Probably. The words are magic. I would love to hear Mia Farrow narrarate.
Beagle created a masterpiece that resonates on so many levels, and in different ways as I grow from a child to an adult.
Peter's voise is likeable enough but I think someone trained to do dramatic reading would add some flavor.
Peter S. Beagle's reading of his classic "The Last Unicorn" has as much magic as the book did on my first reading when I was a teenager (and I'm sure not one anymore). No one knows their characters better than the author, and when the author is as talented a reader and interpreter as this, the story becomes new again, as much of a delight as when reading it for the first time.
I read this book to my children when they were very young (they are now 17 years old, twins), and it was fun to read out loud. Listening to it read with such feeling is a blessing, taking one out of the workaday world and putting one into the lands of magic once again.
I will definitely listen to this recording again and again. Don't we all need a little magic in our lives?
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.
Get ready to work your brain hard to keep up with all the allusions and inferences. Rewarding though this is, it is not recommended for those who want to zone-out with a light fantasy. Self delusion, self image, perception of others, growing up- on the rolling seas choppy fantasy stories, here there be heavy topics.
I watched the movie in 6th grade and never forgot the story. The book goes far beyond even what the film presents and this audio version was a great way to experience it, including the author's voice, which, though his accent is different from many you hear reading books, felt like a reminder to me to look beneath the surface of events, but also was a beautiful way to hear a story - felt like I was listening to a story from an old friend or teacher. The music too was perfect for the book as well as great independently. I'm having difficulty boiling down my experience of the story, but it all comes down to 'Read it!' you will not be disappointed. This audiobook, with all its different aspects, has leapt into my list of favorites.
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 :)
I remembered this book fondly from my younger days. It was not as I remembered it, and I found the author/narrator has some kind of lisp which made the reading horrible. Read this one don't listen to it. It is for teens and younger readers.
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