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 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.
I enjoy the narrator. One person complained; but, personally, I love his narrating style. If you are unsure, check out the preview.
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.
I'd love to listen to a book by Peter S. Beagle that was read by a professional reader.
More of the backstory that I didn't know or understand when I was a child watching the movie.
Nothing compares to this story. It's a favorite.
It took me a while to get used to his narration, but when I did, it was great. It also made a difference to know that the writer of the book was the one doing the narration. Wonderful.
Like the movie, I cried in the end when the Unicorn had regrets and said goodbye. Moving and beautifully written.
If you loved the movie, you'll love the book.
It's kind of funny because I think the best reader for this story should sound like they were speaking elvish. But Peter S. Beagle isn't that kind of reader. His voice is more like Schmendrick than an elf or a unicorn. It's very cool, though, to hear it read by the author.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
Well worth the read even if you have seen the movie. This beautiful tale of love and aging is written in prose that illuminates the mind.
This story has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. To hear it read aloud by the author with the intonations and melodies that it was meant to have was like reading the book and watching the movie again for the first time. One of the best purchases I've made in a long time and recommended to all listeners of all ages who are in need of a wonderful fairytale, a true love story, and adventures into a dark but wonderful world where happy endings aren't always what you expect but love truly can conquer all.
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