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 is a magnificent recording of a timeless classic of fantasy fiction. Peter narrates his best-known work in masterful fashion - the characters spring to life, and the gentle musical interludes between chapters are delightful in themselves. Alas, like the book, it is all too short, but well worth the listening,
I'd love to listen to a book by Peter S. Beagle that was read by a professional reader.
I enjoy the narrator. One person complained; but, personally, I love his narrating style. If you are unsure, check out the preview.
Some yes and some no. It's definitely a book that only certain people will like. But the semi-awkward, upfront, candidness of the characters has a very fresh feel.
Schmendrick, by far. A despondent, hopeful, anachronistic man just trying to make his way. He knows too much, but can't put his knowledge to practical use. Peter S. Beagle really brings this character to life in a good way. You don't pity him, you don't sympathize with him, but you really understand him.
This book is a tricky one. If you liked the movie, you'll definitely like the book. It's one of the few stories that works well in both formats, like the Princess Bride. If you liked the book, the audiobook is a great buy. But if you've never seen the movie or read the book, I would do some research before buying this to make sure it's a story that's worth spending money on.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
A great 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.
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.
Listen and enjoy!
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.
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.
"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.
"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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