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The Last Unicorn | [Peter S. Beagle]

The Last Unicorn

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 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.
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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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    Jed Twin Falls, ID, United States 08-07-13
    Jed Twin Falls, ID, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Sutherland 04-21-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Delightful classic"

    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,

    2 of 2 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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 02-28-13
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2011

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy 01-12-13
    Dorothy 01-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Unicorn the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy the narrator. One person complained; but, personally, I love his narrating style. If you are unsure, check out the preview.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff United States 12-23-12
    Jeff United States 12-23-12
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    "Great book, great movie, great audiobook"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Peter S. Beagle – was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael 06-18-12
    Rachael 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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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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    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


    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
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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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  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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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