The Return of King Lillian is a mythic journey tale - a metaphysical fantasy for dreamers and nonconformists of all ages. (To listen to multiple excerpts of the audiobook, please visit kinglillian.com.)
So, why the manly moniker in tandem with the womanly name?
"The Firstborn Child of The Emperor-King Inherits the Ruling Crown, the Title of Emperor-King and All Powers Thereof." (Item 37, The Royal Manual)
Enter Lillian, the firstborn child of said Emperor-King. Cast out of her Kingdom by malevolent forces, mysteriously waylaid by destiny, the spirited, self-reliant Lillian sets off on an exuberant journey to find her way home and claim her birthright. As she travels through marvelous and mystical lands in search of her origins, Lillian encounters and befriends a kaleidoscopic cast of characters. Most of the tale is told by Lillian herself, as she chronicles her extraordinary adventures.
The audiobook of The Return of King Lillian is performed by the author, Suzie Plakson.
Suzie began her career in the theater, but is best known for having played a wide range of roles in such films and TV series as How I Met Your Mother. Everybody Loves Raymond, Mad About You, Love and War, Wag the Dog, and Redeye as well as various aliens on various Star Trek series. She has also done a variety of guest voices on Dinosaurs, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and Futuruama.
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On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
Wow, I hated this. And I feel bad for hating it, because The Return of King Lillian is trying very, very hard for you to like it. The language tries for charming, and, at its best, achieves it but much more often collapses into overwrought as adjective is piled upon adjective, . Take for example, this portion(!!) of a sentence from the prologue: "Fields upon fields upon fields of blinking, winking stars shooting, falling, twinkling, breathing beauty..." It is trying for mythic wonderfulness, and mostly ends up being painful - and the occasional rhyming verse just makes it more awkward.
The story feels similarly desperate to please (I couldn't finish it, so maybe it gets better), with lots of obvious parables, mythic elements, and cute touches combining to create a tale that is disjointed and not particularly compelling. The author/narrator reads with great verve, but to continue the theme, it all feels remarkably overwrought - the main character is read like she was Annie Oakley, every word is imbued with emotion, and it gets exhausting quickly.
But, you say, perhaps this book isn't for adults? Maybe it is for children? It is possible, though I think my daughter would be equally bored and confused by this tale. And I couldn't help compare this to the Graveyard Book by Neil Gamain - books of similar length, read by the author, aimed (perhaps) at the young as well as the old - which just makes the failings of this novel even clearer.
I hate to harshly review a book that is such an obvious labor of love, but I couldn't find any of the redeeming features of other reviewers who seemed quite uniform in their praise of the novel. Given that every other reviewer on Amazon and Audible gives the book five stars, I am not sure whether I am missing something obvious, or whether some other factor is driving positive reviews. I, for one, feel like this purchase was a complete waste; your view may vary.
Suzie Plakson has delivered a virtuoso performance as both author and narrator of this thoroughly original, touching, laugh out loud fantastic adventure for adults who are ageless and children who are wise.
As narrator of her own audiobook, Suzie Plakson has joined Jim Dale (Harry Potter) in the pantheon of brilliant storytellers.
This is the best gift ever.
Long live King Lillian, the emperor-king of the kingdom of Schlufenschlagen.
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
I was going to just drop in for a brief visit and instead, I ended up spending a good part of the day listening and I don't know where to begin - Stunning. And fabulous. And gorgeous and rich and complex and dense (like a really good cake) and ...awesome. The level of specificity is SO delicious and the acting is BRILLIANT! I literally laughed out loud and cried and have had the joyous experience of being wrapped up in this glorious world. It is an actual journey of A self and a journey of THE self. And I have been reminded in the most wonderful way of the inescapable, irrefutable truth: that ONLY with experience and time comes understanding and you can't skip the steps to get there.
not to be missed.
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