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Revolutionary for the time in encouraging children to think like children, the adventure of Princess Irene and Curdie, the boy miner, was to influence generations of writers, including Chesterton and Tolkien. Overflowing with fantastic ideas and images to delight the young and allegory to inspire their morality The Princess and the Goblin has remained one of the most exciting tales for over 100 years.

Irene lives in a castle on a mountain, under which there is a labyrinth of tunnels inhabited by Goblins. Also, within the hillsides, there is a group of miners digging for precious metals. When the Goblins try to kidnap the Princess and flood the mines, it is up to Curdie, the boy miner, and Irene’s great-great-great grandmother to use their wit and resources to defeat the wicked plan.

‘I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence, which helped me to see things in a certain way from the start.... Of all the stories I have read, it remains the most real, the most realistic, in the exact sense of the phrase the most like life. It is called The Princess and the Goblin, and is by George MacDonald.‘
—G.K. Chesterton.

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A Classic Fairy Tale for All Ages

I don't normally read "chldren's literature, and was drawn to George MacDonald only because C.S. Lewis and Tolkien had expressed admiration for him. Now I see why: his rich, often offbeat, Celtic imagination, his charming story full of mythic symbols, the sense of invisible worlds being very real, but only to those who are open to them, and the lessons learned by the characters, all make this a truly exceptional tale. In my opinion, it's far superior to Harry Potter, for example. partly because of its profound moral and mythic insight. The characters in this story learn lessons in a way that is not at all didactic, and certainly not "Victorian." A total delight for (to borrow a phrase from Harold Bloom) intelligent children of all ages.

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Great Narrator and Great Book

Loved it! The narrator was fantastic, the story was perfect at being a children's fantasy novel, and I can't wait to read more by MacDonald.

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Clearly, MacDonald did indeed blaze trail for Tolkien and Lewis.

Marvelous tale, not read condescendingly as though the story were only for children (as though even they ever benefit from that). Many evidences as to why C. S. Lewis called MacDonald "my master". Layers of meaning and a ripping good story--must be heard more than once. Excellent performance.

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Good fairy tale

Unfortunately this seems to be the edited version, but still an interesting short story that portrays princesses in a very different light than Disney.

If you want a story that teaches how to think and act rather than just going through a plot blindly, this is a good one.

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great reading of a great story

Excellent book and the narrator did an excellent job of conveying tones and keeping you interested.

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Brilliant !

George Mac Donalds mind is just to be loved. I cannot wait to meet this man in heaven. I love all his writting.

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amazing story

what an amazing writer and story, found it hard to put down/stop. a story with substance, excitement, danger and bravery.

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Great for a car trip

What did you love best about The Princess and the Goblin?

This is a great introduction to George McDonald's storytelling. My 9 yo son will hear this one again and again. I am glad I finally had the time to finish it as well. It kept a VERY energetic neighbor enthralled for our 2.5 hour car ride, and he was ready to listen to the end on the way home.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Princess and the Goblin?

There are so many vivid word pictures and thought provoking moments, it would be hard to pick just one. The old woman hidden somewhere up in the castle will keep you scratching your head.

What does Peter Joyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A memorable protection against Goblins.

Any additional comments?

If C.S.Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien found George McDonald's works to be inspirational, that is a good enough recommendation for me.

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Enjoyable

Fun story, well narrated. Has some depth and cleverness to it. Easy listening, I liked it and I'm in my late 20s. Good Christian morals discussed and explored

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Great Fantasy with Strong Characters

A great fantasy story with strong positive role models for both girls, boys and frankly adults should study the morals in this book as well.

The Princess is heroic and the Miner Boy is just as strong.
The story involves themes of trust, self sacrifice and respect for others based in their actions not their status.

If you like Narnia, The Hobbit or other fantasy stories you'll love this.

A wonderful tale that should be far more famous.

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