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In the imaginary kingdom of Prydain, Princess Eilonwy must leave her friends to go to the Isle of Mona for training as a proper princess. Because Eilonwy has magical powers, she is sought by Achren, the most evil enchantress in the land. Shortly after her arrival on the Isle of Mona, something sinister and secret befalls her. Eilonwy's loyal friends, Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper; Flewddur, the bard; and Prince Rhun, her intended husband, realize her peril and set out on an exciting and terrifying mission to rescue her. They encounter great forces of evil as well as private, sometimes painful, revelations in the course of their journey.
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©1965 Lloyd Alexander; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🔮

In this third book Lloyd Alexander leaves nothing untouched in a thrilling tale of adventure and enchantment.

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One of the BEST! So great

One of the best series ever written! Thank you Lloyd Alexander.
I also love the reader

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  • Eric Troup
  • Fountain Valley, CA United States
  • 07-14-16

The middle book in the series takes a middle-of the-road approach

I very much enjoyed this book. Where "The Book of Three" was kind of light and fluffy, and "The Black Cauldron" was on the darker, heavier side, this third book is somewhere in between those two poles.

My main reason for knocking the book down a star was that there were a few places where I felt frustrated at being a step ahead of the protagonists. I'm not sure whether this was due to writing, or due to how many similar tales have been written since this book. Whatever the reason, I found myself muttering, "Come on, guys, add it up, add it up!"

Still, all things considered, this is a great book. I can't wait till next month, when I start the next one.

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Awesome!!!!!

I loved this book!!! The whole series is epic, and exciting. love the story, it was an amazing book.

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Love it

One of my favorite books. The narrator does a fabulous jobs bringing the characters to life. It was great to revisit Prydain.

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Giant Attack Cat

The Prydain Chronicles was one of my favorite fantasy series as a child. I decided to listen to it again largely out of nostalgia. The story incorporates many old Welsh myths to weave an exciting fantasy world that centers on a boy who dreams of accomplishing big deeds but learns both humanity and courage.

This book adds new characters to the growing plot. The narrator does a particularly good job with the cowardly giant. What's not to love about a book that features a giant, ferocious cat?

This book might be a bit scary for very young children but most ages 7 and up will enjoy the magic and adventure.

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Read this

Taran and Elonwy are just so cute together despite the bickering. Taran's companions are unusual and entertaining. A huge cat, a baird with a lie detector harp, a mischievous crow and a furry Gergy. What's not to love?

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Budding Romance and Adventure

With each book, Taran matures and so does the story. This time Taran is becoming aware of his feelings towards a certain young lady. The reader continues to find voices for all the new characters in a satisfying way.

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Harry Potter, Percy Jackson Fans, This is For You!

This is the 3rd book in the Chronicles of Prydain, and I highly recommend all of them. If you love great adventures, well drawn lovable characters, and profound life lessons, you will love Prydain. Lloyd Alexander creates the world of Prydain loosely based on Welsh mythology. They are excellent excellent books! For those who have listened to Harry Potter, James Langton does as good a job as Jim Dale. It was wonderful to listen to him bring Taran and his friends to life. This is a book written for younger readers (middle school and late elementary) but high schoolers and adults will take much from it also. Do yourself a favor--read these books!

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Wonderful story for kids &adults, great narration

My 8 yr old son, my 5 yr old daughter, my wife and I all loved this and the other Chronicles of Prydain books. James Langton's narration is fantastic.