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The Chronicles of Prydain, Books 1 & 2:

Book 1: The Book of Three:

Taran, The Assistant Pig-Keeper, longs to be a hero.

He begins his journey with a strange assortment of companions on a dangerous mission to save his beloved land, Prydain. Packed with action, humor, romance, and gallantry, Taran's adventures chronicle his beloved Prydain and his battle with the forces of evil.

Book 2: The Black Cauldron

Peace reigns in Caer Dallben, where Taran works as Assistant Pig-Keeper, but evil threatens the rest of Prydain. The diabolical Arawn’s army grows every day, and his terrible warriors never die. They are born in the Black Cauldron from the stolen bodies of slain soldiers. If evil is to be defeated, the cauldron must be destroyed. Taran volunteers to travel to Arawn’s stronghold and assist in the destruction of the dreaded cauldron. With his faithful friends reassembled, Taran marches off to face great danger with a courageous heart.

©2014 Lloyd Alexander (P)2014 Listening Library

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A Childhood Favorite Now an Old Man's Delight

So glad to re-experience Taran's tales with the guidance of the narrator's excellent application of British Isles accents.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable Adventures With A Pig Keeper

Taran the assistant pig keeper and his adventures kept me amused and entertained. Definitely a young adult book/series for the entire family. I love all the characters, the chivalrous knight, the princess, the old warrior, the talking pig. Both books use medieval imagery to tell subtle stories about the destructive sides of pride, desire, ignorance, and envy. I look forward to more of the series.

James Langton is an excellent narrator.

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A story of heroes

So many of today's novels are of dystopian societies. Lloyd Alexander's novels are also stories of good and evil, and there is treachery and deception, but there is honor, which I find lacking in too many of today's novels. In Alexander's novel, the weak become strong through necessity, and even those that waiver between good and evil are redeemed in the end. I prefer this view of humankind, and hope that it will carry over from fantasy books into the hearts and actions of the readers in the real world.

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Great, absolutely great.

Great story, very well written with great characters and exciting circumstances. very well narrated. A rather enjoyable listening experience.

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  • Dean
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Love this series and how you see Taran grow

love this series and how you watch as Taran grows into the man he will be

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Family friendly and engaging for all ages

Interesting tale of bravery in a kingdom far away. Quests and Heroes and Villians. Good triumphs over evil in the end but there are heavy losses.

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Oh my dear god, the accents!!

I love the story,,but the accents are beyond atrocious. The next volume features Eilonwy, and I'm dreading it.

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Loved it

It was wonderful to listen to this with my 3rd grader. He adores the characters and the lessons are wonderful.

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Great story, good performance

This story is classic and as interesting as it is well thought out. I was quickly swept up in the world of Prydain. Lloyd Alexander's work is reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings. But rather than inspired by Nordic myth, Prydain is reminiscent of Wales.

My only frustration with the narration was some of the voices used. One or two of the characters are simply painful to listen to. Besides that, all-star performance.

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great books!<br />

loved the books can't wait to listen to the last 3 it's been a great many years now since I read them.