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The Sword of Dyrnwyn, the most powerful weapon in the kingdom of Prydain, has fallen into the hands of Arawn-Death-Lord. Now Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and Prince Gwydion lead an army against the powerful lord. After a winter expedition filled with danger, Taran's forces arrive at Mount Dragon, evil's stronghold. There Tara is forced to make the most crucial decisions of his life as he confronts the evil enchantress Achren and the diabolical Arawn.
©1968 Lloyd Alexander; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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spectacular!

This was nothing at all like the Disney movie. This was a wonderful story and performance.

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Masterful!

A perfect end to a great series. An epic tale with lessons that aren't beat over your head and aren't there just to be there. Not a wasted word of character. Fflewdur, Eilonwy, Gurgi, Hen Wen, Coll, Run, Dalben came back from my adolescent memories. The story is just as thrilling to me in my 50s as it was when 9 or 10. Top notch storytelling! The narrator brought it all together on his unique spin on the characters made them all so memorable.

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Sad it's over

What an epic tale, I can't believe it's all over, the tales of the assistant pig keeper and his companions will stick with me forever. I can't think of a more noble saga, a hero so deserving, and and ending that can compare to the emotional coaster that closes this book. Truly a story that could stand as high as the rest.

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Fabulous. Beautiful language, enchanting delivery

We loved this book, which is so well written. Profound, wise, funny.. A font of beautiful language. An exciting hero's tale with much adventure and all the trappings. Plus, just beautifully narrated in this audio version!! My son and I have been riveted by this series

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The high king

This is another great volume in the series, bitter sweet story. I only wish the were many more of these chronicles to enjoy.

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Awesome!

I loved it! I totally recommend for teens and preteens! I love the voice, so skilled! It as a sadder ending than the rest but still Great! Definitely read the whole series before this book.👍🏻👏🏻

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A good ending.

Overall, I was happy with this last book. I would have liked to have heard more about Taran's followers. Once they decided to follow him not much was mentioned about them. Also, I would have loved to have heard if HenWen lived a long happy life like Tarran. I guess we can assume she did. Overall, the Narrator did a great job on the series and I enjoyed most of his voices. However, I really disliked the accent he gave some of the main characters (Eilonwy and Gwydion). It was a strange mixture that sounded part German and part Indian. Since the tale was taken partly from Welch legend an English, Irish, etc accent would have been better.

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exceptional series

we love this series, and the goodness and virtues of the main protagonists. our children listen to this over and over again.

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Series Ends with a Bang

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 is a fantastic conclusion to the series. Taran has to muster all of the skills and friends he has acquired over the previous four books to save the world.

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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Among Best Books EVER! H. Potter fans will love!

I highly recommend all the Chronicles of Prydain and especially this 5th and final book om the series, The High King. The High King won the Newberry Award for Children's Literature and is an amazing book full of great adventures, well drawn lovable characters, and profound life lessons. Lloyd Alexander creates the world of Prydain loosely based on Welsh mythology. This is the 5th book in the Chronicles of Prydain, and I recommend reading them in order. The last chapter is truly amazing. Taran learns that everyone is a hero who strives more for others than for himself! Excellent! 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 YA readers (middle school and late elementary) but high schoolers and adults will take much from it also. Do yourself a favor--read these books and give them as gifts to all young people you know.