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A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world.

This is an unabridged audiobook of Peter S. Beagle's classic fantasy novel, read by the author, and featuring original music by Jeff Slingluff. It was engineered at MondoMedia Studios in San Francisco by Jim Lively, and produced by Connor Cochran and Jim Lively.

The Last Unicorn is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th Century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages. The animated movie version, released in 1982, has been seen by hundreds of millions of people, and after 25 years is still showing regularly on cable and satellite television in more than a dozen countries.

©1968 Peter S. Beagle (P)2005 Conlan Press

Critic Reviews

"The plot is a classic quest structure - an impossible goal, a motley company, heroes, villains, monsters, magic, desperate chances, bittersweet success....What makes The Last Unicorn unique is the way Mr. Beagle transcends the ordinary fantasy quest trope with his incomparable storytelling skill." (The Green Man Review)
"The Last Unicorn is one of the true classics of fantasy, ranking with Tolkien's The Hobbit, Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy, and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Beagle writes a shimmering prose-poetry, the voice of fairy tales and childhood." (Amazon.com review)

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  • mary
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 02-28-13

Unicorns rediscovered!

If you could sum up The Last Unicorn in three words, what would they be?

A great story!

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the music lead at each chapter. The music reflected how I felt when I read this story so long ago. It also brought back to my mind scenes from the movie. The story is as appropriate today as it was when first published.

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

Peter S. Beagle's voice sounded a lot like I mentally visualized the wizard's voice to sound like. I enjoyed his reading very much! I was a little reluctant at first due to having been put off by other authors reading their work.

Any additional comments?

Listen and enjoy!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucy
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 04-05-14

My favorite movie on the page

I finally got around to reading this (20+ years later). I loved this movie as a child. It was one of those tapes that I wore out move than once. It was delightful to finally read the book. I was impressed with how closely the movie followed the book, and I greatly enjoyed the additional richness in the text. The narration by the author works very well, and I listened from start to finish without pause. Excellent fantasy read in general especially for anyone who grew up in the 80's.

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I have always loved this story.

I have watched the animated movie for years, so many times I can recite the dialogue. The book and movie are very close, almost word for word, so as I listened I could see the movie scenes in my head. Great book, great story.

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You couldn't ask for a better fairy tale.

This isn't so much a novel as a novel-length work of spiritual poetry. Hm, that might turn off some people. I don't mean it's inaccessible; quite the opposite. The language is often stunningly beautiful. There are lots of wonderful references to other literature for people who happen to have read the other literature, but they don't distract from the story.

Narrated by the author. His narration is capable. It is flat, with little attempt at dramatization. It's probably good he didn't try to do more than he is capable of, and it's charming in its way, maybe like listening to your favorite uncle read. I think that a voice actor could do a better job at making some of the scenes come alive, though.

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  • Kieran
  • FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States
  • 05-26-11

A Classic Must Buy

If you've only ever watched the animated movie as I had, then I sincerely suggest you purchase this book as well. Though the movie follows the story fairly accurately, the movie is no substitute for the book. You learn more of the characters and understand their psychology all the better by listening to this marvelous tale. The fact that it's narrated by the author himself is an added bonus. You can really hear how he intended the characters to sound, and that can make all the difference.

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  • Kathryn
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 08-24-10

Need different narrator

I have always loved this story and was looking forward to the audio version, until I realized Perter S. Beagle was a great writer and an awful narrator. I couldn't get through the first thirty minutes. Which is too bad, it is a great story.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Ageless classic

From watching the movie as a child to reading and listening to the original story as an adult, Peter S Beagle's work never fails to keep you interested until the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Wonder-full

No book for as long as I can remember has brought together such wonder, such elegance, and such fantasy with so little effort and pretense.

This book made me remember why I love books. It made me remember why I love the written word. And above all else it made me remember why I love fantasy and fairy tales.

The narration by the author himself was as spot on, as sonorous, and as soothing as it ought to be, and I cannot now imagine hearing those words from any other lips but his.

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Good Book, Good reader

Ok, some people are just silly about their reviews. Yeah the reader is british but you can hardly tell (he's lived in the states for a long time) and he sounds great. This book is a classic, and yeah I may not want to listen to is 4 times a year, but every 3 years I like to read this book. Along with watching the movie :)

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  • Jedidiah
  • Twin Falls, ID, United States
  • 08-07-13

Just couldn't get past the reader

Would you try another book from Peter S. Beagle and/or Peter S. Beagle?

I'd love to listen to a book by Peter S. Beagle that was read by a professional reader.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter S. Beagle’s performances?

No.

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  • J. Walker
  • 03-03-11

Interesting and a little unusual - I like it

This is definitely an odd book, and hard to describe!
I've loved listening to it, and did from the start, but took a little while to get into the swing of his storytelling. It certainly has a rhyme and reason of its own... there are indeed all the 'classic' fantasy quest elements here but it goes a little crosswise to both classic styles and the more modern fantasy that i'm used to - although both elements are definitely in there. Makes a pleasant and suprising change.

I don't normally go for fantasy (or otherwise) read in an american accent, since i often find it somewhat grating but I have really enjoyed this narrator. Of course its always great to get your hands on an audiobook narrated by the author.

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  • Luke Barclay
  • 08-04-17

spectacular!

Beautifully read by the author, I have re read this book many times. It is a timeless classic of the kind you find as rarely as a unicorn. the music was a great addition also.

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  • hugh
  • 10-17-15

excellent rendition of a classic

Would you listen to The Last Unicorn again? Why?

i have yes it has hidden depths.

What did you like best about this story?

this is a profound meditation on age and memory cleverly dressed as a fantasy

What about Peter S. Beagle’s performance did you like?

I found his narration strange as he isn't a professional, however I soon realized he is perfect for this material as his understanding of the true themes of this book shine through.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

they already have, the tag line should be {A beautiful film it helps to like the band America}

Any additional comments?

nope

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • 02-06-13

Gandaughter really enjoyed this.

Well written and read, by grandaughter and I listened to this when she was going to bed and wanted to listen again in the mornings.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-19-17

The Last Unicorn: Wonderful!

This book was absolutely wonderful. To have it read by the author was brilliant, how he read aloud was amazing and captivating. It was literally as if I were sitting in front of him and listening to it being told at a fireside. I adore the film of the Last Unicorn so I wanted to have the book and listen to it. Beautiful, tragic, whimsical. It's a truly wonderful story.