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The Lost Years of Merlin Audiobook

The Lost Years of Merlin: The Lost Years of Merlin, Book One

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Publisher's Summary

Spat out by the sea, the boy lay on the rocks, as still as death. Even if he survived the day, he had no home. No memory. And no name.

So begins the tale of the strange young boy, who having washed up on the shores of ancient Wales, is determined to find his real home and his true name. One day he will become the greatest wizard of all time, but he knows nothing of this now.

At the knee of the mysterious Branwen, who claims to be his mother, the boy learns lore of the Celts, Druids, and people even more ancient. Yet the secret of his identity seems always to escape him. To discover the truth, and the secret of his own powers, he runs away, voyaging to the mist-shrouded side of Fincayra, an enchanted land between earth and sky that is being destroyed by blight. It is there he discovers that the fate of this land and his quest are strangely entwined.

Combining all the passion, power and spiritual depth that are T.A. Barron's hallmarks, this book adds a thrilling new dimension to the legend of Merlin.

Don't miss the rest of the Lost Years of Merlin saga.

©1996 Thomas Archibald Barron; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"A novel rich with magic." (The New York Times Book Review)
"An extraordinary journey of mind, body, and spirit." (Madeline L'Engle)
"Listen and be wondrously transported to the mist-covered land of the ancients!" (AudioFile)

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    Janet tortolaVirgin Islands, British 04-28-09
    Janet tortolaVirgin Islands, British 04-28-09
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    "annoying voice"

    i never finished this book as the readers accent annoyed me. probably would have enjoyed it if the reader had the right accent

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 07-26-14
    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 07-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Start to a Great Series"

    T.A. Baron writes like the classics of previous generations like Tolkien. So the series starts off rather slow, but once Merlin starts his journey there are lots of adventures in store.

    The first book in the Lost Years of Merlin series has lots of action and adventure once you get to about the halfway point in the book, but even then a lot of the book is still just building the world and setting the stage for the rest of the series.

    I love Shim! He is such a fun character, and of course there is the ever present Trouble is a lot of fun too.

    Also a lot of people complain about the narration, but I rather liked it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JakeSteel 04-20-15
    JakeSteel 04-20-15
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    "not bad"

    I've read the actual books before and they are amazing. But the narration of this particular book was quite poor in my opinion . I'm not sure if I would recommend the audio form to anyone but I would definitely recommend the actual book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas East Hartford, CT, USA 07-28-04
    Douglas East Hartford, CT, USA 07-28-04
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    "Great Story"

    The story was excellent and captivating. The reading was a bit cheesy at times, but overall a wonderful experience.

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    Jon Greenfield 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the book, but the narration was dry as leaves"

    I love love love this series, but the narration made it hard to continue on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael alexander LANCASTER, PA, US 04-29-16
    michael alexander LANCASTER, PA, US 04-29-16
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    "one of my favorites"

    the narrator can sound cheesy at points, but he does diversified the voice is between each character. I specially don't like when he voices Rhia...
    the story however is fantastic, its great to listen to, and very enjoyable. This was something I loved when I was younger in middle school, and still love today as in adult.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott North Little Rock, AR, USA 03-13-04
    Scott North Little Rock, AR, USA 03-13-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Please give us more."

    Great story! I hope to find more by this author on Audible.com soon.

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    "A trip back to my childhood"

    I read this series as a young adult, and greatly enjoyed the adventure it took me through. So much, that in the past year, I purchased the set for my own collection. However, being regularly too busy to find time to read them, picked up this audio version as well. It was a testing of the waters, because I didn't know if having the story told to me would give me the same immersion i experienced reading for myself, and of course, it depends on the ability of the narrator, which other reviews had expressed a dislike for. But I must say I found the narrator to be engaging, apart from voicing the female roles, which he gives a shrill voice, which i only find mildly off-putting. All around though, a great telling of a story that took me back, not only to memories of my childhood, but to a far off place beyond the mundane in and outs of my workday. Couldn't put it down, so to speak.

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    Mark 04-10-17
    Mark 04-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My son and I loved it!"

    The narrator has a wide range of voices. The voice he used for Shim made you fall in love with the character. We were talking like him for days. Oh, how we miss cute little Shim!

    The story was thoroughly engaging for a seven year old and myself. I did skip over one scene that was a bit harsh for a first grader. A great heroic adventure!

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    Austin 11-26-16
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    "childhood favorite
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    I understand why people don't like the narrorator, but his is my favorite series from my childhood so I can get past it fine.

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