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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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

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eh

I read this book as a teen and loved it. I was looking forward to listening to this series as an adult. I was disappointed in the performance. The voices were whiney and I found myself dreading listening to it even though I wanted the hear the remainder of the story. It was so hard to get through and felt clunky.

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Narration a ball of cheese

I read this book when I was in my early teens. I thought I would pick it up again. I cant get passed the narrator. His voice is cheesy. Just feels like a really bad B movie script, except as I remember the script was actually alright. He is voicing the voice of a young boy, yet he speaks so low you would think he was some age old man. When he voices a woman, its just so cheesy and is hardly listenable, let alone believable. I think a woman could narrate this better, just because her voice would be closer to a tenor, or the tone of young men/boys. The women's part would be more serious, naturally.

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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.

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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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Wonderful listen

This is one of my favorite books, and the Audible version makes it come to life more then just reading the physical book. This is a great story of Merlin’s lost years during his youth. Highly recommend.