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Revolutionary for the time in encouraging children to think like children, the adventure of Princess Irene and Curdie, the boy miner, was to influence generations of writers, including Chesterton and Tolkien. Overflowing with fantastic ideas and images to delight the young and allegory to inspire their morality The Princess and the Goblin has remained one of the most exciting tales for over 100 years.

Irene lives in a castle on a mountain, under which there is a labyrinth of tunnels inhabited by Goblins. Also, within the hillsides, there is a group of miners digging for precious metals. When the Goblins try to kidnap the Princess and flood the mines, it is up to Curdie, the boy miner, and Irene’s great-great-great grandmother to use their wit and resources to defeat the wicked plan.

‘I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence, which helped me to see things in a certain way from the start.... Of all the stories I have read, it remains the most real, the most realistic, in the exact sense of the phrase the most like life. It is called The Princess and the Goblin, and is by George MacDonald.‘
—G.K. Chesterton.

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A Classic Fairy Tale for All Ages

I don't normally read "chldren's literature, and was drawn to George MacDonald only because C.S. Lewis and Tolkien had expressed admiration for him. Now I see why: his rich, often offbeat, Celtic imagination, his charming story full of mythic symbols, the sense of invisible worlds being very real, but only to those who are open to them, and the lessons learned by the characters, all make this a truly exceptional tale. In my opinion, it's far superior to Harry Potter, for example. partly because of its profound moral and mythic insight. The characters in this story learn lessons in a way that is not at all didactic, and certainly not "Victorian." A total delight for (to borrow a phrase from Harold Bloom) intelligent children of all ages.

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Love Peter Joyce

A splendid performance with so many voices!
Glad I found this gem of a story in the midst of the Information Age. Thanks to Audible for making old classics available in an updated fashion along with all the current writings.

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Must read for fans of Tolkien and Lewis

If I had heard of George MacDonald's stories before becoming a writer (circa 2014) I don't remember it. The first time I remember hearing about them was when I was talking to a nice older lady at my church who asked me what I like to do. When I told her I like writing, especially fantasy and fairytale retellings, she immediately said I should check out MacDonald. I was happily surprised because, while I've told many people that I'm a writer and what I like to write, and they've acted supportive of my interests, few, if any of those same people, have recommended books to me. It's been a solid year, if not two since that lady recommended George MacDonald to me, but I promised myself I would check it out, and I finally got around to it.

While I probably would have enjoyed The Princess and the Goblin more when I was a child, I still found it highly charming as an adult. I remember reading once that MacDonald's writing inspired/influenced C. S. Lewis and Tolkien (among other writers) and I felt while I was reading that the writing style of this story reminded me a lot of the style of "The Hobbit" and "Roverrandom" insofar as the flow of it and the way the narrator comments on things. I generally enjoy that style, so it was a nice thing to be reminded of. The characters were silly and fun, and I also like the way little morals were slipped in, especially the views on believe vs. unbelief. While this is not a new favorite of mine, I did find it likable enough that I am interested in reading more of MacDonald's works, and will try not to take two more years to do so. XD

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A must read!

Although clearly meant more for children, I very much enjoyed this book! As I read it, I retold it to my children as a bedtime story and they have begged every night for more!! I found George Macdonald because it is said he influenced both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein, two of my favorite authors. I figured anyone who influenced both of them must be impressive and I was not disappointed!

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AMAZING BOOK 🤩🤩🤩🤩

I especially love the drama 🎭 and it’s story so I also have heard the sequel it was great too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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interesting fairy tale

the narrator caught the attention of both my 9yo and 7 yo, finishing 10 chapters in one sitting.

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Delightful tale! Beautiful reader!

Absolutely delightful story!!! Reader was excellent!!! Richest tale of dearness, humility, beauty!!! Showing that even children can be true royalty!

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Great performance of a classic

Long time fan of the animated movie, finally listened to the book. Amazingly current and easy to understand being one of the first fantasy novels published.
Highly recommend.

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Best 😍👍🏾👌🏾✌🏾️

Great story loved it so much I listened to it like....23 times!!!!

I even named my three pets after the caricatures. Crete, irene, and goblin!

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Delightful

I can now understand why C S Lewis was so enthralled and influenced by George Macdonald. Such skill in weaving together timeless truths and insight into human character, along with a charming story.

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  • 10-29-20

Fascinating

I absolutely love love love this story. My 9 years old granddaughter is hooked and so am I. it's fascinating to see how much this piece has influenced the works of Tolkien and Lewis. This is where it all started. Beautiful!

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A sweet little story.

I read this because it’s been credited for sparking C.S.Lewis’ imagination for the Cronicles of Narnia. It’s definitely possible to see the sources of inspiration. The story itself is a little less appealing to an adult audience in that the sub messages are less complex... and there are obviously a couple of dated mindsets but get past that and it’s a sweet little story.