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The Return of King Lillian

Narrated by: Suzie Plakson
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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THE RETURN OF KING LILLIAN is a new hero’s journey for dreamers of all ages.  

When Lillian, the one and only heir to the throne, is cast out of her kingdom by malevolent forces, she accidentally wanders into the Forest of Forgetfullness, where she is rescued by wolves and raised by an eccentric old wise woman. When she comes of age, she is called by Destiny to return home. The trouble is, when Lillian steps out of the Forest, she has no memory of who she is or from whence she hails. Undaunted, the spirited, self-reliant young woman sets off into the unknown, determined to rediscover her long lost self and to reclaim her stolen birthright.  

Early readers and listeners have compared this allegorical saga to The Last Unicorn, The Alchemist, The Princess Bride, and The Once and Future King. It’s a story for people who take the road less traveled, people who live outside the box, people who love fantasy, fairy tales, myth, and metaphysics. The Return of King Lillian is a journey full of comedy, calamity, and a host of unforgettable characters.?  

This debut novel was written and narrated by multi-media artist Suzie Plakson.

The Return of King Lillian is a basket of magic. Echoing Joseph Campbell's feeling that the world needs new storytellers and new myths to help us greet the coming age, I'll say that Suzie Plakson is one of those storytellers, and King Lillian is one of those myths.” (Jacob Nordby, author of BLESSED ARE THE WEIRD: A MANIFESTO FOR CREATIVES)  

"To say that King Lillian thoroughly enchanted me and left me spellbound would be the understatement of the century. I’ve listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and King Lillian is my favorite of all. Suzie Plakson’s voice is velvet mixed with grit mixed with enchantment. It takes you into another realm - into the mystic." (Kelly Sullivan Walden, author of It's All in Your Dreams)

©2019 King Lillian Unlimited, LLC (P)2019 King Lillian Unlimited, LLC

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An Audiobook Triumph!

The Return of King Lillian by Suzie Plakson is an audiobook triumph. The author, as narrator, captivates the listener with a virtuoso performance in the best tradition of Grammy Award winner Jim Dale. This hilarious, cinematic and soulful Hero’s journey dares to awaken in us a deeply embodied memory of hope, innocence, and identity as a resistance to these cynical times. Long live The Return of King Lillian!

- Constance Kaplan, former Vice President of Paramount Pictures and Creative Executive for Norman Lear

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Utterly Splendiferous!!

While I'm sure older kids would totally enjoy this, the adventures of Lillian are so captivating that anyone with a beating heart will love them. I started with the audio version, and let me tell you it's difficult to maintain one's macho standing when you're openly weeping while mowing the lawn. If I could give this six stars I would, and I suspect anyone reading this review will, too. (time passes) I wrote the above when I was about halfway through the story, and now that I've finished it I realized I didn't praise this book enough. Every time I turned it on I was run through such a spectrum of emotions from elation to despair to hope to terror to serenity and finally to joy, and never once did I feel manipulated or forced into these feelings. And as I saw that I was approaching the end I kept trying to will that counter to start going backward, but alas, all good things, eh. This was truly a joyful noise in my ears, and I encourage anyone who loves a rollicking good story told with love and passion to pick up this book.

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I love this magical and whimsical journey!

I loved this book and was so sad when it was over. It's a magical journey about Lillian who has forgot who she is and must remember as she has some adventures along the way. It's a combination of a fantasy/fable story that always has an underlying truth or message about being human and how we live, love, grow and finally step into our life's purpose.

The best part about the audio book is to listen to Suzy Plakson's voice acting. She really embodies all the characters and since she is a well known actor herself, it's soooo fun to listen to her rendition of all the characters.

She also creates a wonderful magical world that Lillian roams around in that was so vibrant and charming. Even though this book is light hearted and fun, look for the deeper meaning in it all. It's good for the soul.

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