The Prydain Chronicles

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The Chronicles of Prydain, Books 1 & 2 Publisher's Summary

The Chronicles of Prydain, Books 1 & 2:

Book 1: The Book of Three:

Taran, The Assistant Pig-Keeper, longs to be a hero.

He begins his journey with a strange assortment of companions on a dangerous mission to save his beloved land, Prydain. Packed with action, humor, romance, and gallantry, Taran's adventures chronicle his beloved Prydain and his battle with the forces of evil.

Book 2: The Black Cauldron

Peace reigns in Caer Dallben, where Taran works as Assistant Pig-Keeper, but evil threatens the rest of Prydain. The diabolical Arawn’s army grows every day, and his terrible warriors never die. They are born in the Black Cauldron from the stolen bodies of slain soldiers. If evil is to be defeated, the cauldron must be destroyed. Taran volunteers to travel to Arawn’s stronghold and assist in the destruction of the dreaded cauldron. With his faithful friends reassembled, Taran marches off to face great danger with a courageous heart.

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  • Book 1-2

    • The Chronicles of Prydain, Books 1 & 2

    • 50th Anniversary Introductory Collection
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 328
    • Story
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    Taran, The Assistant Pig-Keeper, longs to be a hero. He begins his journey with a strange assortment of companions on a dangerous mission to save his beloved land, Prydain. Packed with action, humor, romance, and gallantry, Taran's adventures chronicle his beloved Prydain and his battle with the forces of evil.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Childhood Favorite Now an Old Man's Delight

    • By Timothy M. Stark on 01-28-17

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 1

    • The Book of Three

    • The Prydain Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 596
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 401
    • Story
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    Taran dreams of adventure, but nothing exciting ever happens to an Assistant Pig-Keeper, until his pig runs away. A chase through the woods leads Taran far from home and into great danger, for evil prowls the land of Prydain. With a collection of strange and wonderful friends whom he meets on his journey, Taran finds himself fighting so that good may triumph over evil, and so that his beloved home will not fall to a diabolical fiend.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Fantasy Series

    • By Ark1836 on 06-02-15

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 2

    • The Black Cauldron

    • The Prydain Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228

    Peace reigns in Caer Dallben, where Taran works as Assistant Pig-Keeper, but evil threatens the rest of Prydain. The diabolical Arawn's army grows every day, and his terrible warriors, born in the Black Cauldron, never die. If evil is to be defeated, the cauldron must be destroyed. Taran volunteers to travel to Arawn's stronghold and assist in the destruction of the dreaded cauldron. With his faithful friends reassembled, Taran faces great danger with a courageous heart.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Story nice, but portrayal 1 character unbearable

    • By Samuel M. on 02-09-18

    Regular price: $19.93

  • Book 3

    • The Castle of Llyr

    • The Prydain Chronicles, Book 3
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 447
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 334
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 337

    In the imaginary kingdom of Prydain, Princess Eilonwy must leave her friends to go to the Isle of Mona for training as a proper princess. Because Eilonwy has magical powers, she is sought by Achren, the most evil enchantress in the land. Shortly after her arrival on the Isle of Mona, something sinister and secret befalls her.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Harry Potter, Percy Jackson Fans, This is For You!

    • By FirstLadyOfAwesomeville on 04-09-12

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 4

    • Taran Wanderer

    • The Prydain Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 408
    • Performance
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    • Story
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    Taran, the assistant pig-keeper who wants to be a hero, goes questing for knowledge of his parentage, hoping that his journey will ennoble him in the eyes of Eilonwy, the princess with the red-gold hair. Accompanied by several loyal friends, Taran begins his search when three wily enchantresses of the Marshes of Morva send him to consult the Mirror of Llunet for the answers he is seeking, cryptically promising that "the finding takes no more than the looking".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best of the Series

    • By Ark1836 on 06-02-15

    Regular price: $21.27

  • Book 5

    • The High King

    • The Prydain Chronicles, Book 5
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 426
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 318
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 320

    The Sword of Dyrnwyn, the most powerful weapon in the kingdom of Prydain, has fallen into the hands of Arawn-Death-Lord. Now Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and Prince Gwydion lead an army against the powerful lord. After a winter expedition filled with danger, Taran's forces arrive at Mount Dragon, evil's stronghold. There Tara is forced to make the most crucial decisions of his life as he confronts the evil enchantress Achren and the diabolical Arawn.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • spectacular!

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-24-17

    Regular price: $22.60

  • Book 6

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    • The Foundling

    • And Other Tales of Prydain
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
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    Here, listeners will find Dallben, destined to be an enchanter; Angharad, a princess of the House of Llyr; Kadwyr, the rascal crow; and Medwyn, the mystical protector of all animals. They'll learn the grim history of the sword of Dyrnwyn and even find out how Fflewddur Fflam came by his enchanted harp. How did Coll rescue Hen Wen when she disappeared at the hand of Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death? Find the answer to this question and many more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short but good!

    • By Momzombie on 09-30-17

    Regular price: $19.60