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Summary

Admired by J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, and considered by W. H. Auden to be "the only English children's book in the same class as the Alice books", The Princess and the Goblin is a classic example of 19th-century children's literary fairy tales. This is an ageless story of courage and loyalty, beauty and honor, mystery and divinity, and above all, the conflict of good and evil.

The discovery of a secret stairway running to the top of the castle leads Princess Irene to a revelation even more weighty than the fiendish plans of the goblin community that miner boy Curdie has discovered. Will the Princess and Curdie understand the significance of what they have found, or will Harelip and the goblins successfully execute their evil plan?

Recommended for children aged 4 to 94.

(P)1988 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Really awful narration

I just can’t get past the first chapter his voice is Extremely Posh & British considering it is aimed at Children it is completely un engaging, boring
Just awful sorry 😔
Find a book you and your child enjoy and read that instead together

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An entrancing bedtime story

What a wonderful fairy tale, as engaging for adults as it is for children. The reader does an excellent job.

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  • S. Helms
  • 29-07-16

Not a good choice of narrator

The Princess and the Goblin has been a favorite book since reading it as a young girl. I thought it would be lovely to hear it read as an adult. Would that I had had a sound preview.

Admittedly it can be challenging to find a reader who can effectively portray male and female characters; however, when the main character is a young girl, hearing her portrayed with a raspy male voice that sounds as if it has had too many cigarettes and/ or Scotches is disconcerting.

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  • Dr.
  • 19-02-13

Excellent fun

I loved it, but wasn't sure my kids (5,9) would understand the language, but found they thoroughly enjoyed it. The reading is clear and well paced, and the rich language was not at all an issue as the context of the story and the vivid narrative made it perfectly comprehensible.

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  • Robert A. Hill
  • 18-10-20

Great Faery Tale

Wonderful story for kids or adults. I can see how Lewis and Tolkien were influenced. There are a couple very important lessons beautifully conveyed. These have to do with faith and obedience. I have a hard time understanding how this isn’t read to every child everywhere. Wish I had known of it long ago. My kids are no longer little but I will share with as many people as I can.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-22

My kids couldn’t stand the narrator

I read this book to my kids (9, 8, 5) last year and they (and I) loved it immensely. I downloaded it here because I don’t have time to read it again, and they quit listening a few chapters in. I was absolutely floored to discover that the narrator mispronounces the main character’s name. He constantly pronounces the simple name “Irene” as “Irenie,” and my kids couldn’t stand it.
Please buy a better recording or even get a copy and read it, because it’s an absolutely wonderful book. We just really didn’t like this reader.

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  • Corey
  • 30-11-21

A beautiful classic

I grew up watching this movie and loved it so much, it was a joy to listen to now. The rendition is excellent.

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  • Megan Robinson
  • 27-09-20

Classic children’s fantasy

I loved this story as a child and had fun revisiting it. It’s a lighthearted beginning to the fantasy genre. Some of the language and ideas are old fashioned but it’s still a lovely adventure. Princess Irenie and Curdy are both brave and resourceful. I love how easily they both apologize when at fault and how Irenie remains steadfast in her belief of her great grandmother’s magic even when other people think she’s making things up. Her wise and magical great grandmother is one of the most positive depictions of an older character I’ve ever read.

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  • Darrell M.
  • 07-03-19

Classic Fairy Tale, Meh Production

Fantastic story and 3-star narrator. My 2-star performance rating is due poor production quality, not just the narrator. Traffic sounds and muffled background conversations in the recording had me imagining an apartment in Brooklyn rather than the mystical fairy tale setting. Also had the obvious edits where tone changes for a sentence every now and then. And chapter marks... It is tolerable if you just want to hear the story. It’s better than many public domain (Libr****) recordings.

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  • A. Brewer
  • 05-08-22

Narrator killed this, and not in a good way

The narrator was stodgy and just awful. We couldn't get past the first few minutes. Too bad.

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  • Lucille2
  • 17-07-22

A Favorite

This is one of my favorite books. I thoroughly enjoyed this Audible version. I'm not sure why people dislike the narrator, he's very good and well known. I think his scaled down style is just perfect for this old fashioned classic fairy tale.

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  • JC Hobbes
  • 12-06-22

bad voices

It is stupid a man reads a book with female characters totally ruins the book