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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lloyd Alexander Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Prydain Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9780807223185
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamela Quijas | 2/20/2014

    " Way better than the movie! This is the best of fairytales and has to be read following the sequence.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hpboy13 | 2/9/2014

    " I loved this entire series, and Black Cauldron was perhaps the creepiest of the bunch. Definite must-read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jane | 2/2/2014

    " of all I had read, I would recommend an autobiographical book Alexander wrote called "The Gawgon and the Boy" and the 5 books that comprise "The Chronicles of Prydain" (which includes the Black Cauldron) The last one, "The High King" received the Newberry Award. He put his heart and soul into this series, his sense of what it means to be human and what it means to be good. Worth reading as a series, especially for children. Some of the others are more predictable and harder to enjoy. I would also recommend the Westmark Trilogy: Westmark, The Kestrel, and the Beggar Queen. They are good preteen fantasies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meave | 1/11/2014

    " Pleasant enough, but nothing terribly special. I'm surprised the series hasn't been made into as many serials and plays and movies as the Narnia books, it's certainly as amusing and significantly less preachy. Still a little preachy, though. But you know, enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raisu | 12/27/2013

    " My review for the first part of the series still pretty much stands, except this is a bit more nuanced of the two, so imagine an added half a star. The main characters (Taran and Eilonwy) are a bit more alive now, and we make some really interesting new acquaintances -- three creepy sisters who guard the cauldron and a wannabe hero, Ellidyr. Poor, infuriating Ellidyr. His story really tucked at my heart-strings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten Robertson | 12/17/2013

    " I liked this one better than the first. Taran is a little wiser than he was and there was more depth to the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 12/11/2013

    " Excellent depth of character represented here. I came to simultaneously love and hate some of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 12/9/2013

    " fantasy,classic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie | 12/5/2013

    " I first read this book thirty years ago and have now 'stolen' my son's copy to reread. It's nice to see it hasn't lost any of it's charm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/12/2013

    " Fun on audio. We then watched a Disney movie about it and decided the book was WAY better--go figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 10/17/2013

    " I liked this book a lot more than the first one of the series. It was a fun read. There was humor, mystery, ,action and sorrow. Hopefully the rest of the books in the series are just as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Tillman | 9/21/2013

    " Just finished The Black Calderon wonderful balance of themes. Faith, friendship, courage, self worth and the balance of good and evil. Above all I think the lessons of discernment are done will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Levie | 9/14/2013

    " Having a fun time rereading this series with Joey, I'm surprised how much of the story I've forgotten! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 8/17/2013

    " One of the best fantasy series ever written. Period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 6/1/2013

    " my childhood .. one more lovely addiction to faraway places, heroes, and conquering evil all the while winning your love's heart and learning ten different crafts to become a true king "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bri | 11/15/2012

    " Another ok adventure. These books are so short, and the adventures try to be so epic that the story and character development can feel rushed at times. Enjoyable enough to keep reading the series though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CAO | 11/7/2012

    " ...fantasy series continued... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecilia | 10/12/2012

    " Love it! Those three ladies are beautiful!!! (yes, I'm talking about the witches...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan | 6/26/2012

    " a lot better than he book of three.big improvement. a lot better explaining then the first book. this time the problom was that the author did not explain charecters, not deatails. so i am not so entheseastic about the third book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 5/31/2012

    " Although I think I like the first book a bit better, this was a fully enjoyable second book to the series. Glad to have all the main characters back again, including my favorite, Gurgi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magda | 10/4/2011

    " Each of the characters is still too over-the-top to make this series as enjoyable as an adult as I would like, but it's still exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shay | 6/11/2011

    " This is my favorite of The Chronicles of Prydain. I would recommend reading the book before watching the cartoon. BUT if you like the movie already, believe me, it does not give the book justice and you are totally missing out on an amazing book and series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron Boland | 6/4/2011

    " When i was a young child with both an attention deficit and reading problem this book opened my love of reading.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 5/31/2011

    " Again, good stuff. Light for adults, but fun reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/19/2011

    " The sequel to The Book of Three provides an opportunity to revisit Taran and his friends as they continue their fight against the Horned King's boss, Arawn, by obtaining the Black Cauldron of the title. There is a new journey, new characters, and new challenges to face. A good follow-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/12/2011

    " Just found this series. Wow! I love it. I'm going to use the whole series in a literature class for 7th and 8th graders. The characters are amazing and they grow and learn. I love this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 4/20/2011

    " Amazing book, well written with entertaining characters and a fantastic plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 4/19/2011

    " I really liked all the characters, the strong contrast between good and evil, and the compassion for character's such as Mordant and Ellydir, one who chose evil in the end and one who redeemed himself and discovered life's purpose: "This is my body which I give for you." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kati | 4/19/2011

    " I can't wait for these to be my boys' favorite books! You can't miss the Lord of the Rings similarities - but, it is still definitely its own thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/2/2011

    " I would definitely categorize this book as Adolescent Literature, or as my professor puts it: YA for Young Adolescents. Still, the book was a lot better than I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Etta | 3/20/2011

    " The ending was exceptional, but I got bogged down in the middle, so that's why I gave it a three. The recording with James Langton and his Welsh accent was outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sho | 3/19/2011

    " 2nd of the Chronicles of Prydain series.
    And very good the series is, too. Can't wait for the next one.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 3/4/2011

    " one of my favorite series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morag | 3/4/2011

    " Very enjoyable! Nothing too complex about it, but that's the beauty of Lloyd Alexander. He somehow maintains a great story without making it long and arduous as often happens in fantasy books. The characters are fantastic! I can't wait till Tillie get a little older so we can read these with her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/1/2011

    " One of my favorite books as a kid. A very well done audio book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paroxysmcleave | 2/17/2011

    " Chronicles of Prydain is strongly recommended. clear-cut characters, straightforward fantasy, however the characters are easily likable, the books are funny, and they read breezily. "

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About the Author
Author Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander (1924–2007) was the author of more than forty books for children and adults, including the beloved children’s fantasy series, the Chronicles of Prydain, one of the most widely read series in the history of fantasy and the inspiration for the animated Disney film The Black Cauldron. His books have won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, and the National Book Award for Juvenile Literature.

About the Narrator

James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.