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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (572 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Paterson, John Paterson Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781455822461
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Long ago, in the land of Dartmoor, a magic man created an enchanted charm that granted its possessor incredible power—at the cost of the wearer’s own tenderness and compassion. After the merciless Flint Heart causes much destruction, it is lost among the reeds and rocks of the moor, where a kindly farmer discovers it thousands of years later. With the Flint Heart in his possession, the once adoring father Billy Jago is transformed into a cruel and merciless brute. Young Charles is determined to win back his father’s true nature, and with his sister Unity and dog, Ship, he sets off into an enchanted world where animals talk, fairies hold elaborate banquets, and magical mischief must be resolved to bring Dartmoor and Merripit Farm back to rights again.

This luminous fantasy by Katherine and John Paterson, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts’s original story, is a tale that promises to capture the hearts of listeners with an enchantment all its own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Magical adventure…A grand tale skillfully updated and tightened up, this should win the hearts of a new generation.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The Patersons have done a stellar job of maintaining the book’s period feel while creating a fresher, tighter story that feels tailor-made for family reading.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Told in the voice of a storyteller in the style of A. A. Milne or J. M. Barrie…The Patersons have done a lovely job updating and abridging this tale for today’s readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A 2012 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/20/2014

    " A very basic plot-line, with a lot of fluff to fill in the gaps, and limited character development. Definitely geared for a younger reader. Cute story overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 2/20/2014

    " A modernized retelling of 1910 FlintHeart story...charming, well written, fantasy with humor and heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/15/2014

    " A clever, charming retelling of a British children's novel, probably Victorian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/18/2014

    " Lovely adaptation, gorgeous illustrations. Makes me want to visit the moors in South England. With the help of the illustrations, I could clearly see the story playing out in my mind, like a film. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if it's been optioned for a movie. I would hope this would be a Newbury contender. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth Jewell | 1/16/2014

    " A sweet book, filled with several small stories which all involve the Flint Heart (the subject of the book title), and make up the Heart's larger tale. The innocent and simplistic writing style, combined with the bite-sized story segments, make this an excellent and age-appropriate book for young readers. Suggest for 3rd through 5th grade reading levels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed the beginning, but it totally went downhill for me at about the halfway point. I'm not sure why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Leitheuser | 1/6/2014

    " A fun and magical story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 1/4/2014

    " Grades 4+ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/27/2013

    " The story started out with an intriguing concept. The longer I read, the more disappointed I became. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms.Gaye | 12/27/2013

    " Unique and quirky with lots of big words and wonderful illustrations. First story I've ever read with a hot-water bottle character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/19/2013

    " Really hard to get into and follow... :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 12/6/2013

    " 5 stars for the gorgeous illustrations but the story?.....meh...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meribeth | 12/6/2013

    " Katherine Paterson and her husband/co-author have rescued a great story from the dustbin of history and re-imagined it for a different generation!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 7/30/2013

    " Beautifully designed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 7/18/2013

    " A cute and clevor story kids will like. It had a lot of random details that seemed a little strange (the characters include humans, fairies, animals, some things that you never quite figure out what they are, and finally, of all things, a hot water bottle--wierd!), but it was fun and humorous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/5/2013

    " This book was alright, but it felt like a child's Lord of the Rings. It just didn't hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/5/2013

    " this was a cute book...not sure if it belongs in jr/sr high school library. i liked the story, a new "fairytale" for me. the illustrations were beautiful and a great enhancement to the story. the blend of modern with "stone age" was kind of neat too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kkakaliouras | 11/26/2012

    " I wanted to like it more thzan I did. I had the pleasure of hearing the author speak about the book and it sounded wonderful and like a tribute to wonder and imagination. Parts of the story were just that and other parts were just odd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aislinn | 11/19/2012

    " Book club with the little girls "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 9/16/2012

    " An enjoyable fary tale adapted from a 1910 fantasy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JJ Landis | 11/27/2011

    " Read aloud to my kids. The loved it. I found it hard to follow and had a really hard time understanding the water bottle character. Why a water bottle? Very odd. I didn't know it was a rewrite of an old story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 10/30/2011

    " Loved it!!! Shows that anything or anybody can have a "flint heart" if they find it.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 10/5/2011

    " Now I'm wondering what the unabridged original by Eden Philpotts was like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 10/3/2011

    " A beautiful children's book. A lovely fantasy with amazing characters, each with distinct personalities that the reader grows very attached to.

    This is a heartwarming adventure that if filled with color and magic and whimsy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/1/2011

    " Just pure delight from beginning to end. This story begs, begs, begs to be read aloud. The beautiful pictures add to the magic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbiea | 9/4/2011

    " I enjoyed the book but it wasn't drawn to reading it all the way through. Maybe it was the writing style or voice. I was surprised since it is an interesting plot/story. "

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About the Author
Author Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including two National Book Awards and two Newbery Medals. An active promoter of reading and literacy, she lives with her husband in Barre, Vermont. They have four grown children.

About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice talent, and winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespearean and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and 13 Going On 30.