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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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