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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,129 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 2005 ISBN: 9781400085620
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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 Price 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.


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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 2/4/2014

    " My review of the Chronicles of Prydain series is under The Book of Three. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha | 1/29/2014

    " I thought this was a nice ending to the story though I can't even understand why many fantasy stories end with a final farewell among the main characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dereth | 1/20/2014

    " This series holds great memories for me. The first summer in our new house my sister read these books to me. She felt I would love them, but I didn't think I would read them on my own, so every night after dinner, we would go into her room (our very first time with our own rooms), close the door, and we would delve into the wonderful world of Taran, Eilonwy, Gurgi, and Hen-Wen. It was the best summer ever and great stories to boot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara Eakins | 1/18/2014

    " One of my childhood favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Bowles | 1/5/2014

    " While I began this book with the thought that I would not really enjoy it, I enjoyed being proved wrong. I found myself enjoying the storyline and laughing at many times during the course of the story. And I found myself also getting attached to some of the characters as the story progressed. Over all, I found myself pleasently surprised by this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikaylah | 12/15/2013

    " The 5th and final book in the Prydain chronicles. I wish the story never ended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suna | 12/14/2013

    " See Book One for a review of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fedaykin | 12/13/2013

    " Good young adult series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/13/2013

    " This was the last book in the series and was really sad. It had a interesting ending though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/7/2013

    " This was a very good ending to the series, but it made me sad that it was over. I'd gotten so attached to the characters right now that I feel like i might actually miss them. I am too tired to write a better review at the moment, maybe i will come back to this one later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R. | 11/28/2013

    " Not the right edition. Blurgh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 11/25/2013

    " These were some of my favorite books as a kid... and started me on the road to loving fantasy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/8/2013

    " This series was fantastic, and the ending does not disappoint. I would choose this over Harry Potter a thousand times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 3/25/2013

    " The final book in the series. Somewhat sad. Have read many, many times since I was a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/4/2013

    " Another in my favorite series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/12/2013

    " The last tale in the series. Such a satisfying ending in all ways. The kids loved this series as a read-aloud and I'm certain it will be quietly read for years to come. Even I got wrapped up in the story and how our characters would end up at the end. Great series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Shim | 7/31/2012

    " I read this series in its entirety every year or so. I want to say it's a kid's version of LOTR, but in its scope and emotional weight, it's far more than just children's literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wickedshizuku | 5/21/2012

    " Loved. Loved. Loved this series. Memorable characters and well developed plot. If you haven't ever read this series give them a chance this year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scrumhalf | 5/6/2012

    " Tam... I thought you'd appreciate me adding this book... and maybe Johnny Tremain??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 11/28/2011

    " Sadly, it's been much too long since I read this book and I can't remember most of the plot - just that the story deals with the final confrontation with Arawn and his zombie army, everyone who hasn't already discovers their inner badass does, and it's generally awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darby Karchut | 8/29/2011

    " Second only to Tolkien in my universe. I loved all of them, but the High King is my all time favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alethea | 8/1/2011

    " blah blah blah testing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/25/2011

    " Wonderful for upper elementary and middle school readers who enjoy fantasy. The series are the Prydian (pronounce PRUH-dayn) Chronicles. "

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

    " All of the adventures of the previous books have led to the final epic showdown in The High King! Several loose strings are tied up, and fates and fortunes are fulfilled and revealed. Satisfying conclusion. "

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

    " These were so fun. I am glad that these weren't available on the kindle - now we have them for our boys to one day pick up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 4/10/2011

    " Love it. What a great end to the series. It brings back all the characters we know and love (or not) from the first 4 books for an epic battle against evil. By far my favorite of the series and the one I remember most from when I was a kid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2011

    " I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I read the first ones in this series. It was hard to follow and I kept getting mixed up with the names of the characters. But it would have been a good fantacy to read if I could have followed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scout | 1/18/2011

    " This was the very last book in the series. With the dark forces rising, Taran and his friends must gather up the people of Prydain, Find Dwyryn, and prepare for battle against The deathless cauldron born, to free prydain from the clutches of the death lord. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iris | 1/15/2011

    " As a complete series I really liked it. The books progress in depth and meaning and the last is the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anish | 1/13/2011

    " The Finale Of The Series Is The Best Of Them All,Epic,A Tale You Will Always Remember And Never Forget.Taran Sets On His Biggest Adventure That Everyone (Atleast In My Class) Will Be Talking About FOREVER So Relax And And Enjoy This Amazing Book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/9/2011

    " This series was a quick read. I loved the character development, I loved Taran's quest of self-discovery, and his ultimate moment of sacrifice at the end. It was quite a good series, and I'm glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darby | 1/5/2011

    " Second only to Tolkien in my universe. I loved all of them, but the High King is my all time favorite. "

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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.