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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Gallego García Narrator: Patrick Fraley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781455182329
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The most dangerous magical object in the history of the world waits quietly in the treasury of a decaying Arabian palace. It knows your name and home and history and fate: it knows the past and future of the entire human race. It is a carpet, an impossible, dazzling carpet, and though a glance at it can drive a man mad, many will risk their lives to look into its pattern and discover their destinies.

And when the carpet is stolen, it is up to young King Walid to recover it. Walid bears the scars of a terrible secret, a crime of pride and hatred, and the memory of it drives him on the quest. The search for the carpet will take him across the brilliant deserts of the Middle East, from a tribe of fierce bandits to the riches of Damascus to the love of a beautiful woman. And it will lead him finally to his own surprising destiny, one that even the carpet might never have predicted.

Inspired by the true story of a real prince of pre-Islamic Arabia, The Legend of the Wandering King is a novel like no other, an original historical fantasy, a thoughtful exploration of our fates and choices, and an utterly thrilling adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Garcia writes a captivating tale—a combination of original legend, philosophical meditation, romance and adventure—steeped in rich cultural specifics.”

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  • “Readers will enjoy the thoughtful ruminations on fate and consequence as much as the thrilling, magical action.”

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  • “A wonderful, fantastical fairy tale…at once fresh and familiar…This beautiful symmetrical tale of the possibility of redemption, of fate vs. free will, of the necessity of heart in art, will enthrall readers young and old.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A historical fantasy, a thrilling exploration of our fates and choices, and an utterly thrilling adventure.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Hersey | 2/15/2014

    " A glorious use of the English language to tell a mesmeric tale. Beautiful. I shall re-read it often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dalea Sabrina | 1/26/2014

    " This is a fabulous, lyrical story with magical carpets and djinns and trips though the desert. I love it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie C. | 1/19/2014

    " Arabian Nights tale of the destructive powers of envy and the price for redemption.Remeniscent of the Alchemist, simple in a fable sort of way, yet beautiful to the mind's eye. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla Peyton | 1/3/2014

    " I read this book when I was twelve and I still love it. This book made me enjoy reading. I couldn't put it down till I finished it and that's saying something of a twelve-year-old lazy girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory | 12/18/2013

    " This is one of those new-agey books that you're almost embarrassed to admit that you liked because you fear that, in a few year's time, you'll read it again and think it's corny. Does that happen to anybody besides me? Anyway, this story of a king who uses his position to punish an innocent man is full of beautiful phrases and lovely philosophical thoughts. It's not dumbed down at all for the intended audience, which is nice. Yeah, there were a few moments where I was disappointed, but all in all, it was surprisingly Dickensian in form, and has a lot to say about destiny and free will and what makes a person good. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/11/2013

    " I liked this book, it isn't often that I like books that have been translated but this was a good exception especailly after having read the Alchemist, kind of a similar feel. "

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

    " like the idea of the book , it is light and funny story but the way she writes the story is marvelous "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecile | 11/16/2013

    " I accidentally burned the library copy of this book with a candle.. It was definitely noticeable, but I never heard any accusations. :] "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ji Mei ^_^ | 11/7/2013

    " This book had the magical setting of Arabia and the feel of Aladdin or One thousand and One Nights. It is cleverly written and the characters are mysterious and interesting. At the end of the book I had a "Wow" moment that just makes me think this book is AMAZING! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/2/2013

    " I liked it, but I actually expected it to be a bit more poetic. Maybe it lost a bit in translation? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noona | 11/2/2013

    " One of my favourite books when I was little! And I didn't like to read at that time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade Dela Torre | 10/28/2013

    " aside from the eye catching cover, the story (to me) is similar to the alchemist, although this is simpler. i was able to emphatize with the charcter especially the part when he lost the contest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brynna | 9/15/2012

    " I enjoyed this book very much. The lessons are made a little too obvious, but it is a truly lovely story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/28/2012

    " A beautifully written story which is somewhat similar to 'The Alchemist'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teji | 7/17/2012

    " A weekend read. This story would fit easily into 1001 Arabian Nights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/9/2012

    " Interesting look at bedouin life, poetry, and character growth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleeza Batara | 12/19/2010

    " The books had its moments, it is ok. There are good parts and bad parts of the books but I'm not telling you. First you gotta read the book to find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 9/9/2010

    " An interesting book, good for YA and feels very much like an allegory or traditional moral storytelling. I would only recommend it to those who have lots of time for reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annamaria | 2/4/2010

    " translated from Spanish; this is a beautiful and thought provoking tale from the middle east-- labeled JF but would be good for middle schoolers and great read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan Gardner | 7/1/2009

    " This book is one of my favorites because it teaches an amazing lesson on changing wiht your heart and it's very well written. Anyone who is looking for a short but deep book should read this! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 2/6/2008

    " 5/11/10 Terribly predictable and not imaginative in any other way that would make up for that. They even tell you how it ends at the beginning. : ( "

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About the Author

Laura Gallego Garcia won the prestigious El Barco de Vapor Award for her novels Apocalypse and The Legend of the Wandering King. The author of fourteen books, she is currently studying medieval literature at the University of Valencia. She lives in Alboraya, Spain.

About the Narrator

Patrick Fraley has created voices for over four thousand characters, placing him among the top ten performers of all time to be cast in animated programs. He holds an MFA in acting from Cornell University and is the author of the only character-voice curriculum ever to be accredited at the university level.