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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George MacDonald Narrator: Cynthia Bishop and the Full Cast Family Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN:
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It's a well known fact that a newborn princess will often be subject to a curse, especially if her royal parents neglect to invite an important magical relative to the christening. But never has there been a curse as charming (and hilarious) as that which befalls the Light Princess. Deprived of gravity, she can't take anything, or anyone, seriously. Even worse, she's apt to blow away on the first stiff breeze!

Can even a handsome prince bring her down to Earth?

One of the most acclaimed literary fairy tales of all time, George MacDonald's profound and witty story floats into bubbling new life in this lovingly crafted full cast reading. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/20/2014

    " A princess born with no gravity and cannot cry.Yikes. a very enjoyable book. The way the book ends is very interesting, because even though you have a feeling of what will happen, you are always surprised. It's long enough to be a good rich story, but short enough to be a bedtime story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/18/2014

    " This book was really just okay, but was a little more clever than your average "meh" book so I bumped it up to three stars instead of two. There are no real surprises in this book and it is a very quick read. Length and vocabulary-wise, I'd put it at a second or maybe third grade level. (I had to look up one word, and I like that in a book.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charissa | 2/16/2014

    " a favorite from my childhood. I remember reading it when I was nine. It was tiny, and green, and the most romantic thing I'd read since "Runaway Bunny" when I was five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri (JD) | 2/10/2014

    " I read the addition of this book that was re-imagined by Robin McKinley. @ 50 pages long it was a really fun little read. It reminded me that it is not always good to be in my own world far from reality, and that a lot of lifes experiences are grounded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larissa | 2/6/2014

    " While this book is no where near the amazing poinancy of Phantastes or the theology of his books about the gospel and it was really full of unlikable characters the part in the lake was what made this story for me. The selfless prince and the totally narcisstic princess both changing from death to life; only one is going to life to death and the other is going from death to life. Loving a lake more than any human being, being lost to your humanity because you have lost your gravity (not just physically but emotionally too). I don't think I have this one figured out! I love the redemptive vision of the story, I hate the lack of feeling of the one being redeemed. But then when the one receiving realizes the gift they are willing to pay any price to keep that gift of redemptive love. Interesting allegory in a way, in fact the more I think on it the more I see the allegorical aspects of this story. MacDonald was no fool, I always think when I read him, do not take anything for granted! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen L. | 1/29/2014

    " This is a short story that has a fairy tale like plot, and a beautiful lesson in sacrificial love. MacDonald's stories make you think and really can change you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 1/23/2014

    " I first read this when I was about 10 and fell in love. The illustrations are gorgeous and the tale is quietly unusual. The combination of Marice Sendak and George MacDonald is sheer kismet. (Take a look at "The Golden Key" which is another combination of theirs...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loyd | 1/21/2014

    " A wonderful, charming book from George Mac Donald, one of early fathers of fantasy and an influence on C.S. Lewis, among others. I've re-read this book a number of times and always find something new. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak are nothing to sneeze at, either -- some of the best pen-and-ink work he's done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 cindy | 1/20/2014

    " This another book and author from that same English class. I love his writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy C. | 1/16/2014

    " Sweet and funny and moving. A little wordy for my crew at times, but the audio version seemed to hold their interest through the tougher patches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 1/16/2014

    " Wonderful children's story but for adults, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ambyr Stewart | 12/30/2013

    " I loved this book. Short and sweet, and powerful - in the way only fairy tales can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 12/13/2013

    " An interesting fairy tale. Enjoyable, an easy read. A boy falls in love with a Princess who has a very...interesting problem, and is willing to sacrifice his life to help her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty | 12/6/2013

    " There is a little punning here that is fun for people who are just learning about word play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 11/17/2013

    " Awesome! A short little story about a princess cursed with being "light"--she lacks any gravity, both in manner and in weight. Very good fairy tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 11/8/2013

    " Cute. Very short. Great audiobook. Similar to Gail Carson Levine in story and style. This author uses a lot of 5 dollar words which made the listening all the more fun. Nothing special, just simple princely fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 10/30/2013

    " NOTHING SPECTACULAR AT ALL ABOUT THIS BOOK, BUT IT IS A QUICK READ AND NOT BAD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/7/2013

    " This was adorable. Usually full cast audiobooks annoy me but this one didn't somehow. Highly recommended. Smart and sassy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridgett | 9/12/2013

    " Enchanting, short tale with a very unique premise. I loved the idea, though the text could be a bit stiff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 7/20/2013

    " A little too strange for me. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak fit with the mood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/17/2013

    " A little long for a read-a-loud in one setting. Love the illustrations by Katie Thamer Treherne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/16/2012

    " While amusing, this is not one of his best stories. It was a very inventive plot but if fell kind of flat in the telling to me. I think I prefer his novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 4/9/2012

    " I think this is 3+ stars. I thought it was interesting that MacDonald explored the ironic meanings of light. I have also pondered that word. This story probably deserves some deeper study than my brief perusal-- definitely a strong dose of Christian symbolism here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 1/30/2012

    " What a find! A truly wonderul "fairy tale". Loved the story, loved this particular audio version with a singing prince that will melt your heart, loved that fact that the princess is so obviously flawed--and that the prince knows she's so flawed. Really wonderful, magical story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 8/30/2011

    " This is a delightful story. Fun to read aloud as a group of all ages. The puns never end. The illustrations are a great joy too. A MUST read for any self respecting storyophile! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/15/2011

    " Liked the 2nd half. The prince's voice on the audiobook is amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/23/2011

    " Liked the 2nd half. The prince's voice on the audiobook is amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 4/28/2011

    " I just read it again after a long time. It's a fun, really fast read that is just one of those classics that everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 11/5/2010

    " It's short, so you may as well read the story instead of a review. I will say MacDonald has more of a sense of humor than I gave him credit for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 10/24/2010

    " Cute. Very short. Great audiobook. Similar to Gail Carson Levine in story and style. This author uses a lot of 5 dollar words which made the listening all the more fun. Nothing special, just simple princely fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breanna | 10/11/2010

    " This was a really enjoyable book. I felt sorry for the prince and the princess frustrated me, but the book was very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krisette | 8/19/2010

    " Stacy introduced me to this little gem. Definitely, one of my favorite fairy tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 7/18/2010

    " Cute fairytale, almost parable-like story about the importance of gravity and falling when it comes to love and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inspired Kathy | 3/26/2010

    " This is a unique, fun fairy tale that can be read in one sitting. It's a little under 2 hours in audio format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chauncey | 3/4/2010

    " This is one that I will purchase when my daughter finds the joy of reading! "

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About the Author
Author George MacDonald

George MacDonald (1824–1905), Scottish children’s author and novelist, was educated at Aberdeen University before training as a Congregational minister. Finding his own individualistic views unacceptable to his parish, he gradually turned to literature. He published over fifty volumes of fiction, verse, children’s stories, and sermons but is remembered chiefly for his fairy stories, including The Princess and the Goblin (1872) and its sequel The Princess and Curdie (1873).