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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George MacDonald, Ian Whitcomb Narrator: Ian Whitcomb Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781400179305
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In this sequel to The Princess and the Goblin, Curdie has returned to his life as a miner and has dismissed the supernatural happenings of the past, believing them to have been a dream. When Curdie callously wounds a pigeon, his conscience leads him to Princess Irene’s mystical great-great-grandmother for help. She has him plunge his hands into a pile of rose petals that burns like fire. Extraordinarily, this grants him the power to see what kind of “animal” a person is at heart.

She then sends him on a quest, accompanied by a peculiar dog-like creature named Lina, who was once a human. However, Curdie must resolve his own skepticism before he can use the powers granted him to defeat the evil that is threatening the future of the kingdom.

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

    " See my review for The Princess and the Goblin. My kids made me read this to them for four hours straight Sunday afternoon (I wasn't hard to persuade), and then were disappointed that we had to stop for dinner. Eric hurried and got ready early for school the next morning so I could read another chapter, and the first thing he said to me when he got home from school was "Princess and Curdie!" and grabbed a snack and the book and a blanket and headed outside with me and Abby to read on the lawn. Guess what we're finishing up before bed tonight? I finished it already myself, actually. I cheated and read on ahead while they were at school. Great story. "

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

    " 3.5 stars. Has the idea of "second breakfast" ever been used anywhere but here and Tolkien? I was surprised and a bit bummed by discovering it's usage here as I thought it was a Tolkien original. Small detail. Old-school writing style is worth the effort. Also bemused by the ending as the storyline was fast-forwarded so abruptly compared to the style of the rest of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Bindschatel | 2/14/2014

    " Sweet story about faith and trust, choosing to believe in and follow someone even in the face of seemingly contrary evidence and much opposition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/14/2014

    " I re-read this recently on my Kindle. Classic older children's book, sequel to 'The Princess and the Goblin'. In this story, Curdie sets out on an adventure where he discovers a city full of corruption and treachery, and determines to stand up for what is right. Plenty of Christian allegory for those who are interested in seeing it, and lots of excitement and adventure for all. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 2/11/2014

    " a lovely book, though a fairy tale its not a book to be taken lightly, its an adults book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 2/2/2014

    " George MacDonald was one of C.S. Lewis's favorite authors. He loved the fairy stories. They are fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie D'ghent | 2/1/2014

    " Couldn't make it past 20 or so pagers--it felt like it was written in Latin. I'm all for Shakespeare and stuff, but not for kid books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Cunningham-Lozano | 1/18/2014

    " Read my review at simplyareadingjournal.blogspot.com. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 1/11/2014

    " Childhood favorite, about age 8. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Denigan | 1/4/2014

    " Loved it more than Princess and the Goblin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamia Henry | 1/1/2014

    " Much darker than the first book. Wasn't expecting the ending at all. I'm thankful I read it with a group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 12/31/2013

    " My heart broke at the very last page. Extremely wonderful read, more profound in its underlying message than The Princess and the Goblin. I adored it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alysa | 12/29/2013

    " I feel badly that I didn't like it nearly as well as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brynna | 12/16/2013

    " No one can write about good and evil quite like George MacDonald. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 12/11/2013

    " I'm sorry to say I found this follow up to The Princess and the Goblins disappointing. The story dragged by for me for the most part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/17/2013

    " I enjoyed this more than the first one. A bit more action and I loved watching Curdie become a man. He continues to show good judgment and kindness as well as courage. I don't think it necessary to read the first in order to enjoy this...and I may end up reading this to the boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/23/2013

    " Oh, a great read! I understand why C.S. Lewis was so influenced by George MacDonald! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 2/26/2013

    " Fans of C.S. Lewis will enjoy the works of MacDonald, who Lewis considered his "master". VERY intricate and interesting story, with great, imaginative characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charis Jackson | 2/19/2013

    " George MacDonald is brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 8/16/2012

    " Even better than The Princess and the Goblin, to which this book is a sequel. Like all of MacDonald's works, it couples a deep understanding of Goodness with a rich imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Honeycutt | 7/17/2012

    " Yet another great story by George MacDonald :) I wish that the very ending had been slightly different, but otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathely | 7/8/2012

    " Excellent story...reminded me of Narnia, but of course not quite as good as Narnia. Nothing is as good as Narnia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 7/2/2012

    " Not quite as good as the Princess and the Goblins, but I still loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 6/5/2012

    " This was a good book. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 6/29/2011

    " I would have given it a five if it weren't for the mystifying ending. This is the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin which I read and loved sometime in grad school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/1/2011

    " Just skip the last paragraph or two at the end, and this is fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariko | 5/18/2011

    " George MacDonald is wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pinar | 5/16/2011

    " It was the first time I read a book by George MacDonald who is considered as the "master" for many well-known, great fantasy authors (J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis). It was a pity that I read Turkish translation as it was not entertaining to read the rhymes of Curdie in Turkish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/12/2011

    " I shall certainly be reading this book to any future children that I have. A lovely tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryar | 5/10/2011

    " We loved this book. Great read aloud with the kids. : ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 4/19/2011

    " As a kid, this was the coolest book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 4/11/2011

    " This is another book I found on a list of fantasy classics that no one reads anymore... and they really should. I was familiar with this book inasmuch as I had seen the 1994 movie, but the book was simply precious. If I ever have a little girl, this is the book I will read to her. "

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

    " This is a good book. The characters are wonderful, it's beautifully written, and it has such a mysterious, magical setting and plot. I really loved it, and I hope to read more of George MacDonald's books soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/25/2011

    " One of the best children's books out there. My dad read this to me as a child and it still is one of my favorites. Absolutely a classic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 3/17/2011

    " I liked this, but didn't love it. There wasn't anything wrong with it, it just felt a little flat.

    I most likely won't be reading this to the boys. I think there are many other more interesting fairy tales out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/11/2011

    " The more I read, the more I loved it. Webs of meaning and beautiful story-telling. "

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

    " Reading this one aloud to the kids (after reading it for the first time myself last year) - love MacDonald, love Curdie. The kids are enthralled.

    We just finished it, and even Sage wanted immediately to begin the sequel (Princess and Curdie). I love wonderful children's literature! "

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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).

About the Narrator

Ian Whitcomb is a published narrator of children’s books. Some of the published credits of Ian Whitcomb include The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie.