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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,839 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:
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Young Princess Irene is sent to the country to be raised in a half-farmhouse, half-castle located in the side of a mountain. While exploring the top of the castle, Irene becomes lost and inexplicably finds her way to a mystifying and beautiful woman spinning a thread. Princess Irene discovers that this woman to which she is drawn is her great-great-grandmother. But after she returns, her nurse, Lootie, refuses to believe in the old woman’s existence, and the young princess cannot find the way back to her great-great-grandmother.

Days later, while on an outing with Lootie, Princess Irene believes that she detects a goblin. They meet a young miner, Curdie, who confirms her sighting. Soon Curdie discovers that goblins lurking under the castle have constructed an evil plot against the king and his palace. Princess Irene’s belief in her great-great-grandmother’s powers becomes essential as she and Curdie work to foil the sinister goblin plan. As the Princess tells Curdie, “Sometimes you must believe without seeing.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Che | 2/19/2014

    " If you like Tolkien you will quiver with delight and dread over the beauty and darkness of this book. MacDonald was an influence on Tolkien and Lewis, etc. In here you will find some of the seeds of the LOTR, such as hideous goblins and their dark, corrupt origins, cavernous journeys in subterranean mines of misty mountains, heroic innocence and magic. But the magic in MacDonald is perhaps more exotic and strange and beautiful than that of Tolkien. Invisible threads spun of spider's webs, flaming roses of medicinal ability, on on on beautiful and mysterious.... The goblins perhaps more sickening in that they're after children and described vaguely but terrifyingly as "absolutely hideous or ludicrously grotesque." Much beyond that is implied and haunting, leaving the reader to render them from the stuff of his/her dread. Further more there is nuance here, in that the goblins are not entirely evil, are in fact an old and repressed race forced into the mountains by humans, where they grew over generations dark and ugly, though intelligent and in some aspects civil. read it already it only takes a few hours. then you can read the sequel! Then read the something like a hundred other books he wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 2/12/2014

    " I thought that it wasn't that great nor that bad. For a fantasy/magic book it was a little lacking. However, since George MacDonald's books inspired C.S. Lewis and Tolkien (who in turn inspired countless others) I felt that it was really good for the time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Crystal Puckett | 2/12/2014

    " I loved it! It is definitely now a favorite. This book is beautiful and charming; perfectly written. Great for children and adults alike. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/12/2014

    " delightful fairytale "

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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.