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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,845 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George MacDonald Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Admired by J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis and considered by W. H. Auden to be “the only English children’s book in the same class as the Alice books,” The Princess and the Goblin is a classic example of nineteenth-century children’s literary fairy tales. This is an ageless tale of courage and loyalty, beauty and mystery, and above all, good and evil.

The discovery of a secret stairway running to the top of the castle where she lives leads Princess Irene to a revelation even more weighty than the fiendish plans of the goblin community that Curdie, a miner boy, has discovered. Will the Princess and Curdie understand the significance of what they have found, or will Harelip and the goblins successfully execute their evil plan? 

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  • “Filled with images of dungeons and goblins, mysterious fires, burning roses, and a thread so fine as to be invisible and yet—like prayer—strong enough to lead the Princess back home…Simple enough for reading aloud to a child, it’s rich enough to repay endless delighted readings for the adult.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa H | 2/15/2014

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

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

    " Another great fantasy by George MacDonald. Crisply written, humorous, and sensitive, it is simply a great example of the ever-popular children's fairy-tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy Dean | 2/11/2014

    " It was a charming story overall. It was not very fast paced. I kept waiting for the crisis to get bigger, but it never did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hazel | 2/8/2014

    " This was a really cute book. I still enjoyed it even if I am probably much older than the intended audience. I loved that the writing was old-fashioned but not in a way that I got irritated with or distracted from the story by. A really lovely story. "

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