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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (302 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George MacDonald Narrator: Veronica Murphy Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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This is the story of two girls, one is a princess and the other is a daughter of a shepherd; both are spoiled and self-serving. Their lives are changed forever when they encounter the Wise Woman, who undertakes to teach them virtue with an astounding balance of grace and truth. Firm and loving, the Wise Woman is everything a good parent could hope to be, and a refreshing portrayal of the Heavenly Parent in us all. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Wolcott | 2/20/2014

    " This novel for children and adults describes a wise woman's involvement with a little princess and a little shepherd girl, one of whom becomes increases in goodness while the other becomes more selfish. Their parents, who spoil the girls terribly, are shown to be responsible for their inflated senses of self and bad behavior. It's a great fable for kids and parents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/11/2014

    " I read this as a loyal devotee of George MacDonald, and I especially love his allegorical children's fairy tales. Although this one was not my favorite, it was a beautiful picture of how a person can be completely transformed by Christ's perfect balance of mercy and justice. Also quite interesting in how the nature of selfishness is explored in the context of a young child... how reflective of the deepest part of our hearts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheri-lee | 1/12/2014

    " This one was not so great to me...but I have to admit that I couldn't find a copy of it so therefore listened to an audio recording of it. As a result the voice of the woman reading was pretty annoying over time and probably added to my distaste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/10/2014

    " I stayed up reading this under the covers when I was about five. Going back and rereading it recently, I found it more disturbing and thoughtful than I remembered it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/8/2014

    " May be favorite George MacDonald juvenile fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2013

    " Makes me cry... beautiful version, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/21/2013

    " My first MacDonald - won't be the last. A prime example of beautiful children's literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 12/20/2013

    " Wonderful story of a spoiled princess and the wise woman who helped her. Nice Illustrations sprinkled throughout the text. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andie Moody | 12/3/2013

    " Full of practical wisdom for parenting and life. Writing is vibrant at places, but not stunning. Storyline is at some points tired and at some points imaginative. Intended for children, so that explains some of the perceived "weaknesses" I just listed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JoAnn | 11/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this one until the end. I don't believe MacDonald gave the poor girl equal opportunity to repent and change as he did the princess. The unequal treatment of rich and poor suggests poor people are not as valuable as are the rich. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharalee | 11/21/2013

    " this book was so good. it really made me think about my actions and not letting my emotions run away with me, not letting outward circumstances cloud the peace and grace i have in Christ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Rathbun | 9/1/2013

    " I love this book! At one point when reading this for the first time, I felt so convicted that I had to stop and confess sin to the Lord. My favorite of MacDonald's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 7/5/2013

    " A good tale for kids. Better than the fluff they get these days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/16/2013

    " All children and their parents should read this book. So should all people without children. A beautiful way to learn about humility, selflessness, and "tough love" (that love that wants us to be better people) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark M | 4/4/2013

    " Far and above the greatest short story I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Nenadov | 3/14/2013

    " I enjoyed this tale quite a bit, it's really well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marguerite | 10/6/2012

    " It seemed a too preachy to me and I wonder how much a child would really understand the moral of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/24/2012

    " It's amazing how something so small can change the way you think of yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 6/15/2012

    " I read this as a child and remember really liking the story. Though for some reason the only part I remember is when Agnes is in the "bubble." I'd like to read this again at some point! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 9/1/2011

    " MacDonald's stories often have a mystical touch, and this is no exception, though not my favorite of his children's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angi Kane | 7/22/2011

    " Read this with the kids and loved it. Especially loved the many, many allegories and can see how MacDonald was an inspiration for CS Lewis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/9/2011

    " It is a very weird book. The princess is almost evil! I don't know about the other girl who comes into the story later, but I guess I will find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 3/31/2011

    " Wonderful story of a spoiled princess and the wise woman who helped her. Nice Illustrations sprinkled throughout the text. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madison | 3/22/2011

    " I only read the first story"the wise woman". It had great life lessons in it but I didn't enjoy it. It was too boring and confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/26/2011

    " I read this as a child and remember really liking the story. Though for some reason the only part I remember is when Agnes is in the "bubble." I'd like to read this again at some point! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 1/3/2011

    " "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest."
    — C.S. Lewis "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/16/2010

    " I LOVE The Wise Woman. I have read it twice to my very dramatic daughter Gillian. She loves the story and it is so instructive and always presents great teaching moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/23/2010

    " A good tale for kids. Better than the fluff they get these days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 7/16/2010

    " Excellent lessons to be learned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marguerite | 4/12/2010

    " It seemed a too preachy to me and I wonder how much a child would really understand the moral of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 12/22/2009

    " I can see why George MacDonald was so influential in the writings of C.S. Lewis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharalee | 4/15/2009

    " this book was so good. it really made me think about my actions and not letting my emotions run away with me, not letting outward circumstances cloud the peace and grace i have in Christ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 3/25/2009

    " I stayed up reading this under the covers when I was about five. Going back and rereading it recently, I found it more disturbing and thoughtful than I remembered it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 1/28/2009

    " It may be because my mom read this to me after I had just had my first baby and I was chuck full of emotion, but I adored the story of The Wise Woman. I remember thinking at the time that everyone should read it...it's one of those perspective shifters. George MacDonald is wonderful. "

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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).