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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,097 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Poul Anderson Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781470801601
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The gathering forces of the Dark Powers threaten the world of man. The legions of Faery, aided by trolls, demons, and the Wild Hunt itself, are poised to overthrow the Realms of Light. Holger Carlsen, a bemused and puzzled twentieth-century man mysteriously snatched out of time, finds himself the key figure in the conflict. Arrayed against him are the dragons, giants, and elfin warriors of the armies of Chaos and the beautiful sorceress Morgan le Fay. On his side are a vague prophecy, a quarrelsome dwarf, and a beautiful woman who can turn herself into a swan, not to mention Papillon, the magnificent battle horse, and a full set of perfectly fitting armor, both of which were waiting for him when he entered the magical realm. The shield bears three hearts and three lions—the only clue to Holger Carlsen’s true identity. Could Carlsen really be a legendary hero, the only man who can save the world?

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  • “Count it a dream—a fantasy—a parable. In the hands of a T. H. White it might have turned into a Once And Future King. With Poul Anderson as mentor, it becomes something of a reverse side of the science fiction shield with more than a cloak of mystery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/29/2014

    " Classic moving to a different world in the John Carter style - good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikael Onsjö | 1/7/2014

    " very well written, captivating fairy tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren024 | 1/2/2014

    " For a fantasty book, it wasn't bad... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody | 1/1/2014

    " Read on my nook. I'm a huge fan of modern, gritty fantasy (Abercrombie is my favorite author, after all), but sometimes you just want an ADVENTURE. That's what this book is... one big, crazy, fun adventure. It really is an overlooked classic of fantasy that should be right up there with Lord of the Rings on any fantasy fan's reading list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/19/2013

    " A rather identical precursor to "Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold" by Terry Brooks, this was written some 40 years earlier and is a comfortable and easy read, lowering my IQ by a mere handful of points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbm1020 | 12/16/2013

    " Poul Anderson tells a wondrous tale of war and magic and heroism in this 50's classic. His style is so literate that it's hard to compare him with anybody writing today. I enjoyed it, even though it's really a man's story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 12/6/2013

    " Lackluster and uninspiring plot, great writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 11/24/2013

    " An essential read for all those of a chivalric mind! Galadin the Paladin is who he is because of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elgalla | 10/29/2013

    " I don't think there's much to say about this book, except maybe that it truly is a fantasy masterwork. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 7/14/2013

    " Loved this classic fantasy that had great characters and a thrilling plot with no excess filler. Listened to the audio version read by Bronson Pichnot who really threw himself into all the different accents and dialects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 geekboy42 | 8/29/2012

    " A new friend recommended this out of a gaming discussion. Very good! I am beginning to like this sort even more now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P.W. Fox | 1/29/2012

    " Anderson is a past master of blending science and magic in the conflict between the old and the new and good and evil. This short book abounds with likable characters, creatures from norse mythology and a plot cleverly extrapolated from the legends of King Arthur and Charlemagne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 12/27/2011

    " Damn, I loved this book when I was about 12. I don't want to read it again and risk spoiling the memory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 12/7/2011

    " The writing is brisk and fun, but there is no focus. The desires of the antagonists are vague and confusing, and the ending is a total let down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 11/8/2011

    " A quick, fun read. A little dated, and I wasn't a big fan of the framing sequence, but the middle is pretty much gold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Bembry | 8/11/2011

    " So far, it's a fun read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 8/1/2011

    " I've had this book for years and I never get tired of it. I think I've read it 5-6 times and every time I take something different away. Always in my top 10! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 11/25/2010

    " The writing is brisk and fun, but there is no focus. The desires of the antagonists are vague and confusing, and the ending is a total let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dolly | 11/5/2010

    " It was okay, but the archaic language put me off a bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren024 | 9/13/2010

    " For a fantasty book, it wasn't bad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 1/16/2010

    " A classic of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 12/29/2009

    " So far, it's a fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eternallygeek | 8/21/2009

    " A new friend recommended this out of a gaming discussion. Very good! I am beginning to like this sort even more now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 10/21/2008

    " A quick, fun read. A little dated, and I wasn't a big fan of the framing sequence, but the middle is pretty much gold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/30/2008

    " A rather identical precursor to "Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold" by Terry Brooks, this was written some 40 years earlier and is a comfortable and easy read, lowering my IQ by a mere handful of points. "

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About the Author
Author Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson (1926–2001), one of the most prolific and popular writers in science fiction, won seven Hugo Awards, three Nebula Awards, and many other awards and accolades.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.