• The Book of Three

  • The Prydain Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Lloyd Alexander
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,003 ratings)

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The Book of Three

By: Lloyd Alexander
Narrated by: James Langton
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Publisher's Summary

Taran dreams of adventure, but nothing exciting ever happens to an Assistant Pig-Keeper, until his pig runs away. A chase through the woods leads Taran far from home and into great danger, for evil prowls the land of Prydain. With a collection of strange and wonderful friends whom he meets on his journey, Taran finds himself fighting so that good may triumph over evil, and so that his beloved home will not fall to a diabolical fiend.
Don't miss the rest of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles.
©1964 Lloyd Alexander (P)2004 Random House, Inc, Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A very funny adventure tale set in an imaginary kingdom." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

"James Langton enables the listener to enter this fantastical world. Langton's presentation of each character has a depth that brings heightened compassion.... Langton cares deeply about each character, and so will the listener!" (AudioFile

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Good, brave fun!

My kids (girl-11yr & boy-9yr) and I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a little slow starting and the names were confusing at first, but it got moving and was a lot of fun. Taran (main character) gives hope to the average-feeling person. Bravery often comes in small packages. We're ready for the next book in the series.

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Wonderful Fantasy Series

The Prydain Chronicles was one of my favorite fantasy series as a child. I decided to listen to it again largely out of nostalgia. The story incorporates many old Welsh myths to weave an exciting fantasy world that centers on a boy who dreams of accomplishing big deeds but learns both humanity and courage.

This book might be a bit scary for very young children but most ages 7 and up will enjoy the magic and adventure.

My only complaint is that after buying this, I discovered that there was an option to buy book 1 and book 2 in the series together as one book, so it ended up costing me an extra credit to get the entire series.

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One of the most underrated stories of our time.

My mom read this book to me when I was a kid and never forgot about it. If you like Star Wars, J.R.R. Tolkein, Harry Potter etc. you MUST read this book.
I can't believe I never hear anyone talk about it.
This is my second time reading it, and as soon as I stared it, I couldn't stop. The story and the characters are exciting and smart.

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Important lessons learned for young ones

My 9 year old chose this book from her reading list this summer and to my surprise became one of our families favorite. This book teaches some very important lessons about growing up and learning to find ones own identity in a world that when young seems so large and exciting, but when the time comes to step outside ones comfort zone only makes us realize there is no place like home.

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Excellent

This was simply excellent, great fantasy for young and old

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Amazing

This book is really enjoyable. Worth the credit. Rather binge read the series than Netflix.👌🏾💯

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One of my favorites from childhood.

Brought back the memories and it was wonderful to let someone else do the reading this time. He definitely pronounced the names better than I do.
Wonderful story and series.

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Please Don't Hurt Me.

I kinda hope that the literary community doesn't kill me for only giving this three stars. But let's be honest: I've probably been rating things too high all along. And I have reasons for rating this one lower.

The Book of Three was entertaining. I liked the main character, and thought that the story was brilliant in its sheer simplicity. It was a really basic hero cycle, except that the reason he left his home was because he was chasing a magic pig. However, on a side note, I would say that any pig is magical, because BACON! But I digress.

While the hero cycle is all fine and dandy, I personally tend to like a little more meat on those bones. But...not so. Again, before the internet verbally (or textually) abuses me, I understand that it's juvenile lit. I'm not saying that it's a bad story. Just a little light. That makes it perfect for even seven to eight year olds to pick up and enjoy, which is great.

Despite the relative lightness of the contents, the main thing that bothered me was the cast of characters. Each one of them seemed less a character and more a caricature of what a person actually does and says. This doesn't usually bother me if it's a fairly isolated thing or if it's just one of the characters. But it's all of them. It wasn't noticeable at first, but started feeling like a stumbling block as the story progressed.

The thing that really sets this audiobook apart is the performance. James Langton does an absolutely fantastic job at differentiating character through accent, style of speech and even little things like how strongly they pronounce certain sounds. If for nothing else, this recording is valuable for the simple fact that it can overcome any inherent weaknesses (or things that bug you) so you can still have an enjoyable time listening. This is certainly something that I can see my wife and I listening to with our kids on a long road trip. And since it's only about five and a half hours, we will probably listen to the next one, too.

With everything that I've said, you probably think that I didn't like the book. On the contrary, I enjoyed the escapism and new ideas that the book brought to my own literary culture. I've been told that the story really starts to pick up after this book, so I'm excited to move on to The Black Cauldron. If indeed the story does improve after this, I will just figure that this one is a quick introduction to the world.

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DELIGHTFUL FANTASY CLASSIC

I READ THE PRYDAIN CHRONICLES ONCE UPON A LONG TIME AGO, AND REMEMBERED THEM AS BEING FUN AND EXCITING. HEARING THEM ON AUDIBLE HAS MADE IT A FRESH EXPERIENCE, LARGELY IN PART TO NARRATOR JAMES LANGTON'S MARVELOUS PERFORMANCES IN GIVING EACH AND EVERY CHARACTER A UNIQUE VOICE. THE STORY IS A CLASSIC (NO LORD OF THE RINGS, MIND YOU, BUT SIMILAR IN TASTE.) AND LANGTON'S NARRATION JUST ELEVATES THE MATERIAL. FOR FANTASY THAT IS 'FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY' WITHOUT BEING DUMBED DOWN FOR CHILDREN LOOK NO FURTHER. THERE IS A LOT TO ENJOY HERE FROM BOLD HEROES TO FRIGHTFUL VILLIANS, MAGIC SWORDS AND ORACULAR PIGS, EXCITING BATTLES AND LOTS OF HUMOR TO GIVE IT A BIT OF A LIGHT HEARTED TOUCH. THIS IS FANTASTIC STORYTELLING IN A CLASSIC SETTING. AND LANGTON'S PERFORMANCE IS STELLAR.

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Surprisingly enjoyable

I understood that the Disney movie "The Black Cauldron" was adapted from these books. And I had a vague memory of reading them as a young child, although I could remember nothing about them. I didn't expect the book to be very interesting, in all honesty - but I was curious to rediscover this title from long ago.

Despite the fact that this is a series for children, I found this book to be surprisingly engaging. The characters are each vibrantly unique and brimming with personality and memorable quirks. The main character is clearly a hero, or at least a hero in the making, but is completely human and fallible.

I was a bit confused about exactly how the villain was defeated - not everything happening at that moment was clearly explained.

I'm not saying the author was directly inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, but it does feel very similar - especially the part where Taran is able to relax for a bit in a pleasant natural sanctuary.