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Publisher's Summary

INCLUDES A NEW INTRODUCTION BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS

Experience one of the most enduring classics of the twentieth century and the book that The Atlantic has called “one of the best fantasy novels ever.”

The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone...

...so she ventured out from the safety of the enchanted forest on a quest for others of her kind. Joined along the way by the bumbling magician Schmendrick and the indomitable Molly Grue, the unicorn learns all about the joys and sorrows of life and love before meeting her destiny in the castle of a despondent monarch—and confronting the creature that would drive her kind to extinction....

In The Last Unicorn, renowned and beloved novelist Peter S. Beagle spins a poignant tale of love, loss, and wonder that has resonated with millions of readers around the world.

“Peter S. Beagle illuminates with his own particular magic.”—Ursula K. Le Guin

©2022 Peter S. Beagle (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Comes alive and stays alive on bright intensity of imagination.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Written in lyrical prose and rife with both whimsical humor and philosophical ruminations on what it means to be human, Beagle spins a quasi-medieval fairy tale that remains timeless.”—Time  

The Last Unicorn is the best book I have ever read. You need to read it. If you've already read it, you need to read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss 

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Excellent!

This is a story that has not been diminished by time. It’s a unique writing style and it works well for the story. The narrator is excellent, she uses different tones for each character and carries the tales well. Very pleased.

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The Fairytale That You Always Wanted To Read

Having seen the film as a child, I honestly grew to adulthood and never knew it was a book. It sat there on the shelf at the book store like a light in a dark tunnel. Wandering aimlessly as I often do in my bookstore that I go to, looking for the next great read; there sat “The Last Unicorn.” I looked upon it with eyes of a child reliving his innocent youth and was drawn to it. So after reading it, I will watch the film again. This book was fascinating, it was a part of my childhood that I got to relive again as I read it almost as if experiencing this story for the first time. The narrator did an amazing job. They kept my interest. The narrator did a great job and really brought the story to life. I encourage readers of all ages to read this; it will bring your mind to a peaceful state and it will let you experience a fairy tale the way that they were meant to have been experienced. Come pick this book up and be a child again, for a little while at least. It is definitely one of the best books I’ve ever written; so thankful the book called to me on one of my many adventures through my bookstore I go to….

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I love this story!

Such a beautiful book! The narrator's voice wonderfully portrays the Unicorn's voice! Finally, an audiobook!

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Love the writing style.

If you have never seen the movie… it is worth it. This is the only book I have evr read about a unicorn ant I loved it. I didn’t think the narrator did a great job but it didn’t ruin the book for me.

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Great Story

I'm so happy that this book is finally a audiobook, it's one of my all time favorite fantasy books. I did enjoy the narrator, I think she was a perfect voice for the unicorn, the only complaint I have and this is for Audible, when putting out a sample I wouldn't use the introduction unless it's been spoken by the same narrator of the story. The introduction isn't long and other listeners can't decide whether this may be the right listen for them or not.

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Transformative

I've read this book many times in my life and I love it more with each reading. Every time it changes how I see the world for a long while, colors are brighter and there are hints of magic that I see and feel in the everyday. It won't speak to every souls this way but it does to mine.

My only disappointment with the narration is that she missed that the book is really an epic poem and should be read that way. It's how I read and how I have read it to my children. Otherwise it's a beautiful telling of the story.

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Definition of an enchanting tale

I remember watching the VHS of The Last Unicorn with my mother more times than I can count as a child. Seeing it's colorful case on the shelf at the local movie rental I'd pause, even if I wasn't going to rent it that night, and admire the illustration before moving on and renting The Dark Crystal or Secret of Nihm. I've never actually read the book, but this reproduction was masterful from the content to the rich narrator herself.

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Wonderful story given mediocre treatment in audio

The Last Unicorn itself deserves all the praise that can be heaped upon it. It is by turns clever, profound, laugh-out-loud funny, sophisticated, heartfelt, and bittersweet, each of these qualities revealed with a deft precision and panache, perfectly balanced each against the other in a deceptively light style that is perfectly transparent to the casual reader.

It is my favorite book, and I own at least ten copies in various editions. This is apparently the only thing I have in common with the introducer, about whose inane scribblings the less said the better. I could not finish the introduction.

The audiobook narration is, even allowing for my high expectations, a bit disappointing. None of the numerous songs and poems are actually sung or dramatized, as the best narrators seem to do (I am relatively new to audiobooks, but thinking of Rob Inglis' LotR or Stefan Rudnicki's Vance narrations here). This alone might be forgivable, but the narrator also fumbles the delivery of much of the book, routinely emphasizing the wrong words in a sentence, though less often in dialog than in expository passages, almost as though she doesn't quite grasp the meaning. Her range of character voices is narrow, with some being more convincing than others (e.g., her Haggard is pretty good, but her Schmendrick doesn't land quite right, a major problem).

Maybe a thorough pre-reading wasn't done, maybe the direction was sloppy, I dunno and don't feel qualified to guess. What I do know is that the end result doesn't quite gel for this listener. I really wanted it to be great, but as it stands I'm repeatedly jarred out of my immersion in the story by these drawbacks.

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Why? What?

I just purchased the audiobook, even after listening to the sample. The sample is just, only … the introduction to the book, not the actual narrator reading the book… what?
Still, am excited, hope it is excellent!