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Publisher's Summary

"In every nook and cranny, high and low, they sought for him¿He had vanished as a star vanishes when it drops from its place in the sky."

From the author of such children's classics as The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and A Little Princess, The Lost Prince is the enchanting story of a young boy discovering his true destiny. Twelve-year-old Marco knows he is being trained for something, but he isn't sure what. All his life he has traveled with his father in secrecy, learning many languages and the ways of a gentleman, but forbidden to speak about their country of origin, Samavia. Samavia has been fraught with war for the last 500 years, ever since the prince mysteriously disappeared. But now, there is hope that peace may come at last, as it has been rumored that a descendant of the lost prince may have been found.

©2006 Alcazar AudioWorks (P)2006 Alcazar AudioWorks

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Excellent read. Keeps you on your toes.

The Lost Prince seems like a natural progression after Little Lord Fauntelory for children, family, or teenage reading. During the first of part of the Lost Prince, you think you have it all figured out but then . . .what's real is not and what's not is real.

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Unlikely Heroes

David Thorn performed this tale as if he had written it; a once upon a time, gritty, long, long ago and definitely not a Shirley Temple version. His voice has a grand log fire, rocking chair, candlelight, weathered quality to it. One can hear the smile in his tones. I changed my mind a few times about this book. I finally settled on liking it, but it is not on par with "The Secret Garden" or "A Little Princess". However, many books I enjoy fall short of the merits of those works. In any case, Frances Hodgson Burnett was no sentimentalist.

The story is set before WWI shook the foundations of many royal houses of Europe in a time of secret societies, assignation plots and counter plots. After showing themselves up to the task, the heroes, two young boys are sent on a mission carrying a secret message which signals the start of a revolt against a bloody tyrant of a small country. A bit surprising considering the period, one of the boys is a cripple, from polio I surmise. I don't recall another such in the role of hero from literature of the time.

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The Lost Prince

What a surprise treasure from one of my favorite children authors!

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WONDERFUL!!!

I love everything in it, I've never expected clsssic children story can be so engaging for adult like me. I'm venturing another by this author.

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Okay...

It was very long for such a simple plot. However, it was quite the "cinderella story" in that it is a common childhood dream. There is alot of reference to buddist law & I didn't particularily like that. No foul language. Somewhat makes you think it is true history.

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TRULY A CLASSIC

I’m 77 years old and had heard of the classic The Lost Prince but never read it. Now I understand why it’s a classic and I’m so thankful I lived long enough to read it.

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Fascinating!

Listened with children agreed 4-11, teens 16&18 power in from time to time. All enjoyed it. Thought the descriptions were beautiful. Healthy relationship between Marco and his dad was loving but firm. Enjoyed seeing the That's character arch as someone who behaved to match the way he was treated. Harder vocabulary made it good to discuss things. Inferences to self control (telling your mind when to wake up, watching your thoughts, reacting angry, etc) were well illustrated. Lots to discuss in this book. Interesting that when this came out around 1910 (before WW1) Europe was already dealing with the idea of Russian spies "living among us in plain sight". We loved this book and the even handedness of the narrator. Highly recommended for all ages, great for homeschoolers.

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Great read

Marco is a young man traveling the world with his Father and their man servant. They lead an usual life of moving in the night to new places and learning new languages. His father and the man servant spend much of their time training Marco in many skills but Marco is unaware why. When I’m England, he meets a young crippled boy who has the same passion as he does about Samrovia, a country of his heritage. When they are sent on a journey with secret messages, his destiny begins to unravel.

The audible is from older versions of cassette tapes and hasn’t been updated. The story will be interrupted to change the tape. This really needs to be deleted and updated. Also, the narrator has strong pronounced, whistling “S” that should also be addressed.

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Excellent

Great children's story. The narrator was absolutely fantastic. This is a great book for boys, or anyone!

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Captivating story…

This story took me by surprise and drew me in quickly…. The story about a lost prince and a war torn country is fantastic.. I’m getting the book for my grandchildren. Great book for driving with family and listening

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  • Jacqueline
  • 11-14-16

Dated, but still an enjoyable adventure

It's not one of Frances Hodgson Burnett's well known stories, but I've always enjoyed this adventure. Yes it's dated, and somewhat heavy on Victorian spiritualism, but if you can look past those moments it's an enjoyable story, with real moments of danger and a satisfying ending.

The narration was good, although I did notice one line which the narrator read in the wrong character's voice. Overall though, he uses a good range of voices for the different characters, and his accents are good.

The most annoying thing about this audiobook, and it's totally unnecessary, is that it has been copied over from a CD at some point, but instead of editing out the CD breaks they have left them in, so every hour or so the narration is interrupted by an American Woman telling you 'this story is continued on disk X'. She also introduces each chapter, which seems odd. It more than a little ruins the mood, which is a pity, as overall I was very happy with this purchase.

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  • Sydney
  • 08-25-13

An oddity

As a fan of 'The Secret Garden' and 'A Little Princess' thought I might as well pick this up. I can see why it's obscure! On the surface, the story of the lost heir to a kingdom and his journey across Europe ought to be a ripping yarn; but Burnett manages to avoid every single opportunity for suspense, action, conflict, or drama of any kind. The hero is of the Little Lord Fauntleroy type, a paragon of boyhood; his companion The Rat is interesting but never gets to do anything because nothing ever happens.

What makes this more than bearable is the magnificent reading by David Thorn, narrating the preposterous story with a slow, poetic gravity and commitment that makes it seem as though it all might have a profound meaning. Burnett does write in the fine turn-of-the-century classic prose style, so the combination is a pleasure to listen to, even if the story itself is a bit of a dead loss. Good to doze off to?

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  • C. M. Thomas
  • 02-15-17

Interesting story of its time

This is a childrens story that would never be written today, as the characters hold very different values to the modern child. It is set in an age of a world of limited communication, definately no mobiles, or airplanes, and where the ideals of loyalty, bravery, and honour were uppermost. I found it fascinating. The reader was excellent.

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  • Alan D.
  • 07-29-22

You should read this!

Throughly enjoyed this book, well worth time spent listening to it as it stopped me going to sleep on several occasions.

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  • DAVID P HALSALL
  • 07-05-22

Enjoyable story

Well written and performed. It's a shame that the disc (CD?) change prompts are still present.

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  • Ms. E. K. Hazlewood
  • 03-06-22

Slow and with annoyingly jarring interruptions

I love FHB's other works, and though they are also of their time, they feel less dated then this does. The pace is very slow. But the worst thing about this audiobook is the jarring female American voice breaking in to announce the chapter headings and, worse still, when we are ending and starting a new disc! Totally breaks the spell and transports you out of the story and into the real world with a thump.

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  • jessycamden
  • 01-20-22

Cor blimey ... a celebration of autocracy

There is a lot to dislike in this work, not least the author’s apparent belief in the innate superiority of a ruling class, and the desirability of militaristic discipline. I listened to the whole thing out of curiosity, but I certainly would not recommend it to children.

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  • Stephanie Alexandra
  • 08-23-21

brilliant

I loved reading this book as a child and I loved listening to it as an adult! it was slightly annoying hearing the lady announce the cd disc numbers but the brilliant narration by David Thorn more than made up for those interruptions.

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  • M.
  • 08-17-21

Small country in trouble. Boys to the rescue...

Good narration and production and some interesting ideas in the (dated but) adventurous story. But WHY the JARRING AMERICAN VOICE announcing irrelevant section changes. Spoiled the continuity and sometimes completely shattered the imaginative atmosphere

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-22

An enthralling story for adults and children alike

The Lost Prince is an enthralling story for both adults and children alike. Weaving a tale that combines both fantasy, history-like setting, reverence and intrigue. I enjoyed listening to the tale unfold, it was narrated very well. It would be good if the publishers could remove the voice over of the tapes ending and starting though so that the narration could run smoother. I recommend this book for a good hearted listen.