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The Princess and Curdie

By: George MacDonald
Narrated by: Ian Whitcomb
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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to The Princess and the Goblin, Curdie has returned to his life as a miner and has dismissed the supernatural happenings of the past, believing them to have been a dream. When Curdie callously wounds a pigeon, his conscience leads him to Princess Irene's mystical great-great-grandmother for help. She has him plunge his hands into a pile of rose petals that burns like fire. Extraordinarily, this grants him the power to see what kind of "animal" a person is at heart.

She then sends him on a quest, accompanied by a peculiar doglike creature named Lina, who was once a human. However, Curdie must resolve his own skepticism before he can use the powers granted to him to defeat the evil that is threatening the future of the kingdom.

©1996 Phoenix Recordings

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Another wonderful George MacDonald book

After reading The Princess and the Goblin, I couldn't wait to listen to this one. It was just as good as The Princess and the Goblin. Again, the narrator was excellent.

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George McDonald is now one of our favorites

After listening to The Princess and the Goblin which was a literature requirement in our home school, we wanted to follow the characters on our own so we bought this book. We listened only in the car and my kids ages 5-13 did not want to get our of the car when we arrived at our destinations. We were sad to finish this book.
One of our very favorites.

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Good, but disappointing ending

My three daughters and I enjoyed the adventure scenes and thought provoking observations on life in The Princess and Curdie, however the ending was quite disappointing. One of the main characters who we came to care about was summarily killed off at the end with no explanation. It seemed to have no point. Also, the author goes on to mention generations after the main characters who save the kingdom, and how those later generations destroyed the kingdom. It ended on a very dismal note, which did not seem to follow from the rest of the book. I don't think we'll read or listen to any more George MacDonald.

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Fabulous story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Princess and Curdie to be better than the print version?

Yes, the audio version comes “alive” in a way that, for me, improves upon the print version.

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An Enduring Favorite

I've loved this book since I was a child. The tale centers on being honorable, choosing to do right, and learning to have faith in what you believe in--presented in the most delightful Victorian style prose which demands that you think and pay attention to the narrative. I'm sure I will listen to this audiobook at least as many times as I have read the book--which is a great many times indeed.

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so adorable

it's simply sweet and entertaining. I found it funny the way the goblins are depicted

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The Mine is Exhausted

I was completely enthralled by The Princess and the Goblin, so naturally I had to pick up the sequel. This story certainly starts out strong, but about midway through it becomes clear the George MacDonald is getting bored and just going through the motions. The lackluster and surprisingly bitter ending certainly doesn't help matters much. Ian Whitcomb does a good job, but that isn't enough to save this. Overall, unless you are a completionist, I can't recommend this novel.

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Good, but not as good as Goblins

It is entirely enjoyable, but as a sequel to The Princess and the Goblins, it is noticeably stodgier. It lacks the fast paced unfolding of the story, with many long detailed digressions into descriptive imagery. However, it is still very rich in narrative detail and good fun to listen to. It is also a bit heavier on the moralism, and consequently less interesting than the Goblins.

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Terrific Children's Story, poor performance

MacDonald has always been my favorite children's writer. He has a way to write a childs story that has many levels of meaning, making the stories for adults as well as children. His tales have survived more than a century as fresh as when he wrote them.

Unfortunately, Ian Whitcomb reads the story as if he were in sixth grade English class. Slow and stilted, it bored me within the first five minutes. It's a shame to read such a good story like this.

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Huh...

This book coins the old joke of "and then they died" doesn't it? I wonder why that ending was chosen. It is completely out of step with the rest of the book.

The narration is really dull and flat too.

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Fantastic

This is a Powerful story. It follows on perfectly from the princess and the goblin.
You can see where CS Lewis and Tolkien got some of their inspiration.

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