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The Princess and the Goblin

Narrated by: Peter Joyce
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
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Revolutionary for the time in encouraging children to think like children, the adventure of Princess Irene and Curdie, the boy miner, was to influence generations of writers, including Chesterton and Tolkien. Overflowing with fantastic ideas and images to delight the young and allegory to inspire their morality The Princess and the Goblin has remained one of the most exciting tales for over 100 years.

Irene lives in a castle on a mountain, under which there is a labyrinth of tunnels inhabited by Goblins. Also, within the hillsides, there is a group of miners digging for precious metals. When the Goblins try to kidnap the Princess and flood the mines, it is up to Curdie, the boy miner, and Irene’s great-great-great grandmother to use their wit and resources to defeat the wicked plan.

‘I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence, which helped me to see things in a certain way from the start.... Of all the stories I have read, it remains the most real, the most realistic, in the exact sense of the phrase the most like life. It is called The Princess and the Goblin, and is by George MacDonald.‘
—G.K. Chesterton.

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A sweet little story.

I read this because it’s been credited for sparking C.S.Lewis’ imagination for the Cronicles of Narnia. It’s definitely possible to see the sources of inspiration. The story itself is a little less appealing to an adult audience in that the sub messages are less complex... and there are obviously a couple of dated mindsets but get past that and it’s a sweet little story.

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  • Joseph
  • 05-03-2012

A Classic Fairy Tale for All Ages

I don't normally read "chldren's literature, and was drawn to George MacDonald only because C.S. Lewis and Tolkien had expressed admiration for him. Now I see why: his rich, often offbeat, Celtic imagination, his charming story full of mythic symbols, the sense of invisible worlds being very real, but only to those who are open to them, and the lessons learned by the characters, all make this a truly exceptional tale. In my opinion, it's far superior to Harry Potter, for example. partly because of its profound moral and mythic insight. The characters in this story learn lessons in a way that is not at all didactic, and certainly not "Victorian." A total delight for (to borrow a phrase from Harold Bloom) intelligent children of all ages.

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  • Lori Morrison
  • 17-06-2019

Delightful tale! Beautiful reader!

Absolutely delightful story!!! Reader was excellent!!! Richest tale of dearness, humility, beauty!!! Showing that even children can be true royalty!

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  • Kelly
  • 08-05-2019

Great performance of a classic

Long time fan of the animated movie, finally listened to the book. Amazingly current and easy to understand being one of the first fantasy novels published.
Highly recommend.

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  • Justin Rule
  • 15-12-2018

Best 😍👍🏾👌🏾✌🏾️

Great story loved it so much I listened to it like....23 times!!!!

I even named my three pets after the caricatures. Crete, irene, and goblin!

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  • Patty Dann
  • 30-11-2018

Delightful

I can now understand why C S Lewis was so enthralled and influenced by George Macdonald. Such skill in weaving together timeless truths and insight into human character, along with a charming story.

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  • KimT
  • 30-08-2018

Beloved Story

Imagine my surprise when I found out my beloved childhood movie was in fact an outstanding book. the narration is perfect and the story is a child adventure right out of a dream.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-2017

Great Narrator and Great Book

Loved it! The narrator was fantastic, the story was perfect at being a children's fantasy novel, and I can't wait to read more by MacDonald.

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  • Kentucky Painter
  • 01-04-2017

Clearly, MacDonald did indeed blaze trail for Tolkien and Lewis.

Marvelous tale, not read condescendingly as though the story were only for children (as though even they ever benefit from that). Many evidences as to why C. S. Lewis called MacDonald "my master". Layers of meaning and a ripping good story--must be heard more than once. Excellent performance.

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  • Samuel Hudnet
  • 11-08-2016

Good fairy tale

Unfortunately this seems to be the edited version, but still an interesting short story that portrays princesses in a very different light than Disney.

If you want a story that teaches how to think and act rather than just going through a plot blindly, this is a good one.

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  • Alex & Kelsie
  • 13-07-2016

great reading of a great story

Excellent book and the narrator did an excellent job of conveying tones and keeping you interested.