Library Ed. Listening Library 2004
CS ISBN 1400098505 $32.00 Four cassettes
A fine book deserves a fine presentation. Such is true of Lloyd Alexander's THE BOOK OF THREE, the first novel of the Prydain Chronicles. The author himself provides opening remarks to set the scene. As Taran the Assistant Pig Keeper quests after his escaped charge, the mates who join his entourage expand Taran's horizons both literally and figuratively as he comes to see his home, Caer Dathyl, his future, and himself in new light. James Langton enables the listener to enter this fantastical world. Langton's presentation of each character has a depth that brings heightened compassion. Would it be possible for cocky, naive Taran to long to return to the muck and mire of his farm or yearn for the knowledge and serenity that Gwydion and Medwyn possess? Could grumbly, prickly Gurgi show the strength of friendship? Might plucky Eilowny know more than she lets on? Langton cares deeply about each character, and so will the listener! A.R. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 04]
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