The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald & The Goblin and the Grocer by Hans Christian Andersen (Annotated)

  • by George MacDonald, Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I do not write for children, but for the childlike, whether of five or 50 or 75." - George MacDonald
The Princess and the Goblin was published in 1872. One of the very first fantasy novels this magical classic had a profound influence on the work of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and is loved by fans of fantasy fiction to this day. Eight-year-old Princess Irene lives in a remote mountainous region with no one but her nursemaid for company. Then she meets a mysterious old woman and Curdie, a young miner. Meanwhile, deep in the heart of the earth beneath her lurk grotesque and hideous creatures seeking vengeance against human kind.
The Goblin and the Grocer by Hans Christian Andersen is a short fairy tale about a very different kind of goblin who must choose between poetry or an edible Christmas treat.
Both stories are read by award-winning audiobook narrator, comedienne, and best-selling author of The English American, Alison Larkin. Other children's classic tales read by Alison Larkin include Peter Pan and The Inconsiderate Waiter by J M Barrie and Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - the 150th anniversary audio edition by Lewis Carroll.

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Alison Larkin shines!

This was the perfect venue for Alison Larkin. Her voice has a built in fairy tale quality and I can't imagine this book read by anyone else now. I had not read this tale before although I recently went in search of Hans Christian Anderson tales. I loved this. I have to believe this would appeal to young adults up to old adults. Who couldn't like this? Enough symbolism to keep the intellect quite happy and enough adventure to soothe any and everyone.
I listened to this in one morning/afternoon. It was a great day!
I was luckily gifted this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
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- josie "Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear"

Hurray for Curdie!

This is a delightful tale of the princess Irene, her nursemaid, and a miner boy who save mankind...with the help of a fairy godmother, of sorts. I can definitely see the correlation between later fantasy stories by CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.

I was especially drawn to Curdie, who was so steadfast and determined to save the princess at all costs, even going so far as to put himself in peril more than once. I liked how Curdie had parents who were supportive and that he could talk to about all the things he was going through and that he loved enough to listen to even when he was struggling to believe and understand what he was hearing.

The narration was fantastic, as always! Alison Larkin really has a gift for bringing classic tales to life. Her delivery is spot on and the way she is able to use subtle differences in tone or inflection to distinguish between the characters was quite good.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
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- Reg "Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-15-2016
  • Publisher: British Classic Audio