The Light Princess

  • by George MacDonald
  • Narrated by Cynthia Bishop, the Full Cast Family
  • 1 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's a well known fact that a newborn princess will often be subject to a curse, especially if her royal parents neglect to invite an important magical relative to the christening. But never has there been a curse as charming (and hilarious) as that which befalls the Light Princess. Deprived of gravity, she can't take anything, or anyone, seriously. Even worse, she's apt to blow away on the first stiff breeze!Can even a handsome prince bring her down to Earth?One of the most acclaimed literary fairy tales of all time, George MacDonald's profound and witty story floats into bubbling new life in this lovingly crafted full cast reading.


Audible Editor Reviews

George Macdonald’s celebrated Scottish fairytale, originally published in 1864, has been capturing children’s imaginations for generations in its depiction of the literally buoyant titular princess’ discovery of the importance of love and human emotion after being cursed with "lightness" by the cold-hearted and resentful Princess Makemnoit.


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Clever story perfectly dramatized

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The voice actors contributed to the overall enjoyment of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

This has been my favorite book for years. The characters are fun, the moral is powerful but not heavy-handed. George MacDonald is a treasure that is still largely undiscovered.

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The best fairytale you've never heard

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- Natalie

A Hidden Gem

Few people know about George MacDonald. Even fewer have been exposed to the sheer delight of "The Light Princess". This dramatized audio is even more fun than the print version!

If you were reading the text, I would have to warn you that MacDonald writes like, well, like the other writers of his time - with sometimes flowery prose that tends toward detailed descriptions of scenery. But George MacDonald adds multiple layers of meaning to this book which, of all his stories, is the most delightful read.

ALERT: You must be able to appreciate a certain level of "pun-ishment", as this book is full of hilarious plays on words. At least a groan is necessary to acknowledge the multiple meanings of the word "Light" in the title. (What would you do if you had no gravity?)

Ah, but the message, as is also common of 19th century writers, rings through loud and clear, without the wooden unnaturalness that often accompanies moral tales. His is a wonderful wedding of fairy tale fantasy and allegory. Oh, do listen to this book!

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- HopSez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2006
  • Publisher: Full Cast Audio