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I don't know if this book could stand alone, but for those who have read (or listened to the unabridged audiobook versions) the previous books in this series, The Crystal Cave and the Hollow Hills, this is a perfect rendering of the third part of Mary Stewart's "Merlin Trilogy". I know that she later added "The Wicked Day", but I have never found that book as satisfying as the first three. If you know the previous books in the series you don't really need me to tell you about this, you know what to expect. If you don't, rush out and start reading or listening to The Crystal Cave at once!
Great story telling, history that makes you feel as if you were there, characters that you care about and identify with, magic so organic to the story that it feels natural, one of the best interpretations of the story of King Arthur and Merlin and their backgrounds that I have ever read. And Derek Perkins reads the tales with sensitivity, feeling and an easy to listen to grace that adds charm and meaning to the experience.
Highly recommended. BUT NEVER waste your time and money on the abridged versions.
And please, Audible, provide us with more unabridged Mary Stewart audibooks, especially her earlier works, like Madam Will You Talk, The Moon Spinners, Touch Not the Cat, and more!
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I've been waiting for an unabridged audiobook of Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy for years!
Some of the reviews of the final volume find this one the weakest of the three but I disagree. In this volume we finally get to see Arthur reign as king. Stewart uses her historical fiction method to give reasonable, real-life possibilities to the fantastic aspects of the Arthurian legend. In this volume, we get to find how she explains the story of Merlin being imprisoned under a rock by the Lady of the Lake. A fitting end to Merlin's autobiography.
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