The Seven Songs of Merlin : The Lost Years of Merlin

  • by T.A. Barron
  • Narrated by Kevin Isola
  • Series: The Lost Years of Merlin
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Young Merlin has brought new hope to Fincayra, the enchanted isle that lies between earth and sky. Having finally freed it from the terrible Blight, Merlin and the forest girl Rhia set out to heal the land using the magical Flowering Harp. But Fincayra remains in great danger still, and the first victim of the renewed tide of evil is Merlin's own mother. Merlin's sole hope of saving his mother's life is to master the Seven Songs of Wisdom passed down from the greatest wizard Fincayra has ever known, Merlin's grandfather, Tuatha. Only then can he voyage to the Otherworld of the spirits and obtain the precious Elixir of Dagda. Yet to do that, he must first succeed where even Tuatha failed, by defeating Balor, the ogre whose merest glance means death. Even more difficult, Merlin must discover the secret of seeing not with his eyes, but with his heart.

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What the Critics Say

"Spellbinding...readers will relish not only the action and the well-crafted setting but also Merlin's growth from a callow youth to a wiser, more caring wizard-in-training." (Booklist)
"Merlin is a combination of pride, bravery, and recklessness, qualities narrator Kevin Isola conveys in every nuance of his voice....A fine performance." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Bring back the old reader

Can you speak any more breathlessly? The story is amazing of course but a breathless manner of speaking does not suit every single character. Sorry, it rendered the story far far less enjoyable.
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- Caroline Furrer

great but grating

i loved this series growing up and decided to revisit the books as audio. i still love the story, as i think it has value for older fantasy lovers as well as a young audience, but the voice acting was really over the top. most of it is fine but the very first scene had so many loud, or scratchy, or painfully draw-out buts of dialogue that i almost ditched it from the start. i worked thru the beginning and it got more normalized but i do wish the narrator would chill out!
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- Dennis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library