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The Letter for the King Audiobook

The Letter for the King

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Publisher's Summary

The most celebrated, best-selling classic children's novel from Holland, now in English for the first time after more than 50 years of international success....

It is the dead of night. Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help.

A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains - a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. Tiuri's journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter evil enemies who would kill to get the letter but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places.

He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter....

The Letter for the King is the thrilling story of one boy's battle against evil, set in an enchanted world of chivalry, courage, and true friendship.

©2015 Tonke Dragt (trans Laura Watkinson) (P)2015 Chocolate Fox Audio & Pushkin Press

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    Hannah M 07/02/2016
    Hannah M 07/02/2016
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    "Letter to the king"

    Loved it was really good and thrilling letter to the king is amazing and a page turner you keep trying to guess

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bookish 04/01/2016
    bookish 04/01/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely tale of young boys adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a great adventure tale, although it's definitely written for young readers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the characters were interesting, and I liked the journey.


    Which character – as performed by Matt Addis – was your favourite?

    Tuari, was my favourite character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Over 4 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a great book for young readers. I'd seen it everywhere so thought I'd try it. The writing is a bit slow in places, as certain things were painfully obvious but it seemed to take Tuari, a ridiculous amount of time to figure them out, which got irritating sometimes, but it was still enjoyable, and I do want to hear the sequel. If you take it as a book aimed at young readers which it is then it's great, a ripping yarn of adventure, although I did think he was going to have to do a bit more sword fighting on his quest, and instead he seemed to get by, with lucky escapes... All in all, a good children's book, that's also quite engaging for adults. <br/>

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    julie 07/07/2017
    julie 07/07/2017
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    "read by my son ..he enjoyed story"
    Where does The Letter for the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    he said..first audio book but read along with my school book


    What did you like best about this story?

    he said..i liked the end as the character tuiri manged to survie a long mysterious journy but got all that he wanted and grew as a character all the way through


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    he said..so many good parts so hard to choose


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    he said..not sure maybe will tuiri survive his long challenging discoveries???


    Any additional comments?

    he said..had to read as teacher used it for group reading but actually got to enjoy story and family enjoyed following along whilst i was listening on audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ash Temple 23/06/2017
    Ash Temple 23/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "The start of an epic trail"

    A good fun book. Written for a younger audience but it can be enjoyed by everyone. A classic tale which is fun

    I don't mean this in a bad way, but its like a diet coke version of Lord of the rings. Less ramble and magic, but still the fellowship and peril

    Great narration who brings the many characters to life and keeps it interesting

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    E Q. 28/09/2016
    E Q. 28/09/2016
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    "Charming"

    A delightful tale, beautifully narrated, with a likeable , modest hero and a variety of enemies and allies on his quest.

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    Lauren 16/02/2016
    Lauren 16/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A Pleasing Plod"

    Full of cheerful innocence, chivalry and gallantry; wonderfully read and utterly charming. If anything, I now wish that I lived in Turi's world, with the kings of old.

    Looking forward to the sequel!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • krol
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    23/04/17
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    "A wonderful adventure!!!"

    I first read this book when I was about 12-13 (in the German translation) and I loved it from the first page!
    Now after so many years there is finally an English translation (very well done as far as I can tell) and an audiobook. The narrator is very fitting for the story! It feels like your grandfather (or maybe Sir Ristridin himself) is telling you the story while you sit in front of a great fire in a mighty fortress.

    The story of Tiuri and Piak is full of friendship, adventure and chivalry.
    Of course now, as a sad adult, I can see that there are some things that don't quite make sense, seem too easy or just don't fit together, but it doesn't take away from the magic of the story.
    And anyway, hopefully the listeners are young and can thus enjoy the story just like i have done for many years! I will definitely buy the second book as well, I can't wait! Sorry that there are only two books in this series!
    If u like Tamora Pierce books you will definitely also enjoy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sundhya
    16/10/16
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    "According to my seven year old child..."
    Would you listen to The Letter for the King again? Why?

    Yes, definitely because I like knights and horses and the story is really gripping. When it's time to put the story down, you want to pick it up again straight away!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Letter for the King?

    The most memorable moment (spoiler alert!!!) ...was when Tiuri gave the letter to King Unawen.


    What does Matt Addis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I had read it myself, many of the words would have been hard to read, so listening ws much more exciting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Another spoiler alert - the moment I found most sad was when Piak left Tiuri.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book. Listen to it! and Read it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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