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Sixteen when a baby is brought to her to raise, Sybel has grown up on Eld Mountain. Her only playmates are the creatures of a fantastic menagerie called there by wizardry. Sybel has cared nothing for humans, until the baby awakens emotions previously unknown to her. And when Coren--the man who brought this child--returns, Sybel's world is again turned upside down.

©1974, 2002 Patricia A. McKillip (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1975

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  • Ljsc
  • 05-03-12

Sooooooo thrilled to have it (finally) at Audible

Wecome , welcome, Patricia Mckillip!
I was blown away with the mind altering creativity in FBE when I first read it while still in school. It impacted the way I thought from that point on , I loved the flawed characters and the story line also. I was one of those kids that read everything , I mean everything, I read fast, furious, and obsessively. I'd guess around the ages of 14-16, there where only four books that were enormous enough in their impact then to actually stop me in my tracks. They were: To Kill A Mockingbird ; Fahrenheit 451 ; Crime and Punishment; and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.

Listening to it on audible has been so much fun I finished it listening continuously to the end.

I withheld the fifth star because by the second or third chapter I felt this emphatic quality creeping in, the narrator was wearing on me . Although she has a very nice clear voice and the audio quality is terrific, her voice slowly seemed to morph into employing a overly dramatic - precariously close to melodramatic- presence. The protagonist's immature, judgmental and naive quality gets covered up with this type of narration. By the end of the book I realized I had been mocking Ms. Pearlman to myself with visions of what she must look like speaking this "epoch" into the mike. Yes I made it rather distracting for myself. I had to repeat several of the sections and make myself focus. You however may love it. I hope you do!
Thank you Audible, after years of checking in for FBE here it is!

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  • Kimberly
  • 09-10-11

Long Awaited

I was so happy to finally see this one in audio. I have loved this book since I was a teenager, and enjoyed the audio version very much. Dina Pearlman does a great job, and her voice seems fitting for this book - an ethereal quality about it. Lovely book, lovely narration.

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  • Tera
  • 20-12-13

Enjoyable listen

What did you love best about The Forgotten Beasts of Eld?

This was not my favorite book by Patricia A. McKillip, but it does not take a great story to enjoy her writing. The words in her books have a cadence and poetry to them that often feels like you are listening them from a song in a dream. The narrator does an excellent job of capturing this rhythm in her reading.

Like dreams, the imagery of McKillip's books can often be vivid and full of feeling, but it can also be difficult to track in a coherent story. I feel like I was missing some deeper meaning/metaphor of the Liralen and the Blammor, and so came away from the book feeling slightly dissatisfied.

I would still recommend listening to this book based on the beauty of the writing and the great narration.

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  • Chris Corliss
  • 15-02-16

Romantic near tragedy

full of lovely imagery and long slow visuals. This would make a nice "Willow" like movie. I'm pleased my husband talked me into listening.

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  • Ian Korf
  • 14-06-18

Happy yet unsatisfying ending

The writing style is odd. There’s almost no description of setting. The conflicts are poorly constructed and resolved. Perhaps this was a good book when people were starved for fantasy, but today it isn’t worth the time to listen to.

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  • Rachel C.
  • 05-04-18

Wouldn't call this a romance. Main character void of emotion.

I wouldn't say this is a fantasy book that enthralled me and it was fairly typical in its fantasy elements. But it was pretty good.

The main character was so void of emotion that it was challenging for me to emotionally invest in this book.

I am definitely confused about other reviews calling this a romance. There is a love story, but, again, the main character doesn't really feel emotions much, so how can I invest in the love story if she hardly seems to feel affection?

I wouldn't say this is a bad book and I enjoyed some aspects. It was also an easy read. But overall I'd say it wasn't really worth a credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-17

A favorite brought to deeper meaning

I have loved this author for decades. The narration brought richness and characterization beyond the written word. Brilliant.