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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
  • 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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  • Bruce
  • 09-06-21

Liked it better than Riddle Master

The story did not befuddle me like Riddle Master. Perhaps it is because so much of the plot is revealed in dialog, short and sweet. But that did bring to my attention that individualism in speech patterns did not exist, and no one ever tried to elide a single syllable.

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  • Gayle Smoak Gibbs
  • 19-02-21

Forgotten beasts of eld

This is a wonderful book. It combines a tight plot, good characters and beautifully written prose. I love Patricia McKillip’s early books especially. The language is so poetic and magical. Its a fantasy that stands on its own; no book 2 and book 3, etc. and it not in the least a copy of lord of the rings or the hobbit which so many fantasy books are. Its original, lovely and ive listened and read her books over and over and I discover new things with each reading. I don’t much care for her newest things. They’re too modern and care ridden for me. But i love the older books, such as Atrix wolfe. Her descriptions of food makes me think she is a cook, they’re so very graphic and detailed. Her descriptions of the magical animals are great and the way she brings them to life, especially the boar. And in the middle of the action and the magic she even has a nice love story, which usually i don’t care for, but she melds it into the end in a very pleasing way.

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  • Jeanie Petermann
  • 12-05-20

Old Friend

This book is an old friend. I am so happy to find it on Audible?♥️

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  • Barbara
  • 28-10-19

Beautiful Prose Ruined By Amateur Narration

This is a beautiful, magical story, ruined by the narrator. She gives a lifeless reading of some of the best prose in fantasy, and she blatantly ignores dialogue tags, reading "shouted" lines in a normal tone and "quiet" warnings in a tone of shrill indignation. Don't punish yourself by listening to this horrendous performance, and since this is an "Audible exclusive" I can only urge you to read it in print.

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  • Tom W
  • 07-07-19

Simply beautiful

A book of evocative beauty, as much poetry as prose. If you don’t love it, you should check to see if you have a pulse.

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  • somebodyinspokane
  • 10-02-19

One of the best

This book will show you dreams....l would love to see it a movie...a great work