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The thrilling international bestseller from Holland, now a Netflix Original Series.

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 epic 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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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.

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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.

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Fantastic!!

I absolutely adored listening to this book! I can't fault it! It was so beautifully read and I really did feel as if I was there, I could see everything so vividly in my mind. It's a wonderful adventure story and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. If you like adventure, Knights and anything fantasy then this is the book for you! I'm really going to miss listening to it.

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Much better than on Netflix

Much better than the Netflix version which completely changed and ruined the story.
Definitely reccomend giving it a liste

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An excellent audiobook.

I loved this audiobook. It is much better than the TV series. The narrator also did a great job. I am sure that this is one of those books that I will eventually relisten to.

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really good yarn

dont bother with the film... it really does not capture the heart of the authors work. indeed whilst fun it bares little relationship to the book. this is a tale which is for the young but has something for all of us. the story is well told .. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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My favorite childhood book come to life

Loved every second of it.
Really brought me back in touch with my favorite childhood pastime. READING.
As a single mother of two small children under the age of 5, I really don't have the time to read anymore. And I do miss it so.

This was my first audiobook ever and it was a real joy listening to one of my all time favorite stories as a child.

I only have one little note, to the narrator, and that is that I found his tempo a little to fast. But luckily this was easily adjusted in the speed setting. Other than that I really enjoyed the narrator's different voices and the feeling that the narrator knew my beloved Tiuri personally and was telling me his story.

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Fabulous adventure story

I can understand why this story is a classic. There are many twists and turns for the hero of the story. I have to be honest though, it took me about 45 minutes to get used to the narrator‘s voice at the start of the book. However, as the story continues, there’s lots of dialogue, and Matt narrates this brilliantly and is a most engaging narrator. All in all a great story to listen to. Can’t wait to listen to the next story!

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A return to a childhood sense of adventure :)

Absolutely loved listening to this story!
The tale is enthralling and heartwarming, as we follow Tuiri on the quest he receives from a mysterious stranger. Matt Addis as the narrator would more properly be called a storyteller, whose diligence with accents and characterisation gives unique life to everyone we meet, and adds a invaluable depth to the tapestry of the land we move through.
Would highly recommend, especially if you ever played at being a knight when you were younger!

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Fantastic

Such a gripping story with pacing and engaging characters that kept me wanting to keep listening. The experience was made all the better by the narrator Matt Addis who performed so many different characters convincingly; giving each region the protagonist travels to a slightly different accent and dialect, with a breadth of character that helped you recognise specific characters voices. Absolutely loved this story and can’t wait to listen to the next instalment!

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Excellent

Fantastic story and very well read. Matt Addis did a great job, but really got into his stride towards the end of the book. Only thing is that he could have committed more in moments of anger (shouting etc). Really enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-20

Matt Addis has a very pleasant voice.

I just couldn't stop listening - it's an easy pleasant story, and you will be right there in the book with them.

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  • julie
  • 23-04-17

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!

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  • Sundhya
  • 16-10-16

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.