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Summary

One of the most successful and beloved Victorian fairy tales... The Princess and the Goblin is the story of Princess Irene and her friend Curdie, who come face to face with the dreaded mountain goblins. This children's fantasy novel was originally published in 1872. It uses subtle layers of symbolism to tell a story of courage and honor.

Public Domain (P)2014 Oasis Audio

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  • Brad Bramblett
  • 25-03-17

Enjoyable listen to

Who was your favorite character and why?

Curdie and Princess Irene. They complement each other well enough, even when they (quite litterally) don't see eye-to-eye on a subject. Curdie's strong and smart from working in the mines his whole life, and thus much more informed on the situation they're dealing with. While Irene, having been kept safe in her castle is a little more naive, but learns quickly.

What about Brooke Heldman’s performance did you like?

Her voice is very soothing to listen to, and she does a great narrative on attempting different voices for each character and it sounds like she's actually nestling down to read the book to a child before bedtime.

Any additional comments?

Having attempted to read a copy of this book and misplacing it shortly after the animated film was released years ago, it's nice to be able to finish it, having found it available on Audible.The story is every bit as entertaining here as it was when I was first introduced to it, though I still have questions involving Irene's grandmother that never truly get answered by either version.It's also interesting to notice the differences between the book and movie; Irene's name having been pronounced as if the "E" at the end were a "Y" or "Ie" in the movie, Hairlip's name being Froglip and the Goblin Queen his real mother rather than a stepmother, the actual ages of Curdie and the Princess being given, Curdie's song is completely different, everyone knows the goblins exist except Irene, rather than only the miners, etc. These didn't detract from my enjoyment, but gave me a moment of pause, realizing how different they were. I half expected to learn that Hairlip's mother and the grandmother were somehow one and the same, but I'm glad they didn't take that route, though she remains the most mysterious character in the story; is she real, a dream, a ghost, a witch, an enchantress? We don't know! Clearly the princess isn't going mad, because her father and Curdie's mother have both seen the old woman. This just adds to the confusion of who or what she really is.Finally, the story is fun to listen to. Curdie meets a couple of women out on the road after dark, notices the Goblins are out and about, and scares the goblins off, learning the younger girl is the princess, he leads them home to safety, taking notice that the Goblins aren't happy with his interference, he finds his way into their domain to discover what they were really doing. His adventures, and those of the princess's bring them to a point where their paths cross once more, this time, she rescues him. They soon find they're both in over their heads with a common enemy. It's your standard "boy-meets-and-rescues-the-princess" fair, but when you've got characters that you can invest in, that never gets old, no matter how many times it's told.

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  • Eugene
  • 14-10-16

Excellent spiritual allegory well read

We thoroughly enjoyed the story with our three youngest children (5-7-10) while driving to visit family in Florida. Very interesting at several different levels.

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  • Lis
  • 03-04-16

A Classic Adventure Charmingly Narrated

One could easily imagine being told this story by a grown up Irene. Brooke Heldman does a fine job, creating a voice for each character, and clearly narrating the sentences between. I have trouble reading books myself, from headaches to dyslexia that have only gotten worse over the years. So my childhood copy of this book sits on the shelf, but I will be listening to this version again and again.

The Princess and The Goblin is one of my rereads.... Stories I reread at least once per year....though this one usually gets re-listened to more often. I love following Curdie into the mountain and the Princess up the stairs to meet her many greats, very old, grandmother who let the princess have her name and shines a moon like light to guide wayward travelers and birds alike. A timeless tale for all ages.

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  • tlb03
  • 08-11-15

Not like this anymore

A throwback to a good place. The narrator threw herself into her work. Bravo! Excellent!

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  • Rachel
  • 05-03-18

Not as Good as I Hoped but Not Bad

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Honestly the story of this book was a little slow at times. Think I might speed up the pace and make it a little more packed with action if I was writing this book in the current time. As for this audiobook I would probably choose a different narrator or make it a multi-narration audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the writing style of Mr. MacDonald. It was lyrical but not silly or too dark like most fairy tales.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Brooke Heldman?

Honestly I don't think I would. Some of her narrated voices were too similar and squeaky to listen to. This is a reason it took me much longer to finish this audiobook. Maybe if she used her normal voice I would give her another shot but I'm not sure. The best voice she narrated in this book Great Great Grandmother Irene when she wasn't using there normal voice.

Do you think The Princess and the Goblin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I have mixed feelings about whether this book needs a follow-up. I definitely want to see Curdie and Princess Irene as a couple when they are older but it isn't absolutely necessary to have another book just for this sole purpose.

Any additional comments?

I would give this audiobook a 3.75 rating out of 5 overall. If someone asked if they should just buy this audiobook I would say to get a print or digital copy to read along with this audio copy. I did and it helps with the enjoyment. Don't be afraid to speed the book up either. It greatly helped me.

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  • Adele Lemmon
  • 13-02-18

An entertaining kids story, but speed it up

I enjoyed the story, great for kids, full of virtue and excitement, short with a lot of things left to the imagination, little explanation about the world of the story and various characters in it but enough to keep you interested and entertained. However the speed needs 1.7 to listen, VERY slow reader.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-17

Narrator was...

The narrator was pleasant to listen to, but the voice which she portrayed the princess at suggested an age of 3 or 4 instead of 8 as the princess was. Good story, though.

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  • Hannah Harris
  • 18-07-17

Wonderful Children's Story Adults Will Love

I was concerned I would not enjoy the narrator's voice. But as the story went on, I found I really liked it, especially for the two main characters. The story can be enjoyed by children, but there are many lessons and ideas that adults will understand better. I highly recommend this book!

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  • JamieLynn
  • 26-06-17

Great classic story!

Any additional comments?

Brooke Heldman was a great reader, however her voice and tone is suited for a princess bedtime story. My boys (11 and 8) had a hard time getting into the story until the goblins showed up. This version may be better suited for girls and younger children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-17

excellent

This is a great story! It is one of those rarer types in which you cannot be sure where it is all headed. My four, six and eight year olds all enjoyed it too. There is a neat question raised of how one comes to believe in things unseen. It is not preachy at all; the characters gradually uncover the truth.