The wonderful adventure story of two boys, one the son of a mysterious impoverished grandee and the other the handicapped son of a n'eer-do-well drunkard. The boys together travel thru Europe on a Secret Mission and help wrest a fictitious country called "Samavia" from its wicked rulers and place the legendary and rightful heir on the throne denied the dynasty for over 500 years.
“In every nook and cranny, high and low, they sought for him…he had vanished as a star vanishes when it drops from its place in the sky.” From the author of such children’s classics as The Secret Garden and A Little Princess comes this enchanting story of a young boy discovering his true destiny.
Twelve-year-old Marco knows he is being trained for something, but he isn’t sure what. All his life he has traveled with his father in secrecy, learning many languages and the ways of a gentleman, but forbidden to speak about their country of origin, Samavia. Samavia has been fraught with war for the last five hundred years, ever since the prince mysteriously disappeared. But now, there is hope that peace may come at last, as it has been rumored that a descendant of the lost prince may have been found. And Marco is about to take on a secret quest that will change everything for his family and his country.
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) was an English-born author of romances and books for children. After moving to America in 1865 she established a popular reputation with the publication of That Lass o’ Lowries in 1877. She is best known for such stories as Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, and The Secret Garden.
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A book for the whole family.
A gem of a book, and a thumping good story
I loved this book as a child, and always found its wonderful passion and boys own adventure storyline unexpected after books like the Secret Garden and A Little Princess (which I also loved). I wasn't sure how it would hold up, listening to it as an adult after so many years, but it remains my favourite in all her works, and one of the most engaging audio books I have listened to in ages. Thumping good story, if one suspends cynicism about the nature of all rulers and regimes, and I particularly appreciated the character of the Rat.
My heart sank when I heard the intro and chapter headings read by a lady whose voice really did not suite the material. But then, thank goodness, David Thorn started to read the content. He has a slightly archaic accent, and it was like having the book read by someone who lived during the times in which the book was set. He's a great reader who really seemed to enjoy and relate to the storyline and characters, and did good voices and accents for the characters. Added a lot to the experience.
Yes, I was away on holiday and had an absolutely delightful time listening to this over a couple of days while knitting and looking at a splendid view.
Suspend disbelief and listen to it! It's a gem
- AMG, London