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This is a much overlooked jem from a great children's author. I was read it and never forget how much I enjoyed the adventure. It is a perfect story for all the family.
The narrator is very good but the chapter announcements punch a hole in the flow that brakes the immersion into the world of the boys.
What did you like most about The Lost Prince?
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.
What does David Thorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
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.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
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.
Any additional comments?
Suspend disbelief and listen to it! It's a gem
Is there anything you would change about this book?
This book gets you hooked in the first half as you imagine all sorts of delicious directions of possible development. Sadly, the the second half leaves you wishing the first half wasn't so good... so you don't feel like you need to finish it. The ending is so obvious that you really don't need to read it, because your imagination will probably be better anyways. Also, the strong Christian symbolism is muddled by the addition of strong Buddhist mysticism in the second half. It would have been better to stick to one or the other, especially since pure Buddhism is not accurately represented by the theology/mysticism portrayed in this book and trying to couple it with Christianity seems to represent a misunderstanding of the end goal of both religions.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The first half of this book promises an epic adventure with wit and wisdom. Unfortunately you don't realize that you reached the climax until it's over as the ending is something you knew would happen after the first chapter.
What about David Thorn’s performance did you like?
David Thorn's performance is excellent, but not miraculous. Sometimes the voices of the Rat and Marco are easily confused as Marco's whisper sounds just like the Rat's talking (The Rat is a boy, not a furry rodent - no talking animals).
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I hope this book is never made into a movie because the potential for the over-eager movie industry to make it worse is too great. They would remove the innocence, which is the main redeeming quality, and replace it with bickering and whiny drama. The positive addition of some good action scenes would not be enough to compensate.
Any additional comments?
Don't get this book for your kids as it will only confuse them. I encourage a listen out of curiosity, but anyone who wishes to save a precious credit for something awesome should turn somewhere else. If you like this author, try The Little Princess or The Secret Garden.
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The plot was set perfectly. I loved the twists set with the Rat and the travels they undertook.