The Last Unicorn

Books on Tape. Jul. 2022. 8:10 hrs. ISBN 9780593610824. $76. FANTASY
Fanciful, fun, and timeless, Beagle’s classic fantasy may be over five decades old, but it remains just as fresh as when it was first published in 1968. When a unicorn ventures out of her forest, she realizes she can’t remember the last time she saw another unicorn—where have they all gone? She goes on a quest to discover where they are, teaming up with a hapless magician and an earnest peasant woman who is content to go along for the ride. The trio venture to King Haggard’s kingdom, where rumor has it that a red bull has trapped all the unicorns. Beagle is a master wordsmith and the tale is beautifully, even poetically, written. Orlagh Cassidy masterfully narrates the story, bringing an expressive warmth that will help listeners lose themselves in the lush fantasy world. This audio edition also includes a new introduction by Patrick Rothfuss, a giant in the fantasy genre, who waxes poetic about “his favorite book ever.”
VERDICT This enchanting book is perfect for readers who love The Princess Bride, Ella Enchanted, and other whimsical fantasy stories. Filled with heroes, noble quests, magical creatures, curses, and unforgettable characters, it is an unforgettable listen for all ages.
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