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The Little White Horse

Written by: Elizabeth Goudge
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins

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Publisher's Summary

It is 1842 and Maria Merryweather, a 13-year-old orphan is on her journey to the mysterious Moonacre Manor. There she finds herself in a crumbling house of secrets and mystery in a world caught up in time.

Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and she has only until the next full moon to undo the misdeeds of her ancestors and save the Moonacre estate from disappearing forever. Although she is aided by a stable of wonderful characters and magical beasts, it is only by self-sacrifice and perseverance that she will be able to succeed. And of course, with a good pinch of magic, Maria is able to save Moonacre, right the wrongs, reunite lost loves and finally bring peace to the valley.

Read by Juliet Stevenson who plays Miss Heliotrope in the 2008 movie based on the book The Secret of Moonacre.

©1946 Gerald Kealey (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • P O.
  • 26-05-16

Abridged too far

What a pity that this book is short on content and form. I remember it being read to me, when I was 10, and it literally enchanted me! Every word had meaning and painted a portrait of the persons, their adventures, their surroundings. You could almost see the book. This quality is totally gone, so has the magic. The storyline is followed drudgingly and grudgungly, with omission of all personal talking to,other persons and sometimes themselves. Never boring. It gave cachet, brilliance and humour to the tale told.
Indeed a grave mistake. A great pity also of Stevenson's very suitable soft voice. Two birds with clipped wings, the book and the narrator.

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  • Margaret
  • 12-02-17

Thank you for this!

Thank you so much for having this audiobook in! I have always loved the Little White Horse, and I'm so happy it's available for the blind. The abridgement worked very well.

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  • Bastet Pybus
  • 09-10-09

Lovely reading of wonderful book

This was the perfect comfort listen - but left me longing for an unabridged recording by the peerless Juliet Stevenson. Why not record the full book? There are so many favourite bits missing from this version.

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  • careful shopper
  • 16-02-11

Should be unabreridged

Most disappointing. Much of the beauty of this book has been cut out only leaving the bare story I would rather wait to give a child the complete book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-16

too short

Did not realise it was abridged, felt disappointed as I read the book as a girl.

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  • Pauline
  • 28-08-10

As good as I remembered.

From the day my teacher read this book to me it has stayed in my mind. He read it with so much passion and admitted it was one of his favourites. He said just because we become adults there is no reason to not read it then. He was right and I enjoyed it all over again. A kid again.... yes, so what!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-19

Elizabeth Goudge

Such a lovely book. Could we have more by this author? Some of her adult books.

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  • Ms. G. Lewis
  • 29-09-18

A childhood favourite

Juliet Stevenson reads this so well: she creates a unique voice for each character. So special is her adaptation, that I had misremembered it as being dramatised! But the story is a childhood classic, full of magic and wonder! Enjoy!

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  • J. Eyre
  • 07-07-18

I love this

This is the best book ever!!!! I love it so much

Ingrid Baxter
Sophia Baxter

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  • Steve B
  • 06-04-18

The Little White Horse

I love it, but I wish it had included Maria and Robin's quarrel like the non-edited version

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  • sarra cooper
  • 17-06-19

utterly charming

This is the definition of a cosy read! Although there is adventure and peril a lot of the emphasis is on the home comforts such as log fires, mountains of food and good company. Perfect for a rainy day!

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  • paula king
  • 15-04-17

excellent adaptation of a childhood favourite

I can only wish that this wasn't a full version of the book! Juliet Stevenson spoke brilliantly and with emotions to match what was happening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-19

A little disappointing

I love and have my own hard copy of this book and was looking forward to hearing this. Imagine my disappointment when I found it was the abridged version. While I don't dismiss the talent of the narrator I wasn't aware that the version I was purchasing was abridged. A lot of the magic and wonder of the original was lost.

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  • Katareena
  • 22-10-16

loved it

this book has it all wonder, fantasy, romance action , happy ending edge of the seat themes