The Magic City

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.7 stars; 76 reviews)

Philip and Lucy discover that the city Philip has built using toys, books and household objects, has come alive. This is the account of their incredible adventures in those magical lands, where they meet characters from books and history, mythical beasts, and many other nice (and not so nice) people and creatures.

As with all Edith Nesbit's tales, The Magic City has generous helpings of humour, imagination and interesting ideas, as well as the over-arching story of how a boy and girl who have unwillingly become step-brother and sister eventually learn to like each other.

This is a story that works on many levels and will be equally enjoyed by adults and children. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

(7 hr 37 min)


01 - Chapter I: The Beginning 40:34 Read by Ruth Golding
02 - Chapter II: Deliverer or Destroyer 45:25 Read by Ruth Golding
03 - Chapter III: Lost 39:45 Read by Ruth Golding
04 - Chapter IV: The Dragon-slayer 51:54 Read by Ruth Golding
05 - Chapter V: On the Carpet 40:46 Read by Ruth Golding
06 - Chapter VI: The Lions in the Desert 36:21 Read by Ruth Golding
07 - Chapter VII: The Dwellers by the Sea 41:45 Read by Ruth Golding
08 - Chapter VIII: Ups and Downs 37:35 Read by Ruth Golding
09 - Chapter IX: On The 'Lightning Loose' 36:52 Read by Ruth Golding
10 - Chapter X: The Great Sloth 41:27 Read by Ruth Golding
11 - Chapter XI: The Night Attack 22:46 Read by Ruth Golding
12 - Chapter XII: The End 22:02 Read by Ruth Golding


Great childrens story for actual children and children at heart

(5 stars)

This book had everything I love in a good read, a great story, suspence, likable characters and comedy. The reader was awesome, there were alot of characters for her to do and she had alot of voices. great job.

comforting and clever

(4.5 stars)

I enjoyed this book very much. it reminded me of stories I read as a child. Ruth is an amazing narrator as well.

Love this book!

(4 stars)

This is one of my favorite E. Nesbit books because it's so imaginative and yet everything fits together really well.

(5 stars)

Humorous and charming story about adventure and acceptance of life's changes. Ruth Golding shows some of her best voice acting skills with this wide variety of characters.

(5 stars)

I just have to say Ruth Golding is my favorite reader...she makes all the stories really come alive!! i enjoyed this book as well makes me want to be a kid again and live in my imagination freely!

(5 stars)

I cannot say enough. the story was beautiful. the Auther work was excellent. and the story teller! what can I say? I was in love in the first chapter.

Excellent story

(4 stars)

Ruth Golding again does a wonderful job reading a delightful story. Don't you wonder what it would be like for one of your "play cities" to become real? And from the sand castles at the shore to the stacks of blocks, everything here has been built by Philip. A very creative and exciting story.

I Really Enjoyed This Book

(5 stars)

Imagine his surprise when the city comes to life! On top of that, his 'friend' Lucy, who he really doesn't like, ends up missing in the city. Feeling guilty, he embarks on a quest to rescue her and learns some lessons along the way. This book is wonderful, the reader is fabulous and has a very talented voice, and the story is sweet without being mushy. It is worth a listen.