The Light Princess and Other Fairy Tales

Read by Clive Catterall

(4.7 stars; 57 reviews)

George MacDonald claimed that he did not write for children, but for the child-like. Some of his longer works are clearly intended for adults, and this fantastic fiction influenced later writers such as G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. But you can find some of his best writing in the stories aimed squarely at children, and these are three of the finest.

The Light Princess. A wicked aunt curses her baby niece so that gravity has no effect on her, and she floats through the air as if it were water.The only way to break the curse is to make the princess cry.

The Giant's Heart. Two children argue and run away to Giantland. There they find out that one of the Giants steals children from the land of men and eats them, but how can they kill the Giant when he has hidden his heart where no one can find it?

The Golden Key. A boy discovers a Golden Key, but cannot find the lock. He meets a girl, and together they search for the land from where the shadows fall, hoping that the key will allow them in. Summary by Clive Catterall)

(3 hr 30 min)


The Light Princess - Part 1 23:56 Read by Clive Catterall
The Light Princess - Part 2 30:19 Read by Clive Catterall
The Light Princess - Part 3 27:09 Read by Clive Catterall
The Light Princess - Part 4 16:32 Read by Clive Catterall
The Giant's Heart - Part 1 21:16 Read by Clive Catterall
The Giant's Heart - Part 2 22:57 Read by Clive Catterall
The Golden Key - Part 1 30:37 Read by Clive Catterall
The Golden Key - Part 2 37:43 Read by Clive Catterall


Excellent Reading of Lovely Stories

(5 stars)

Thank you for your lively reading of The Light Princess and Other Fairy Tales. When my mp3 player died and I had to wait till the next day to hear the end of The Giant's Heart I was left on tenterhooks. I enjoyed every second. An entertaining set of Fairy Tales by George MacDonald. I've read other things by the same author and not enjoyed them, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this collection of stories both humourous and heart-warming.

Too Nonsensical for Me

(2 stars)

These stories just seemed too wacky for my tastes. I felt like I was listening to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I just couldn't make much sense of them, especially The Golden Key. I'm sure plenty of other listeners would enjoy this collection, but I can't say I did.

excellent narration wonderful stories

(5 stars)

The light princess is a favorite I listen to over and over again. Never get tired of the voice of Clive Caterall.

Very Strange

(3 stars)

Creepy & strange tales, especially The Golden Key. However, wonderful reading by Clive Catterall, who reminds me of Kenneth Branagh.

(5 stars)

Mr. Catterall does an excellent job; wish he would read more lots more. The book is wonderful, as is all George McDonald.

love the voice and the stories. classics. listened again and again

(4.5 stars)

wonderful fairy tales by the master of the fairytellers

(5 stars)

Well read Sir

(5 stars)

very well read book Mr Catterall