What happens when a cat turns into a man? Find out in one of the best action-packed fantasies that deal with the good and bad sides of being a human. Get ready for an audio book Lloyd Alexander style!
Lloyd Alexander was given to fantasizing in his young age about the distant lands, bygone eras and mythological heroes of the stature of King Arthur and their adventures. Most of his books are of fantasy genre. Fantasy stuff in his novels is enjoyed both by the young and the old in equal measure. “The cat named Lionel gets the feel of walking on two legs like a human.
This happens when his magician-owner at last grants his wish and turns him into a man…” Welcome to the world of audio books Lloyd Alexander! The Tale of Taran The assistant pig keeper, Taran, has since long been entertaining readers with his fantastic tales. Taking the mythical land of Prydain – the Horned King – as the background, Lloyd Alexander’s book blends the hero’s journey from an amorphous boy to a valiant young man.
Taran, the pig keeper is frustrated at home situated in the hamlet Caer Dallben. His dream is to fight battles like Prince Gwydion, his hero. At the end, Taran meets his hero and combats the wicked leader who terrorizes the peace of Prydain. Alexander’s Skills Comes to Light in the Tale of Taran The artistic use of humor by Alexander imparts life to the tale of Taran. His way of personalizing the mythology is distinct.
He mocks at Taran at points when the pig keeper acts in the most heroic and highhanded manner. When Taran and Eilonwy, the young girl, flee the wicked queen Achren’s castle, the conversation between both of them depicts a skillful play of words and emotions by Alexander. At the end of the tale, Alexander has woven an intriguing hero’s story and produced an undeniable coming-of-age tale.
“The Book of Three” is the first of the series of chronicles of Prydain. The Best of Alexander’s Young Adult Fantasies. “The Iron Ring” and the “Welsh Mythology” are among the perfectly written books on fiction for young adults. In “The Iron Ring”, Alexander experiments with a completely new storyline based on the Indian mythology.
The Black Cauldron One of his notable books in an audio book version The Black Cauldron, a Newbery horror book for children illustrates the audio characteristics of his books. In some ways a darker story then the “The Book of Three”, it is also stronger. Taran Wanderer Another of Lloyd’s book is “Taran Wanderer. In this story the main protagonist Tarn goes out in search of his forebears, especially his real father.
In course of his wanderings he learns that the appearances of persons are often deceptive and the things ultimately do not turn out what they seem to be. He has to face many hardships in his fight against the Evil. This book is an excellent allegory of a young man in search of his true identity and roots. Taran Wanderer offers a brilliant listening for both the young and the old.
Other Titles Some of Lloyd’s other important audio books are The Arkadians, The Book of Three, The Castle of Llyrand ˜The Cat Who Wished to be a Man, an action packed fantasy, in which Lionel the cat is granted a wish by his magician and gets a taste of what it is to be like a man and walk on two legs. The cat experiences both the dark and the bright side of being a human being.
The story, a parable, is replete with humor, high spirits and compassion. The vivid word pictures in his books are brought to life by a cast of talented actors who give voice to the multitude of characters. Alexander has received many prestigious awards including a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor Award, a National Book Award, and several IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Awards. Since his works enjoy huge readership, his books have been digitized into audio versions.
Read by James Langton the audio rendering creates an intense involvement and excitement for the reader as Langton’s character voices are colored with a multitude of accents.