The Lost Prince
Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
Date: January 2005
Duration: 11 hours 9 minutes
The wonderful adventure story of two boys, one the son of a mysterious impoverished grandee and the other the handicapped son of a n'eer-do-well drunkard. The boys together travel thru Europe on a Secret Mission and help wrest a fictitious country called ""Samavia"" from its wicked rulers and place the legendary and rightful heir on the throne denied the dynasty for over 500 years.
"In every nook and cranny, high and low, they sought for him...he had vanished as a star vanishes when it drops from its place in the sky." From the author of such children's classics as The Secret Garden and A Little Princess comes this enchanting story of a young boy discovering his true destiny.
Twelve-year-old Marco knows he is being trained for something, but he isn't sure what. All his life he has traveled with his father in secrecy, learning many languages and the ways of a gentleman, but forbidden to speak about their country of origin, Samavia. Samavia has been fraught with war for the last five hundred years, ever since the prince mysteriously disappeared. But now, there is hope that peace may come at last, as it has been rumored that a descendant of the lost prince may have been found. And Marco is about to take on a secret quest that will change everything for his family and his country.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 01: The New Lodgers At No. 7 Philibert Place
Chapter 02: A Young Citizen Of The World
Chapter 03: The Legend Of The Lost Prince
Chapter 04: The Rat
Chapter 05: ""Silence Is Still The Order""
Chapter 06: The Drill And The Secret Party
Chapter 07: ""The Lamp Is Lighted!""
Chapter 08: An Exciting Game
Chapter 09: ""It Is Not A Game""
Chapter 10: The Rat--And Samavia
Chapter 11: ""Come With Me""
Chapter 12: ""Only Two Boys""
Chapter 13: Loristan Attends A Drill Of The Squad
Chapter 14: Marco Does Not Answer
Chapter 15: A Sound In A Dream
Chapter 16: The Rat To The Rescue
Chapter 17: ""It Is A Very Bad Sign""
Chapter 18: ""Cities And Faces""
Chapter 19: ""That Is One!""
Chapter 20: Marco Goes To The Opera
Chapter 21: ""Help!""
Chapter 22: The Night Vigil
Chapter 23: The Silver Horn
Chapter 24: ""How Shall We Find Him?""
Chapter 25: A Voice In The Night
Chapter 26: Across The Frontier
Chapter 27: ""It Is The Lost Prince! It Is Ivor!""
Chapter 28: ""Extra! Extra! Extra!""
Chapter 29: 'Twixt Night And Morning
Chapter 30: The Game Is At An End
Chapter 31: ""The Son Of Stefan Loristan""
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was an English-born author of romances and books for children. After moving to America in 1865 she established a popular reputation with the publication of That Lass o'Lowries in 1877. She is best known for such stories as Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, and The Secret Garden.
Reviews for Alcazar AudioWorks' production of The Lost Prince
"A Christian story of patriotism, courage, honor, and charity, The Lost Prince...will appeal especially to young boys but is a wonderful book for family listening...David Thorn, the book's reader, does a convincing job (without being too theatrical) performing each character's voice."-Faith & Family
David Thorn performed this tale as if he had written it; a once upon a time, gritty, long, long ago and definitely not a Shirley Temple version. His voice has a grand log fire, rocking chair, candlelight, weathered quality to it. One can hear the smile in his tones. I changed my mind a few times about this book. I finally settled on liking it, but it is not on par with ""The Secret Garden"" or ""A Little Princess"". However, many books I enjoy fall short of the merits of those works. In any case, Frances Hodgson Burnett was no sentimentalist.
The story is set before WWI shook the foundations of many royal houses of Europe in a time of secret societies, assignation plots and counter plots. After showing themselves up to the task, the heroes, two young boys are sent on a mission carrying a secret message which signals the start of a revolt against a bloody tyrant of a small country. A bit surprising considering the period, one of the boys is a cripple, from polio I surmise. I don't recall another such in the role of hero from literature of the time.
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