Recommended Age Range
9 and Older
A Thought-Provoking Story
Reviewed By: Daniel R. Ziegler
The combination of Focus on the Family's world-class expertise in producing audio dramas and George MacDonald's keen insight into God's relationship with His creation is outstanding. I can't think of a better way to wrestle with the really deep questions this story raises than to listen to it. While the book is fantastic, it is somewhat dated by the time since it was published. This presentation, however, is easy to follow and truly brings the characters to life.
In the story, a sickly young man named Diamond (Pax Baldwin), though a source of joy to those around him, lives in dire circumstances with his father, a London cab driver. However, when Lady North Wind (Juliet Stevenson) whisks him away from his hovel on an adventure, his spirits rise. He experiences strange and mysterious places and wild and wonderful beasts and people, but in it all the audience is left wondering what exists in reality and what exists only in the boy's fevered mind.
"At the Back of the North Wind" is a parable and an allegory that inspired such great writers as CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. While the loftier allegorical concepts of the tale will float over children's heads, adults will find engaging and thought-provoking ideas throughout. The story is joyful and engaging so it is excellent to listen to for entertainment, but it's hard to
avoid thinking and dreaming as you do so.