The Magic World

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.8 stars; 161 reviews)

Talking cats, birds, fish and bells, wicked fairies, uglified princesses - adventure, magic, and more magic. A delightful collection of stories for children of all ages.

The Magic World is an influential collection of twelve short stories by E. Nesbit. It was first published in book form in 1912 by Macmillan and Co. Ltd., with illustrations by H. R. Millar and Gerald Spencer Pryse. The stories, previously printed in magazines (like Blackie's Children's Annual), are typical of Nesbit's arch, ironic, clever fantasies for children. (Summary by Wikipedia and Ruth Golding) (7 hr 27 min)


01 - I - The Cat-hood of Maurice 43:18 Read by Ruth Golding
02 - II - The Mixed Mine 47:39 Read by Ruth Golding
03 - III - Accidental Magic 59:56 Read by Ruth Golding
04 - IV - The Princess and the Hedge-pig 46:36 Read by Ruth Golding
05 - V - Septimus Septimusson 35:38 Read by Ruth Golding
06 - VI - The White Cat 21:01 Read by Ruth Golding
07 - VII - Belinda and Bellamant 40:36 Read by Ruth Golding
08 - VIII - Justnowland 35:15 Read by Ruth Golding
09 - IX - The Related Muff 17:34 Read by Ruth Golding
10 - X - The Aunt and Amabel 23:16 Read by Ruth Golding
11 - XI - Kenneth and the Carp 42:16 Read by Ruth Golding
12 - XII - The Magician's Heart 34:25 Read by Ruth Golding


Charming tales professionally read/acted

(4.5 stars)

These tales are a mix of traditional fairy tale archetypes with modern (contemporaneous, of course) characters and settings. Touches of humor add irreverence to the otherwise stately tales. The reader must be a professional actress. The characters were consistent, charming and all words were clearly annunciated. Fun, latter-day fairy tales.

Just odd enough

(4.5 stars)

Great bedtime stories for the kids, but I enjoyed listening to them, myself. Ruth's work is superb, as usual.


(5 stars)

Children should love theses stories, The reader was excellent, if one is studying children ‘s lit, this selection should make the list.

(5 stars)

E. Nesbit truly brings forth Magic. Ruth Golding is the best narrator ever, even including those I listen to on Audible.

Superior stories for the child within

(5 stars)

Marvelously acted and narrated by the talented Englishwoman, Ruth Golding.

(5 stars)

Great author and the reader does a magnificent job of bringing the characters to life.

Great book of short stories, great reading preformance

(5 stars)

Edith Nesbit had a great imagination. Her fantasy stories are full of magic that appear in day-to-day situations. Sure to enchant children and make they dream it can happen to them too. From becoming a cat (in The Cat-hood of Maurice), finding a spy-glass that make make everything bigger (in The Mixed-Mine), the princess that gets the help of a hedge-pig in recovering her kingdom (The Princess and the Hedge-pig), a glass cat that saves a boy's home (in The White Cat), to other tales in this book, there are stories for both boys and girls. A timeless classic. The reader (Ruth Golding) performance is as good as professional recordings created in a studio (no background noises and her reading is flawless). She has many fun voices and a few special effects that brings the stories to life.

(5 stars)

the reader has a lovely pleasant voice to listen to and brings the text alive by creating different voices for the characters. The stories are delightful vintage fairy stories created by E Nesbit