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Bookoholics Anon

Bookoholics Anon Listener Since 2009

No Pink Ponies

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  • "Fabulous reading, epic story and a ..."

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    I first read this book in 1963, and it was always a great favorite; the layers of Arthurian myth with White's dry wit and time-bending sensibilities as if Camelot were set in circa WWI Great Britain. This version is an admirable reading, Neville Jason provides finely-honed voices and the perfect slightly-ironic intonation that catches the tongue-in-cheek nature of this book. There is a chapter new to me, actually two. The "Mrs Mim" section was absolutely not in my edition, and features a wizard's duel between Mrs Mim and Merlyn. Reminds me of some other book about wizards I've read recently, can't think which one, though. And the Book of Merlyn is at the end, an addition to the version I read, advice to the king from his departing tutor. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this for the most enjoyable listening.

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    The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
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  • The Once and Future King

    "Good, but not unabriged"

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's very well-read, voices are excellently done. And overall, it's a great story.


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    I wish the recording had included everything that was in the book. I read the book once before, a long time ago, and kept waiting for the bit where the Wart visited an ant colony (one of the few things I remember clearly from the time I read it before. It was about 30 years ago now). It never arrived. Thought I was losing my mind. I checked a physical copy of the work, and there it is, beginning of Chapter 13. They also skipped the bit where the Wart, after being turned into an owl and being taught how to fly, is turned into a goose. They probably skipped it because they skipped the ant colony, as this experience is a sharp contrast to the other one.

    If I hadn't known they were missing, I suppose I wouldn't miss those parts at all. But still. I wish a recording wouldn't call itself unabridged when it isn't.

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Damon D. Hickey Wooster, OH USA 06-21-12 Member Since 2011

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  • "Great presentation of a classic story"

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    The reader, David Thorn, takes his time to evoke moods, gives each character a distinctive voice, and speaks with a classic English accent. I listened to the samples of other readers' versions. One didn't create distinctive character voices. Another's way of reading sounded almost like a sneer to me. A third, while avoiding both these problems, spoke at a pace that moved the story forward (resulting in a recording a full hour shorter than this one), but failed to linger long enough over descriptive passages to evoke the mood of each scene. Howard Pyle's book is a classic, the first modern (1883) attempt to bring the various Robin Hood ballads together in a single narrative, while preserving the feel of medieval prose--all the more remarkable because Pyle was American, not English. (Pyle is perhaps best-remembered for his painting and drawing. He taught and influenced several other classic illustrators in the "Brandywine School," including N. C. Wyeth. For "Robin Hood," he provided "medieval" pen-and-ink drawings and decorations, a perfect marriage of image and text.) This is a book I've loved since childhood, and I'm happy to find a reading that does justice to it.

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    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Howard Pyle
    • Narrated By David Thorn
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    Here are American author Howard Pyle's exciting and hilarious tales of Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws, who reigned over Sherwood Forest doing many good deeds for the poor - and deserved misdeeds to the pompous and haughty rich.

    Damon D. Hickey says: "Great presentation of a classic story"

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    Anne of Avonlea: Anne of Green Gables, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by L. M. Montgomery Narrated by Laurie Klein

    Anne of Avonlea: Anne of Green Gables, Book 2

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    • By L. M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Laurie Klein
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    This is the second story in the Anne of Green Gables series. Skinny little red-haired Anne has changed into a pretty 16-year-old and is all grown up - well, sort of grown up. The story opens with Anne as a school teacher at Avonlea school. When Anne reached the school that first morning, she was confronted by prim rows of "shining morning faces". She had sat up until nearly midnight composing a speech which she had revised and improved painstakingly. It was a wonderful speech with fine ideas. And then, she couldn't remember it!

    Susie says: "Good story and perfect narrator"
  • 4.3 (2021 ratings)
    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Frank Baum Narrated by Anne Hathaway

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
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    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
  • 4.4 (592 ratings)
    Around the World in 80 Days (






UNABRIDGED) by Jules Verne Narrated by Jim Dale

    Around the World in 80 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
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    Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

    Gary says: "Fabulous narration for Verne Classic"
  • 4.4 (579 ratings)
    Treasure Island (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Louis Stevenson Narrated by Alfred Molina

    Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
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    Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

    Jessica Kos says: "Wonderful!"
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  • 4.4 (509 ratings)
    Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by A. A. Milne Narrated by Peter Dennis

    Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 1

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    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Peter Dennis
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    Come with us to an Enchanted Place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be. It is painful to try and imagine what the world would be like without them.

    Richard says: "A man's best friend is a bear called Pooh"
  • 4.3 (500 ratings)
    The Outsiders (






UNABRIDGED) by S.E. Hinton Narrated by Jim Fyfe

    The Outsiders

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    • By S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated By Jim Fyfe
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    Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

    A User says: "The Outsiders"
  • 4.3 (425 ratings)
    Peter Pan (






UNABRIDGED) by J.M. Barrie Narrated by Jim Dale

    Peter Pan

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    • By J.M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
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    Fly away with Peter Pan to the enchanted island of Neverland! This first chapter book adaptation of the classic novel, originally published in 1911, tells the story of the boy who never grows up. And when they join Peter on his magical island, Wendy and her brothers are in for exciting encounters with mermaids, an Indian princess, and pirates! Let the amazing adventures begin!

    H. says: "This may not be the story you think you remember"
  • Lord of the Flies (






UNABRIDGED) by William Golding Narrated by William Golding

    Lord of the Flies

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    • By William Golding
    • Narrated By William Golding
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    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    Raisa says: "Great story - bad narration"
  • The Outsiders (






UNABRIDGED) by S.E. Hinton Narrated by Jim Fyfe

    The Outsiders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated By Jim Fyfe
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    Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

    A User says: "The Outsiders"
  • The Once and Future King (






UNABRIDGED) by T. H. White Narrated by Neville Jason

    The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Frank Baum Narrated by Anne Hathaway

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2021)
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    (1874)
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    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
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  • Alice in Wonderland (






UNABRIDGED) by Lewis Carroll Narrated by B.J. Harrison

    Alice in Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
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    Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene. Each character has its own charming voice, as B. J. Harrison delivers one of his most whimsical performances.

    Amazon Customer says: "Such a good narrator!!!"
  • The Secret Garden (






UNABRIDGED) by Frances Hodgson Burnett Narrated by Victoria McGee

    The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
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    Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor - her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach. A beloved classic of children's literature The Secret Garden tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment.

    Matthew says: "Shockingly bad narration"
  • Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know (






UNABRIDGED) by Hamilton Wright Mabie Narrated by Samantha Worthen

    Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Hamilton Wright Mabie
    • Narrated By Samantha Worthen
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    This volume contains a collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works. These immortal tales include "The Enchanted Stag", "Twelve Brothers", "Puss in Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Light Princess", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", and "The Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp".

    Tara says: "Good Stories"
  • Treasure Island (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Louis Stevenson Narrated by Alfred Molina

    Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (579)
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    Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

    Jessica Kos says: "Wonderful!"
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  • Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths: One of the Best-selling Mythology Books of All Time (






UNABRIDGED) by Bernard Evslin Narrated by Todd Haberkorn

    Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths: One of the Best-selling Mythology Books of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bernard Evslin
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
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    Having sold millions of copies in print, Bernard Evslin’s classic retelling of the Greek myths captures the excitement and enchantment of these stories that have influenced many of today’s popular films and novels. Easy to understand and fun to read for both adults and children, it is no wonder this book has been taught in schools all over the world.

    irunea says: "Feels like a bedtime story"
  • Little Women (






UNABRIDGED) by Louisa May Alcott Narrated by Barbara Caruso

    Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
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    Most people know this book from the Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Winona Ryder. Now, introduce them to the sparkling American classic behind the movie: a charming portrait of the joys and hardships of the four sisters in Civil War New England. Separated by the war from their beloved parents, these "little women" struggle to find their place in the world.

    Rachel says: "Glad I waited for this release!"
  • White Fang (






UNABRIDGED) by Jack London Narrated by John Lee

    White Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

    Darwin8u says: "Not just for my Kids or my Youth"
  • Mary Poppins: The Mary Poppins Series, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by P. L. Travers Narrated by Sophie Thompson

    Mary Poppins: The Mary Poppins Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By P. L. Travers
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson
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    Here is the timeless story of Mary Poppins, the world's favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family. Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the Banks children have ever seen. It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins.

    fred says: "For a change the movie is better than the book"
  • The Traveling Companion (






ABRIDGED) by Habs Christian Andersen Narrated by AudioscapePlayers

    The Traveling Companion

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    • By Habs Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By AudioscapePlayers
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    This enchanting tale of the journey taken by a youngster together with his mysterious friend, leads the listener into a unverse of magic and mystery: a princess who is a witch, a giant who likes to eat human eyes, a miserable king, a garden of bones...these are some of the ingredients of this fetching story. An audio-dramatization with full cast, sound effects, and 'audio-ambience' created for you by AudioscapePlayers.

  • The Frog Prince (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Crane Narrated by Phil Chenevert

    The Frog Prince

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    • By Walter Crane
    • Narrated By Phil Chenevert
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    An enchanted frog and his adventures with a beautiful princess - need I say more?

  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Frank Baum Narrated by Phil Chenevert

    Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Phil Chenevert
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    Dorothy is swallowed by an earthquake! And that is just the start of Dorothy's adventures in this exciting and fun audiobook. She and her kitten, Eureka, are on their way home and stop to visit a relative in California. But the earthquake opens the ground under their feet and everyone, including the horse and buggy and her cousin Zeb fall deep, deep into the Earth. Down there they find they can walk on air, but are attacked by the strange and dangerous vegetable creatures. But who should drop in but Dorothy's old friend the Wizard of Oz with nine tiny piglets!

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Frank Baum Narrated by Phil Chenevert

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Phil Chenevert
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    This story chronicles the adventures of a girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz. As Baum says in the introduction "It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out." And it succeeds wonderfully. It is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated.

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  • The Paradise of Children (






UNABRIDGED) by Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrated by David Plinge

    The Paradise of Children

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By David Plinge
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne's re-telling of the story of Pandora, whose curiosity about a sealed box proves to be - well, you'll have to listen! For all ages, not too hard for younger listeners, and not too simple for older ones. From A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls.

  • Disappointment (






UNABRIDGED) by A. A. Milne Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    Disappointment

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    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    In an age where being an apprentice was normal the storyteller has the opportunity to discuss a new writing by 13-year-old Bobby. The conversation inspires the storyteller to complete his own version of the story. The result should bring a smile. Is it possible soap operas came from this short story conversation with the young writer? Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

  • The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (






UNABRIDGED) by Beatrix Potter Narrated by Sharon Hoyland

    The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

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    • By Beatrix Potter
    • Narrated By Sharon Hoyland
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    This charming tale has been enchanting children worldwide for four generations. Brought to life with crisp articulation and beautiful acoustic guitar, everyone will enjoy this updated creation.