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Jefferson

Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan Member Since 2010

I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.

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  • "A PURE PLEASURE"

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    This was a wonderful listen! The chapters (linked short stories) recount how Robin Hood comes to be an outlaw in Sherwood Forest, meets the key members of his band, and merrily adventures with them in and around Sherwood Forest in twelfth-century England. Howard Pyle's book has many impressive and pleasing points, among them:

    exciting story-telling, rollicking lust for life, savory conversations, compelling songs, apt aphorisms, beautiful descriptions of nature, irreverent chastising of corrupt authority figures, interesting figures of speech (comparing, for example, the swift passing of Robin's anger to a breath on a window pane or the slow brain of a cobbler to a ball of unbaked bread dough), great humor (ranging from comical slapstick to witty banter and funny irony), and thoughtful movement from the light-hearted merriment of youth to the joy and grief of nostalgic maturity.

    Christopher Cazenove reads with a clear voice and a charming manner and an effective range of accents and moods for the various characters, among them the good-hearted and stout Robin, the brawny and faithful Little John, the refined Will Scarlet, the querulous Sheriff of Nottingham, and the bestial bandit Guy of Gisbourne. Cazenove even remains in each character's voice as he sings the occasional catchy or lovely folk ballads. He infuses his reading with such meaning, humor, and life that listening to this audiobook was a pure pleasure that made me smile and laugh and finally moved me to tears.

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    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard Pyle
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
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    Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws, who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors. Follow along as Robin makes his breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while classic characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John create one hilarious escapade after another.

    Jefferson says: "A PURE PLEASURE"
  • "A Great Dramatization with a Perfec..."

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    This is an excellent dramatization of A. A. Milne's delightful classic book about Pooh, the bear of little brain, and his quirky friends. The different voice actors are perfect, with standouts being Judi Dench as one of the two narrators, Jane Horrocks as the husky, high-voiced Piglet, and Geoffrey Palmer as the appealingly gloomy Eeyore. Stephen Fry does a sturdy Pooh, though at times I had the uncanny impression of Fry himself standing before me rather than Pooh bear. Two narrators, one male, one female, narrate the chapters, switching back and forth repeatedly and rapidly, and after about the first chapter, I found myself enjoying the switches, as though I were being read to by two ideally witty and warm parents or grand-parents at the same time. The piano music that begins or closes chapters and accompanies Pooh's "hums" is pleasant and appropriate. The sound effects help the listener to imagine the scenes without distracting him/her from the savory text. And the dramatization doesn't abridge much; from what I could tell (by comparing the first chapter in the book with the first one in the audiobook), the dramatizers include pretty much all of Milne's words and chapters except for occasional dialogue tags that are conveyed well enough by the different voice actors.

    It was very entertaining to listen to this book; I often found myself smiling and chuckling at the foolish and charming exploits of Pooh and company and wishing the book would not end.

    By the way, I tried the samples of Peter Dennis reading the unabridged Pooh books and was completely turned off by the bizarre grunting-farting noise that punctuates all of Piglet's utterances. Jane Horrocks is much much MUCH more appealingly Piglet-y.

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    Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
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    Here is an award-winning production with an all-star cast, bringing to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time. This is a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

    Jefferson says: "A Great Dramatization with a Perfect Piglet"
  • "A Charming, Savory, Perfect Pooh Dr..."

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    This is a charming, delightful, savory, perfect dramatization of about half of The House at Pooh Corner, with the following chapters from the original book:

    1. In which Rabbit Has a Busy Day
    2. In which Pooh Invents a New Game
    3. In Which It Is Shown that Tiggers Don't Climb Trees
    4. In Which a Search is Organdised
    5. In Which Piglet Does a Very Grand Thing

    The British actors are excellent at reading their parts, especially the narrators (two, a male and a female one, take turns) and Piglet and Eeyore. They infuse such wit and personality and understanding into their readings that the stories really come to life, making me smile and chuckle. The only words I could detect being abridged in the dramatization are certain dialogue tags like "Pooh said…"

    If only the companion book, Tigger Comes to the Forest, had the chapters that are advertised for it, together it would make with Pooh Invents a New Game a complete House at Pooh Corner… But check my review of Tigger Comes to the Forest for details about what's wrong with it.

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    Winnie the Pooh: Pooh Invents a New Game (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Georffrey Palmer, and others
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    A wonderful adaption of Winnie the Pooh, featuring an all star cast including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench. Story 1: In which Rabbit has a busy day. Story 2: In which Pooh invents a new game. Story 3: In which it is shown that Tiggers don't climb trees. Story 4: In which a search is organised. Story 5: In which Piglet does a very grand thing.

    Jefferson says: "A Charming, Savory, Perfect Pooh Dramatization"
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  • The Once and Future King

    "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"

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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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Kelly Woodbridge, VA, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2011

I am a lover of good stories, a mom, a wife, and an educator.

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  • "Hated for it to End"

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    My children (ages 10 and 6) and I recently listened to The Secret Garden. The narrator (Finola Hughes) was lovely. I loved her delivery of the characters' voices, especially those with Yorkshire accents. It affected my children such that they were practicing their accents and talking to each other using Yorkshire expressions in the days we were listening to the book!

    The story is as rich and full of life as the secret garden itself. I longed to meet the characters personally and experience the same magic they children felt in the garden.

    All three of us hated for the book to end.

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    The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Finola Hughes
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    Few children's classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, "the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor.

    Kelly says: "Hated for it to End"

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    • By Dr. Seuss
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    • By Rudyard Kipling
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    • By Rudyard Kipling
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    Jacob Grimm (Hanau, actual Alemania, 1785-Berlín, 1863) y Wilhelm Grimm (Hanau, 1786-Berlín, 1859). Cuentistas y filólogos alemanes. Conocidos sobre todo por sus colecciones de canciones y cuentos populares, así como por los trabajos de Jacob en la historia de la lingüística y de la filología alemanas, eran los dos hermanos mayores de un total de seis, hijos de un abogado y pastor de la Iglesia Calvinista.contiene 2 cuentos Hanz el erizo, Jack y las habichuelas magicas.

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  • The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter

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    • By Beatrix Potter
    • Narrated By Emily Hart
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    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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