The narration falls far beneath Jim Weiss reading Beatrix Potter or Just So Stories, but the appeal of the story and its characters was very strong for my children.
The Secret Garden, a sad and tragic tale in the beginning, contains such memorable characters that the children couldn't wait to see what happened to them.
Her management of the different accents was acceptable, but in general the story telling quality of her voice was lacking. I found it noticeably awkward and distracting, but the children, the intended audience, once they became interested in the story, didn't seem to mind at all.
This is a completely irrelevant question.
I bought this quickly one day before an long car trip. There were several unabridged versions available and I bought the cheapest one. It might have been worth it to buy a more expensive version as the narration was the only thing lacking in this purchase.
We're so happy with this purchase. We love all the D'Aulaire books and have spent many happy hours with them, but, I must admit, the Book of Greek Myths was a bit of a trying experience to read. All the many names of the Greek Gods and Goddesses left me tongue tied, but the illustrations were so compelling that the children (8, 6 & 5) requested it again and again. It was such a joy to happen upon a flawlessly enunciated, unabridged recording. We often listen to it while following along with the book. Its been a great way to share these stories and now we all know how to pronounce the names!
We purchased this as it was recommended on our first grade reading list. What a treasure! Kipling regales everyone with "origin" stories such as "How the Whale got his Throat" and "How the Camel got his Hump." It seems anything narrated by Jim Weiss turns to gold. This is a perfect narration for the car. Lots of short stories that can be completed in a short trip. This has been one of our best purchases as the children love to listen to them over and over again.
I loved this story as a child. The kindly Dr. who finds his way despite all insurmountable difficulties, the clever animals and the far fetched voyages and adventures are all wrapped up nicely with a satisfying ending. Now my children love this story and narration and have listen to it several times. Frohman's narration is well done with little quirky accents and a good sense of timing. This was a good purchase. Now we're onto The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
Its one of our favorites.
Of course, Rufus is our favorite. He's a bit scruffy, valiantly determined, humble, sincere, curious and loves his family very much.
Moore handles the different characters so well you lose yourself in the story and hardly realize that just one person is creating all these different people.
This book is on our daughter's second grade read aloud list, but our younger children have really enjoyed listening to it also.
I was a bit dubious about this at first. It's a lot of language for kids ages 3, 5, and 7, but I was wrong to doubt its appeal. The children love all of these stories and have requested them over and over again for weeks. It's a great narration and a good price for almost 6 hours of storytelling.
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