My 8-year old loves this series, and I think it's a good family listen. But the singing is gawdawful. Fortunately the later books have much less of it.
The singing. It could have been much improved if they had a composer actually score the songs instead of having her fake her way through. Not an appealing, memorable tune in the whole series. That might have made her voice tolerable.
My daughter would love to listen to a Book Five.
When we first heard the narrator's voice, I thought it would be a dull listen. She speaks so slowly! But she's brilliant, and gives the characters such great, dry wit. My 10 y.o. daughter laughs each time we listen, and she asks for it again and again in the car. We quote the lines to each other ("No, indeed, Papa!") ("Will you be good, sir?!"). I had no idea Dickens had written such clever children's stories. Well-written, of course, but also charming and funny and slightly skewed. A great listen.
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