The music is so cheesy. (I didn't realize it had songs, or I wouldn't have downloaded this one.)
We love the original stories and illustrations--but do not like the commercialism associated with Thomas stories now. If you are like us, skip this one--the songs are terrible (and extemely annoying for adults).
Steve Martin is definitely funny and brilliant, but this book wavers between that and being a bit boring. I expected him to be a better reader, but on the other hand, I can't really imagine anyone I would have rather read this, since it is "so Him". The story did get a little slow towards the 2nd half, but I must say, I really liked the ending. And there were definitely moments of great poignancy (sp?) along with the humor. But I also felt like there are a lot of much more interesting books out there to read/listen to. How's that for a mixed review?
I found the narrator's voice to be both droning and fast--this was somewhat annoying. Dickens' story is, however, excellent and funny and timeless. I decided to stop listening (at about 1/2 way through) and read it instead. I like my own voice better.
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