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Ofu L.

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  • The Lump of Coal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    This is a story about a lump of coal who can think, talk, and move itself around. Is there a more charming holiday tale to behold? Probably, but Lemony Snicket has not written one.

    Lynda says: "So Cute!"
    "When will we have the Latke Who Couldn't Stop. . ."
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    What did you love best about The Lump of Coal?

    The final message of this story is thoughtful, warm and wonderful. The story is witty. The protagonist is singular (amongst holiday stories, perhaps not in the grill.) Many holiday stories -- even ancient ones -- are about miracles. However, many new holiday stories are redundant. This one is not. And Neil Patrick Harris provides an excellent reading! His tone is very well suited to Snicket's prose.


    What other book might you compare The Lump of Coal to and why?

    Like the protagonist, the story is rather singular. It is about the holidays, but, as many of the best stories are about more than their settings and plots, this story is about something more than Christmas and a lump of coal.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Patrick Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but this one inclines me to seek him out.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I grow more fond of it every time we listen to it. Which, between Thanksgiving and Twelfth Day, is often.


    Any additional comments?

    When will we have the Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming? I am baffled that this is not yet available as an audio book. It is very well suited to performance. Really, what's the hold-up? Is this another example of the latke being overshadowed by a christmas icon? And an obscure one at that. A lump of coal. The indignity.
    The delightfulness of The Lump of Coal makes me more anxious to hear the Latke brought to audible life.

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  • The House at Pooh Corner: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Peter Dennis
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (119)

    "One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet's house to see what Piglet was doing." Thus begins The House At Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne's wonderful companion volume to Winnie-the-Pooh. You will rediscover Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, and all their friends, and be introduced to the irrepressible and very bouncy Tigger.

    Abigail says: "I Love these stories but..."
    "Dear A. A. Milne and Peter Dennis, Thank you."
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    I am a librarian and have spent hundreds of hours reading stories aloud and hearing others -- quite talented others -- reading stories. I love a great storyteller. Peter Dennis truly understands and communicates the the full scope and spirit of the stories and characters residing in the Hundred Acre Wood. My daughters love these audiobooks, thus i've heard them many dozens of times. I never tire of hearing them.

    Thank you A. A. Milne, for being a keen observer and not condescending to children. Thank you Peter Dennis for really 'getting it.' And for being such a delightfully generous storyteller. Your storytelling and Milne's story are a real part of our life. I am truly grateful and hope you find other stories you want to narrate.

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