Martin Jarvis is the perfect reader, as his lilting and soothing voice carries listeners along on a swell of nostalgia, leaving them wishing that they could have been there to celebrate all of Mr Chipping's happiness with him.
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Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
This story has long been one of my favorite movies, and I do think that this is a rare case of the movie being a richer experience than the book. The book is very short (shorter than the movie in fact), and relates, mostly in third person narrative - very little dialogue - the events of Mr. Chips' life and career as a beloved schoolmaster. Being familiar with the story, I could envision the scenes from the film as they were narrated in the book. Martin Jarvis beautifully captured the tone of Mr. Chips' voice, adding to the enjoyment. Those not familiar with the 1939 movie may not be able to envision the scenes so well. I do think because of the excellent reading by Jarvis that this is better heard than read, whether you know the movie or not. I got this title on sale, and the price made it a very nice selection.
The story is achingly sweet, sad, and triumphant, and the narration is a marvel. How can such a long story be told so quickly and with so much detail that you feel as if have been in another world for days with it's short telling is done? The narration is superb and endearing.
"An excellent book to fall to sleep to"
I loved the book when I read it as a teenager and very much enjoyed listening to it again. Martin Jarvis has the perfect voice to read this story. An excellent book to fall to sleep to.
"Goodbye Mister Chips"
I first saw this on television with Robert Donnet - the original Mister Chips - the other versions pale into comparison to this fantastic version. To have this in both audio cd, dvd and soon to have book has made my day. Thank you from the heart.
When I listen to this audio I picture Robert Donnet's Mister Chips and I can picture the school and its masters and boys that have walked the school's grounds. It?s so worth having this.
Please download this fantastic book which is unabridged. Please enjoy. Thanks again audible.
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