Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
Beware the Hare! Is he or isn't he a vampire? Before it's too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household, a suspicious looking bunny with unusual habits...and fangs!
Harold and Chester could hardly believe it. The Monroe family was going on vacation without them. Bunnicula, the family rabbit, would be boarded with a neighbor. But they, the family's loyal dog and cat, were to be sent away with strangers; to a place called Chateau Bow-Wow. Chateau Bow-Wow, observed Chester, soon after they arrived, could more properly be called Howliday Inn. Though what was howling, neither of them knew. Chester had his suspicions however; only a werewolf could make that chilling sound.
The Celery Stalks at Midnight
Bunnicula is missing! Chester the cat makes a chilling discovery, Bunnicula the vampire bunny has vanished from his cage in the Monroe household. Everyone knows that vampire victims become vampires themselves, and the neighborhood gardens reveal the ultimate horror: bloodless zombie vegetables! Determined to save Bunnicula's victims and the unsuspecting Monroes, Chester leads the valiant friends on a wild bunny chase.
©1979 James Howe; (P) 1999 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
These books are fantastic; I think that's well established. The reason why they are essential as audio books, however, is the performance by Victor Garber. He delivers the stories in such an entertaining fashion. I am most impressed by his ability to perform in a variety of voices, while flawlessly expressing the back-and-forth quality required to make dialogues convincing. While the books are brilliantly written in their own right, Garber's performance really brings them out.
My son, 8, and I enjoy this series alot. I think listening to these three books gave my son a sense of how funny and enjoyable books can be which in turn made him want to physically read more books.
The stories are great! A family finds a bunny at the movies - Dracula. The family dog tells you the story of how one rabbit came to change their lives forever. The banter between the cat and dog will crack you up. The entire family will love these books. Who knew a vampire book could be so fun loving.
I recommend this listen! Enjoy.
All the praise listed in other reviews is well deserved. This is a wonderful tale that you and your kids will love. BUT keep in mind that the three books are strung together in one long series. There was no way to listen to an individual story for my son without effort to locate the starting point. In hindsight, I'd almost prefer to have the individual audiobooks.
I remember reading these books a long time ago and enjoying them quite a bit. Sadly, times go by and you forget about your favourite books and time is short and you don't feel you have the time to reread them.
Recently I discovered the joy of audiobooks and had been churning through some rather long and at times dull tomes by vaunted authors. While these are certainly worthy in their own right, it's nice to cut loose and pick something funny. I saw the Bunnicula collection by happenstance and hopped on it.
The books are, if anything, funnier than I remember. They are repositories of such gems as "Why does a chicken coop have two doors? Because if it had four, it would be a hatchback!" The only downside to this is I would be walking down the street and would spontaneously break out into laughter.
As for the narration, it was very good. Each voice is distinct and you don't mix up one character from another. My one tiny gripe is that one character, Max, who showed up in the second and third book had a slightly different voice, but his voice was similar to the original and it was different books so you wouldn't notice the change if you weren't listening back to back as I was.
Here is a breakdown of the large sections of the book:
Book 1 starts at the beginning.
Book 2 starts at 1:33:23
Book 3 starts at 4:54:14
Author's Note starts at 6:33:58
The only thing I really wish was that there was whispersync with this collection, but that isn't available as of yet (2013-10-22).
In summation, this was a hilarious series and well read. The voices of the main cast carried through well on each book and were distinct and fit the character well. The writing was amazing and funny and with just enough twists and turns to not be wholly obvious without being so complicated you were worried you'd get lost.
Great Family Fun!
Characters are delightful, story engaging and filled with non stop laughs.
Victor brings each character to life in such a way that you can't help but smile. Harold and Chester are better than Abbott and Costello as they work a routine.
Yes- the whole family listened together on a family road trip. It pleased our college freshman just as much as our third grader.
Our children will read this with their children someday!
Say something about yourself!
My almost 6-year-old grandson loved this audio book so much we purchased the paperback version so he could read along and read to himself. All three books in this audio collection are word for word and read with expression.
The stories captured his interest and imagination and stimulated some "very interesting" conversations around the characters.
The reader is absolutely perfect for these--his inflections and voices are fantastic!
Chester--the irreverent cat who is made a little crazy by his heightened intelligence.
Victor Garber is great for these books. His voice adaptations (especially for Chester and, in later books, Howie) is fantastic and really brings these books to life!
Your salad's worst nightmare come to life
These stories are. and will forever be, a favorite of my childhood. I read these books around the age of 9 or 10 with my parents. We laughed so hard and the memory of that is the last happy memory I have of that time in my life.
Bunnicula was, in fact, my introduction to audiobooks. I had it on cassette and listened to it every night when I was going to sleep as a teenager. Which, looking back, is a bit telling I think. The point is, associations aside, I enjoyed these books so much that I have continued to read them again and again well into my adulthood.
The humor and the imagination that surround the Monroes and their amazing pets is a great family story. The language lends itself particularly well to being read aloud, especially by an enthusiastic reader. If you want to introduce your child, not only to a fun spoof on the horror genre, but to a barrel of belly laughs... I suggest these books most highly. Let these furry friends and their antics be a happy part of your family memories.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
This is a fun story collection. A vampire bunny sounds unrealistic. But if these same facts (real or fiction) are implied in any situation, a similiar conclusion could be made. One question is never answered well. How did those veggies turn white and dry? Is bunny truly Bunnicula? The other stories are just as well done. I recommend this strongly for the young and young at heart.
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