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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Yes. This collection is a completely new experience as an audiobook. The narration was excellent!
Harold is the clear favorite (he is, after all, the voice of the stories). The relaxed, contemplative style in which the narrator presented his voice made the audiobook even better than the original - which is going some - I grew up on these books, and read and re-read them for years!
No - this was the first.
I didn't cry - it isn't that sort of series, but I laughed many, many times.
Loved this collection! I listen to it just like I read the books - over and over again!
I remember Bunnicula when I was young and now both my kids, an 8 year old girl and a 5 year old boy, enjoy Bunnicula too. My daughter said "I love that weird story" and told me she was going to turn it back on.
Some mild sound effects would be nice too.
My son listens to these books repeatedly. These are his go to sleep books.
My son's other favorites are the Geronimo Stilton books narrated by Edward Hermann. We found two Geronimo Stilton DVD's and the they are a perfect companion to the audio books - and paper books.I think the adventurous mystery solving, well developed characters and right level of humor make these attractive to my young 10 year old.He was a huge Franklin fan and started watching Scooby Doo, but once we got the Geronimo DVD's poor Scooby got shelved. I find that the GS series is the best of these other shows and is a bit more age appropriate than Scooby.
Victor created pictures of Harold and Chester that are compelling and believable.
Um - my son never sits still for anything. He does however fall asleep to these and turns it back on first thing in the morning.
Looking forward to books 4-??
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