The Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood have delighted generations of children since Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926. This anniversary edition of Winnie-the-Pooh is the perfect way to celebrate the enduring popularity of A. A. Milne's classic work. Three cheers for Pooh!
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Do yourself a favor and immediately buy this audio book. Oh - before that, stop reading or listening to that dreary self-help or business book, or some serious adult book. Now - cue up Stephen Fry and the rest of this brilliant cast that give life to A. A. Milne's masterpiece.
Like many, I grew up reading and listening to Winnie-the-Pooh as a child. I loved the stories then and was lucky enough to be exposed to them before the Disney processing - sigh. But the brilliant language and gentle humor shine through in these stories and in this audio book in particular.
This is very funny stuff - even more for adults than children I believe. Stephen stars as the bear and plays him just right - serious and obsessed with his obsessions - honey, adventures, and his friends - especially Christopher Robin, and himself - Pooh. The tone and writing of the stories strike me as more related to Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, than anything else. And sure enough - there is a brief clip of Adams interviewed on BBC and he tells that he was deeply influenced by Winnie-the-Pooh in his writing. Shades of Monty Python are recognizable as well. For me, this is laugh out loud material.
None of us are ever too old to be a kid again and these stories will help remind you of that. And keep you tethered to your child-like nature. Absolute perfection.
Yes, the story is a classic and it was narrated very well. My kids loved it and even though my husband was dreading it ahead of time, he ended up not only liking it, but laughing out loud. The kids have never been so quiet on a road trip!
Colleen J Tillett
I, 50 year-old grandma, was taken back to the joys of sitting with my children. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. It's 10 books, I believe, and you can stop at book 1, or 2 etc... Great for in the car! This was a good pick.
Really, really, really great. Not sure it's great for kids, honestly. I tried playing it for/with kids several times and they didn't really connect. But, I have now finally "read" all the Winnie the Pooh books. There's more to them than just kids stuff, honestly....
I wish I had listened to the reviewer who said it was hard to follow the multiple character voices because for me (and my kids) it was nearly impossible. We only made it about 10 min in on our road trip because there were so many voices I couldn't tell if they were actually reading the book word for word, or just acting out the characters' lines. For a family read-aloud I think it is much more engaging just to hear one person read the story. Perhaps I had too high of expectations, but, sadly we just couldn't follow....and I was really looking forward to this classic!!
All of us love the performance of this story. My kids ask for it all the time! Stephen Fry and Judi Dench do not disappoint.
wonderful stories, amazing actors. the narration for this audio book is read and performed perfectly by famous British actors, who play their roles magnificently..! these are beautiful stories, that seem to get more meaningful and funny every time I listen to them. I got this for the kids to listen to, however I will happily listen myself over and over..
5 stars without question.
Maybe it's just me, but switching between narrators confuses me. I'm sure it's better for the story for people who are quite familiar with the story already.
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