Blackstone Audiobooks presents, from the unabridged collection A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, the 10 simple and timeless tales of The House At Pooh Corner performed by Peter Dennis. This is the only reading of these enthralling stories authorized by A. A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin, who wrote, "Peter Dennis has made himself Pooh's Ambassador Extraordinary and no bear has ever had a more devoted friend. So if you want to meet the real Pooh, the bear I knew, the bear my father wrote about, listen to Peter."
As you begin to listen to this beloved book, you'll enter that enchanted place on the top of the Forest where "a little boy and his Bear will always be playing".
The stories included in this volume are:
In Which A House Is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore
In Which Tigger Comes to the Forest and Has Breakfast
In Which A Search Is Organized, and Piglet Nearly Meets the Heffalump Again
In Which It Is Shown that Tiggers Don't Climb Trees
In Which Rabbit Has a Busy Day, and We Learn What Christopher Robin Does in the Mornings
In Which Pooh Invents a New Game and Eeyore Joins In
In Which Tigger Is Unbounced
In Which Piglet Does a Very Grand Thing
In Which Eeyore Finds the Wolery and Owl Moves Into It
In Which Christopher Robin and Pooh Come to an Enchanted Place, and We Leave Them There
All the material is unabridged and taken from THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER ©1928 by E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., Copyright Renewal 1956 by A.A. Milne. All material Copyright under the Berne Convention. Recorded by permission of The Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Illustrations by E.H. Shepard copyright as above and used by permission of the Estate of E.H. Shepard. Color Illustrations ©1991 Dutton Children's Books.
"This latest addition to the Pooh Classics, the 10 unabridged stories from The House at Pooh Corner, is a must....[Peter Dennis's] intelligent and whimsical readings, meant for adults and children alike, are captivating." (The Los Angeles Times)
"Actor Peter Dennis turns in a meltingly lovely narration. His voice is calm and friendly, yet he manages distinctive voices for each of the characters....This is an imaginative production to boot, with original music and sound effects. In many productions, sound effects are too loud and compete with the narration, but this is the first one to have gotten the balance just right." (Philadelphia Enquirer)
The narrator is good (though of course I'm biased to how my father read the stories to me when I was little and no other narrator can be quite as good) but unfortunately the makers of the audio book went a little overboard and put background noises in. These are slightly distracting but wouldn't be too bad if there wasn't an oinking sound every time Piglet says anything, which makes him sound like he has an awful gas problem emanating from various orifices. "Ppptt" or "urp" every five minutes can be quite annoying. With most characters the reader tends to end his sentences with a form of verbal punctuation (ex: "pptt" or "haha!"). Other than that the reading is quite charming.
My five and seven year-old sons love this audio book. I've tried to read the Pooh stories aloud (there is a knack, which I don't possess) so we all appreciate the excellent narration of these stories. Also, this is a great bed-time selection, as the pace and action are gentle.
These are not too babyish for young grade school listeners -- the language is much more sophisticated than in the Disney videos, although the characterizations are similar.
I started off wondering if the narrator had recorded it by the beach, with the seagulls in the background. Also did NOT like the snorting in every line by Piglet. It's a lovely story in it's own right, and perhaps this narration would appeal to young children, but I found it irritating to listen to.
My four-year-old had a hard time calming down before bed; this worked miracles. Each story is ~20 minutes long, a perfect length to pay attention at four, and enough time to settle down. He listens to it in bed, with the lights off and is enthralled. He loves the piglet snort the narrator uses; makes him giggle every time.
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.
The character voices are a hoot and consistent throughout the stories, and the stories themselves, of course, are the best. We listen to it in the car (my kids are 2 and 4) and sometimes I accidentally leave it on and end up listening to a story by myself before I even realize it.
The voices are a riot! Tigger sounds like a New Zealander who is always out drinking, and my kids think Piglet's snorts sound like farting, which they find HYSTERICAL, obviously. (This may make it sound like they would distract from the stories, but they really don't.)
The music between the stories is also lovely.
Peter Dennis brings the characters to life. He does his own thing and doesn't try to emulate the Disney version at all. I love his characters although I'm not sure I like Tigger's voice as much as the others. Roo is my favorite.
This story is beloved in our family. We could not wait to listen to it. But truly we couldn't get through it. The reader just not the quality of the story.
Dennis had my 7 & 8 year old laughing out loud with his wonderful character voices. Especially piglet. Every child should be read these stories and now I'd say every child should be treated to Peter's rendition of this beloved classic.
"The House at Pooh Corner"
My 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter have enjoyed this book nearly as much as my wife and I. The reading does this timeless classic justice, although Piglet's voice required a little getting used to. Overall, well worth the listen.
"Great trip down memory lane!"
I had no idea what to expect from this audio book. I was a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh when I was young (and still do enjoy the films occasionally I will admit) but I could remember nothing about the original work. This made it a joy to listen to, especially as the characters are so different from how they are portrayed by Disney.
His voices were brilliant. There were a few occasions were it seemed like he had forgotten just who he was supposed to be and did the wrong voice but I didn't mind too much and thankfully it did come out in the narrative just who was meant to be speaking.
I especially loved his voices for Christopher Robin and Rabbit.
If you are a fan of the TV/Cartoons of Winnie the Pooh I would highly suggest you give the original work a chance. I was pleasantly surprised by the difference.
On a side note, the music played to split up the various stories was lovely.
Pooh stories are always enjoyable. And the narration is absolutely perfect - cannot possibly be improved on.
Lovely story, beautifully read with delightful music at intro and between some of the chapters. Soporific in parts so makes good bedtime audio for children!
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