©1971 Dr. Seuss Enterprises; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
Avid listener on my daily commute!
My 4-year-old grandson loves this recording. He requests it on a semi-regular basis, and listens to it, transfixed, each time. So I guess it's irrelevant that Grandma is annoyed by the sound effects and music, which are totally unnecessary, not to mention annoying and distracting. Grandma also can't help but be mildly annoyed by Ted Danson's wacky, flakey-sounding stoner voice (maybe trying to channel the Redwood Coast vibe from back in the 1980's, when The Lorax was banned in elementary schools in logging towns), his under-articulation of the name of the title character (e.g., when sound effects and/or music are especially noisy, he seems to be producing /lora/, with no audible /ks/), and his occasional rushing/botching of lines, resulting in ruination of the meter/poetry (e.g., "And on special dank midnights in August, he peeks out of the shutters..." instead of as the author intended: And on special dank midnights in August / He peeks / Out of the shutters/ And sometimes he speaks).
But all that pales into insignificance in any discussion of the unparalleled brilliance of Dr. Seuss, whose warning of the dangers of large-scale environmental destruction is more relevant today than it was when first published, in 1971. Thank You, Audible, for including this literary treasure among your offerings for kids!
I always recoomend Dr Seuss books for young readers. The rhythmic, repetition of rhyme and sounds help students appreciate the sound of written language. The imaginative and poignant stories also help children fall in love with books. The Lorax, in particular, gives an important message for families to talk about. In this age of global climate change and environmental awareness, this book will captivate children and give adults a way to talk about issues that kids are aware of in a way that childen can access.
I read this since it was once in a list of banned books. I wanted to see what in the world Dr. Seuss could write that would cause a state to ban the work. He was surely ahead of his time as this book preaches about the wastefulness of mankind. Fun and thoughtful read.
Found this to be very poorly produced. Constant musical theme seemingly louder than the narration. found it to be very distracting from the story. Story not as good as most for the audio format.
A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.
Yes, I love Dr. Seuss.
Ted Danson did a nice job reading this story.
no. It stands alone on its own merit
Music in places was a bit annoying, but otherwise a good read. It was a good story for the price.
I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and dystopian. My favorite authors are Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison.
A wonderful environmental children's story. My daughter loved it!
I, personally, would not have chosen Ted Danson to narrate The Lorax. I'm sorry, Ted Danson, for not giving you enough credit.
Danson does a masterful job representing the different voices and keeping it light and charming.
I think kids will love it. I know I did.
The best thing about the book was how you could see in your mind what he was trying to tell you about.
Dr. Seuss is great for children
We went to see the movie, my 5 yr old grandaughter says the book was so different than the movie. The book was much shorter then the movie was the movie put extra thing in it, and she was pretty disappointed with the book.
I want to hear the story not cheesy music in the background. Even if the music was good, that's not what I'm interested in listening to.
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