When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can't be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.
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STORY - Babe (or B-a-a-a-a-a-b as pronounced by the sheep) is a pig who is raised by a collie sheepdog and wants to follow in his mother's footsteps. Most of the story takes place on a sheep farm somewhere in Wales or maybe Ireland (not sure). Yes, it's totally fictitious and unbelievable, complete with talking animals, but it's heartwarming and clever. If you saw the movie "Babe," this is the same story.
PERFORMANCE - Good job.
OVERALL - I listened to this book alone because I loved the movie years ago and wanted to hear the story again, but I'd highly recommend it for family road trips! One caution for animal-lovers, however: There is a sad part, but it doesn't last long and then the story is happy again.
The originsl story behinf Australian film "Babe", about the sheep herding piglet. Here, Babe grows into a proper adult Great White hog, and alas, there are no singing mice, but it's still a beautiful story, with beautiful narration. Recommended for young and old alike.
This is one book that I appreciated hearing read aloud perhaps more than I would have actually reading it. The narration was so very skillful. I especially enjoyed hearing Mrs. Hoggett voiced. No, maybe Fly was my favorite. I can't decide. It was a lovely story, and I thank author and narrator for a delightful experience.
I very much enjoyed both the book and its performance! It's a lovely lesson on politeness and not being prejudiced, while at the same time being very entertaining and funny!
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This is my favorite of all the children's books that I have heard so far. The story itself is simply delightful. The characters are well-read and developed. Stephen Thorne does an excellent job reading the characters in the story. It makes me feel like I am watching the movie Babe instead of listening to it. It is worth the price I paid for the audio book.
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This is a touching and funny story with almost a timeless quality about it. At times the language and tone are reminiscent of both Charlotte's Web and James Herriot's stories. Stephen Thorne's narration is perfect for this wonderful little book; I only wish Mary Rayner's line illustrations could somehow translate as well.
Words of praise shepherds have for their sheep dogs ring true in this delightful story about a pig who embarks on a life and career far different from the norm when he winds up at farmer Hoggit's sheep farm
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