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The Story of Doctor Dolittle | [Hugh Lofting]

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle, a little, lovable, old doctor, has so many animal pets spread throughout his house and garden that patients will not come to him anymore. As a result, he becomes poorer and poorer. But he occupies nearly all of his time as the animals' doctor, and soon discovers that he can talk to the animals; Jip the dog, Dab Dab the duck, and Polynesia the parrot.
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Publisher's Summary

Doctor Dolittle, a little, lovable, old doctor, has so many animal pets spread throughout his house and garden that patients will not come to him anymore. As a result, he becomes poorer and poorer. But he occupies nearly all of his time as the animals' doctor, and soon discovers that he can talk to the animals; Jip the dog, Dab Dab the duck, and Polynesia the parrot.

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What the Critics Say

"May attempts to give each animal its species-specific voice, and she succeeds with enthusiasm, levity, and gaiety." (AudioFile)
"Any child who is not given the opportunity to make the acquaintance of this rotund, kindly, and enthusiastic doctor/naturalist and all of his animal friends will miss out on something important." (Jane Goodall)

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    "The Story of Doctor Doolittle"

    Both my 8-year old and my 5-year old loved this story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Grotto 02-26-10
    Mark Grotto 02-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific!"

    My 6 yo boy and 4 yo daughter enjoyed this immensely, recounting it excitedly to their dad each night at the dinner table. Excellent narration complementing a delightful fast-paced story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pterion 12-04-07
    pterion 12-04-07
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    "Brilliant classic, superbly read"

    I could not be more pleased with this reading of Doctor Doolittle. Nadia May (who is probably now my favorite reader) does a wonderful job bringing life to the good doctor and all his different creatures. It's a great story too, which I remember enjoying as a child and now my own children are enjoying it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katarzyna Thomson 09-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic audio!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a riveting story, with many a surprise in the plot; well spoken, great voices for all the characters, and read with much enthusiasm. Great for my kids (aged 4 to 8).


    What does Nadia May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fantastic voices, enthusiastic reading.


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    Amazon Customer Lockesburg, AR United States 11-05-12
    Amazon Customer Lockesburg, AR United States 11-05-12

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    "Loved the Sound Effects!"
    If you could sum up The Story of Doctor Dolittle in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Adventurous, Funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    The animal sound effects made it so entertaining! It really keeps a child's attention!


    What does Nadia May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She takes on the characters' voices, adding sound effects for that particular animal!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book moved me to tears...of laughter!


    Any additional comments?

    Great to listen to with young children or grandchildren.

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    C Ventura, CA, USA 08-23-06
    C Ventura, CA, USA 08-23-06
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    "Delightful kids book"

    Just as fun as I remember it from childhood. The narrator's animal noises are kind of annoying though.

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