Here is an award-winning production with an all-star cast, bringing to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time. This is a full dramatisation with specially composed music.
(P)1997 Hodder Children's Books
I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.
This is an excellent dramatization of A. A. Milne's delightful classic book about Pooh, the bear of little brain, and his quirky friends. The different voice actors are perfect, with standouts being Judi Dench as one of the two narrators, Jane Horrocks as the husky, high-voiced Piglet, and Geoffrey Palmer as the appealingly gloomy Eeyore. Stephen Fry does a sturdy Pooh, though at times I had the uncanny impression of Fry himself standing before me rather than Pooh bear. Two narrators, one male, one female, narrate the chapters, switching back and forth repeatedly and rapidly, and after about the first chapter, I found myself enjoying the switches, as though I were being read to by two ideally witty and warm parents or grand-parents at the same time. The piano music that begins or closes chapters and accompanies Pooh's "hums" is pleasant and appropriate. The sound effects help the listener to imagine the scenes without distracting him/her from the savory text. And the dramatization doesn't abridge much; from what I could tell (by comparing the first chapter in the book with the first one in the audiobook), the dramatizers include pretty much all of Milne's words and chapters except for occasional dialogue tags that are conveyed well enough by the different voice actors.
It was very entertaining to listen to this book; I often found myself smiling and chuckling at the foolish and charming exploits of Pooh and company and wishing the book would not end.
By the way, I tried the samples of Peter Dennis reading the unabridged Pooh books and was completely turned off by the bizarre grunting-farting noise that punctuates all of Piglet's utterances. Jane Horrocks is much much MUCH more appealingly Piglet-y.
I loved this dramatised version of the book.I especially loved Piglet, who has such a very small voice to match such a very small animal! I also loved Kanga, with her australian accent.
Australian, love being read to, love a good story, characters and great writing. Classics are favourites but prepared to be adventurous.
These narrators take me back to the magic of AA Milne's beloved characters and stories.
Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer are sublime, Stephen Fry and Jane Horrocks are perfect.
At 5 years old or 50 (like me), there is much love and fun in these stories about the silly old bear.
I adored being read to as a child and still do.
My 5 year old daughter loves listening to this book because there is so much expression delivered from the characters. It is an amazing book for all ages.
I'm pregnant with my first baby. I've learning to calm him down that talking helps. When I can't talk to him I'll connect my iPod to a set of headphones and put them around my belly. Wyatt really loves listening. At least I think he does because he calms down and then lets me know when the book finishes by kicking me hard!
You must purchase!
Definitely the narration and sound effects. It adds a dimension that you can't find in books read by only one person. Winnie the Pooh is a favorite of ours, and this version tops our list.
The stellar cast on this recording does a truly amazing job. I couldn't believe what a difference it made (vs. a book read by just one person). The sound effects are wonderful as well; my children are always entirely absorbed in listening when this is on.
The narrators gave a new perspective to the story, and the sounds and musical notes made it perfect.
My favourite character was Eeyore. His depressive mood and negative thinking contrasts perfectly with some of the more cheerful characters in the book. And the way his friends keep trying to help him and cheer him up is simply adorable. For me his birthday is one of the best stories in the book.
Judi Dench as a narrator was my favourite. She was able to tell the story in playfull and entertaining way.
I bought this audiobook right after watching the new Winnie the Pooh movie and started to read at night night in my bed. I quickly found that this one was an amazing bedtime story that would put me to sleep in a very restful way. Not because the audiobook is boring and can't be read all the way trough (I've done it and its a very nice experience too) but because the voices, the sounds ans the story are so soothing.
The presentation of this book is done so very well. The only voice I was not sure that fit was Poohs. See what you think!
My daughters are 5 and almost 7. They LOVED this version of Winnie-The-Pooh. They listened to it once on our way to visit family for Thanksgiving, and twice on the way back. They were already big fans of Stephen Fry's narration of Paddington, but they liked this even better. The voices are perfect. My husband and I enjoyed it too; a lot of the wry humor is lost in the Disney version of Pooh.
"Brilliant!!!! Adults also can enjoy"
This is the funniest pooh ever! I have never expect to laugh laud listening Winnie the pooh.
I love it. Such a gorgeous actors: )
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