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.
Such a fun listen. Can't recommend it enough. My 3-year-old has it on repeat. For me it took a bit to adjust to WtP's voice since I was so accustomed to Disney's version but the actor (as are all the actors) is excellent. This is slightly abridged but the much of roundabout dialogue is preserved.
Love it !!!💁🌷🌹🌺 Stephen Fry is the best Pooh, and Jane Horrocks is perfect as Piglet. This is one of my family's favorite audiobooks.
Pretty high; among the very best of the kid's books I've tried.
Piglet. The voice.
This is a perfect mix of cuteness and dry humor. Eeyore and Pooh contrast with Piglet and Christopher Robin and keep the tone from slipping into sugar sweetness. The book is brilliant, and this performance is a highly intelligent interpretation.
"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: )
"Fabulous book. Great for all ages"
Oh my! I adored this book. The narrators were amazing, each of them showing themselves in their best light. WOW. It left me a little emotional!
I can't think of one. Just buy it!
Eeyore's birthday is lovely. Christopher Robin made me want to weep.
Disney isn't everything!
Buy this book and listen in the car with your children. Money worth spending.
Funny, heartwarming, timeless
the voices are fantastic a great cast
it always makes me laugh
My daughter (3 and a half) has fallen for this audio book and listens to it every day and recites bits to herself all the time.
"The single best audio book ever"
The best book I have ever listened to!
Eeyore, Eeyore Eeyore! Highlight of my school runs! Geoffrey Palmer was perfect!
Eeyore was the highlight of my school runs!
"My son's absolutely loves this."
They love the narrators voice and they love listening to this story almost every night!
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