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  • The Water Horse | Dick King-Smith

    The Water Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
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    When eight-year-old Kirstie brings home a strange egg from the Scottish shore, her family never expects it to hatch. But the next day, Kirstie discovers a baby sea monster swimming in her bathtub! Part horse, part toad, part turtle and part crocodile, he's the oddest-looking creature Kirstie's family has ever seen. Only Kirstie's grandfather knows what the beastie really is: a Water Horse! This lovable creature is the perfect pet. The only trouble is, he can't stop growing.

  • Babe, The Sheep-Pig | Dick King-Smith

    Babe, The Sheep-Pig

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    Farmer Hoggett wins a piglet at the fair. It should fatten up nicely. However Fly, the sheep-dog trains Babe, the piglet, to herd sheep, making Babe an indispensable sheep-pig.

  • The Adventurous Snail | Dick King-Smith

    The Adventurous Snail

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
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    Snail on board! Siegfried loves to explore. One day his explorations take him on a big adventure – from his home in the grass, to the airport, on to an aeroplane and all the way to America! There he makes some very important friends, Mr Ambassador and Mr President, finds a new home in a sandwich box – and also meets the lovely Peggy Sue ...Another magical, funny story from the master of animal tales, Dick King-Smith.

  • Ace | Dick King-Smith

    Ace

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nigel Lambert
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    Farmer Tubbs takes a real shine to one particular pig, so much so that he can't bear to send him to market with the other young pigs. Soon Ace is befriended by the farmyard animals including Nanny the goat and Clarence, the cunning white cat. Together they help Ace to find his place in the farmhouse, ousting Megan, the farmer's aristocratic corgi, from her queenly seat - the best parlour char. But Ace is not the descendent of the Sheep-Pig for nothing! fame is waiting around the corner.

  • Dinosaur Trouble | Dick King-Smith

    Dinosaur Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
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    All pterodactyls know that flying dinosaurs are superior, and all apatosauruses know that any dinosaur with only two legs is surely second-class. Nosy, a pterodactyl, and Banty, an apatosaurus, become great friends even though their parents have forbidden them to play together. With Nosy’s fast flying and Banty’s smarts, the two take on the biggest predator on the Great Plain, and conquer their parents’ prejudices in one great adventure.

  • The Fox Busters | Dick King-Smith

    The Fox Busters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nigel Lambert
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    Flightless, helpless and often, frankly, more than a little silly, chickens are no match for the cunning, merciless foxes stalking their coop. Or are they? Thanks to a careless farmer and generations of determined foxes, the chickens on Foxearth Farm have evolved into quick-witted, long-legged, high flying fox dodgers. Then, just a week after a vicious fox ambush in the water trough, three sisters are hatched. And Ransome, Sims and Jefferies are no ordinary chicks: they grow up determined to fight back.

  • The Catlady | Dick King-Smith

    The Catlady

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Muriel, the Catlady, lives alone with just her feline friends for company. When a new kitten is born, it soon becomes clear it is no ordinary cat. Vicky is a kitten with a very regal character, and strangely enough, was born on the very day that Queen Victoria died.

  • Harry's Mad | Dick King-Smith

    Harry's Mad

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nigel Lambert
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    Harry Holdsworth had never heard of his Great-Uncle George until he inherited the old man’s most cherished possession: an African Grey parrot named Madison. Harry’s first reaction was one of dismay. Who wants a big pet bird – one that could live for another 40 years? But when Mad introduces himself in perfect American, Harry discovers he has found a friend – and more.

  • Tumbleweed | Dick King-Smith

    Tumbleweed

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nigel Lambert
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    Sir Tumbleweed is an unlikely knight – afraid of horses, jousting and dragons. But with help from Arthur the Lion and Spearhead the Unicorn, he floors Sir Basil the Beastly in a jousting match. Will the champion jouster of all England find an obliging damsel in distress?

  • Lady Lollipop | Dick King-Smith

    Lady Lollipop

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Phyllis Logan
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    Lollipop is no ordinary pig. According to her young owner Johnny Skinner, she's the cleverest pig in the whole kingdom. When people stare into Lollipop's eyes, it seems to change them for the better. But will Lollipop win over spoilt Princess Penelope?

  • Martin's Mice | Dick King-Smith

    Martin's Mice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nigel Lambert
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    Martin, a kitten, is branded a 'wimp' by his siblings for his friendly interest in mice. He loves caring for them and can't understand their desire for freedom. Only when he becomes the pet of a big city apartment dweller does he realise why his pets deserted him.

  • Ninnyhammer | Dick King-Smith

    Ninnyhammer

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
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    Peter is a young boy, living on a farm. One day, whilst out doing chores for his father, he comes across a strange white stick floating in the stream. He reaches out and catches it - and finds an exciting new friend in the process. Ninnyhammer is the local village simpleton, but Peter knows there's more to him than that - he's a magician and the white stick is his magic wand. Ninnyhammer is so grateful that he starts to help Peter and his family with their struggling farm. But Peter wants to do something for Ninnyhammer in return.

  • Sophie's Lucky | Dick King-Smith

    Sophie's Lucky

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Bernard Cribbins
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    Sophie already has a rabbit and a cat and a dog, but what she'd really love is a pony. Good fortune comes Sophie's way when she's invited to spend her summer holiday in Scotland with Great Aunt Al.

  • The School Mouse | Dick King-Smith

    The School Mouse

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Rosemary Leach
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    Flora was born on the first day of term in the new school year, which might be why she's a very special mouse indeed – a mouse who has taught herself to read! Flora lives in a classroom, and is determined to learn all sorts of things that no mouse has ever learned before. Her family is horrified at first, but then Flora's reading saves their lives.

  • Friends and Brothers | Dick King-Smith

    Friends and Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Stanley McGeagh
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    It's not easy having a younger brother, William finds. Especially one like Charlie who shows off, asks a million questions, and will say "absolutely" all the time. But when Charlie is in trouble, William is the first to come to the rescue. After all, they are friends and brothers.

  • The Swoose | Dick King-Smith

    The Swoose

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By June Whitfield
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    Fitzherbert, the son of a goose and a swan, gets tired of being teased for being a swoose and leaves the farm, ending up in Windsor Castle, where he becomes a favourite of the recently widowed Queen Victoria.

  • Magnus Powermouse | Dick King-Smith

    Magnus Powermouse

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
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    His mother was amazed when she saw the size of her newborn infant and realized that feeding him was going to cause problems. She turned to a box of patent Porker Pills, used for fattening pigs. But the bigger Magnus grew, the more problems he caused.

  • George Speaks | Dick King-Smith

    George Speaks

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Stanley McGeagh
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    From master storyteller Dick King-Smith, this is the hilarious story of a family turned upside-down by an unusually gifted (and demanding) infant. Laura is amazed when her baby brother George starts talking to her when he's only four weeks old, particularly as he sounds like a grown-up! It's a big secret to keep from their parents and the rest of the family and leads to all sorts of comic confusion until George's first birthday - when he makes a speech to his startled family.

  • The Guard Dog | Dick King-Smith

    The Guard Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
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    There are six puppies in the pet shop window; five posh pedigree puppies, and a scruffy little mongrel with a grand ambition – to be a guard dog. The other pups laugh at him. How can such a small, scruffy dog possibly expect to be bought to guard a home? Especially when his bark is the most horrible, earsplitting racket they have ever heard! Will the poor little guard dog be doomed to a lonely life in the Dogs' Home – or worse ...?

  • Sophie Hits Six | Dick King-Smith

    Sophie Hits Six

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Bernard Cribbins
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    Small but very determined, Sophie loves animals and is going to be a farmer when she grows up. She has herds of insects and acquires a snail, a rabbit, a cat and a dog. Sophie's cat, Tom, has surprised them all by producing four kittens. There are more animals to come in the year that Sophie hits six, finds a new farming ally, and makes a triumphant entrance into the sporting arena.

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