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A Year in Brambly Hedge

By: Jill Barklem
Narrated by: John Moffatt
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Publisher's summary

The mice of Brambly Hedge have been delighting adults and children alike for more than 40 years. This delightful collection contains the first four classic books. 

The mice of Brambly Hedge have many adventures but they always have time for fun too. All through the year, they mark the seasons with feasts and festivities and, of course, the mice never miss an opportunity to meet and celebrate. This collection contains four classic stories following their adventures throughout the year. 

In Winter Story a heavy snowfall means the mice can hold a Snow Ball for the first time in years. In Autumn Story Primrose makes friends with the harvest mice before losing her way in the chestnut woods. Wilfred gets a birthday surprise in Spring Story, when all the mice club together to organise a fantastic picnic for him; and in Summer Story, Poppy Eyebright and Dusty Dogwood get engaged and a wonderful wedding is planned by all the mice of Brambly Hedge. 

Contains: Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story, Winter Story

©2020 Jill Barklem (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"...the most researched-crammed fantasy ever set before small children...." (Sunday Times Magazine)

"Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story and Winter Story are beautiful tales...nostalgic Mums can enjoy them with their own kids." (The Sun)

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This inspires imagination and makes me Just want to run down stairs,grab our brambly hedge book and start reading! This makes me think of quit little rivers,berries,blackberry bushes,and mice! Thank you for putting this on Audible.

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Simply Wonderful

We loved every second of this audiobook. Mr. Moffatt did a wonderfully delightful job of bringing these characters to life!

We follow along with our book so we can look at the beautiful illustrations.

our only complaint is that we wish for the complete brambly hedge!! why were The Secret Staircase, The High Hills, Sea Story and Poppy's Babies left out? A terrible oversight that needs correcting.

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Music, sound effects, mumbling

This audio book has too much music that dominates the narrator. Also it is very jaunty and distracting. This is not a relaxing way to listen to a story. The sound effects were lame. What was the story? Unsure could not hear it. Just want to warn others so they do not think this is a relaxing bedtime story.

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Such a Cute and Clean Read

I grew up reading these stories and loved hearing the audio version! Great for kids or for adults wanting to find those sweet childhood memories!

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The music won’t stop playing!

I’m sure this is a lovely story but I can’t hear it over the music. The same several notes played on repeat. Is there a way to turn it off??

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Heartwarming and Whimsical

The audiobook is well produced and is a lovely companion to the books themselves! I hope that the audiobook version of Adventures in Brambly Hedge will be available in the US when it is released international in late July 2022.

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Adorable

My little girls love these stories, and I have to admit, I do too! Jill Barklem really takes you into the seasons and stories off a charming little village of mice. Would definitely recommend for ages 5-9. Can’t get enough of this! Adorable and creative.

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Timeless tales

Brambly Hedge is best viewed and read, as the artwork is amazingly detailed, but the audio is good to listen while working and recall those beautiful images of homespun mice.

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Sweet stories!

Charming stories, old-fashioned and full of lovely imagery! Beautifully read! And I loved the birds chirping in the background, too.

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Boring

Worst story I have ever herd so boring but i love the songs so dreamy

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  • 10-30-21

charming!

I loved this. Very cosy and cute. Well read too.
My only gripe would be there is a lot of music which goes on and on.

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  • Elise
  • 02-26-21

So glad the put these together into one book

They used to have one 20min listen for a credit which I thought was really unfair, but this is brilliant. Totally beautiful stories and wonderful narration.

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  • 08-24-20

classic story the kids love

the kids absolutely love this story and it has been produced really well with added sound effects.

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  • 09-10-23

Beautiful version!

Our three year old has been very happily listening to this every night as he goes to sleep. Thank you!

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  • 09-23-20

A bit disappointed 😞

Seems like bits have been edited out from what I remember. On the whole still a listen and great for children but you may be left a deflated if you remember the stories from childhood.

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  • Mia
  • 11-25-23

Horrible loud music ruins it

Lovely story but music is far too loud it completely ruins it. Music is totally unnecessary

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  • Steph
  • 08-22-22

Background music ruins it completely

Can barely hear the narration due to the incredibly annoying, repetitive and loud background music.

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