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Dancing Bear Audiobook

Dancing Bear

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Publisher's Summary

A gentle and deeply moving story of a young girl and her bear, told with great charm by a master storyteller.

High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village - safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear....

©2013 Michael Morpurgo (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"It’s rare to find a story that combines so successfully a contemporary plot and modern morality with a feel for legend and fairy tale." (She Magazine)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer 01-07-17
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    "I will openly admit, it pissed me off"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have never written a audio book review before, but had to here. The story is running along nicely and then, smack upside the head. The ending, well let's say if I were to ever meet the writer, I will just slap him upside his head for such.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Morpurgo again?

    No


    What aspect of Sir Ian McKellen’s performance would you have changed?

    Easily, the ending, as it ruined a great story.


    What character would you cut from Dancing Bear?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Someone explain to the writer, a child's book where many said this belongs, needs uplifting story endings. Not one where the poor child will be left in tears. The world itself has enough sad things for a child to already deal with.

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  • Rosie
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    1/20/17
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    "Memories of my childhood!"
    Have you listened to any of Sir Ian McKellen’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure if he has done any other audiobook readings, but this reading is beautiful. It's quite a simple story but his reading elevates it to make it even more meaningful and beautiful.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, this book made me cry the first time I listened to it, years ago, when I was a little girl. Ian McKellen's gorgeous reading combined with the lovely music make it a very emotional listen.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a short book, so if you're looking for a longer listen then maybe it's not the best use of an audible credit. I bought it with my own money as opposed to a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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