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Publisher's Summary

Following Brilliance Audio’s recent Grammy-nominated musical-audiobook for children, The Shoebird, starring the inimitable Jim Dale, another popular children’s title is being released just in time for the holidays: Peter and the Wolf. This beloved fairy tale, with music by Sergei Prokofiev, tells of how the courageous Peter and his animal friends - the bird, the duck, and the cat - set out to capture a ravenous wolf.

Generations of children have been charmed by this enchanting work, and Brilliance Audio is proud to introduce its own version with multi-Grammy Award-winner Jim Dale as narrator. To delight the millions of Jim’s fans, his reading of Peter and the Wolf will include unforgettable vocal characterizations of the various animals, young Peter, and Peter’s grumpy old grandfather. The music of Peter and the Wolf, including some of the best-known classical melodies, is superbly performed by the award-winning Seattle Symphony, led by music director Gerard Schwarz. Children and their parents will enjoy listening to this unique musical story as every character is portrayed by a different instrument from the orchestra and the story is woven together by the lively narration by Jim Dale. It’s a perfect holiday gift and a must-have for all Jim dale fans!

©1982 Sergei Prokofiev (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Classical Music

This is mostly Classical Music. I can't remember being four years old, but I know any age older than that, I would have been bored out of my head. Music is good, but this is audible books not I-tunes.

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Not The Classic!

Has Peter and the Wolf turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Is a beautiful performance by both the narrator as well as the Seattle Symphony.

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The ending has become more p.c. for children which I think is wrong. The wolf is now taken to a zoo. What the point of having the hunters in story at all? Peter could have just returned to his grandfather and called the forest ranger for that. It destroys a classic! And the performance is so beautiful too. DEPRESSING.

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Grandfather is an old bassoon

This concert is one of the best ways to introduce a child to the assorted parts of an orchestra. I first heard this concert in the early years of 1940. Later, I purchased the Leonard Bernstein version for my children to hear. Now, I bought this version from Audible to share with my granddaughter.
She was delighted to know it was read by Jim Dale, the "voice of Harry Potter" and she sat beside me as we shared a pair of earphones to listen to it together. When it was over, she borrowed my ipod so she could hear it again. Later in the day I overheard her walking around, humming Peter's theme.

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Wonderful!

This is a classic story that was done very well. The music wasn't cut short as in other recordings I've listened to, and Jim Dale can do no wrong.

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My Child's favorite!

What made the experience of listening to Peter and the Wolf the most enjoyable?

Having my child say, "Mom, the WOLF!"

What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dale's narration is whole-hearted. He paints the pictures with his words and inflections.

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

It gets me through long car trips. Listening to it for the hundreth time on repeat can make me want to cry, though!

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Loud ending

I listen to this to go to bed and by the time I’m drifting off the book ends and there’s an abrupt and loud woman who comes on and announces the end of the book. It’s similar to the “audible hopes you enjoyed this program” but louder and super startling in contrast to the easy listening of the actual audio book. Anyway that but at the end could be deleted or at least redone at a lower decibel level?

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love it

I have always loved this. I have now shared it with my granddaughters and now they always want to listen to it! 💕

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Never Disappoints

If you could sum up Peter and the Wolf in three words, what would they be?

Still a delight

What was one of the most memorable moments of Peter and the Wolf?

Wolf swallows bird

What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A voice to accompany the music

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course.

Any additional comments?

Grandchild wanted it (age 6). He was pleased with the production.

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Exceptional

Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev, and Jim Dale, no better combination for a wonderful story and music.

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playful hunting

I wish audible had more Musical entrees like this I love listening to them come on Audible

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  • Mrs. J. M. Galor
  • 01-24-20

Excellent version

We all enjoyed this, parents and children alike. I’d not heard this narrator before, but he has a great voice for this.

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  • Nna36
  • 01-02-19

My 5 yr olds love it

First time they were confused bit young, but now kids love it!!! They can name the story parts by music.

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  • Alexandra
  • 07-25-17

Excellent.

the kids and i all love it. definitely worth listening to. a beautiful way to introduce your children to orchestral music with the different themes.

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  • Mish
  • 09-29-20

my kids love this!

Great audiobook for bedtime. Family favourite. My kids love this book and so do I ❤️