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Puss in Boots

A Musical
Narrated by: Jim Dale, full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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Puss in Boots, a fractured fairy-tale musical, is a tale of conquering fears, finding your truth, discovering your strengths, and standing for what you believe in, with lots of fun along the way. With 11 original songs, this classic fairy tale is transformed into a hilarious adventure that will have the listener feeling like they're front-row center at a Broadway show. Narrated by Jim Dale and a full cast, and written and created by the award-winning team behind Spin: The Rumpelstiltskin Musical, this audiobook is a treat for the whole family.

Narrated by Jim Dale, Mark Aldrich, Barrett Leddy, Nick Sullivan, Brian Holden, Al Fallick, Lisa Livesay, Meredith Ingelsby, Lynn Norris, John E. Brady, and Johnny Heller.

©2019 Neil Fishman, Harvey Edelman, and Khristine Hvam (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • kixx
  • Delaware, USA
  • 09-16-19

Great fun.

I admit it. As soon as I finished listening the first time, I went back to listen again. It's just that fun.
This updated version of a fairy tale that originated in the 1500s holds its own. All of the characters are well-rounded, the actors are all fully engaged, and the music is the kind that sticks with you well after the book itself is complete. Catchy catchy tunes! The pacing of the story is excellent and I expect will hold children's attention well.
Jim Dale's storytelling is brilliant, and it was clear the cast was having just as much fun telling the story as I had listening.
I've not been able to find anything that tells me which actor played which role - but trust me: they are all brilliant.

Now I'm thinking a third listen might be needed.

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  • V. Lowery
  • Jersey City, NJ United States
  • 09-14-19

Enjoyable—adults will like it too

I enjoyed this immensely; it kept me company and entertained me on an otherwise difficult bus trip. Jim Dale leads a cast of impeccable voiceover talent, the music and the story are charming and uplifting, and I think this is one audiobook aimed at children that their adults will also enjoy.

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Best Children's Audio I've Heard

I'm a children's librarian and a mom. I've heard a lot of children's audio books and performances. I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the best. The story has been not just updated, but upgraded, with lots of new twists that make it a full length performance of what could have been a short fairy tale. Excellent songs and a hilarious cast of brilliant, top-notch performers will have the whole family laughing and singing along, not just the kids!

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awfully cute

So OK, so this ain't gonna set the world on fire. And it is mos def *not* a feminist manifesto. But a lot of talent showed up to give the story sparkle. It's chirpy and cheerful, with occasional flashes of wit, and the performers bring energy and charm to their stereotyped roles. (Fairytale archetypes, if you make a charitable stretch.) Some attempts at arch proscenium-breaking and modern references leaven the fare to a degree, giving parents something to smile at while the kids are being diverted. But the production leaves me with the impression of people trying a bit too hard to whip a mediocre script into brittle life.

And the message to girls, to manipulate the clueless men in their lives into believing they're in charge, while stealthily pursuing their own ends? Well, that is truly insidious, and needs to be called out for the loathsome, regressive indoctrination it is. Demeans both genders, sets kids up to be unreal and unhappy. I don't mean to be humorless, but there are other ways to be amusing about the battle of the sexes than, uh, perpetuating the battle of the sexes. Don't go after impressionable kids with this dreck. The fifties called and want their Zeitgeist back.

That said, I salute the casting director for finding savvy and talented voice actors. There were several standouts, but I want to mention especially the work of ☆Lynn Norris☆, who voices the princess, her mother the queen, and a Hipsterian, I believe. She's the ideal ingenue, bringing a naturally sweet freshness and youthful innocence to those parts. Oh, and her singing is flawless. But she's also a standout character actor, with impressive and agile versatility. I've been a fan for a while now, and actually bought this audiobook when I saw she was in it. She never fails to amuse and astonish.

So, buy this for a (mostly) harmless romp to keep the kids entertained on a road trip, say. But be prepared to assert that you don't hold with deception in relationships. Our leading man gets there in the end, but no one corrects the queen's propaganda. Just sayin'.

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