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John Doolittle is a kind-hearted country physician who keeps goldfish in his pond, rabbits in the pantry, white mice in a piano, and a hedgehog in the cellar. He also has an unusual gift: he can talk to animals - a talent that comes in handy, since he prefers treating animals, rather than humans, as his patients. One day, a mysterious call summons him to Africa, where a serious epidemic has spread among the monkey population.

Of course, the good doctor sets out immediately with some of his best friends - Jip, the dog, and Polynesia, the parrot, among others. Along the way, they're joined by new acquaintances, including the pushmi-pullyu, a remarkable creature that has a head at both ends of its body. "Any child who is not given the opportunity to make the acquaintance of this rotund, kindly, and enthusiastic doctor/naturalist and all of his animal friends will miss out on something important," said renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.

©2018 Hugh Lofting (P)2018 Oregan Publishing

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Enjoyed it!

Lots of fun to listen too! I am sure I will listen to it again soon!

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fun story!

I enjoyed listening to this with my 7 year old son. Great, clear reading of a very fun story!

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The story of Dr Dolittle

Engrossing! Well read.
I'll definitely enjoy this many more times. Thank You Audible!! And to think it was less than a dollar!

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A clash in acceptabilities...

A clash in acceptabilities but a nonetheless charming story.

The man who can talk to animals, filmed several times. Doctor Dolittle is a book I read many years ago for a course, but completely forgotten. Well, I DID remember that there were uncomfortable scenes involving some teeth-clenchingly racist characters...

My 7 year old and I listen to a lot of books on the way to school, and having this on our shelf but also available to hear from Audible, we combined the two so he could follow along while we drove. This definitely helped with this slightly older material with some language that doesn't flow as easily as contemporary books tend to.

Dr Dolittle lives in the English village of Puddleby with his large menagerie of animals. Losing money as a doctor of humans (most are scared away by his animal friends), he finds he is able to succeed as an animal doctor after he learns to speak their languages. And when he receives a message that the African monkeys are sick and in need of his expertise, the story becomes a global adventure.

The animal doctoring is fine, my son liked the idea of a man talking to the animals. A few are characterised but most seemed to fade into the background for me. It was a few scenes in particular though which has readers' eyebrows raising - Prince Bumpo (yes, you read right), whom the Doctor meets on his travels, wishes to turn his skin from black to white. It's a fairly uncomfortable couple of chapters to sit through as an adult, but my son had no idea it was anything to make mention of, and for the time in which it was written, of course, would have not stood out in the way it does today.

Dolittle's adventures are pretty exciting for a child reader, with talking animals and world travels. Some scenes did drag though, certainly in the second half. I think if we hadn't had a copy of the book to follow, my son would have started flagging and getting bored with it.

The new Audible narrator had a very distinct voice, I wasn't too sure I liked it particularly, especially the American accent for a British-set, written and populated book.

The Push-Me-Pull-You is a memorable creation, one you want to see (not easy on an audiobook!), and the whole concept is great. The book itself has dated, but for a capable reader it is still entertaining and accessible, though some may require some explanation/detail as to the Bumpo sequence...

For ages 7/8 and over, dependent on capability.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.