I watched as a kid. I had the toy brownstone and plastic characters. Now I'm a teacher and a mother of a bicultural child, and I have my daughter watch "Sesame Street Old School" videos (episodes from the late 60s and 70s - the ones I grew up on). I've long had a vague awareness that Sesame Street was/is a groundbreaking, well-researched show, but now that I've listened to this audiobook I have a much better understanding of what went into creating it. It's heartwarming to hear about how committed the originators were to achieving their vision. Other reviewers have complained about Caroll Spinney's narration, but for me hearing him tell a story that's so close to his own heart made the experience more meaningful.
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As a father of a toddler; who is now fully immersed in the Sesame Street world, it was nice to get the history of a wonderful organization. Caroll Spinney does an excellent job narrating, and the interview with him at the end brings it all together.
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I really enjoyed this audio book. The story was something I was interested in, and it delivered.. I found out the behind the scenes stuff that I didnt know about and having it narrated by the voice of Big Bird was definitely a plus..
The only problem was that there were a couple of large sections of the story where they were just rattling off names and their jobs.. And it was just so dry that I caught myself tuning out for a while... Happily it wasn't that large of a section, and the actual stories made up for it...
LIke millions of other kids, I grew up on Sesame Street, and hearing the stories about the people who made it was wonderful... Reliving the episodes when Mr Hooper died was a sad moment, but it made me realize how these characters touched my life... I was honestly surprised that the characters were actors with different names and completely different lives... (I shouldnt have been, but it took me off guard)
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Davis writes a good book, and this history of Sesame Street is not poorly written, to be sure. The problem is that the history of the show and its Muppet characters is just not particularly engaging, even for someone like me who grew up watching it and who still loves the Muppets. There's simply almost no drama in the details: a bunch of smart, well-meaning people got together and made a show that changed the history of children's TV. That's about all you need to know. There were no massive hurdles to overcome, no last-minute crisis to be dramatically solved, etc. As a story, it's just not gripping. Perhaps because of this, the author goes off at times on the personal problems of some of the participants, sliding into tabloid journalism at times while he looks for something out of the ordinary. And while it goes without saying that Caroll Spinney is eminently qualified to talk about Sesame Street, as a narrator he's only average. Unfortunately, there are many points where unnatural pauses or intonation soil his narration that should have had a second take recorded, but the production team apparently decided not to bother. The 30-minute interview with Spinney and the author included as a bonus at the end of the book is probably the most interesting part.
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A book subtitled The Complete History of Sesame Street, narrated by the guy who does the voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds foolproof, right? Sadly, it is not. The book should have been subtitled The Complete History of Children's Television Workshop, as it is a history of the people (and I do mean history - this includes detailed biographies of the parents of the people who ended up founding or working on Sesame Street) and the business behind Sesame Street, and manages to focus surprisingly little on the actual show itself. The book is a good third of the way through before the show even launches.
If that's what you're after then you'll enjoy this book, but it wasn't for me.
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Would you be willing to try another one of Caroll Spinney’s performances?
NO! I cannot fathom how this narrator got a job reading books aloud. He speaks like a man with a nose-full of mucous, and still manages to be monotonously nasal. He also fairly routinely mispronounces words, putting accent on the wrong syllable, adding syllables to some words ("summarily") and somehow deleting syllables from others ("spectacularly"). I got to the first airing and reactions of Sesame Street, and just couldn't take any more of him. If he is the only option in Audio, I'll go buy the paper book or E-book.