• Street Gang

  • The Complete History of Sesame Street
  • By: Michael Davis
  • Narrated by: Caroll Spinney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-02-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (120 ratings)

Regular price: $20.97

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Publisher's Summary

When the first episode aired on Nov. 10, 1969, Sesame Street revolutionized the way education was presented to children on television. It has since become the longest-running children's show in history, and today reaches 8 million pre-schoolers on 350 PBS stations and airs in 120 countries. Street Gang is the compelling and often comical story of the creation and history of this media masterpiece and pop culture landmark, told with the cooperation of one of the show's co-founders, Joan Ganz Cooney. Sesame Street was born as the result of a discussion at a dinner party at Conney's home about poor children's programming and hit the air as a big bang of creative fushion from Jim Henson and company, quickly rocketing to success.
This audio is narrated by Caroll Spinney, the voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Spinney is the winner of four Emmy Awards and two Grammys, and has received both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Library of Congress's Living Legend award for his work on Sesame Street. In 2006, Spinney was honored with the National Academy of Telelvsion Arts and Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award.
©2009 Michael Davis (P)2009 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By jamesh-lantern-media on 11-05-15

Overall a great story, but ome dull parts

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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4 out of 5 stars
By T. on 06-21-12

Now I love Sesame Street even more

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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