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I was so curious about this book after watching Walt Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" and of course "Mary Poppins!" The other reviews made me even more curious. First of all, I have to say that the narration by Sophie Thompson is out of this world. She flows from voice to voice so easily and perfectly that you would never realize it was one person.Excellent job -- in fact "practically perfect in every way!" It is true that Mary Poppins is cross and mean at times, but the fun and caring for the children still comes through. I'm not sure I'll go forward with the rest of the series, but this one was delightful. Can't wait to listen with my husband on our next road trip. Oh, and if you are the movie fan, you won't be disappointed as this book does include at least 3 of the familiar stories from the movie. No spoilers though.
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Sometimes I wonder at myself. Do I really need further evidence that the movie is never as good as the book? I must have seen the Disney movie at least a dozen times, so I put off listening to this, feeling I had a fairly good idea of the story and characters. I finally scraped the bottom of the barrel of new books in my library, so I started this short listen.
My first thought on listening to this book? I WAS CHEATED! Yes, that's right. Cheated! My mother failed me deeply in never reading this book to me when I was young, and what's worse, I cheated my own daughter. Beautiful, whimsical writing, characters so unique and moving, not introduced in the movie, overall it's just a gorgeous story. The writing, I can't describe it, but it deserves a "Dao of Mary Poppins" adaptation.
Thompson's narration does nothing but add to the experience of this book. Her vocalizations for the different characters are fantastic! I wish so much that I could go back in time and read this to myself as a child. It's a book to make grown ups think and to remember being children, and a book to make children dream.
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