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By Ted on 04-28-14
Ruined by a dreadful narrator
David Case (who also widely recorded under the name Frederick Davidson) was the worst possible choice for this children's classic. He seems to have narrated tons of audiobooks and read every one of them in exactly the same mannered style, with the voice of a sneering, supercilious, effeminate headwaiter. (The fact that he was chosen to narrate many of George Orwell's books strikes me as beyond ludicrous, as Case had precisely the cold, snobbish, pseudo-upper-class English accent that Orwell despised.) One also has the sense that Case is reading this material for the first time and just winging it -- which I gather is true of most hardworking professional readers, but the good ones miraculously manage to conceal this fact.
"Dolittle" deserves someone with a warmer voice, a voice intended for children's storytelling. I'm partial to Bernard Mayes, Martin Jarvis, Jonathan Cecil, and David Thorn, having enjoyed a number of their readings on Audible, but there surely are dozens of others equally adept.
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