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You should know that these stories are abridged. I am not familiar enough with "The Wind in the Willows" to know what was cut, but there were a number of poems omitted from the Alice stories, including cutting out 2/3 of Jabberwocky. Several whole chapters were omitted from the Pooh books, and the chapters that remained were shortened, including the removal of several of Pooh's poems and songs.
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i'm loving this "book" (Note: 3x5 stars ratings abv). HOWEVER (as noted abv) unless you're willing to set it to 'play' and let it roll on, one has a hard time navigating the various books to locate different sections, chapters or parts.
The recording is presented in twenty-three "chapters" with no hint of what's there in each (Audible) chapter.
For instance, "The Wind in The Willows" is presented in Chapters 1-10 (3.25 hours) with no indication of the relevant chapters in the book.
Each chapter begins with a statement like "Chapter Two, The Open Road. "Ratty, said the Mole suddenly one bright…" which helps but later we find that the narration skips the book's Chapter 7: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Chapter 9: Wayfarers All. So that the narration's "Ch 7" is actually the books Ch8: "Toad's Adventures" and the recorded "Ch 8" is the book's Ch10: "The Further Adventures of Mr Toad"
Hey, it's 5:30am and i'm about to end my night shift, gotta go...
i hope to continue this project over the next few nights. Stay tuned (i hope)
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Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Alan Bennett?
What did you like best about this story?
Wonderful stories, wonderfully read. But as it has been recorded as one single 7 hour narrative it is impossible to select which story to listen to, or to navigate the content other than to listen to it beginning to end. Very poor planning.
Have you listened to any of Alan Bennett’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes - as always a wonderful storyteller.
What character would you cut from Alan Bennett Reads Childhood Classics?
Any additional comments?
This is a wonderful recording spoiled by poor technical execution.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Alan Bennett is a fabulous narrator, doing many different characters with ease. this package has an enormous amount of material, although the book divisions aren't marked so a little difficult to navigate. My son (4 years) preferred the Winnie the pooh stories to the rest but that still covered more than an hour of car time