• Children of the Noisy Village

  • By: Astrid Lindgren
  • Narrated by: Catherine Byers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-31-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA and Audible
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (207 ratings)

Regular price: $3.47

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Publisher's Summary

A charming story about the everyday life of six Swedish children living on the three neighboring farms that everybody calls "noisy village" because of its "high spirits". This simple tale, which could be perfect for bedtime listening, conveys valuable wisdom along with a great deal of humor.
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Critic Reviews

"Six children from neighboring farms have fun all year long in this charming book by the author of the Pippi Longstocking stories." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Emer on 09-10-12

Beware Christmas issue for young kids

Although not technically a series of short stories, each chapter does stand alone for the most part with charming, gentle stories of rural life in long ago Sweden. My 3 and 5 year old girls were completely captivated.

However I have to agree with the reviewer who mentioned the Christmas issue. I was very glad I was paying attention when it was playing in the car and I suddenly heard a sentence begin with words along the lines of "When I was little I used to believe there was a real..." Luckily I slammed on the off button on time and I told them the CD ran out! Thankfully they didn't suspect a thing. I would have been devastated to ruin the magic of Christmas for my little ones in such an unexpected way with such an otherwise charming book. (Tip, I had burnt this to disc for the car. My husband afterwards burnt another copy deleting what was track 10 for us so that we could remove any danger of a repeat)

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19 of 19 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 03-19-11

Dissapointed by one point

If you don't mind certain Christmas myths being blown for your kids, this is a perfectly good recording, and certainly kept both my four year old girl and nine year old boy's attention. However, it also gives the game away on the former subject which I am not ready to have happen, especially for my four-year-old. Very disappointing. I am just hoping they missed it and have deleted it from iTunes.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 04-02-13

Surprisingly engaging

This lovely tale of growing up in a small Scandinavian village held the attention of my 5 and 6 yr old sons for the whole 2 hours+. I was surprised.

But beware, the little girl narrator does pretty much say "I used to think Santa was real but now I know that it is just the parents pretending" so be prepared to cough loudly during that part of the 'Christmas' chapter if your children are still believers.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-22-12

In fact, two ratings

My first rating as to the quality and entertainment of the book, it is indeed 5 stars. Very nice narrating. I loved the book as a child and I liked listening it even now when I am adult. One of my top ten children books which my kids will be reading as well.
When comes to the second rating, it is only 2,5 stars for Audible. Guys! Dont lie! It is not unabridged!!! I guess about 1/3 or more of the stories were cut off! Still the price even for an abridged book was great and I am happy I have bought it. But I do not like to be deceived.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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