Dancing Bear

  • by Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen
  • 0 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A gentle and deeply moving story of a young girl and her bear, told with great charm by a master storyteller.
High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village - safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear....


What the Critics Say

"It’s rare to find a story that combines so successfully a contemporary plot and modern morality with a feel for legend and fairy tale." (She Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I will openly admit, it pissed me off

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have never written a audio book review before, but had to here. The story is running along nicely and then, smack upside the head. The ending, well let's say if I were to ever meet the writer, I will just slap him upside his head for such.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Morpurgo again?


What aspect of Sir Ian McKellen’s performance would you have changed?

Easily, the ending, as it ruined a great story.

What character would you cut from Dancing Bear?


Any additional comments?

Someone explain to the writer, a child's book where many said this belongs, needs uplifting story endings. Not one where the poor child will be left in tears. The world itself has enough sad things for a child to already deal with.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited