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I grew up reading the Beatrix Potter books and thought that Laurel Schroeder did such a fantastic job with the various characters. Her performance brought back many happy memories I had reading the book with my Grandmother. I think this collection of stories is great to listen to when one is in a reminiscent mood or with small children. The stories length are perfect to keep young children engaged and are quite original.
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Note that I was provided a copy of this book by its narrator in return for an honest review.
I suspect the confines of Mr. McGregor's garden are as well known to us as they are to the fictional Peter Rabbit. There are doubtless scores of film adaptations of Ms. Potter's personalized characters romping about in a variety of natural places. But no visual adaptation can ever be as good as is this narration.
Laurel Schroeder breathes so much life and vibrant vivid vocal color into these delightful rabbits, mice, cats, and squirrels that abound in this book that they will be unforgettable. Schroeder's British accent is absolutely BBC-authentic. I'm usually rather critical of non-Brits doing a British accent, but there's nothing to criticize about this performance. It is amazingly authentic as nearly as I can tell. What's more, she never slips out of character even once. Every syllable is performed with the right accent--a reflection of the professionalism and discipline of the narrator for sure.
It has been literally decades since I visited the famous garden and feared for young Peter Rabbit's life. Some of the stories included here are stories I've never heard, and they were wonderful. Schroeder even manages to add some vocal delight when she sings the little songs sung by the various woodsy creatures who inhabit these stories.
Aside from the top-flight narration, which you don't want to miss, the stories themselves are excellent tools to teach the very young about values and absolutes that are far from dated. I was mildly surprised by some of the violence that happens in these stories. In one, an animal is scratched and cuffed. In another story, a poor squirrel, falsely accused of digging up nuts belonging to others, is forcefully shoved down a hole in a tree--a hole into which he does not fit easily or without some pain. But the lessons taught are life gems, and Laurel Schroeder's narration brings those gems to an uncommon luster very much worthy of your Audible credit and time to listen.