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Do yourself a favor and immediately buy this audio book. Oh - before that, stop reading or listening to that dreary self-help or business book, or some serious adult book. Now - cue up Stephen Fry and the rest of this brilliant cast that give life to A. A. Milne's masterpiece.
Like many, I grew up reading and listening to Winnie-the-Pooh as a child. I loved the stories then and was lucky enough to be exposed to them before the Disney processing - sigh. But the brilliant language and gentle humor shine through in these stories and in this audio book in particular.
This is very funny stuff - even more for adults than children I believe. Stephen stars as the bear and plays him just right - serious and obsessed with his obsessions - honey, adventures, and his friends - especially Christopher Robin, and himself - Pooh. The tone and writing of the stories strike me as more related to Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, than anything else. And sure enough - there is a brief clip of Adams interviewed on BBC and he tells that he was deeply influenced by Winnie-the-Pooh in his writing. Shades of Monty Python are recognizable as well. For me, this is laugh out loud material.
None of us are ever too old to be a kid again and these stories will help remind you of that. And keep you tethered to your child-like nature. Absolute perfection.
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Would you listen to The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh again? Why?
Yes, the story is a classic and it was narrated very well. My kids loved it and even though my husband was dreading it ahead of time, he ended up not only liking it, but laughing out loud. The kids have never been so quiet on a road trip!
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