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This is an excellent dramatization of A. A. Milne's delightful classic book about Pooh, the bear of little brain, and his quirky friends. The different voice actors are perfect, with standouts being Judi Dench as one of the two narrators, Jane Horrocks as the husky, high-voiced Piglet, and Geoffrey Palmer as the appealingly gloomy Eeyore. Stephen Fry does a sturdy Pooh, though at times I had the uncanny impression of Fry himself standing before me rather than Pooh bear. Two narrators, one male, one female, narrate the chapters, switching back and forth repeatedly and rapidly, and after about the first chapter, I found myself enjoying the switches, as though I were being read to by two ideally witty and warm parents or grand-parents at the same time. The piano music that begins or closes chapters and accompanies Pooh's "hums" is pleasant and appropriate. The sound effects help the listener to imagine the scenes without distracting him/her from the savory text. And the dramatization doesn't abridge much; from what I could tell (by comparing the first chapter in the book with the first one in the audiobook), the dramatizers include pretty much all of Milne's words and chapters except for occasional dialogue tags that are conveyed well enough by the different voice actors.
It was very entertaining to listen to this book; I often found myself smiling and chuckling at the foolish and charming exploits of Pooh and company and wishing the book would not end.
By the way, I tried the samples of Peter Dennis reading the unabridged Pooh books and was completely turned off by the bizarre grunting-farting noise that punctuates all of Piglet's utterances. Jane Horrocks is much much MUCH more appealingly Piglet-y.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
These narrators take me back to the magic of AA Milne's beloved characters and stories.
Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer are sublime, Stephen Fry and Jane Horrocks are perfect.
At 5 years old or 50 (like me), there is much love and fun in these stories about the silly old bear.
I adored being read to as a child and still do.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
We loved listening to this audio book. We already love Pooh Bear, however this audio book brought Pooh and his friends to life in a superb way and has made us love him even more. One for all the family. My husband, who does not enjoy 'stories', was tickled listening along.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is the funniest pooh ever! I have never expect to laugh laud listening Winnie the pooh.
I love it. Such a gorgeous actors: )
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?
Funny, lovely, joyful.
What other book might you compare Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised) to, and why?
The other dramatised Pooh books
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Comic intonation and acting skill
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not really but it is well able to sustain multiple listens.
Any additional comments?
A great cast of voice actors - not a voice out of place. The Australian accent is kind of ridiculous but that just makes it lovely. Kanga and Roo are polite Australian accents as imagined by people who've never heard an Australian talk, or if they have, decided to heavily redact the nasal braying we are so found of demonstrating for the world. 'Come on, Roo' should really be 'C'aarn, Roo' (for example).
love listening to this with my child over and over. a great book for bath times and snuggles on the couch.