All Crompton's celebrated characters are here: Ginger, Couglas, and Henry, the long-suffering Brown family, oily Hubert Lane, and 6-year-old control-freak Violet Elizabeth Bott. And leading the way, that timeless righter of wrongs, the incomparable William Brown himself.
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Personally I'm a huge fan of Martin Jarvis's interpretation of the Just William stories and thus my rating is biased from the outset. It's not the longest audio book and is a shame it isn't available unabridged, but is superbly read, funny, and should appeal to all ages. My children all adore these stories as do my own parents. Whenever we're in the car together, it is the Just William stories that get the unanimous vote, and this particular book is the one selected the most often.
If you haven't heard any of these stories before, then it is well worth a listen. You are introduced to all of the characters, so doesn't matter that this wasn't the first William book, and Jarvis reads it so wonderfully that it is a few hours of total enjoyment. I loved it!
I love just William and this as always is brilliant. Martin Jarvis loves his subject so dearly that he always brings every story to fantastic wicked life.
The only thing I have to say is that this is a very poor rip from the original cassette version. You can hear the spooling on the track. This would be fine and I don't mind usually, but I really wish audible would put warnings on poor quality recordings. The BBC do this on their sites and on their CD's and I believe it only fair to know what you are buying. There is also some voice drag. How very retro, I feel 8 years old again and frantically trying to rescue my beloved tapes before my player chewed them up!
Apart from that outstanding.
"This cuts out the true ending"
The CD version of this has the full ending. This version ends prematurely. It makes no sense as to why the ending was edited out.
Martin Jarvis is THE narrator for the "Just William" stories. His voices are perfect.
Written about a mischievous boy, these stories are perfect for middle schoolers on up. I LOVE the stories when I need a light, amusing, well-told tale.
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