Enid Blyton's much loved The Faraway Tree stories read by Kate Winslet are now available as unabridged audio downloads for the first time.
The Enchanted Wood is the first wonderful story in the Faraway Tree series by the world's best-loved children's author, Enid Blyton.
When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, they discover an Enchanted Wood just outside their doorstep. Soon they find the Faraway Tree, which is the beginning of many magical adventures....
Join them and their new friends Silky the fairy, Saucepan Man and Moonface, as they discover which new land awaits them at the top of the Faraway Tree.Will they visit the Land of Treats, the Land of Spells, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please?
Come with them on an amazing adventure - there will be magic and fun at every turn.
©2013 Enid Blyton (P)2013 Hachette Children's
It is right at the top!
I love all the characters in the faraway tree. Enid wrote wonderful characters and settings that were perfect for daydreamers.
Yes and it is just as good. Kate has a wonderful reading voice.
No, but I enjoyed all the adventures and settings.
No, there is always merit to reading stories yourself and making the characters your own
Love them all for nostalgic reasons, though they aren't actually always very nice people... I found the children, and even the 'adults' Silky, Moonface and Saucean Man to be really mean at times. Especially to Connie in The Folk of The Faraway Tree, who yes, was annoying, but realistically not as unpleasant or arrogant as the others!
I have downloaded and listened to this series, but I dont know about any others. Kate was very good and I liked the way she portrayed most of the characters, but it was odd listening to someone so familiar. Think i prefer unknowns, or the ones that do it very well (Stephen Fry for eg)
To annoyance yes.. Why on earth were the names changed from Bessie and Fanny to Beth and Franny?? I found that very odd, and a weird insult to the original tale by Enid Blyton.
I bought this series for my son to listen to on the short hops to and from school. It's his nanny's favourite series. He loved them and sometimes didn't want to get out of the car when we got home. Certainly recommended for infant age kids on a car journey
These books were my favourite when I was a child and I've loved listening to them all over again as brought to life by Kate Winslet. My children also love them and roared laughing particularly at the deaf old Saucepan Man and we've been on several very long journeys without the usual squabbles and mithering. Highly recommend.
I have loved this classic story since childhood and was very disappointed and confused by the unnecessary name changes that have occurred.
Why is Bessie now Beth and why is Fanny now Franny. It doesn't make sense ?
What a shame. Apart from this, the story is as good as always.
Not so sure kate winslet as the narrator however, I do think having someone famous or identifiable to that level is distracting from the story. (I think this for most famous people narrating audiobooks)
This is a captivating story and the storytelling suits it perfectly. Kate Winslet keeps the narrative going and conveys the action so that the children were riveted. Brilliant!
I love my audio, as a child Jackanory was my favourite. these days I have detail work and my eye get too tired to read books:-(.
Great it took me back to my childhood.
Just as I remembered it!
Just like my aunt!
Exiting to see what land was coming...
Would recommend to be a read for any creative and imaginetive children.
I bought this as I remembered it from my childhood. It was for the car, and it helped to keep the kids (6, 4) very quiet for a series of car journeys. Good value!!
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