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  • Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Egyptians

  • By: Tony Robinson
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

The first in a fantastically funny new history series from the acclaimed Tony Robinson, who takes you on a headlong gallop through time, pointing out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits about the Egyptians! It's history, but not as we know it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tony Robinson is great

  • By bookworm mummy on 05-09-18

Tony Robinson is great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Educational for all ages, short chapters and lots of humour combined with Tony Robinson's brilliant delivery meant it kept everyone entertained.

  • The Story of Classical Music

  • By: Darren Henley
  • Narrated by: Aled Jones
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

The lives and music of the great composers of classical music unfold in this entertaining account, introduced by singer and presenter Aled Jones. In 1200 years, classical music grew from the chanting of medieval monks through the symphonies of Beethoven and the grand operas of Wagner to the huge orchestral sound-world of the 21st century, with its electronics and its film music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction to classical music

  • By bookworm mummy on 29-08-18

Great introduction to classical music

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Listened to this with my children aged between 4 and 15, some with more interest in music than others. Overall we enjoyed this as a whole family. I found myself having more understanding and appreciation of classical music too. I especially liked the chatty nature of the narration and the short chapters, with great use of this being an audio book and being able to actually hear the music being described. Highly recommend this book. Aled Jones was very easy to listen to.

  • The Gorilla Who Wanted to Grow Up

  • By: Jill Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Maureen Lipman
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Pongo is a young and mischievous gorilla living in the mountains of Africa. He wants to grow up to be brave and clever like his dad, and perhaps even become leader of the pack one day. But it is not until his little sister, Whoopsie, is born that Pongo discovers that growing up isn't just about having a big chest to thump! Can he prove that he isn't as young and irresponsible as everyone thinks? Unabridged reading of this classic tale by Jill Tomlinson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Tomlinson's best

  • By bookworm mummy on 19-07-17

One of Tomlinson's best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-17

I found it a very satisfying story, with interesting intense moments. I liked the voices given to the characters too. I liked how pongo became the leader. - Finn age 8

I liked all of it, but especially how the gorillas helped each other. - Ronan age 5

This story has been enjoyed by all of my 7 children over the years. I never tire of it myself. We have really enjoyed the readings of Maureen Lipman, so combined with a favourite story this was a winner for us.

  • The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home

  • By: Jill Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Maureen Lipman
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Suzy is a small striped cat with long white whiskers, who lives in a French seaside village with a fisherman and his four sons. She likes living in France, chasing butterflies and being stroked the wrong way. She doesn't like straying too far from home. But like all cats, Suzy is very inquisitive - which causes problems when she climbs into the basket of a hot-air balloon, falls asleep, and is carried up, up, and away over the Channel to England!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a cat lover and I loved it!

  • By Rosie and Duncan on 02-11-10

Jill Tomlinson at her best, perfectly read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-16

Lovely adventure story about a cat that accidentally ends up in England and wants desperately to get back to France. Original and funny with some interesting little bits for kids to learn along the way, including a few French words.

We love Jill Tomlinson's books, but I think this could be a firm favourite.

  • Hammy the Wonder Hamster

  • By: Poppy Harris
  • Narrated by: Suzy Aitchison
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Bethany is thrilled with her fluffed-up furry new pet and can't wait to get him home. But there's something different about Hammy, something very special. He's got amazing brains and attitude and an incredible secret. The question is, how did Hammy become so brilliant? The first in a wildly fun series from popular author Poppy Harris coming to a hamster wheel near you today!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your average, boring animal story

  • By bookworm mummy on 25-10-16

Not your average, boring animal story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-16

I thought it was very imaginative how Hammy the wonder hamster was very clever. Best story ever. - Finnbar age 7

I like that his name was Hamilton and that there was a rabbit. I liked this story a lot - Ronan age 4

I think it was enjoyable for older children as well as younger listeners.

Enjoyable story, very much different to the usual, predictable animal stories that seem so common these days. Great originality. Looking forward to hearing the next adventures.

  • Mr Men

  • Vintage Beeb
  • By: Roger Hargreaves
  • Narrated by: Arthur Lowe
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

Join Mr Funny, Mr Dizzy, Mr Bump, Mr Fussy, Mr Topsy-Turvy and Mr Small in these delightful tales for children - and adults. Mr Funny's car is a shoe! It looks very funny when he drives to the zoo. But can he cheer up the animals? Mr Dizzy always gets things confused, until one day he happens upon a wishing well... Mr Bump tries his hand at many jobs, but keeps getting fired! Will he ever bump into one that's suitable for him? Mr Fussy is a fussy old fusspot who dusts his flowers and irons his shoelaces!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unmatchable...

  • By Lee Grant on 31-12-14

great classics, read with humour

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-16

I liked it because Mr Men stories are my favourite - Ronan age 4

I like the use of imagination and the sound effects - Finn age 7

I like Mr Small - Erin age 2

classic childhood stories, well read.

  • Jamaica Inn

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912

Jamaica Inn stands alone on Bodmin Moor, stark and forbidding, its walls tainted with corruption. Young Mary Yellon soon learns of her uncle Joss Merlyn's strange trade here. But does he deal in blacker secrets still?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A grand story..narration not so grand

  • By Jeremy P. James on 24-08-11

very enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-16

it took a while to adjust to the narrator voicing the lead female character, but once into the story I soon forgot all about it. loved the story line, full of mystery and suspense.

  • Bear Snores On

  • By: Karma Wilson
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Acclaimed author Karma Wilson tells a festive story about friendship and helping others when they are sad in this Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Selection. Bear is snuggled in his cave for the winter. He sleeps all day and all night. The cold wind can’t even wake him up. He just snores on. Then, one day, something unexpected happens, and he is woken up. John McDonough’s playful narration helps listeners become involved in these woodland creatures’ activities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sweet story

  • By bookworm mummy on 03-10-16

sweet story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-16

Nicely read, although would be better in my opinion with some sound effects to make the most of the format. One of my children's favourite picture books, nice they can now listen to it on mp3 player when I'm unavailable.

  • The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark

  • By: Jill Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Bill Oddie
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Plop is a baby Barn Owl. He's the same as every other baby Barn Owl that has ever been - except for one thing: he is afraid of the dark. A night-time adventure based on the classic story by Jill Tomlinson. Read by Bill Odie, this audiobook includes a soundtrack and a song.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is an abridged version

  • By CT on 08-05-16

Not as long as you are led to believe

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-16

there is only one chapter of actual story - the rest is just Bill Oddie waffling on about imagining you are an owl or singing!! The story itself is nice enough, but this is nothing like the usual Jill Tomlinson stories. This is a preschool picture book, rather than a chapter book. I much prefer her other stories and also prefer Maureen Lipman narration.

  • The Aardvark Who Wasn't Sure

  • By: Jill Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Maureen Lipman
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Pim is a baby aardvark, with a long, furry nose. He has tiny little claws instead of fingers and toes, and sleeps in a cosy burrow. But he isn't sure what being an aardvark really means. He asks his mother all sorts of questions, and she decides it is time he found out what being an aardvark is all about. In his quest to discover the world around him, he meets lots of exotic and interesting animals. There are snakes, cheetahs, elephants, and monkeys, and they all have something to teach him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really entertaining

  • By Christine on 08-07-13

Favourite Jill Tomlinson so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-16

A story about a very intrigued aardvark. It had some pretty cool facts about aardvarks too - what their predators are, what they eat and what their abilities are. - Finn aged 7

I liked Pim and his adventures meeting all the other African animals and how his mum looked after him. - Ronan aged 4

Our favourite Jill Tomlinson story so far. Love the way so much information is added, making the stories both enjoyable and educational. - Mum to Finn and Ronan