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  • Alan Bennett Reads Childhood Classics

  • The Wind in the Willows; Alice in Wonderland; Through the Looking Glass; Winnie-the-Pooh; The House at Pooh Corner
  • By: Kenneth Graeme, Lewis Carroll, A A Milne
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

The Wind in the Willows is the classic story featuring Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad (of Toad Hall). In Alice in Wonderland, when Alice follows a white rabbit down a hole, she embarks on a series of adventures with some of the most weird and wonderful characters ever encountered. In Through the Looking Glass, Alice sees another world in the looking glass and wishes she could go there.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading, poor planning

  • By J Halle on 20-03-17

Great reading, poor planning

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

Reviewed: 20-03-17

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Alan Bennett?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Wonderful stories, wonderfully read. But as it has been recorded as one single 7 hour narrative it is impossible to select which story to listen to, or to navigate the content other than to listen to it beginning to end. Very poor planning.

Have you listened to any of Alan Bennett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - as always a wonderful storyteller.

What character would you cut from Alan Bennett Reads Childhood Classics?

None

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful recording spoiled by poor technical execution.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Kim

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid

  • By Sydney on 22-12-13

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-12

A splendid book, beautifully read. Moving, amusing, informative. A book to savour - again and again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beastly Things

  • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 21
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When a body is found floating in a canal, disfigured and with multiple stab wounds, Commissario Brunetti is called to investigate and is convinced he recognises the man from somewhere. However, with no identification except for the distinctive shoes the man was wearing, and no reports of people missing from the Venice area, the case cannot progress. Brunetti soon realises why he remembers the dead man, and asks Signorina Elettra if she can help him find footage of a farmers' protest the previous autumn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • New narrator please!

  • By J Halle on 09-05-12

New narrator please!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-12

Not one of Donna Leon's best, but would be an ok listen if it weren't for the dreadful quality of the narration. The reader has no sensitivity to the text, no understanding of the nuances, and succeeds only in spoiling the experience. very disappointing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful