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The Bunnicula Collection: Books 4-7

Nighty-Nightmare; Return to Howliday Inn; Bunnicula Strikes Again!; Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow
Series: Bunnicula, Book 4-7
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 5-7

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Summary

The Bunnicula Collection: Books 4 – 7 contains four more funny and spooky stories from the beloved series by James Howe. 

Nighty-Nightmare

An overnight camping trip! Howie, the Monroe's faithful dog, is not excited, and Chester the cat is worried. The woods, Chester informs Harold, are not only full of cockleburs and ticks, but of spirits - evil spirits who prey on the innocent. Harold is not taking Chester seriously. But when two strange men and their even stranger dog set up camp next to the Monroes, things begin to happen that make even Harold wonder. Could Chester be right? 

Return to Howliday Inn

Harold, Chester, and Howie return to Chateau Bow-Wow, and it's as creepy as ever. The Monroe pets, alongside cat burglars Felony and Miss Demeanor, with Hamlet, a Great Dane, and Weasel (a weasel, of course) , work together to solve the mysterious disappearance of fellow boarder named Rosebud. 

Bunnicula Strikes Again!

It seems that Bunnicula, the vampire rabbit, is back to his old ways - or so Chester thinks, having found pale vegetables drained of their juices and scattered about the Monroe family kitchen. This time Chester decides to take matters into his own hands (or rather paws). 

Can Harold let Chester get away with hurting an innocent bunny, no matter what his harebrained suspicions are? When the Monroes notice Bunnicula's weakened condition and rush him to the vet, the chase is on, ending with a dramatic confrontation in a most unusual (and dangerous) location. 

Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow

The Monroe house is going mad with excitement. 

Pete has just won a contest, and the prize is a school visit from none other than M. T. Graves, Pete’s idol and the best-selling author of the FleshCrawlers series. He’s even going to stay with the Monroes while he’s visiting! Harold and Howie are thrilled, but Chester the cat is suspicious. Why does Graves dress all in black? Why doesn’t the beady-eyed crow perched on his shoulder say anything? Why has a threatening flock of crows invaded the backyard? And most worrisome of all: In each of the FleshCrawlers books, why does something bad always happen to the pets? 

Suddenly, Graves’ interest in all of the animals - especially Bunnicula - looks far from innocent. It’s up to Chester, Harold, and Howie to find out if M. T. Graves and Edgar Allan Crow are really devising a plot to make their beloved bunny...nevermore

Please note: This recording omits a few pages from the original text at the end of Book 7. This is currently the best available source audio from the publisher. 

©2013 James Howe (P)2013 Listening Library

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-06-16

terrible customer support passable book

Would you try another book from James Howe and/or Victor Garber and Patrick Mulvihill ?

yes but not on audible

If you’ve listened to books by James Howe before, how does this one compare?

The first series has better voice acting

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Campy performance and some annoying voices.

Any additional comments?

The last book of the series cuts out at the end so you never know what happened to the bunny! MY toddler was not amused. I called customer service to have this fixed but nothing was done. I asked if I could have the last book as a single book since i already bought the set but as expected customer service was pathetic. I would cancel my service if i could get my credits held of refunded.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-16

Audible won't fully compensate for faulty book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not this version since the last chapter of book 7 cuts out after about four minutes. This is an issue known to Audible and there are no plans to fix it.

What three words best describe Victor Garber and Patrick Mulvihill ’s performance?

It was jarring to switch from the amazing Victor Garber but Mulvihill's performance is very good. Too bad it isn't complete in this version. I have yet to see if the stand-alone version of Book 7 is completel.

Any additional comments?

After over an hour on customer service chat and three different reps, all I was offered was a $15 coupon. Yes, I could return the book but the kids enjoyed Books 4,5, 6, and what we heard of book 7. So I would have to go through the hassle of returning and re-purchase each individual book at extra cost.

Also, $15 doesn't even cover the cost of Book 7 on its own. So I would have to pay another $0.82 towards a book I already purchased. And the rep couldn't guarantee the stand alone version was complete.

They definitely won't offer the e-book or print version since even though the companies are linked, they can only offer compensation spent on Audible. Fine, I understand.

But I don't think I should have to spend more money to see if the stand alone version is complete. Nice reps, poor company policy. Clearly not interested in the fact that I wasted over an hour with them and now have to pay extra for a product I already purchased.

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  • S. McC.
  • 23-05-14

Lovely stories; incomplete narrator information

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bunnicula Collection: Books 4-7 to be better than the print version?

I don't know about better (gosh, I read and loved these books so much when I was a kid!), but audiobooks are of course a very different experience from reading in print, and for me there's something extremely soothing about having some tales--P.G. Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett, and, of course, James Howe--read aloud by the right narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I suppose it has to be Harold, that scruffy dog who's been a fictional companion since I was wee--but, then, who's Harold without Chester? Who's Watson without his Holmes?

What does Victor Garber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The sheer color and variety of his characterizations! Every character, no matter how small, gets distinct shading from Garber (the only character where I feel he goes seriously astray is Harrison in _Howliday Inn_ in the first collection). But really, my favorite thing here is the cosy, often hilarious rightness of his voices for the main characters. Everyone no doubt envisions Harold, Chester, and Howie differently, but Garber gets them just as I'd imagined only somehow more so.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A few years ago, I reread Howe's _Bunnicula_ stories for the first time since childhood. They remain charming, engaging, and fun. I have an enduring love for this series, and Victor Garber's readings have given me a magnificent fix.

Any additional comments?

NOTE: VICTOR GARBER ONLY NARRATES THE FIRST THREE OF THE FOUR BOOKS IN THIS COLLECTION. I purchased this in the first place because I hadn't yet read or listened to _Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allen Crow_. The other three books I bought separately years ago on iTunes, but I was happy to spend a credit on this for a new-to-me _Bunnicula_ tale read by a narrator I like. Alas, that last book is read not by Garber but by Patrick Mulvahill, and I don't care for his performance. I ended up returning this.

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  • Jordan
  • 06-11-19

Almost as good as the last collection . . .

Honestly, I have nothing against books 4 - 6. Book 7, however, is another story. I personally didn't like Patrick Mulvihill's reading. I think that the series' ending was simply not as good as the other books, too. 7.5 / 10.

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  • Dan
  • 16-09-19

Last Narrator was an odd choice.

Loved it. I have both collections, and thoroughly enjoyed them. All but the last book, had the same brilliant voice reading.

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  • Ross Thomas
  • 14-09-19

changes

still fun but the change of narrator for the final book was a little jarring. he preforms well but it's a change having someone else narrate a series you've become familiar with

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  • Cynthia Wymer
  • 06-03-19

Absolutely wonderful except for one thing...

Why did they change the narrator on the last story? It was a little jarring for me, though I expect the second narrator (Patrick Mulvihill) was quite good as well. It's hard for me to tell when I'm already biased towards the first one (Victor Garber) having listened to 6/7 of the series from him. I would have just personally enjoyed the consistency to finish the series with the same voice I'd been listening to it all along with, especially since the characters were "acted" with some voice changes throughout. It had become easy for me to tell which character was which just from the voice. That made it all the more disappointing when the narrator changed. For me, I feel like I would rate it a bit lower on performance due to this, except that both narrators were excellent and it is just my own bias.
HOWEVER the stories were absolutely wonderful! I can't complain at all when it comes to them. They are lovely, exciting, and very funny. Even as a "grown up" in my early 20s, I enjoyed them whole-heartedly (though I admit to enjoying children and youth stories in general quite a bit more than the ones made for "adults"...) I really loved each of the main characters and enjoyed their banter. And the stories were clever and well-written. I very well may end up listening to these again with my nephews and nieces when they are a bit older. Though, I also may very well end up listening to these again myself before then just because! If you haven't read or heard them before, I definitely do recommend them, whether you are a child or just a child at heart!

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  • T. Burton
  • 11-01-18

bunnicula

is a adventures and thrilling tale of a vampire bunny 🐇, named BUNNICULA!!! this is a good book for kids who like bunnies and mysteries.

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  • Natalie
  • 02-11-16

Not sure we got the whole story

I recently was introduced to this book by my son and he was so impatient to hear this series of books that he asked me for the audible version. He finished Edgar Allen Crow today and it seems like the story ended in the middle of a conversation. I'll have to see if I can find the actual book to know for sure. My version had 45 chapters and the last chapter was 4:12. I read book reviews on Amazon which said the author suggests another book will be released, but the audible version did not. We are curious what will happen to Bunnicula because a character was talking to the Monroe family a letter that was typed and it seemed like the man was going to ask a question about Bunnicula, but the book ended without questions asked or answered.

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  • Dodie48
  • 12-03-16

Such fun for our family!

If you could sum up The Bunnicula Collection: Books 4-7 in three words, what would they be?

Funny, entertaining and intelligent! These books are a riot, with jokes aimed at parents that still have enough humor that my 6 year old can identify to make them fun for all of us!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bunnicula Collection: Books 4-7?

Definitely the staking the zombie-vampire vegetables with toothpicks!

Have you listened to any of Victor Garber and Patrick Mulvihill ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've only heard Victor Garber before--Patrick Mulvhill was okay, but I missed Victor Garber's Howie in book 7.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would cheerfully listen to one of the three stories all in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Definitely a great production for a family in need of some road trip entertainment!