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Summary

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

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Childhood memories!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Enchanted Wood to be better than the print version?

No, there is always merit to reading stories yourself and making the characters your own

Who was your favorite character and why?

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!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Winslet?

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)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

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I loved it

I am 7yrs old and I loved this book. Thank you. It was great! I want to read the book !

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  • Mr
  • Faversham, United Kingdom
  • 02-03-15

Made car journeys enjoyable

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

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Painless long car journeys with two young boys!

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • edel
  • Ireland
  • 22-01-14

One Of My Favourite Chilldhood Books

Where does The Enchanted Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is right at the top!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love all the characters in the faraway tree. Enid wrote wonderful characters and settings that were perfect for daydreamers.

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

Yes and it is just as good. Kate has a wonderful reading voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, but I enjoyed all the adventures and settings.

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  • NV
  • 12-01-15

Love the Story, Disappointed in Changes

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)

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My kids loved it!

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!

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Childhood story revisited

Where does The Enchanted Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great it took me back to my childhood.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Just as I remembered it!

What three words best describe Kate Winslet’s voice?

Just like my aunt!

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

Exiting to see what land was coming...

Any additional comments?

Would recommend to be a read for any creative and imaginetive children.

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The best😋

Still the best classic around.

Really good story telling from Kate kinslet ( I think that's her name! )
Great for all ages.
Thumbs up from me!👍

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as expected, another great Roald Dahl book

Loved this as a child and now my children have read the book plus have the audiable - still have the original book from 1979 - great stories