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Summary

The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.

©1930, 1990 Arnold Munk (P)2018 Listening Library

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“Long...adds a lushness to the spreads and injects even more personality into the characters. Both faithful fans and newcomers will enjoy this triumphant ride and eagerly climb aboard for repeat excursions.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Long has enriched this new edition with bountiful illustrations that take their palette and inspiration from the original, but are greatly enhanced by imagination and inventiveness.” (Kirkus Reviews

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  • L. M. Myers
  • 27-10-18

Something is amiss here

I was initially thinking that this recording was transferred badly, and that the voice narration was sped up. Because not only is the reading way too fast, the main narrator's voice sounds pretty warped. But while that seems true of the narrator, the other voices seem fine, so, I dunno. Whatever the reason for the issue, I find the narrative speed bothersome, and the narrator's voice distractingly weird. My four and half year old son agrees the voice is odd, but still enjoys the story.

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  • Momof4az
  • 06-08-18

Strange voice

Too animated. This actually scared my child. Don’t buy this one for a bedtime story!

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  • CMS
  • 07-11-21

The Little Engine that Could demos progressive thi

This was my favorite story growing up. Just listened to audible's reading. Never realized the little engine that could was a girl!

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  • C. E. Hong
  • 14-07-21

The narrator ruins this classic

Something was off putting about the narration. I read the other reviews who mentioned the speed was too fast, so I slowed it down and it still isn't right. My son and I love the book, but not this audio recording.

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  • Lamont Hislop
  • 01-05-21

My grandkids love this book...

My grandkids love this book. They love to listen to it every chance they get.

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  • M. Lewis
  • 30-03-21

Classic. Narration could be better.

This is a classic story and overall my kid loves it. As an adult listener- the narration for the prose is a bit off- wish it were in a more natural voice.

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  • Dowd's Tavern
  • 05-09-20

Read much too fast

We love this book, but it was read much too fast for small children (or even us parents!) to listen to.