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The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark

Narrated by: Bill Oddie
Length: 40 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 0-4
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Summary

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.

©2004 The Estate of Jill Tomlinson (text), Paul Howard (illustration); Barry Gibson (music and song) (P)2008 Egmont UK Limited

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"[G]reat for calming night-time fears." ( Practical Parenting)

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  • 08-05-16

This is an abridged version

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

Bill Oddie does a good job, but I grew up with the Maureen Lipman version and that's untouchable for me.

Any additional comments?

This is not unabridged, as advertised. It is heavily edited and misses all of the books wonderful humour.

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This is NOT by Maureen Lipman, but Bill Oddie

If you came here from Amazon and expected this to be the version by Maureen Lipman, because you clicked on the link from the Maureen Lipman version, this is not. The link from Amazon is wrong and you may waste your money if you proceed, I did! Very unimpressed.

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Abridged

This is abridged and therefore misses out all the best bits. ☹️ Really disappointed as this was one of my favourites as a child and I thought it’d be a great way to enjoy it with my son. 😖

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Bad voice

Heard it before and thought it was the same one however it was another narrator that completely ruined the story. Overall not impressed.

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Cut short, not the full story. Very annoyed

This is not the full version. This story and tape are one of the very happy memories I have as a child and that's why I know it word for word and this is not the full story and for the price I think that's terrible. Very annoyed would like a refund as I can't listen to this.

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The most important book in my life

I have a two year old, she won't sleep with out this. Every night I can hear it faintly drifting thought the monitor when she can sleep, or has a bad dream she’ll curl up in my arms and drift off listening to this.

Lucky it's a fairly decent, not the most gripping of storys but much better than pepper pig.

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Not the full story

The full story is wonderful and I bought this by mistake....very short and lots of lovely parts of story missing. Also lots of annoying music!!!!

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Disappointing

This is heavily abridged. Maureen Lipman has done a much better, full length version but unfortunately it’s not available on Audible.

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fab story

loved it so much and the songs helped my kids go asleep great storytelling fabulous

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Disappointing

This is certainly not to be compared with the Maureen Lipman version which was amazing. Everything fell short

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  • 06-12-11

Keeps my toddler in bed for an extra 40 minutes!

Would you listen to The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark again? Why?

Yes, we downloaded this for my two year old son, who is now very curious about owls. He listens to this over and over, and it can buy his tired parents an extra half-hour of sleep while he listens.

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

Yes, the characters are interesting, and the story is engaging.

Any additional comments?

A good book to help little ones learn about new things - like flying in the dark.