The Little Prince (Grammy Award Winner "Best Children's Recording") narrated by Richard Burton is the most beloved and celebrated audio recording of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry classic French novella. Based on the original 1943 English translation, this one-hour abridged presentation, with sparkling music score, captures the timeless wisdom and charm of the iconic characters created by the world-renowned author.
In addition to Richard Burton (who plays the Aviator) the audio recording features Jonathan Winters (as the King and Snake), John Carradine (as the Fox, Geographer, and Conceited Man), Jim Backus (as the Businessman, Tippler, and Railway Switchman), Claudine Longet (as the Flower), Mark Conrad (as the Lamplighter), and Billy Simpson (as The Little Prince).
The poignant life-and-death odyssey begins when the Little Prince mysteriously appears in the Sahara Desert and says to a downed Aviator, "If you please, draw me a sheep". The startled Aviator complies, but his drawing is rejected, and a conversation ensues with the Little Prince asking numerous questions and telling stories about the very strange grown-ups encountered on his interplanetary journey to Earth. It is later revealed that the Little Prince must return home to asteroid B612 to care for his rose, the one (and only) flower on his small and desolate planet....
Saddened and confused by his conversations with grown-ups, the Little Prince is consoled when he tames a Fox who confides in him that "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”.
Was the Aviator's encounter with the Little Prince real or imagined? The question remains unanswered, but the story and lessons learned will forever live in the hearts and minds of children (and grown-ups) around the world who gaze up at the stars at night and wonder, what did become of the Little Prince and the flower that he loved?
The Little Prince
I was keen to purchase this as Richard Burton as the narrator was always a draw, however the title states it is unabridged, whilst simultaneously, the audio description states it is abridged, well iTunes, which is it?, do you even read these things before posting?