Blackstone Audiobooks presents, from the unabridged collection “A. A. Milne’s Pooh Classics,” the ten stories of Winnie-the-Pooh performed by Peter Dennis.
Come with us to an enchanted place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be.
This reading has earned the prestigious Audie Award, Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Ohio State Award of Merit, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award.
This is the only reading of these immortal stories authorized by A. A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, who wrote, “Peter Dennis has made himself Pooh’s Ambassador Extraordinary and no bear has ever had a more devoted friend. So if you want to meet the real Pooh, the bear I knew, the bear my father wrote about, listen to Peter.”
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If you're expecting Disney voices, beware!
Peter Dennis is a great reader of Pooh, but he doesn't sound like the Disney characters you grew up with. Especially his Piglet, whose dialoge is interspersed with little snorts!
Better Than Disney!!
Correct. This is not the Disney-fied version of A.A. Milne. This is the REAL, original, actual Pooh as written by Milne, whose stories are brilliant, touching, funny, and revealing about society and humanity.
Peter Dennis makes the most of the humor and tenderness in these stories and uses voices that make sense for each character, including a Piglet that snorts (as piglets are known to do). I had the pleasure of seeing Peter Dennis (the only performer authorized by Milne Foundation to do public readings of his works) read Winnie the Pooh 13 years ago, bought his tapes and have listened to them for more than a decade. I could not possibly recommend him more and am THRILLED that this is available digitally as I have just about worn out my tapes.
For those of you brought up with Pooh on tv instead of in books, please give this a try. Once you hear how rich and three-dimensional these characters really are, once you experience the beauty of the real Milne stories, you will become a Pooh purist, wanting only the Milne version as performed by Peter Dennis!
Good voice, good use of music and sound effects, wish the recording had chapter breaks
I was debating between this audiobook and the relatively new one out with Dame Judi Dench and others. An audiobook read/acted by many different voices can be a good thing or potentially confusing. A single voice recording can be weak if there is little distinction between the character voices. I think, though, that I'm glad that I went with this recording (though no doubt the other is good as well). The book is written in such a way that it makes sense to have a man reading it (since there are conversations between AA Milne and Christopher Robin written into the book). So it works well and the narrator has a fine, easy to listen to voice.
The snippet that you are given by the iTunes store is mostly music so it is hard to tell what the narrator will do with the various voices. However, having listened to the first part of the book now, here is what I can say. After you get through the audio intro by Audible there is a long stretch of music followed by the reading. The narrator gives a very different quality to most of the voices than the Disney version and most noticeable is his Pooh which does not sound a bit like the Sterling Holloway Pooh that most are used to. His Pooh has a deeper, slower sound to it. The 'songs' Pooh sings are rendered musically and are sweet. Rabbit is as finicky as you'd expect and Eeyore is not far off from Pooh's voice. My three-year-old thinks the Piglet snorting sound is a laugh riot, so no complaints there. Owl sounds a bit English upper crust rather than hooty and we haven't gotten to a story with Kanga or Roo in it yet. There is music played between each of the chapters and one thing I particularly like is the added bird song and bees buzzing from time to time to provide a bit more of an outdoor setting to some of the adventures. An awkward bit about the digital recording available through audible is the fact that it comes in two chunks -- one that's about 2hrs and the second which is only 15 minutes. I'd really have prefered it to have some chapter breaks so that you could fast forward to the next chapter and not just 2 hrs into the reading.