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3rd and Bird: The Muffin Express and Other Stories (3rd & Bird) Audio CD – Audiobook, 8 Jan 2009


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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408409801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408409800
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 14.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roroblu's Mum TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Dec 2009
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I saw this CD and thought it would be a nice change to review something different, and as a new generation has recently been born into my family, it might give me an idea for future b'day presents.

All I can say is that is is utterly delightful - the CD features 5 tales (A Chorus For US, Rolling Along, To Play Or Not To Play, The Muffin Express and Samuel's Dance), and runs for 50 mins, so could easily be listened to for 5 nights a week at bedtime. The tales are interspersed with many, many little songs, and have some 'made up' words that I think any child into the series would love, but from an adult perspective, if this had been on in my car for a whole 50 mins, then I would have had to resort to the 'oh, no, the CD player isn't working. We'll have to have a look at it when we get home' scenario.

Fans of the series will not be disappointed, and this CD is going off to make a youngster very happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crafty Marie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb 2010
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There are 50 mins of storytime and singing on this CD split into 10 min segments.

It is all together too loud, chirpy, shrieky and annoying for me to listen to for long BUT (as is typical) my toddler nearly 3 clearly enjoys it. So it does seem to entertain and appeal to the target audience even though there are other CDs she likes better than this one which is why I've not given 5 stars.

Perhaps she would have liked it more, seeing the actual TV show (on CBeebies first) but she came to the CD not knowing any of the characters so it took a few goes before she really liked listening to it. I've found this with a lot of CDs/DVDs that even if your child says they don't like them initially, put them away for a little while and re-introduce them a little later. Many my toddler didn't like at first (Maisy, Bagpuss) are firm favourites now.

I would say a good buy especially if your child likes the TV show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. Turner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan 2010
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There are 5 10 minute stories on the CD

1. A Chorus for us
2. Rolling along
3. To play or not to play
4. The muffin express
5. Samuel's dance

Other reviewers write that they play the CD in the car but we have had it at home as a 10 minute calm time. Our 3 year old thinks they are great. Good quality stuff
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LittleReader VINE VOICE on 20 Oct 2009
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I'm sure that any young fan of the TV series will love this - and those who have never seen it will also enjoy it I'm sure.
Five delightful stories peppered with cheerful songs make it really good fun to listen to and all the charachters are there - Muffin being a particular favourite in our house and I personally love the bird references - 'Come on everybirdy' etc...
It drops a star because, to me, the narration at times sounded stilted and patched together rather than the natural flow you would achieve from having all the characters recording it together but, hey, my 3 year old loves it and is utterly hooked (it goes everwhere with us at the moment!) and I'll allow him to be the judge...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.M.Boughey VINE VOICE on 6 Jan 2010
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Like others I was a little left wanting with this for the kids, who at 6 and 5 were way too old for the material, and I intend to pass it on to a friend with much younger children.
Not having seen the actual TV show, made it a bit like a regular "Listen & repeat" children's CD to an extent, although as always, one cannot argue with the excellent production quality and sound of BBC audio.
It was fun, but a little like listening blind, and as important as visual stimulation in conjunction with listening is to toddlers development, you're probably better to seek out the actual TV shows on DVD, and stick to regular singalong, and music CD's.
4 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec 2009
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I got this for my daughter and her daughter. Here's her view: "Join muffin and the gang on a musical adventure. A great CD packed full of catchy tunes and cute stories. We played this CD on a long car trip and my 15 month old was thoroughly entertained. We found ourselves singing along and playing the stories again. The voices are very sweet and make it an enjoyable listen. This would make a lovely present even if they are not familiar with the 3rd and Bird tv program this CD is still guaranteed to keep your little one hooked and bop along. This really is a lovely CD you will not be disappointed."
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My wife and I read to our children in bed most nights. They love the third and bird series on television and this seemed to be a good way to save my voice as it is a little sore as I write this. I let the children listen to it in bed in the hope that it would settle them down.

The CD is well made and features a large number of songs from the series. The recordings appear to be sound tracks from the television series and the script lacks some detail for what you might expect for an audio production, for this I have deducted a star. If your children know the characters from the television series then the voices are distinctive and there is no problem, but for me who has not really watched it, it was difficult to understand what was going on until I had listened to three of the five ten minute stories featured on the disk.

The format is fairly similar in that there is a small bit of chatter from the main characters surrounding some nice songs with a well played and recorded jazzy sound track. Rather than settling the children it it kept them wide awake and we got the story books out and read those instead. All in all it makes the disc ideal for long car journeys, where it can keep the children entertained for about an hour. It is good for this because being mostly song based and with little spoken dialogue you don't have to concentrate to hard to get the gist of the episode.

In summary, a well produced disc for fans of the series. If you haven't watched it on TV there is not enough of a story to understand what is going on.
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