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The House at Pooh Corner (BBC Radio Collection)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2006
I was not a fan of Winnie the Pooh. I found it hard to disassociate it from the horrible Disneyfication, but when a long car journey loomed, this was the only CD available and ploughing through fog and heavy rain, it amused not only the children, but me as well. Alan Bennett is great and repeated listens are not as irritating as expected. I'd wholeheartedly recommend it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Alan Bennett struck gold with the audio book version of Winnie the Pooh and continues to mine the vein with The House at Pooh Corner. As before the accents are great and this volume has the advantage of having Tigger as a character - here the clear madness of the character comes through wonderfully in Bennett's voice. This recording also contains the story of the invention of Pooh Sticks - surely one of the simplest, yet most entertaining way to spend 10 minutes walking from one side of a bridge to another! The portrayal of Eeyore floating in the river in this story is wonderful.
As a story to listen to at home, in the car, in the garden - just about anywhere - this is hard to beat. Splendid stuff, with more real language content than a truck load of more modern material. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2009
This audio CD was a big hit with my 5 year old daughter. It also amused two 30-something parents on a long car journey. It is beautifully read by Alan Bennett, who really brings the characters to life. There are 5 stories featuring, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Christopher Robin. The running time is 1 hour 5 mins.
This CD is excellent value for money and one you and your children will want to listen to time and time again. If you like Pooh you'll love this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2009
If you want to enjoy Winnie the Pooh in any of the books, listen to them read by Alan Bennett. It's just a delight.
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on 14 January 2012
This CD and it's predecessor, Winnie the Pooh, are our favourite audiobooks to listen to in the car. My husband and I enjoy them as much as our sons, aged 10, 8 and 4. Alan Bennett does an amazing job reading them -- I hear all sorts of humour and nuance that I miss when I read them aloud myself. His voice is perfect, his technique flawless and his feeling for the subtleties and humour in Milne's language really bring the colours out of the text. Completely enjoyable from start to finish, for kids from 2 to 102. I hear my 8 year old muttering "Was it a hearty joke, or was it the merest accident?" all the time...

I prefer a narration to a dramatisation - I find the changes in speaker distracting and less book-like. I listen to a lot of grownup audiobooks when I exercise and have become quite picky about narrators. These two cd's are among the best I have heard; Bennett changes his voice just enough for each character to make them distinctive and real without interrupting the flow of the text. Brilliant. (Just for the record, the other top narrator is, of course, Stephen Fry -- if you have older children and haven't heard his Harry Potter books, give them a try too!)
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Although I usually avoid abridged version of audiobooks (always for myself), I bought this for my grandchildren (3 and 1) and thought the abridged version - the narrative pared almost to the basics - would be suitable for them. I also considered Alan Bennett a good choice.

He reads the story very well and I enjoyed it. (I always listen to audiobooks or read books before I give them to the grandchildren.)

(Unfortunately, this CD set is in the usual, three-sectioned, brittle and "explosive" plastic box which splinters and breaks almost as soon as it is picked up and opened. The top section parted company with the rest, the others followed soon afterwards and I am far from ham-fisted. It is a brilliantly conceived design produced in a plastic which does not match its original innovative design quality. I much prefer the solid cardboard containers with single paper sleeves for each CD; I have boxed sets with around ten CDs and they are usually thinner and a pleasure to use.)

These classic tales are fun and should be read by all children.

Recommended.
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on 15 June 2010
Alan Bennett is so good reading "The house at Pooh Corner" stories that I cannot imagine anyone else supplying such a beautiful rendering. His characterisation of Pooh, Piglet, Eyore, etc. . . is masterful and entertaining. My children and grandchildren have heard them and love the stories too. "The house at Pooh Corner" and also "Winnie the Pooh" are perfect. They are so good that my wife and I still listen to them on car journeys and occasionally at home. Alan Bennett makes the characters come alive. I've not heard "A party for Pooh" but if Alan Bennett is reading the stories then I'm sure I can guarantee enjoyment.
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on 11 February 2010
Despite my 3 year old daughter's Tigger obsession, this second volume of stories didn't hit the spot in quite the same way as book One. Maybe the stories just aren't quite as inspired - a bit more produced to meet market demand...? Anyway, A. Bennett does his considerable best, but with weaker material.
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on 19 February 2015
This CD is an absolute delight. Wonderful stories read by Alan Bennett - just as suitable for adults as children. The stories include Pooh sticks, Tigger and Owls house blowing down. My favourite has always been Piglet who anxiously follows Pooh into all sorts of scrapes. Simply wonderful.
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on 4 April 2015
My Grandson, who is 2 and 9 months absolutely adores listening to Allen Bennett reading this. I am so pleased that he is not allowed much t.v. but is almost word perfect with these stories.
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