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What a pity this recording comes with such a wishy-washy illustration, guaranteed to put children off. It is pure joy, not least because it will keep any child of 8+ completely quiet for 3 hours. Nesbitt's classic tale is being filmed, and perhaps this will encourage more children ot try her wonderful stories, told in the voice of the kindest mother imaginable.
Five children- one of the a baby, known as the Lamb (whose delightful and frightful characteristics are honestly portrayed) leave London for their first holiday in two years at the white house in the country. It isn't long before they discover a "Psammead" in the gravel-pits, a sand-fairy who has not surfaced since dinosaur days (Nesbitt's paleontology a bit shaky here) when children used to ask it for a nice Megatherium for breakfast. Our own children of course ask for all the obvious things - beauty, riches, wings, adventures. They all go hilariously wrong, and if the long-suffering maid Ellen gets a husband out of it, it's only by accident.
There are no tedious moral messages, except perhaps that it isn't wise to try and tell adults the truth, and that you should always have your dinner before you have an adventure, but the freshness of this enchanting book is undimmed. The reading is first-rate, and interspersed with perfectly chosen music from Naxos's archives. Much, much better than the BBC recording. I also recommend the Cover to Cover audiop version of The Phoenix & the Carpet. Let's hope the third book in the trilogy, The Sotry of the Amulet, isn't long in appearing.
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on 10 May 2005
My six year old daughter says "It is the most best CD ever!" My 8 year old son says "It's better than watching the film, my heart broke at the end! I'm going to listen to it over and over again"
Need I say more, the children love it!
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on 3 December 2009
This is an excellent version of the book. Samantha Bond is an excellent reader and this is an unabridged version of the book so all the better. We listened to this on a long motorway journey and it went down extremely well with both children & adults. Check for cheap price copies which are available.
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This Audio CD of the classic children's tale written by E. Nesbit is a bit of a disappointment. It's well produced, the narration by Lynda Bellingham is good but I can't help but think you'll feel a bit ripped off.

It comes to you on a single CD with a running of around 1 hour long and just too much has been taken out. In fact, it's been butchered. I suppose an abridged version has it's place, but I think most parents and children will want to hear the full tale of the five children who stumbled across the sand fairy that grants wishes. Sadly, you won't find that here.
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on 8 October 2001
I am now 40 years old and I remember these stories like they were yesterday, they have stayed with me all my life as some of the fondest memories of my childhood, complete escapism. A three part story about five kids who dig up a sand fairy called a Psamyiad who grants them wishes, whisking them off on all kinds of adventures in time, to exotic places like ancient Egypt meeting strange and historic people and mythical creatures like the Pheonix. All children should read these books, some adults would even benefit.
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If you know the original book then this abridged audiobook might come as a bit of a culture shock, it's not so much abridged as condensed so now the whole thing can be read aloud in about an hour. The main gist and significant events of the story survive but E. Nesbitt's original prose is a distant Edwardian memory as the audiobook rattles along barely pausing for breath. With so much of the characterisation and detail from the book missing it's no easy job to maintain the interest but Linda Bellingham is a perfect choice of reader and does a creditable job, juggling a range of amusing character voices. It's not that the audiobook is bad, it's just in too much of a hurry - although admittedly that could make the story more accessible for younger kids who might struggle with the full original text. It's a good introduction to the book, maybe sitting alongside the movie version (Five Children and It [DVD]) from a few years ago, but older readers (or nostalgic parents) will get more from the original book.
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My review is for the audio CD version of Five Children and IT and not the book/Kindle version.

Linda Bellingham makes an excellent job of narrating E. Nesbit's classic children's story and she needs to; this is a long recording. Holding an adult's attention is difficult enough for approx. 3 hours worth of storytelling, keeping young children hooked is much harder. Linda's warm, funny and entertaining just like "IT" and her voices are distinct enough you don't get mixed up about the different characters. Good quality product, apart from the illustration to the front cover which is dreadful, and I had no audio/playing difficulties. If I'm being honest I do actually prefer to read the books. An audio CD, no matter how good, could never capture that poignant childhood magic.
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on 12 October 2012
I can't remember how many times my kids have listened to this.. just great! It is a good listen for young and old alike.
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Format: Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is a real children's classic tale, a story that is funny and has a good original storyline. I believe the narrative is great for all age groups, for both young and old alike. The audio book narrator is Ms L Bellingham, who reads the book and does the voices of all the characters rather well. My only negative and I do not believe I am alone here in my criticism, is that the powers that be have `abridged too far' the resultant is the narrative loses that warmth of original and hence suffers for it. Some things should be left alone, hence my 4 star rating.
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on 7 November 2001
E. Nesbit may have written this 100 years ago but her writing has retained it's freshness and humour because she saw children as people, not as empty vessels waiting to be filled with life deadening facts. Not so usual in 1901.
Social realism and humour abound in her books and like her laws of magic, there are no set rules to how she wrote her books. She established new territory that all subsequent good writers for children have had the freedom to explore.
National Curriculum Literacy strategists take note. Nesbit did not learn to write by investigating non-fictional texts. She had a vivid and exciting childhood, free of of academic constraints.
Read this book and all the Nesbits. Her books of full of the true magic of childhood.
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