Trip Down Memory Lane Is Fun For Children Too,
This review is from: Johnny Morris Bedtime Stories (Vintage Beeb) (Audio CD)
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For many adults who grew up in the 1950s-1980s, Johnny Morris occupies a special place in our hearts as either a story teller or the presenter of Animal Magic, the long-running BBC children's zoology programme. Johnny's speciality was in doing animal voices, with each animal being a distinct, yet identifiable voice, similar to real sounds made by the animals. This talent is put to good use on Bedtime Stories, formerly released as a LP record and now availale lovingly re-mastered by Mark Ayres on CD.
Johnny Morris has a great narrator's voice, and also wrote all these stories. His personality as an animal lover really comes over well here, as if he understands the animals from a zoologist's point of view before writing the stories. His personal warmth is really evident here, and adds to the listening pleasure. The way he describes events at his zoo really make the listener conjure up pictures in their heads of exactly what is going on in the stories, and because the subject is animals, the style doesn't seem to have dated over the years.
The stories are all fairly similar, and this is probably the one draw back of the album. Intended (probably) to allow the listener to play one story a night to his youngster, the reality then (as now) is that children will want to hear more than one, and there the similarities become more apparent. All stories start with "When I went to say goodnight to the..." and the name of the animal(s) inserted after that. Having said that, they are good stories and kept my eight year-old entertained. He and I liked the voices Johnny did for the animals, and found the stories entertaining. So, only four stars because of the similarity of all the stories, but otherwise, very good indeed!