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The Audio CD's - An Abridged Edition
on 12 July 2012
This is on the whole a slightly poor version of the book. For a start Amazon proudly advertise the audio version as unabridged (which was why I bought it) and when the CD's arrived it states quite clearly the audio is abridged. So Amazon do need to update their records.
Tony Robinson does a fair job of the presentation, but then really spoils the reading by imitating Barney in a really whiney petulant voice, which really grates on the ears, and in my view quite awful! You start to dread Barney having to speak to Stig! Otherwise, a fair production, but the craft of the book does suffer for the editing, so it loses some of its charm. I would try to track down a copy of a unabridged copy if you can. Would not recommend this audio, although I'm sure it will entertain some children who may be a bit a little less discerning! Or even better - read the actual book, as the book is pure joy for both young and old alike!