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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Thomas fun, 19 July 2011
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This review is from: Thomas and Friends: The Railway Stories, Branch Line Engines and Other Stories (Thomas & Friends) (Audio CD)
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My four year old thoroughly enjoyed the stories on this Audio CD, and if I'm going to be completely honest with you, I rather enjoyed them myself. You see these are the Thomas stories as they were originally read to me by my Dad some thirty years ago - the ORIGINAL stories as written by the Reverend W. Awdry. These original stories are quite noticeably different to the modern Thomas and Friends stories currently available in many shops. Certainly the language used is more traditional and dare I say challenging - more than once Toby is referred to as acting "indignantly", things nearly come to "fisticuffs" and "festooning" and "gallivanting" also make a welcome appearance.

The CD consists of 14 tracks - two of which are songs. I didn't like the songs, but my four year old didn't mind them - I appreciate that I'm not necessarily the target audience here! The total running time is 1hr 16min. The stories are read by Michael Angelis who everyone will know as the voice of Thomas and Friends from the long running TV series - come on people, Ringo Starr hasn't been involved in this franchise for a LONG time! There are three stories, Branch Line Engines, Gallant Old Engines and Stepney the Bluebell Engine. If these names don't sound too familiar to modern Thomas fans, I can tell you that Brach Line Engines is basically the same story as the modern story book "Daisy" and at least part of Stepney the Bluebell Engine forms the modern story of "Caroline". I wasn't familiar with Gallant Old Engines but I'm pretty sure that's been simplified and condensed "for a modern audience" too.

The sound effects and of course narration will be instantly familiar to fans of the current TV Series, although it's slightly unfortunate that the music sounds like it was played on a children's Bontempi organ. The fact that these are the traditional stories will doubtless appeal to some older fans, but these stories are as enduringly appealing to young children as they've always been - even in their original form.
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