• Alan Bennett Reads Childhood Classics

  • The Wind in the Willows; Alice in Wonderland; Through the Looking Glass; Winnie-the-Pooh; The House at Pooh Corner
  • By: Kenneth Graeme, Lewis Carroll, A A Milne
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Performance
  • Release date: 02-03-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (19 ratings)

Summary

Alan Bennett narrates five much-loved stories by Kenneth Grahame, Lewis Carroll and AA Milne.
The Wind in the Willows is the classic story featuring Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad (of Toad Hall).
In Alice in Wonderland, when Alice follows a white rabbit down a hole, she embarks on a series of adventures with some of the most weird and wonderful characters ever encountered. In Through the Looking Glass, Alice sees another world in the looking glass and wishes she could go there.
In stories from Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place, Eeyore loses a tail, Piglet meets a Heffalump, Eeyore has a birthday, and an 'expotition' to the North Pole is mounted. The House at Pooh Corner finds Pooh and Piglet building a house for Eeyore whilst Tigger comes to the forest and has breakfast. Piglet nearly meets the Heffalump again, Pooh invents a new game, and Owl moves house.
Portraying each character in his own inimitable fashion, Alan Bennett's distinctive narrations of these much-loved stories have become classics in their own right.
©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.
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2 out of 5 stars
By J Halle on 20-03-17

Great reading, poor planning

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Alan Bennett?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Wonderful stories, wonderfully read. But as it has been recorded as one single 7 hour narrative it is impossible to select which story to listen to, or to navigate the content other than to listen to it beginning to end. Very poor planning.

Have you listened to any of Alan Bennett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - as always a wonderful storyteller.

What character would you cut from Alan Bennett Reads Childhood Classics?

None

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful recording spoiled by poor technical execution.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sam Brearley on 03-05-18

Three classics, read by a master.

If you want a walk down memory lane, fancy something nostalgic and ready to help get off to sleep, or to introduce a young one to some of the best children's literatature ever written, look no further. Read brilliantly by one of our true national treasures, this book won't disappoint.

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3 out of 5 stars
By William Turk on 17-01-18

An Incomplete Collection

You should know that these stories are abridged. I am not familiar enough with "The Wind in the Willows" to know what was cut, but there were a number of poems omitted from the Alice stories, including cutting out 2/3 of Jabberwocky. Several whole chapters were omitted from the Pooh books, and the chapters that remained were shortened, including the removal of several of Pooh's poems and songs.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Leahy on 09-04-18

Not just for Children

I really enjoyed listening to these children's classics. They brought back some pleasant memories. I will have my great grandchildren listen to them.

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