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What did you like most about The Children of Green Knowe?
I have adored this story ever since I first heard it on Jackanory in 1966. It predates Harry Potter as a children's story that is just as magical for grown ups. It's a ghost story about a little boy who finds himself spending Christmas with his great grandmother in a 1,000 year old house (which really exists and you can visit it) - and the ghosts of his ancestors. The writing and story telling are masterful and it's wonderful for dark winter evenings.Unfortunately William Franklyn isn't quite up to the job. He's great at narrative, but not good at female voices - he only has one voice for all the female characters. And his singing is execrable; flat as a pancake and no idea of the well known tunes he's supposed to sing. A little more attention to detail, such as having someone play the flute and a few children singng would make all the difference. And an actor or actress who can do more than one voice.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I love them all
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of William Franklyn?
Stephen Fry or Samantha Bond plus a decent flautist and some child singers.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I used to listen to this as a kid, the opening takes me straight bk to rainy afternoons the reader has the perfect voice full of warmth and charm. I' d checked every few months for it for about three years now and when it came on I didn't wait for credits. I brought it straight away for early Christmas gift to may self.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful