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Bennett's reading of the classic children's book is deliciously whimsical. As the tale opens, Dr. John Dolittle is on the verge of the realization that he's just not much good as a people doctor--his earnings have dwindled to a paltry sixpence a year. He takes the advice of his creaky-voiced 183-year-old parrot, Polynesia, and learns animal languages. As an animal doctor, he's brilliant and soon finds himself and his animal friends sailing to Africa to treat an epidemic among monkeys. With no trouble at all, Doctor Dolittle cures the monkeys, but he and his menagerie become embroiled in one adventure after another. They narrowly escape sinking in their leaky ship, thanks to some stowaway rats with surprisingly cultured and well-bred diction, who alert the doctor just in time. The doctor and his friends later run afoul of the Barbary pirates, known to be "a bad lot," for whom Bennett devises a hilariously unidentifiable but thoroughly villainous accent. With the help of some fast-talking (and hungry) sharks, Doctor Dolittle "persuades" the pirates they'd be much better off as birdseed farmers.
The adventures are exciting, but not frightening. Bennett's reassuring voice and the fact that the doctor always forges a peaceful solution to each predicament make the recording appropriate for small children. Adults, too, will find the stories appealing and are certain to appreciate the understated social satire occasionally voiced by the perceptive animals. The reading is rounded out by delightful orchestral selections from Camille Saint-Saëns's "Carnival of the Animals," which signal the beginning and end of each tape side. (Running time: 150 minutes, two cassettes) --Elizabeth Laskey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Best children bedtime book you can buy. This is the real deal. If you want something to read to your 4-8 yr old before bedtime please read them this. Read morePublished 9 days ago by JB Vick
Be advised that the free kindle electronic edition does *not* include the author's illustrations that appear in hardcopies. This disappointed me. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ms. K
The book was in good condition and arrived promptly. My only disappointment was that I hadn't realized it was not the original story, but a simpler edition.Published 1 month ago by A. J. Whetten
If this is the hardback version, what happened to the pictures? That was the best part. I had to order a paperback one to see the pictures. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Piano doglady
dull format, no color. I got a better copy from my local library to read to my granddaughter. At least it is authentic.Published 2 months ago by colo
I think th a t this book is VERY good! I would recommend this boo for someone with lots of pets.Published 2 months ago by Heidi
This book came to me on time, and was well packaged. I love this story, as I am an animal lover. I was given this book I in 1952 for my birthday, and I am giving this one to my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Larry P. Burton