A Bear Called Paddington Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Browns first met Paddington on a railway station - Paddington station, in fact. He had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru with only a jar of marmalade, a suitcase, and his hat.
The Browns soon found that Paddington was a very unusual bear. Ordinary things - like having a bath, travelling underground or going to the seaside - became quite extraordinary, if a bear called Paddington was involved.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 39 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||24 June 2008|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,455 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
3 in Animal Action & Adventure for Children
4 in Children's Books on Bears
8 in Animals for Children
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Anyway through a series of (mis) advetures we get to know this adorable young fellow and of course we can't avoid falling in love with him. He makes us laugh, he makes us cry. At times we worry ourselves sick over the poor little thing but we know by book's end that this bear came to London for a reason so therefore nothing bad will ever befall the fuzzball.
And so I hereby award this book four stars out of five. Since the other books in the series are sure to be better I have to leave myself some room for higher grade points.
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It was an added bonus to find at the end a short, pleasant essay by the author describing how he first came to write the Paddington books, which have eclipsed everything else he ever wrote, as far as I'm aware. It was a lovely story, but then oddly contradicted by a the publisher's "About the author" bit afterwards, which gave a completely different and far less compelling account. Ok, so which is it? I prefer to believe the Bond's version - but the publisher ought to have spotted this, and to get their facts right. Not affecting my five star rating here, though, as those stars belong to Paddington and his creator, not to the publisher.
At the end of the story is a postscript by Michael Bond in which he writes about the way he really just kind of stumbled upon writing a children’s book, and how certain characteristics of the characters come from real people he knew. You can look upon this book as either a novel, as the chapters continue in a logical order, as well as a series of short stories, as each chapter tells of the further incidents of what has become a legendary bear.
We first meet Paddington at Paddington station, by which time he has stowed away on a ship from Darkest Peru and entered the country illegally. When Mr and Mrs Brown see him they being kind hearted but foolhardy folk, give Paddington a place to live with complete disregard to immigration laws. But I think that they may have bitten off more than they can chew, because Paddington, which is the name they give to the bear is quite a handful.
From the beginning of this book we see that Paddington although very polite, can be exceptionally clumsy, and thus he gets into all sorts of trouble and causes a certain amount of mayhem and worry wherever he goes. My sister and I had the stories read to us when we were little, then we read them ourselves, and watched the TV production on the BBC at the time, and although it has been years since I last read this particular book I could still remember parts of the story.
In our house we used to practice that famous stare that Paddington gives to some people at times, and I have even taught a former girlfriend how it goes, which has caused many in the past to become quite worried. Paddington works for all ages as the stories are so full of comic incident and misunderstandings, which we can all relate to. Thus if you are reading this to a child you will find that you love this story just as much now as when you were little yourself.
By the way the Brown family moved to various colder climates in Norway and Canada that don't suit small Bears from South America so he now lives with me!
Obviously he is too young to read this himself but I understand that he is enjoying listening to the stories.
I used to read the same stories to my daughter, even for an adult they are funny.
The book arrived in good time and fine condition.