Mary Poppins (Unabridged Audio Book)

Artist Group: 
Read by Sophie Thompson
Publisher: 
Listening Library
UPC: 
9780807280812
Publisher Catalog Number: 
YA 997
Length in minutes: 
228

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ISBN: 
0807281069
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ASIN: 
0807281069
List Price: 
22.00
Rating: 
4
Publication Date: 
1999
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Short Review: 
“Something strange and wonderful happened at Number Seventeen, Cherry-Tree Lane” when the East wind blew that redoubtable nanny, Mary Poppins to the Banks’ front door. British actress Sophie Thompson reads this classic fantasy with an appropriate sense of childlike wonder and excitement.
Long Review: 

“Something strange and wonderful happened at Number Seventeen, Cherry-Tree Lane” when the East wind blew Mary Poppins to the Banks’ front door. And with the acerbic but magical and mysterious Mary Poppins as their nanny, the Banks children discover to their delight that strange and wonderful things keep on happening. This is the first of Travers’ eight books about one of the most famous nannies in all of literature – the redoubtable Mary Poppins. With Mary Poppins in charge of the Nursery, the four Banks children, Jane, Michael, and the twins, John and Barbara, are briskly and efficiently looked after. But in spite of Mary Poppins’ decidedly gruff, no-nonsense manner, magical things begin happening to the Banks children with delightful regularity: an ordinary walk in the park turns into a thrilling trip to the four corners of the world; Mary Poppins translates the neighbors’ dog’s demands to its coddling owner; a Christmas shopping trip includes helping a star descended from the sky choose presents for her sisters, the other Pleiades; and the children attend a surprising midnight birthday party at the zoo. The children are never quite sure if their magical adventures are real or not, and of course, Mary Poppins will never admit to such nonsense! British actress Sophie Thompson (Emma Thompson’s younger sister, seen recently on film in Gosford Park, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and as the talkative Miss Bates in Emma) was a perfect choice to read this classic fantasy. She varies her voice only slightly for the different characters, yet she perfectly conveys Mary Poppins’ acerbic, no-nonsense manner, as well as Jane and Michael’s sense of wonder and delight at the strange goings-on. And her ability to read rapidly, yet clearly (and not annoyingly as in her role as Miss Bates) in a rather high-pitched voice gives her performance an appropriate sense of childlike wonder and excitement.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer