Saturday, June 26, 2010

a latecomer but, at last, I'm here

Working in a library, I request books on CD for people quite frequently. They all tell me the joys of a wonderful narrator, the companionship of a good book while spending extended hours in a car and on and on. Frankly, I'm not having it. But then...

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a devoted fan of Winnie the Pooh. My entire Christmas tree, and the tree skirt, is Winnie the Pooh. My current sewing room was once my Winnie the Pooh room--I love him.

While reading reviews, I came across a listing for a new recording of Winnie the Pooh, featuring the voices of Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer and other wonders of the British acting realm. My library had the CDs so I requested them.

Yesterday, driving from quilt shop to quilt shop (3 in a day--heaven!), I listened to it. I loved, loved, loved it! I laughed out loud (Jane Horrocks as Piglet is a wonder to behold--breathy, gravelly and innocent all at once). I appreciated the glories of the language. I enjoyed every second of the stories. Wonderful.

Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench are the narrative readers, acting as Christopher Robin's parents, telling him bedtime stories. They also provide the voices of Eeyore and Kanga. Stephen Fry is Pooh and a proper bear of little brain he is.

I'll never give up the joy of a book in my hand but I will certainly be more open to listening to a good book. Maybe I'd get more sewing done if I were listening to a book....

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