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Once on a Time

A. A. Milne (1882-1956)

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1. 01 - Chapter 1
2. 02 - Chapter 2
3. 03 - Chapter 3
4. 04 - Chapter 4
5. 05 - Chapter 5
6. 06 - Chapter 6
7. 07 - Chapter 7
8. 08 - Chapter 8
9. 09 - Chapter 9
10. 10 - Chapter 10
11. 11 - Chapter 11
12. 12 - Chapter 12
13. 13 - Chapter 13
14. 14 - Chapter 14
15. 15 - Chapter 15
16. 16 - Chapter 16
17. 17 - Chapter 17
18. 18 - Chapter 18
19. 19 - Chapter 19
20. 20 - Chapter 20
21. 21 - Chapter 21
22. 22 - Chapter 22

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Genres

Summary

This version of the book is done as a Dramatic Reading with various people speaking each characters part.When the King of Barodia receives a pair of seven-league boots as a birthday present, his habit of flying over the King of Euralia's castle during breakfast provokes a series of incidents which escalate into war. While the King of Euralia is away, his daughter Hyacinth tries to rule in his stead and counter the machiavellian ambitions of the king's favourite, the Countess Belvane. Ostensibly a typical fairytale, it tells the story of the war between the kingdoms of Euralia and Barodia and the political shenanigans which take place in Euralia in the king's absence. The book introduces us to a princess who is far from helpless; a prince who, whilst handsome, is also pompous and vain; an enchantment which is almost entirely humorous; a villain who is not entirely villainous and receives no real comeuppance; a good king who isn't always good; an evil king who isn't always evil, and so on. The result is a book which children may not enjoy as much as adults. The book was written by Milne partly for his wife, upon whom the character of the Countess Belvane was partially based.

Reviews

Andy Wogan

- Once on a time

What a fabulous tale I admit to being prejudice assuming Winnie the Pooh in disguise but with the professional dramatic telling I discovered how erroneous my preconceptions had been Possibly the best audio book on the site

Juel

- Light and entertaining

The story is fun and easygoing. Something of a children's book. Only drawback is the voice of the Countess, I find it really annoying. Maybe the point is that it adds more annoyance to her character.

Cerise

- Great Story

Agree with Lily, great tale, very clever and well read.

Lily

- Wonderful!

First, this is by far the best Librivox recording I've heard, and I've listened to quite a few. There are several readers that act as a cast for the story, so that each character has its own voice. There is also a fabulous narrator who carries the whole story along. As to the tale itself- this was a fun, light-hearted romp. It's not "serious" fantasy, but a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale, full of wit and humor.