Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781442391741 $14.99 Two CDs
DD ISBN 9781442391758 $9.99
”For precocious grownups” announces the book’s introduction, and one wonders about the audience for this excellent four-book audio collection about the girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel. Still, if Eloise fans want to share this classic with their children and enjoy it again themselves, this production is the way to go. The incomparable Bernadette Peters consistently expresses the singular voice of Eloise—with its curious mix of pseudosophistication and youthful verve. Whether she’s affecting a French accent or singing a tuneless duet with her nanny, Eloise’s energy and activity level can sometimes be maddening. Musical interludes are a wonderful accompaniment; for example, “The Flight of the Bumblebee” aids in describing her busy flights up and down elevators. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2016 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2016]
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