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The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson

By: Selma Lagerlöf,Paul Norlen - translator
Narrated by: Mathew Baynton
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.  

This Penguin Classic is performed by Mathew Baynton, known for his roles in Vanity Fair, Horrible Histories, Gavin and Stacey and Ghosts.   

Nils Holgersson is a naughty boy who tortures animals and never listens to his parents - until one day he wakes up as an elf. Deeply puzzled by his new status, he climbs on a gander's back and flies away with him, joining a flock of wild geese. As he is carried around Sweden, Nils learns everything about birds, animals, his country and good behaviour. Incredibly charming and poignant, The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson, is a timeless classic loved by generations of children around the world.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"The book is grand, beautiful, exciting and poignant ... It is full of poetical phrasing...yet allows for the naughty spirit of childhood to remain true." (Guardian)

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Where is Nils today...

What a lovely narration of an inspiring never ending story...we both wonder what Nils is doing today and are sure he is looking down upon us now...

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  • Elena
  • 06-08-22

it is only a Half if The Story !!!!

the performance is all right, the story is one of my most favorite! but the point is that the audio book finishes literally right in the middle of the original book .. and nothing else!!!

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  • Eric Ritchie
  • 30-05-22

Fascinating and Unique

What an interesting book; a classic Swedish children’s story from 1906. It’s a highly entertaining fantasy story about a boy who is turned into a tiny gnome, who rides on the back of a goose and flies all over Sweden, having adventures as he learns about each region. It’s a pretty clean book, although “ass” is used in the old-fashioned British sense to mean a silly person. The animals in the story talk, but they still act like real animals, for the most part, so some characters are killed by foxes, etc. The narrator was excellent, and particularly helpful in this case because he knows how to pronounce all the Swedish names! He was a little slow, but I set it at 1.2x speed, and that was just right.