As a member of the TOS Crew, I received "The Tortoise and the Hare" to review from Maestro Classics. This company combines classic stories with beautiful classical orchestra music (performed by the London Philharmonic orchestra).
We recently took a 17 hour road trip (one way) to visit relatives for Thanksgiving. We took this along with us to listen to while we were in the van. The children all enjoyed it. They love audio books and they actually do enjoy listening to classical music, so the combination of the two helped us pass 20 minutes and 43 seconds of our trip. The total running time of this CD is 53 minutes and 37 seconds. The CD runs through the story twice with some extras between the two separate recordings.
My husband and I would have preferred a little less talking and more music. We were expecting it to be similar to a performance of "Peter and the Wolf" we remember from when we were younger. In Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" each character is actually assigned a musical instrument and the musical instrument does the "talking" for the character. We felt like the music was simply a filler, or introduction to the story. Again, this was just a personal preference for my husband and I. Everything on this CD is done with excellence, and will expose your children to high quality classical music and classic stories.
There are a total of 8 CDs available from Maestro Classics. Each CD sells for $16.98 or you can get 3 CDs for $45.00
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