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Just in time for the major motion picture Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jr. - soaring into theaters on January 17, 2020!

Journey into the world of Doctor Dolittle, the kind and eccentric naturalist who can speak with animals. Working with original author Hugh Lofting’s son, these books have been fully updated for the modern listener, all while retaining the full charm of the originals.

Rediscover the children’s literature classic with three novels from the beloved series!

Here are the good Doctor’s three exciting tales of world travel, beginning with his greatest adventure. In The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal, the Doctor and his young assistant, Tommy Stubbins, travel in search of the brilliant naturalist Long Arrow, culminating in a meeting with the most fabled creature of all, the Great Glass Sea Snail! The Story of Doctor Dolittle details how the Doctor came to learn the languages of animals and how he was called to Africa, where he meets the rarest of all beasts, the marvelous two-headed pushmi-pullyu! And in another African adventure, Doctor Dolittle’s Post Office, the Doctor establishes the only postal service in the world where birds deliver the mail!

Public Domain (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

What listeners say about Doctor Dolittle: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1

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A wonderful bedtime story!

I must confess, I’ve never actually read the original Dr. Dolittle; my experience has previously been limited to the Rex Harrison movie and a children’s picture book I used to read to my son when he was small. So I’ve only heard about the racist aspect of the writing that necessitated this “ reboot“ of the original. I can well imagine it, though... well done!

At any rate, I found this version most enjoyable, and perfect for my particular purpose: namely, sleep! It’s a gentle, meandering tale, pleasant and interesting without being overly exciting or violent (an important quality, for me at least, in a bedtime story). The doctor and his animal and human friends travel around by land and sea, encounter people and animals both good and bad, make wonderful discoveries, run into problems and solve them. The doctor is unfailingly good, yet also human, and his friends care about him and try to help him, and he, them. Although I’m glad I listened to the story from the beginning, when I fell asleep and missed a bit, it didn’t feel terribly critical… I know I’ll listen to the whole thing again, and I’ll get all the bits eventually. 😉

James Langton is one of my very favorite narrators, and I knew he’d be perfect for this book... in fact, seeing that he was the narrator convinced me to buy it. His mellifluous voice is always a delight to listen to, and I enjoy the narrative choices he makes and the many different accents he gives the various characters. There is a humorous, whimsical quality to his reading here that is different from much of his other work. Delightful! 😊

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Excellent Performance

I was a little concerned when I got this book because there were no reviews but I am happy to say this is an excellent set of books with an excellent performance by the narrator. the audio quality was quite good and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

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Amazing

Loved it from start to stop. Can't wait to find another book like this one.

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A true Blessing

Loved it! I wish there were more stories of Dr. Doolittle! Good clean light hearted fun! Such a Blessing! Thank you & may GOD continue to Bless you always 0:)

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Doctor Dolittle is the best!

My favorite animal is jip the dog and Polynesia the parrot.
this is a lovely book for who like animals!🐶🦜👍🏻👍🏻.

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Wonderful narration of this classic tale

We loved listening to this narrative- which I believe a male voice is necessary to the story. Smooth and deep... enjoyed listening for hours.
We wish you have volumes 2-4 as well!! Thank you

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Fun story

The narrator was great. it was a Fun story for kids, it was a silly fantastical adventure.

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Very very very good books🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷#rocks

I play 🏈 and 🏉 ,⚾️. 🏑🥅 🏒⚽️🏋🏻‍♂️🤼‍♂️🤼‍♂️🏆 🥇 🥇 good 😌 book 📖 by the way very good books 📚 a nice narrator to.

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Terrible

The story was terrible the whole thing is terrible. Yes it is terrible, very terrible.