• Mary Poppins Comes Back

  • Mary Poppins, Book 2
  • By: P. L. Travers
  • Narrated by: Sophie Thompson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (634 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Another timeless story about Mary Poppins, the world's favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family.

From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. Jane, Michael, and the twins have never had such a wonderful nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement everywhere she goes.

In Mary Poppins Comes Back, the beloved nanny returns when she's pulled down from the clouds by the string of Michael's kite. In her care, the Banks children meet the King of the Castle and the Dirty Rascal, visit the upside-down world of Mr. Turvy and his bride, Miss Topsy, and spend a breathless afternoon above the park, dangling from a clutch of balloons. Surprises are sure to pop up when Mary Poppins is around!

©1963 P. L. Travers (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Not the sappy movie

(As posted in GoodReads.)
I do so like Mary Poppins! The books by PL Travers are SO MUCH better than the movie!! The whole personality of Mary Poppins is so much better in the books, and it seems to treat children overall with much more respect – although there is no arguing with the fact that there is magic, and at first glance, Mary Poppins seems harsh and shrew- like. She has a reputation for not explaining anything, but the children need to learn and absorb realities on their own – but certainly Mary Poppins provides them the environment. I love her, and I hate the movie…

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Love the Narrater!

Sophie Thompson is amazingly talented! I am so glad that she is the person who was chosen for this project. I don't believe that there is another human who could have voiced this many characters. ❤❤

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Mary Poppins?!

I love Mary Poppins books!there are so many weird things happening all the time!Recommended for people who like Fantasy books (with some humor on top!).

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Meh.

Okay, it's official. I just don't like the book versions of Mary Poppins that much. Though, somehow I liked certain elements of this second one better? Namely, I felt like the adventures in this one were a little less odd than some in the first. I especially enjoyed Mr. Turvy and Miss Topsy, maybe because as a child I enjoyed looking at things upside down too, and it made me smile that Miss Topsy thought it was so much fun. To an extent I also enjoyed spotting where Disney got their inspiration for the sequel film.


Other than that... I still found myself not caring that much about the story, feeling like the children didn't learn all that much, and being annoyed with MP's absolute and *angry* insistence that nothing the children experienced had actually happened. That's what rubs me the wrong way, really. Movie Mary Poppins does insist once that something didn't actually happen, BUT she didn't get angry or horribly insulted, or insist after *every* adventure that it wasn't real. It especially bothers me that many characters, including adults, seem to know Mary Poppins is magical, but it's the children she wants to make question it. Just... why??? These poor kids are going to be messed up when they grow up after treatment like that.


There are 4 books left and to some extent I want to at least see how things are ultimately wrapped up, and I want to watch for Mr. Banks in the background to see if all this really is about saving *him*. But I only got the first two books because Audible made them free for members. Books 3-6 are not free last I checked, and I honestly don't know that I care enough to spend my one monthly credit for 4 months in a row on these books just to do that. Maybe if Audible makes the rest free at some point I'll continue, but for right now, I'm done.

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Such a cute book

This book was so amazing and so much fun to read

This book was great for a nice rainy day

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😲omg

It is the best book ever i love everything about it it's amazing i love it. !!!!!!

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LOVED.... thank you P.L. Travers for the adventure

Once again Miss Travers you amaze and delight us...
thank you for the adventure 💗

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Not Anything Like the First Book

Mary Poppins returns to check-in on her former wards. Seems like some of her lessons have gone unpracticed since she was last in the home. However, she quickly gets everybody back in to shape before disappearing again.

The first book in the series is still my favorite (the one which the movie is based on). This book (#2 in the series) was much different that I expected. It concentrated less on the children & Mary Poppins' relationships & more on the new characters that appear in this story. It was just ok.

Age recommendation: 8 & up

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More from the unusual nanny

What did you like best about Mary Poppins Comes Back? What did you like least?

There is - at it's heart - a sweetness to the character and stories. However, Mary is a vain and annoyingly pretentious character. Far from the lovable character in the film. You need to dig a bit to see that sweetness.

Would you recommend Mary Poppins Comes Back to your friends? Why or why not?

No, not really. Perhaps if I knew anyone raised by nannies or was British - which I am not. Perhaps then the story would resonate a bit better.

Which scene was your favorite?

The rather sweet and sad scene with Annabelle and the starling.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not - I am not the target audience.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed the first novel, you will probably enjoy this one. Do not expect Disney's Mary Poppins. This one is magical, yes, but also a bit acerbic.

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Fun and imaginative!

My children loved this. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed listening along with them. We're looking forward to listening to the rest of the Mary Poppins series.

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