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Mary Poppins

Narrated by: Olivia Colman
Series: Mary Poppins, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins in the classic adventures!

Read by Olivia Colman, this stunning performance lifts P. L Travers’s words off the page, transporting us back to a time where classic story telling is at the heart of any story. 

When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins into the home of the Banks children, their lives go topsy-turvy and are changed forever.

More than 80 years since we first met Mary Poppins, this original, classic story is still charming listeners and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone’s favourite magical nanny.

©2010 P. L. Travers (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Mean?

The narrator was good. But I didn’t like Marry Poppins character. She came across quite mean, and this put me off the story completely.

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great reader terrible book

this book was not enjoyable as I found no plot and a plot is what keeps me reading a book. but I truly did really love the reader accent perfectly betrayed Mary Poppins character and lots of the other characters. also she was the only reason that I kept on listening to look as she was so good at making it expressive and interesting personally I would not choose this book again but that does not mean that you might like a plotless story.

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PERFECT GOVERNESS

THIS is the real Mary Poppins. I read a review that went along the lines of, "I HATE it. This Mary Poppins is mean," which sold me. Disney's Mary Poppins sickens me, too sweet and frivolous. Travers Mary Poppins is real. I've seen this woman in childcare and school's (minus the magic). I AM, this woman as an Early Childhood Educator (minus the magic). This woman allows the children to develop a strength rather than whimsy. It speaks to me, and I understand that it won't for others. Read this book if you want a real educator with a foot in the door of magic

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The amazing book

An amazing book read by a fantastic reader one of my all time favourite books.

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Wow!!!

Narration was amazing with her talented range of voices. Loved the entire story versus the movie version. Highly recommend!!

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  • Chantelle Reid
  • 19-02-2019

I <3 Olivia Colman!!!!

Olivia Colman's reading of Mary Poppins is simply magical! Our family loved every minute of it.

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  • ADG93
  • 09-10-2020

AMAZING INTERPRETATION

The story itself is one of the most whimsical, weird, charming, moving stories I've ever read and the performance of the reader was IMPECCABLE. I was constantly sucked in and felt every emotion along the way. Fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-2020

AMAZING

Its a great book. I thought Marry Poppins was in my room! Love this story, and maybe Mary Poppins will come back.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-2019

Better than the movie.

I can see why P. L. Travers did not like the movie. I feel there were probably about five scenes from the book that were included in the movie. I'm happy now I know the 'real' story, as it was intended, without being 'Disney'fied.

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  • Happy
  • 22-10-2018

Oh Olivia

An otherwise great reading from the fantastic Olivia Coleman spoilt by the worst voicing of a little boy in the history of voice overs. Michael sounds like a nasty little munchkin with strep throat and his dialogue is so clipped he comes across more as a Twin Peaks character than a small boy. Not sure what she was thinking but so bizarre as to distract from the story. Sample before buying.

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  • Sara
  • 15-01-2019

Utterly delightful

The book (as so often happens) surpasses the film, with all of Travers’ humour and imagination coming through in entirely unknown sections (my and my children’s particular favourite being the babies chapter talking to the sun and bird). And Olivia Colman, unsurprisingly, is fantastic, I’ve been recommending it to everyone.

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  • Alice Homer
  • 15-05-2019

Good but...

It was an enjoyable experience but too short for my liking. Olivia Coleman read it beautifully and it really is a good audio book for long car journeys although, 3 hours is rather short so, if you like a bulky book, then this is not for you. Personally I really loved it (please take note I am 11) it deserves a lot of praise and the reader has great personality and that is obvious in the characters. I disliked the voice for Michae l and found one or two of the high pitched women’s voices annoying. Xxx 👌🏼

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  • Carla Ribeiro Oleiro
  • 08-02-2019

The voices are not as expected

To bad the reader doesn't have what it takes to give life to this great story. The voice that she perform for Michael is just wrong. I saw a review saying that and I can confirm it. This book deserves a lot better.

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  • Elizabeth G
  • 22-11-2018

Listened and relistened!

Absolutely brilliant. Made so by Olivia Coleman and her many voices. A treasure to enjoy.

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  • Sana H
  • 22-02-2019

Great!

Olivia Coleman is amazing. Her talent makes the characters of this wonderful book come alive. An audiobook of exceptionally high standard.

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  • G Reid
  • 18-02-2019

Superb Reading of a Classic

Olivia Coleman throws herself heart and soul into this classic tale, a wonderful range of voices perfect for each character. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • xom13
  • 14-02-2019

no chim chimney hear

So the original Mary poppins is very different a couple of scenes made it from the book but only about 10% of the book. it's separated in to a collection of short story's a a different adventure everyday . great for a chapter a night for bed time story's . magical story's wonderful characters and great performance.

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  • Miss Je Cooke
  • 13-02-2019

Practically Perfect in Every Way

This does differ a lot from the Disney film in terms of events but the characters are brought to life superbly by the narrator. It is a joy from start to finish for adults and children.

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