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One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from.

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are orphans. Can they find a home where they can stay together as a family?

©1989 Gertrude Chandler Warner (P)2018 Oasis Audio

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Hooked on The Box Car Children

Our kids (4,6,8,10) loved the story and are now hooked on the series, so we will continue listening through the books. We like that the characters are given different voices, it's just a shame that the narrator has gone with some fairly irritating voices for some of the characters. Jessie has a sweet sounding voice and Violet's is neither here nor there but the boys' voices are quite off putting. Henry sounds a bit rough, it's bareable but just doesn't seem fitting to his character and Benny's voice is just plain irritating and not at all like his character (a sweet little boy). It's a real shame as a voice can have huge affects on how you perceive a character and my kids now think differently about each character than they would have had they not heard these voice depictions of them.

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  • sean frazer
  • 05-11-2018

Great Book, Poor Narration

I loved this series as a kid so I was excited to see if my girls would like them as well but unfortunately the narration was so annoying to me (we listen to books together in the car) that I won’t be buying any more.

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  • Lynisha Weeda
  • 06-08-2018

Annoying voices and sounds!

This is a great story but the narrator uses different voices for each of the characters and it's really nerve grating! There is also added sounds that aren't overly accurate and get annoying very fast!

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  • Jordan O'Donnell
  • 27-02-2019

Unfortunately annoying narration

I was so excited to listen to these stories, they were some of my favorites growing up, but I unfortunately couldn't get past the annoying character voices. I will be returning this one.

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  • Dane H.
  • 25-11-2018

A childhood classic

Very much enjoyed this narration of an old childhood classic. The narrator does a great job with all the different voices. And there are sound effects! Great surprise there! Speaking of surprises, on to Surprise Island!

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  • Heather Haehl
  • 09-10-2019

Great for kids!

My two boys who are 5 and 3 years old were mesmerized by this story. The reader does a great job of doing all the different voices throughout the story. it is so much better than TV to have your kids listen to a book! You can just watch their little minds working as they imagine what the characters look like and all of the various scenes.

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  • Amy Chase
  • 06-01-2019

Amazing Story Ruined By Obnoxious Narration

My title speaks for itself. What a shame. This is one of my favorite books from childhood, but the narrator’s voices for the children make it too distracting to listen to the story. Listen to the free sample and you’ll know within 60 seconds whether you’ll be bothered by this. I wish I had sampled this title before purchasing. It would have saved me the hassle of returning it.

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  • Anna
  • 10-12-2020

Lovely story... Awful Narrator.

The children sound like chain smokers. The narrator gives them gritty, annoying, sharp voices, which is a shame since she has a great narration voice otherwise. It makes it almost unlistenable.

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  • whatwordscannotexpress(dot)weebly(dot)com
  • 28-11-2018

Made the kids listen in the other room

We love the early books in the Boxcar series and have read them together as a family. The kids wanted to be able to listen to them over and over so I was glad to find them on audible. However, when the narrator does her voice for Benny, the youngest boy, who we have all imagined as sweet, spunky, and most of all cute, I cringe. My shoulders tighten up and I want to stop listening so it doesn't negatively affect all the fond memories I have attached to this series which I also read as a child. My kids did listen to the whole book, but I won't be buying more of this series with this narrator. I haven't experienced this with any other narrator, so I don't think I'm a performance-snob. (Maybe I am and time will tell?) I understand a young child should have a higher-pitched voice, but listen to the sample to see if it will bother you as there is a lot of dialogue in this series. The narrator did to a good job of having different voices for each of the children and her expression and pace were fine.

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  • Judith
  • 26-11-2018

get a new narrator

I cant even finish the book because the narrator's voices are so annoying. what a waist of a credit

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  • EMMY
  • 27-01-2021

Oh to be a child again

The story is engaging and easy to follow along with a book. The fun the kids had makes me want to be a kid again. The children in the story have good values and I would rather my kids emulate their behavior.

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  • Moses
  • 15-07-2020

Review from 8 year old boy

I love the Boxcar Children because it’s so fun.🤩😀 I really enjoyed it! This book made me wish that I was in the same circumstance as the Boxcar Children. This book is the first book and it is about when the Children run away from their grandfather, thinking that he was going to be grumpy and unkind to them, and then they find a boxcar and live in it! I recommend this book to anyone aged from 5 to 12 years old, but anyone can read or listen to this book! I also recommend the Boxcar Children great adventure series. By Moses, age 8

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