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Publisher's Summary

Read by Imelda Staunton, The Gruffalo audiobook edition, complete with a song and read-along track, brings to life the animals that live in the deep, dark wood....

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. 

A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake...and a hungry Gruffalo!

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a best-selling phenomenon across the world with over 13.5 million copies sold. This award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster has found its way into the hearts and bedtimes of an entire generation of children and will undoubtedly continue to enchant children for years and years to come.

Perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime - or any time at all!

©2002 Julia Donaldson (P)2002 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Young readers will love the humor in this preposterous story.... Serve this one for a rollicking good time." (School Library Journal)

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Sound quality could be better

Where are the Scottish accents?! Music and sound quality could’ve been better but an engaging narration.

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great for kids

Loved the story as did my six year old daughter. I'd recommend it to any young at heart reader/listener.

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  • Daryl
  • 22-01-2010

One of the all time great childrens books

I have been reading my children the Gruffalo since they were born, and this audio book has taken that to a whole new level. It is heir favorite book, one that they enjoy listening to again and again. And so do I. Masterful story telling for children of all ages.

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  • Nena
  • 22-12-2019

A classic

We had this on cd and my child is obsessed so we had to buy it so we could listen in other places besides the car! It’s a good length and a fun story for adults and kids alike

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  • Ally
  • 28-03-2011

Brilliant childrens title

This is a great title for the kids to listen to, the narration is outstanding and the Gruffalo song at the end makes it a good listen to/sing along for the kids in the car.

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  • Jane Bownes
  • 04-12-2020

Paints the story in your mind

This story was the #1 request by my class for naptime stories. It engaged every student and I enjoyed it too.

The voice performance, excellent!

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  • Todd Ayers
  • 21-07-2020

Fun Time

Our son thought it was fun to listen to. Narrator was fantastic, lots of energy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-2020

Big hit with my 3 year old

My son asks to listen to this book all the time in the car. It's read very well and it's a cute story that captures his attention. We love this book - on audible and the paper book.

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  • Dabie Ojeda
  • 04-02-2020

Love love a blast from the past

I was so happy to be able to share a memorable book with my granddaughter. A blast from my past

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  • CarolT
  • 26-07-2019

What a fantastic story. Love Imelda Staunton too!

My 4 year old daughter has had the book for about a year and just LOVES listening to it on Audible too. So well told. Love!

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  • Cristina
  • 15-12-2018

A beautiful witty story with a song at the end!

My child loves this book so when I found it on audible it was a no brainer... it’s very well narrated to keep a 2.5 entertained during a car ride ... love this book!

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  • Amy Grace
  • 11-10-2018

Review by my almost 7-year-old son.

I gave it 5 stars because I liked it very much and I hope you'll like it too. It has a lot of repeating words, but the characters are silly and fun. I am going to listen to it again, because it is so funny.

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  • TheHollobones
  • 14-04-2019

lovely book

we could listen to this for hours my children love them, we have got all of these books. thank you will make our car journey easier tomorrow:)

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  • Frederick
  • 25-10-2018

Fantastic Bed Time Story

Enjoyed the story and narration with my girls. The story was creative and the narration flawless

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-2021

Not worth the cost

Not worth the cost of the audible version for the length of it. Should have been more than one story for that price.

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  • Hannah
  • 17-02-2021

Such a shame

This story is brilliant, and my little girl absolutely loves it, so I bought the audio book to listen in the car, unfortunately the voice actors high pitched portrayal and the random music in it completely spoil it! It's irritating and we didn't actually listen for more than 5 minutes in the end

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  • Max K.
  • 15-06-2020

Very entertaining

Loved it ,grandchild will have lots of fun
recommend to friends and acquaintances,thank you Max

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  • Amiee
  • 02-02-2020

Love this story.

But for a bedtime story it’s told very spooky and witch voices. Not too keen if I’m honest as only bought it for bedtime stories won’t be using again

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  • C. Rodda
  • 16-07-2018

gruffalol

my youngest and i love it! music is fab, sets the scene. beautifully read too!

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  • Lukrecija Lunn
  • 19-09-2016

Amazing reading!

Kids and I love this book so much. We read it so many times we know all lyrics! The voice here is so special. You feel you are in the story at the same time. Very good.

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  • N. L. Delmar-addy
  • 08-04-2013

Great Story

Fantastic story and more fun to listen to. My son loves this story for bedtime.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-2021

My poor ears...

Imelda Staunton may be a fab actress. But I'm afraid she just doesn't suit this kind of read. Julia Donaldson has opted for her on most of her work and they are all pretty painful to listen to. Her character portrayals are pretty dire and the voices at times simply grate.

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