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Publisher's Summary

This star-studded rendition of Ogden Nash's humorous verses backed by a full-orchestra performance of Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals will surely delight adults and children of all ages.

Performed by Ted Danson, Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Arte Johnson, Walter Matthau, Dudley Moore, Deborah Raffin, Lynn Redgrave, Joan Rivers, William Shatner, Jaclyn Smith, Lily Tomlin, and Betty White. Music performed by Mona Golabek and Renee Golabek. Conducted by Lalo Schifrin.

Public Domain (P)1993, 2017 Dove Audio / Phoenix Books

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  • Christopher Grenier
  • 15-07-18

Too much audio, not enough book

Simply put there was way too much music in this recording. I like Augden Nash and expected to buy a book of his poetry. The book is 24 minutes long so I expected about 24 poems with about a minute for each. Instead I got about 14 poems, each only a few sentences that totaled about 8 minutes of time inner-mixed with about 16 minutes of piano music.

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  • Anthony Scheinman
  • 18-08-18

An All-Star Performance!

One of the best versions of this piece I've heard in a long time from both musicians and narrators; both sounded like they were enjoying themselves! Using both extremely well-known and lesser well-known stars for each section was a great idea!

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  • camk
  • 03-04-21

fun and easy listen to fill time

wouldnt pay much for it but light listening. Found the narrator's voices softer than the music and keep having to adjust volume. Obviously actors are older now and it was fun guessing which actor was speaking.

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  • Don Weng
  • 25-11-20

Carnival of the Animals

The performance was excellent but I thought the reading of the poems sometimes missed the rhythm and flow if the poems.