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4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5 4.40 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Bond Narrator: Stephen Fry Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Paddington Bear Series Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9780060840655
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Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington Station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same ... for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stephen Fry’s Paddington is delightfully grave and proper, earnestly well-meaning in spite of his frequent misadventures both domestic and around London. Fry is facile with myriad British accents from Cockney cabbies to Portobello Road shopkeepers, and his comic timing and subtle delivery accentuate the book’s sly humor.”

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  • “Utter and lovable nonsense this—but somehow one reads with enchantment and credulity about Paddington and his marmalade, Paddington and the sticky cream buns, Paddington and a succession of mishaps, all in good faith. It’s all very English—but then so are Alice and Mary Poppins and Peter Pan and a host of other favorites of make-believe…This is the sort of book best shared with a family read aloud.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Parents' Choice Gold Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/19/2014

    " I don't think I ever actually read this as a child, but enjoyed reading it with my kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailey | 2/16/2014

    " Paddington is so fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yakira | 2/14/2014

    " This is the sweetest, funniest, BESTEST book to ever be written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this series (that which I read anyway). Though the writing is formulaic in nature and doesn't really change much, Paddington never disappoints. He is always getting into something in his ignorant, innocent fashion. These books aren't very deep or thought-provoking, but they make a good read for younger readers and those who enjoy plays on words. Very similar to series such as Miss Pickerel, Marty the Martian, Amelia Bedelia, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lo | 1/31/2014

    " the bathtub scene was brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/29/2014

    " Paddington is such a lovable little bear. Not deep, profound reading, but centered around a nicely developed little character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/21/2014

    " Um, I'm in love with children's books right now. And this was no exception. It's the perfect bed-time story and although it took me way too long to finish it (I thought I'd lost it at one point but found it in the car)I'm so excited to read these stories to my little ones one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/3/2014

    " I read this in on an afternoon, and it delighted me; childrens books always cheer me up. Paddington is a bit of a hairy version of a rogue, and has that childly innocence and flaws that I love. What I liked most, were all the other people in the story. They never reacted like we would react when we see a talking bear. They were all alright with it, and acted like he was a real person. A lovely, light read, children will probably like it, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dei sha ta mar | 12/31/2013

    " paddington is soooo cute!! cuter than winnie the pooh! haha "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Curtis | 12/5/2013

    " This is my all time favorite childrens story, I love the inquisitive nature of this loveable bear from the "darkest forest of peru". This is a must read story for any child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Rogers | 11/20/2013

    " This book is one of my favorites, even though its a younger audience book, it still very nicely done. It brings the child back into us as we read Paddington's adventures in London. We see him fit into a nice family and have great experiences with them. Splendid book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suki | 10/31/2013

    " I have early memories of my dad reading Paddington books to us. Great family bonding time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rasheed | 10/30/2013

    " Found it funny when I was a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 10/18/2013

    " When I was younger, I used to love these books a lot- and I still do! You'll easily fall in love with Paddington and the Brown family, and the simplicity but interestingness of this book will make you want to read more- 10 stars if I could :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariam | 10/13/2013

    " A nice children's book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 10/6/2013

    " Paddington is so entertaining. My 5 yr. old really enjoys the stories a lot. My 3 yr. old still needs the pictures to keep him interested though. I've seen a picture book edition--might just have to pick that up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza | 9/21/2013

    " I'm listening to this on audio and it is wonderful. Stephen Fry is an amazing narrator and I'd forgotten how humorous and sweet the story is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Landry | 9/16/2013

    " I remember reading this book when I was a kid and absolutely loving it. A warm-hearted tale about a bear from "darkest Peru" who had a habit of having mishaps despite his best intentions to do good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/14/2013

    " Very cute, very fun book. Who doesn't love Paddington? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sania | 6/10/2013

    " Read this book a long time ago, it's one of my all time favorites. Very innocent and heartwarming. Recommended to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jules | 3/29/2013

    " A great kids book, read to the girls, they had a hard time with some of the English words but had a lot of fun with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/23/2013

    " Delightful... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 2/9/2013

    " This was the first chapter book that I ever read as a child. I will never forget it and the impact it made in my life as a young reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 2/7/2013

    " One of my favorite childhood books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Webb | 1/23/2013

    " Read more like a collection of stories than a true chapter book. Cute and age appropriate though. Chapters are a bit long for a 4 yr old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Cummings | 8/4/2012

    " A classic...I owe my fascination with orange marmalade to Paddington Bear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 4/8/2012

    " Sweeter than a marmalade sandwich... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/4/2012

    " It's a really cute kids book, though the similarities to Pooh Bear are many. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri-lee | 10/23/2011

    " Absolutely lovely. I am so sad to have missed reading these books as a child. A much more charming and witty story telling of the Curious George type genre. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dacia | 7/26/2011

    " This was a cute little book. I really liked when they made Paddington into a cartoon. Nothing really sticks out about this book, except that the vague sense that I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelceypetersen | 7/1/2011

    " Gabby is LOVING this book, I am reading it aloud to her. She says she prefers it to Pooh, though I do not, at least yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/30/2011

    " Super sweet. Nice childhood memories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtis | 5/1/2011

    " Truly a classic. How a bear who gets into so much mischief can be so lovable, I'll never know. Our daughter loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/26/2011

    " Um, I'm in love with children's books right now. And this was no exception. It's the perfect bed-time story and although it took me way too long to finish it (I thought I'd lost it at one point but found it in the car)I'm so excited to read these stories to my little ones one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sammy | 4/25/2011

    " Absolutely love this book! It is a very cute story about a bear that is sure to capture everyone's heart. I would recommend for young children! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 3/4/2011

    " When I was a kid, we watched the Paddington tv show, but I'd never read the book. This classic story is sweet and funny and Stephen Fry is an excellent reader. This would be a great car-listening choice for families with young children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/29/2011

    " Listening to this CD in the car commute. I tried reading it about three times and couldn't get the kids attention.. The CD is perfect! We are gripped! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 1/4/2011

    " My husband read this to me, when he learned I had missed it as a child growing up. I couldn't get Scott interested (maybe to English?), but I will have to see if I can get Andy interested after the Harry Potter obsession dies down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/4/2011

    " A classic...I owe my fascination with orange marmalade to Paddington Bear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. R | 12/29/2010

    " I loved these books as a child, and still love them, reading them to my son. Simple, funny, sweet stories that make me want to travel to England, or darkest Peru! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominique | 12/26/2010

    " I read it when I was very young, but I have a vauge memory of it being enjoyable, and cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 12/8/2010

    " Paddington is a wonderful small bear who comes to live with the Browns. He spends his time getting into wonderful mischief, always in good fun and ending up in the best possible ways. It is a wonderful book that children should find entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 12/7/2010

    " The adventures of Paddington the Bear bring a smile to my face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 11/28/2010

    " went to paddington station when i was in london years ago(2 decades now) and it was underwhelming, certainly no bears in rain gear anywhere to be seen "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 11/22/2010

    " James just loved this beautifully illustrated book about a bear named Paddington - who likes marmalade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/21/2010

    " So relaxing reading this book after a long stressful day. Kinda tired to see the bear getting in one trouble out of another tho. Nice children's book I have to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 11/14/2010

    " Tenero carino e divertente....d'altronde il mio uditorio è molto esigente e devo rifornirmi di nuove storie quotidianamente! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 10/31/2010

    " This book is about a family who "adopts" a bear they found at the train station. Paddington was a stowaway from South America that ended up all alone. The family takes him in and helps him. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Bond

Michael Bond is the author of all the books about Paddington Bear. His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958. In 1997, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to children’s literature. In 2007, he was made an honorary doctor of letters by Reading University. He lives in London, not far from Paddington Station, with his wife, Sue, and a guinea pig named Olga da Polga.

About the Narrator

Stephen Fry is a celebrated actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual, wit, and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography and has written for radio shows and television. His television credits include Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, and he hosted the BBC TV series QI. His readings of the Harry Potter books have won him huge acclaim and several awards.