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Extended Audio Sample Cautionary Verses Audiobook, by Hilaire Belloc Click for printable size audiobook cover
4.01098901098901 out of 54.01098901098901 out of 54.01098901098901 out of 54.01098901098901 out of 54.01098901098901 out of 5 4.01 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilaire Belloc Narrator: Joyce Greenfell Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781783940455
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These humorous verses were originally written for children but the taste is much more to an adult liking. They are strange, perverse, and the morals they provide … Well, that’s for you to decide. 

Luckily Joyce Grenfell is narrating, so it’s double the experience! 

Here’s what you can look forward to hearing:

  • “Jim: Who Ran Away from his Nurse, and was Eaten by a Lion.”
  • “Henry King: Who Chewed Bits of String, and was Early Cut Off in Dreadful Agonies.”
  • “Matilda: Who Told Lies, and was Burned to Death.”
  • ‘Franklin Hyde: Who Caroused in the Dirt and was Corrected by His Uncle.”
  • “Godolphin Horne: Who was Cursed with the Sin of Pride, and Became a Boot-Black.”
  • “Algernon: Who Played with a Loaded Gun, and on Missing his Sister, was Reprimanded by his Father.”
  • “Hildebrand: Who was Frightened by a Passing Motor, and was Brought to Reason.”
  • “Lord Lundy: Who was Too Freely Moved to Tears, and thereby Ruined his Political Career.”
  • “Rebecca: Who Slammed Doors for Fun and Perished Miserably.”
  • “George: Who Played with a Dangerous Toy, and Suffered a Catastrophe of Considerable Dimensions.”
  • “Charles Augustus Fortescue: Who Always Did hat was Right, and so Accumulated an Immense Fortune.”
  • “The Example”
  • “John: Who Lost a Fortune by Throwing Stones.”
  • “Maria: Who Made Faces and a Deplorable Marriage.”
  • “Sarah Byng: Who Could Not Read and Was Tossed into a Thorny Hedge by a Bull.”
  • “Jack and His Pony, Tom”
  • “Tom and His Pony, Jack”
  • “Lord Lundy (Second Canto)”
  • “The Garden Party”
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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/29/2013

    " Mine was an audiobook selection read by the wonderful Martin Jarvis and Rosamund Ayres. The verse is of course wonderful word play and the come-uppances of those who do not toe the moral line delightfully extreme. It's also interesting to look back at what was considered important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 peter | 4/28/2013

    " These are great. I and my 3 siblings enjoyed them as children, as adults reading to children, and now, for some of us, to as grandparents to grandchildren. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/8/2013

    " odd but fun. however, i wouldn't read any of these to children. the english disposition for scaring good behavior into children doesn't suit me 'tall. but as an adult reading them, they are (as i said) odd but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/30/2012

    " Mine was an audiobook selection read by the wonderful Martin Jarvis and Rosamund Ayres. The verse is of course wonderful word play and the come-uppances of those who do not toe the moral line delightfully extreme. It's also interesting to look back at what was considered important. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 5/1/2012

    " odd but fun. however, i wouldn't read any of these to children. the english disposition for scaring good behavior into children doesn't suit me 'tall. but as an adult reading them, they are (as i said) odd but fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vieve | 2/27/2012

    " Witty little verses. Fun to read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vieve | 8/4/2011

    " Witty little verses. Fun to read aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Rosen | 4/1/2010

    " Quentin Blake's new illustrations are a far cry from BTB's originals, but detract only slightly from what would otherwise be a five-star outing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Rosen | 1/13/2010

    " Quentin Blake's new illustrations are a far cry from BTB's originals, but detract only slightly from what would otherwise be a five-star outing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 6/28/2009

    " odd but fun. however, i wouldn't read any of these to children. the english disposition for scaring good behavior into children doesn't suit me 'tall. but as an adult reading them, they are (as i said) odd but fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vieve | 7/14/2008

    " Witty little verses. Fun to read aloud. "

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About the Author
Author Hilaire BellocHilaire Belloc began his academic career with a lecture tour of the United States in 1892. He became a member of the Fabian Society in the early 1900s and met George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells, who helped him obtain work with newspapers such as the Daily News and The Speaker. Eventually he became literary editor of the Morning Post. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1906. He also wrote several novels, such as Mr. Clutterbuck's Election and A Change in the Cabinet, along with historical works such as The French Revolution and the History of England. Belloc also published a series of historical biographies: Oliver Cromwell, James II, Richelieu, Wolsey, Napoleon, and Charles II.