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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (35,324 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. L. Travers Narrator: Sophie Thompson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mary Poppins Series Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781482954036
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The timeless story of Mary Poppins, the world’s favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family

Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the Banks children have ever seen. It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When Mary Poppins is about, her young charges can never tell where the real world merges into make-believe. Neither can the reader, and that is one of the hallmarks of good fantasy.”

    New York Times

  • “There is an extraordinary charm about these books…They are whimsical, sentimental, [and] also funny, imaginative, poetical, and genuinely creative.”

    New York Evening Post, praise for the series

  • “Mary Poppins is likely the most exciting nanny England—and the world—has ever seen…The only disappointing aspect of this classic is that it doesn’t go on forever!”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Delightful nonsense that defies an age boundary of appreciation.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 2/18/2014

    " One of my favourite childhood books. I re-read it recently in order to do an academic essay. It still gives me both a sense of security and a sense of unease. It is perfectly pitched for children's reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/10/2014

    " I love Mary Poppins. This book is dark compared to the "disney-ized" version of MP, but I love it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosanne | 1/30/2014

    " After seeing the broadway musical with my girls, I decided it was time to read the book. I have always loved the Disney movie of Mary Poppins. I loved the broadway musical, but it was different than the movie. I wanted to see what parts they used to make the movie and the musical. I think they took the very best parts of the book and embellished them and came up with much better products than the book. The best parts of the book were in the musical and the movie. The parts that were left out I did not really enjoy. A child may have enjoyed them more, but this was not my favorite piece of children's literature. At the end, I found myself skimming the pages because I only wanted to say I read the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/29/2014

    " I'm not sure what to think of the book. I find I didn't really like the character of Mary Poppins. She is everything I would not want the person looking after my kids to be. She is curt and sometimes even borderline rude, vain, and 'always says no.' But the stories were fun. The magic and the children were wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/28/2014

    " Mary poppins is way meaner and vainer in the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/27/2014

    " I have to admit this was not my favorite book. I found Mary Poppins vain and she seemed a bit harsh, never really having a nice thing to say. I'm not quite sure why the children liked her except she took them magical places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michaela | 1/25/2014

    " Its really good. Its not like the play though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/15/2014

    " This book shattered all my childhood wonderment with the character of Mary Poppins. When you're little, who doesn't want to be "practically perfect in every way?" I sure did. But now, having read this book, I'm amazed at how rude and horrible Mary Poppins was! She was never nice to the children. She barely cared about them. At least in the Disney movie version, kids had the soft smile of Julie Andrews that made Mary more likable but this book had none of that charm. I was really disappointed and crushed and I know I'm most likely being really dramatic about this, but I expected a delightful stroll down memory lane and instead I was assaulted with a vain nanny whose kids fawned over her like she was some kind of addictive candy. I hate growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SB | 1/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this! I'd read some reviews that described it as quite dark and I didn't find it that way. Mary Poppin's snarky attitude emphasized her humanity despite the magic that surrounds her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 12/29/2013

    " Although no one can touch Julie Andrews, the Mary Poppins of the book is saucy and much more interesting than the film's characterization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/28/2013

    " This is a story I've loved since I was a child. I will never in my life forget the paste-up stars! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 12/28/2013

    " Yes,it's true. I'd never actually read Mary Poppins before. And I tend to think it was too late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Saylor | 12/6/2013

    " Very entertaining. Loved the adventures "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/25/2013

    " reading to the kids. so much fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Wade Rose | 7/4/2013

    " So much better, sharper and more engrossing than the movie! And read up on Travers -- she was as interesting and as tart as her creation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 5/21/2013

    " Read aloud to the family. NOT Disney's nanny - a darker, harsher, colder creation in every aspect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/4/2013

    " I had never read this before, but now when the new Finnish translation came out, I got curious. I'm not sure which Mary I'd prefer, this or the movie character, because both are interesting in their own way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dara | 3/11/2013

    " I thought the book was really weird in parts. LOVE the movie though! Julie Andrews is awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Fisher | 12/6/2012

    " This is SO different to the Disney film I couldn't believe it... Mary Poppins is snooty and absolutely adorable in the originals!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 10/7/2012

    " I think Julie Andrews did a marvelous job of interpreting/softening the character of Mary Poppins; she is not quite as charming in the book. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful read--the adventures are astounding and far surpass those in the movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie | 7/23/2012

    " My friend had a copy of this at her house. I could never get into it since I saw the movie first. I might feel differently had I read the book first. I loved the movie and the book seemed boring compared to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 5/17/2012

    " Being a big fan of the movie since I was a little girl, naturally I wanted to read the book. The two are quite different. I'm wondering if some of the scenes in the movies were based on the subsequent books or just a creation of Disney. Either way, interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 c w | 3/29/2012

    " Mary Poppins is a Time Lord. I'm pretty sure she's the Master's sister. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 10/25/2011

    " I love the Mary Poppins movie even now, and I am not much of a Disney fan. I was delighted to learn it was a book first and read it first when I was about 12 and still adore the written story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahmad | 7/18/2011

    " Story of the world's most beloved nanny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/23/2011

    " This isn't the sugary sweet Disney version of Mary Poppins we all know and love, but it still has the same magical quality of the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 5/18/2011

    " My Favorite Movie Of All Time. However, Disney has nothing on the original. I never knew that Jane and Michael actually had infant twin siblings, John and Barbara.Julie Andrews was sweet, but the Mary Poppins in the book is a badass! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholeen | 5/18/2011

    " I have been reading this to my little ones this week. We really like it. It's amazing how close the movie is to the book. Disney did good on that one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 5/2/2011

    " luv,luv,luved this as a girl!!!!!! Marry Poppins is my fav. Disney non-animated movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 di | 4/30/2011

    " Disney actually made great improvements on this classic. How can you go wrong with the likes of Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mslogar | 4/29/2011

    " so very different from the Broadway play. I found myself not liking Mary Poppins very much in this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 4/20/2011

    " Read this to Emma and Andrew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 3/26/2011

    " It was awesome and if you like traveling around the world I suggest you read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 3/25/2011

    " It was a great book, I wouldn't say it was the best. If you love fighting filled traveling everywhere books then I wouldn't suggest this book to you. If you like rude nannies that sometimes go on fun adventures then I would suggest this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/15/2011

    " Hurray for the REAL Mary Poppins, before Disney got hold of it! "

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About the Author
P.L. Travers wrote eight  books, as well as several other books for children and adults.  Her writing was not limited to novels, as she also served as a drama critic, travel essayist, reviewer and lecturer in her career.
About the Narrator

Sophie Thompson, sister of Academy Award–winning actress Emma Thompson, trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has worked in film, television, theater, and radio, and has narrated a number of audiobooks. Her film credits include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Eat, Pray, Love; and Gosford Park, among others.