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3.00007188412064 out of 53.00007188412064 out of 53.00007188412064 out of 53.00007188412064 out of 53.00007188412064 out of 5 3.00 (18,502 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hugh Lofting Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781400178957
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In this first book in the series, Doctor Dolittle discovers that he can talk to the animals. This delightful classic about the eccentric doctor who could speak to animals includes all the remarkable adventures and familiar characters, among them the extraordinary two-headed pushmi-pullyu; Polynesia, the parrot; and Jip, the dog. For adults, children and fans of timeless animal stories.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/19/2014

    " go figure. i've never seen either the rex harrison (1967) film or the eddie murphy (1998) one. but plan on watching, soon, the eddie murphy one on netflix. just added it to my instant viewing list. i first heard about this film and decided to avoid it because i was in the midst of my stupid-snobbery period of life. now that i have embraced my LOVE of children's literature, i found this book on itunes read as an audiobook by usf -- university of south florida. it is delightful. purely delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 2/17/2014

    " What a great book. Everyone both young and old should read this book. My 7-year old and I just finished reading it. She loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oriana | 2/15/2014

    " Not as good as the second one but still, awesome!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/9/2014

    " The kids all enjoyed this one. It was funny enough for the 11year old and not too complex for the 4 year old. Each chapter was fairly short which is great for read-alouds. There weren't too many different voices for me to do. A very cute story. (Note: we read the edited version which removed some racist content.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Van Oosterum | 2/6/2014

    " I did not think I would love this as much as I did. What a great adventure. We will be reading the rest of this series for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 2/5/2014

    " Having not read this since I was younger, I was pretty surprised by some of the content. Not something I would suggest reading to kids any longer, which is too bad because overall it is a pretty fun and charming story. It is definitely "of a time." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/24/2014

    " Not as good as I had hoped, but still fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 1/19/2014

    " One summer, when I was eight, my parents rented a small beach house that was a couple of blocks away from a small library...a REALLY small library, but just the right size for an 8-year-old. There were few children my age to play with, so I did a lot of reading. I don't remember all of the books (it was 50 years ago) but I do remember Jules Verne's books and Dr. Doolittle, so they must have been good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 1/17/2014

    " Didn't take books out to IN, so bought this one at an antique store there for my library. I'm sure some children will like it and others not. As 2 stars indicates "It was ok." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miramira Endevall | 1/17/2014

    " I liked the movie better. The old movie. With the giant snail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zhangq | 1/17/2014

    " a doctor who changed his job to a vet, and he learned animal languages from a parrot. Then he became the most famous vet among animals... "

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

    " Read this to Kate, we read 2 chapters a night, was fun to read together, esp as she loves animals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eris | 1/9/2014

    " This was a quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Bodkins | 1/4/2014

    " Marissa was interested in the book, but it wasn't one of our favorites. It took us a while to finish; which says a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/24/2013

    " This was a fun, light chapter book. I had never read it as a child. The moral is be kind to the animals and they will be kind to you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Hendricks | 12/21/2013

    " Love the way this book makes my children laugh and want to look at the atlas as if they are on the journey with Dr. Dolittle! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 12/19/2013

    " Kyra's favorite book! It was fun to read outlound to the kids at night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivan | 12/17/2013

    " Quite enjoyable. Loved the art work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessicasherrell | 12/10/2013

    " Loved this book with all my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa (ladybug) | 11/16/2013

    " Nice story about a Dr. that can talk to animals. I always thought that if I just could listen very carefully, my dogs and cats would talk to me. Sadly it never happened, but it still could one day. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charla Rosenberg | 10/27/2013

    " This was a really good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 10/19/2013

    " It was a pretty good book. I liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/13/2013

    " Too bad about the elements that would be considered racist today--otherwise they're really lovely stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina Seleshanko | 10/8/2013

    " Not much like the movie, but a delightful tale, nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 8/9/2013

    " 5 yr old & 8 yr old both loved it!!!!!!!!! That has not happened before! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 6/19/2013

    " My 6 year-old LOVED this book! My 32 year-old husband was very interested as well, and was upset when we read ahead! This is a perfect read-aloud for the whole family! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eris | 5/26/2013

    " This was a quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Scotto | 4/25/2013

    " The story was entertaining, if kind of jerkily episodic. But man, that casual racism was tough to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen Garland | 4/18/2013

    " My 6 year old loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nix | 1/13/2013

    " OK, this was a great book. It is funny how the little man (by which I mean Dr. Dolittle) is never really bothered by anything and uses his talents with animals in extraordinary ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 12/21/2012

    " I have my qualms about this book, but I read it aloud to my five year old daughter. She wouldn't let me put it down, begging for one more chapter. In the end, with a children's book, I suppose it should be the children who decide what makes it good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimi | 11/17/2012

    " Ceritanya lucu. Dan, ehm, Doctor Dolittle-nya seperti tokoh yang too good to be true ya kalo in real life. Terlalu baik. Hihihi... ;)) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shuyo | 11/12/2012

    " This book was easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/9/2012

    " Both of my older boys (4 and almost 6) loved this book. The animals were lovable and had great double names like Dab-Dab, Gub-Gub, and Too-Too. The adventure that Doctor Doolittle goes on is very fun. Great find. A solid 4.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 11/7/2012

    " We read this as a family and we all enjoyed it. I had not read this as a kid myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 10/1/2012

    " Absolutely the most perfect book to read aloud to Harry! Absolutely perfect. We're going to start _The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle_ now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 9/2/2012

    " I really liked the movie when I was little, and the book was just that much better. Dr. Doolittle's adventures were neat and funny. This would be a good book for kids who don't really like to read. It has adventure, likable characters, and humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 8/19/2012

    " I really liked the movie when I was little, and the book was just that much better. Dr. Doolittle's adventures were neat and funny. This would be a good book for kids who don't really like to read. It has adventure, likable characters, and humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/27/2012

    " Read this and the "Voyages of..." to the kids and they are really enjoying it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucy | 7/20/2012

    " No, no, no. Not even good of its type, and the racism is truly appalling. And the anthropomorphism. It isn't even consistent within itself. Yuck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/13/2012

    " A fun book of adventure accompanied by some morals and great teaching moments. The boys loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 6/21/2012

    " A bit disturbing...I have a 1948 copy and the african prince wanted to become WHITE to win the affections a princess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessicasherrell | 6/11/2012

    " Loved this book with all my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailey | 5/26/2012

    " What a fun book! I love all the Doctor Dolittle stories! "

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

    " This is an interesting book about talking animals. If you are a animal lover and wished your animal could talk back you would enjoy this book. This book is similar to the Dr. Dolittle movies. "

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

    " This book enraptured my children. I know it offends people that the African prince wanted a white face, but I find the original unabridged story fabulous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elorra | 1/27/2012

    " One of the joys of having children is enjoying books with them. Holly and I read this one more than once and I can't wait to read it with Kemper. Just a delightfully entertaining story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucy | 1/17/2012

    " No, no, no. Not even good of its type, and the racism is truly appalling. And the anthropomorphism. It isn't even consistent within itself. Yuck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charla Rosenberg | 12/20/2011

    " This was a really good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindi | 7/27/2011

    " This was pretty good. We tried it on for size since Jane Goodall said this was a childhood favorite. I may not have had my small child brain working because I wasn't terribly impressed, but my kids weren't overly inthralled either! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa O'meara | 5/12/2011

    " i loved this book as a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carsten | 5/10/2011

    " Hard not to enjoy this dear old chap and all his animals. Hugh Lofting wrote this story as letters to his children while being on the front in the first world war - and made illustrations as well in the letters.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 christina | 4/27/2011

    " This was my favorite book as a child. I read it again, not long ago, and I still loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 2/22/2011

    " Fun read and one that I hadn't read in years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/11/2011

    " Marissa was interested in the book, but it wasn't one of our favorites. It took us a while to finish; which says a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/4/2011

    " A fun and easy read. Would love to read with my kids. Several reviewers were offended by white man/black man chapter. It was a little weird, but so is a book about talking animals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lennie | 2/2/2011

    " ...but my 7-yr-old REALLY liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/18/2011

    " I did not think I would love this as much as I did. What a great adventure. We will be reading the rest of this series for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/14/2011

    " I enjoyed this read from the library and think I would put it down on my "Wish to Own" Book list. I've been thinking alot about children's books lately and feel this would be great to read outloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hana | 1/6/2011

    " Haha, wow, I read this a long time ago. It's a great story for children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/9/2010

    " i loved this book as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 11/19/2010

    " I wish there were more of these.. so enjoyable as a quick read. "

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About the Author
Author Hugh Lofting

Hugh John Lofting (1886–1947), born in Berkshire and educated at a Jesuit boarding-school in Derbyshire, trained first as an architect and later as a civil engineer. His children’s stories originated in the illustrated letters he sent to his family from the front in World War I. The Story of Dr. Doolittle, the first of his series, appeared in 1920 and won instant success.

From 1922 to 1928 he wrote one Dr. Dolittle book a year, and these seven are considered the best of the series. The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle (1922) won the Newbery Medal as the best children’s book of the year. Wearying of his hero, Lofting tried to get rid of him by sending him to the moon (Dr. Dolittle in the Moon, 1928), but popular demand compelled him to write Dr. Dolittle’s Return in 1933. The last book of the series was published posthumously.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.