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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,768 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Kingsley Narrator: Bernard Cribbins Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bernard Cribbins reads Charles Kingsley's much-loved tale about a little chimney-sweep who is turned into a water baby. Tom the chimney-sweep has a hard life. He is beaten by his master, the cruel Mr Grimes, and forced to climb up dark flues where he bruises his knees and elbows and gets soot in his eyes. He is always hungry, for there is never enough to eat, and always dirty, as there is nowhere for him to wash. One day, he is so tired from sweeping flues that he comes down the wrong chimney and lands in the bedroom of a beautiful young girl, where he is mistaken for a thief and runs away. He falls asleep near a river - and when he wakes up, the fairies have transformed him into a water-baby. He loves his new life swimming in the stream and having adventures, but he has no one to play with. So he sets off on a journey to the sea, to find the other water babies.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/17/2014

    " I really really tried to love this book as it has been on my 'to read' list for many years. I finally got round to reading it and loved the first few chapters however once Tom became a water baby the book, for me, took a turn for the worse and I found myself skipping numerous chapters just to get the gist of the story so that I could finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Katy | 2/9/2014

    " With a very good editor, this could possibly make a decent novella. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim | 2/9/2014

    " Read this as a child and really liked it. Doubt if I would now but that is the whole point, and I think this is something a lot of the reviewers seem to be forgetting. This is a child's book and written for children alive in the same year as the Battle of Gettysburg, so of course his attitudes are going to be of his time. The book is satirical, particularly in its support for Darwinism and is critical of child labour. It has its good points and its bad points and is still a classic of childrens' literature of its time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott | 2/8/2014

    " Brilliantly written but heavy-handed Christian allegory. The writing is so fluid and perfect, the Victorian moralizing hardly matters - in many respects, this book stands in stark contrast to Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, which I personally found dull and static. "

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