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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Kingsley Narrator: Jim Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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A main-stay of British children's literature through the 1920's, The Water Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby was written by Rev. Charles Kinglsey as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine in 1862-63.

Although some of the author's opinions seem dated now, the journey of a little chimney-sweep water-baby through rivers and storms, under sea and over icebergs, is still a wonderful adventure tale for children. The book was adapted into an animated film in 1978 and produced as a play at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2003.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacquie | 2/11/2014

    " I was all excited to read this classic... I enjoy the fanciful and fun, but this was tangent after tangent with no logic or direction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Dutson | 1/16/2014

    " Though the writing style is a little archaic, and regrettably gender-specific, it was nevertheless charming. Quite unlike the film in many respects (less singing and more moral journeys!) but enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hashi | 1/11/2014

    " I wanted to like this book. I wanted to find it delightfully old-fashioned and charming. But really I found it pretty smarmy and dull, with racist (anti-Irish) interludes. It's certainly not a tale I would read to children (too many big words and obscure references, and too much moralizing), and neither is it one to entertain adults. Which leaves it somewhere in the useless category, I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 + сhɾïṡτïαṉ + | 11/18/2013

    " it was a great book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonita | 11/7/2013

    " This is some seriously disturbing stuff! Water Babies aka dead babies + water. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Majcen-sergent | 11/7/2013

    " A very strange travel through history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 10/19/2013

    " It's a bit like being stuck in Sunday School, but I loved it as a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alixandra | 10/3/2013

    " It was interesting to re-read this book as an adult, having first read it when i was around 8 years old. I cant say it is a book i particuarly enjoy reading, but i give its rating on its merits as an imaginative classic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/27/2013

    " Ok, I'm a dork, but a sucker for 18th century literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 8/21/2013

    " Great! Funny and completely imaginative. Charles Kingsley really adapted many marvels and sciences and altered them to fit with a water habitat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 5/14/2013

    " Loooong ago read. Can't remember much except that it was fantastical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moonchyme | 3/15/2013

    " Lovely watercolor illustrations illuminate this aquatic fantasy.... but I have to give it 3 stars because at the time I was a bit too young to take in the story and follow along with the language style completely. If I find the chance to re-read it now I think I would appreciate it much much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 1/1/2013

    " I read this book when I was very young, and I still love it to this day. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for classic books for their children. It's just a lovely fairy tale. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 12/13/2012

    " I didn't really like this book, The thing that kept me going was the writing style. The story line was unclear at times because of the narrator going off about random things. I heard that this book was influential in outlawing child-chimney sweeps. . . So that is good. . . I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Bower | 8/24/2012

    " Intriguing! I enjoyed the story to a point then it got all weird and seemed to go on and on. For me the problem is that the author seems to lose the quality of the story by imposing his social idioms. I loved the pictures conjured but was disappointed by the pace. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katy | 8/15/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navida | 6/13/2012

    " I loved the journey the little boy takes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TMJ Jennings | 3/9/2012

    " Magic fairytale. Bullied and oppressed sweep Tom discovers a fantastic world underwater. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mellissa | 2/2/2012

    " I still have fond memories reading this book as a child. It left a lasting impression of delight, sadness and indignation. Must read it again sometime "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 2/2/2012

    " I had a hard time with this book. It was very boring and difficult for me to understand. It moved very slowly. I never actually finished the whole thing. I only had about 50 pages left, but I just couldn't get motivated to finish. The plot never felt like it was getting anywhere and so I just quit. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley (1819–1875), born in Devonshire, England, was a clergyman, novelist, and poet who began writing when he was five years old. He was much involved in the social reform movements of his time. His best-known works are Westward Ho! and the children’s fantasy The Water Babies.