By Stephanie Ciccarelli
March 24, 2009
Published by Listening Library in 2006, Dustin Hoffman breathes life into one of Dr. Seuss' most beloved stories, reminding us that "a person's a person no matter how small" as narrator of Horton Hears a Who!
Aside from Hollywood and literary celebrity status, what else made this audiobook stand out?
Learn more about what I thought of this performance here at VOX Daily.
If you've ever read or watched the original version of Horton Hears A Who!, you will be sure to love this 16 minute narration performed by Hollywood actor, Dustin Hoffman. I think Dr. Seuss would approve! This recording was one of three tracks on a CD I borrowed from our local library featuring two other Seuss tales, including "Horton Hatches the Egg" narrated by Billy Crystal and "Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose" narrated by Mercedes McCambridge.
While listening to Dustin Hoffman's performance, I was thrilled to pinpoint three areas of immediate interest including his clear narrative, intricate character development and certain elements of post-production. I appreciated his bold, artistic choices, including giving Horton's character an endearing lisp and a slower vocal delivery. It was marvelous to hear how Hoffman was able to create distinct voices for each character role while maintaining a consistent narrative throughout. I don't think I've ever said this about post-production, but there were some particularly cute effects on the Who's voices. The voices, all belonging to Dustin Hoffman, were entertaining and touching.
If you're curious about where you can find this recording, Audible Kids carries it and you can download the Horton Hears a Who audiobook here for only $2.95.
Should you be interested more recordings, there are eleven complete Dr. Seuss stories for $13.95, "The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites" (Unabridged) featuring performances by John Cleese, Billy Crystal, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Dustin Hoffman, John Lithgow, Walter Matthau and Mercedes McCambridge.
Additionally, nine other complete Dr. Seuss stories in "Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings of Dr. Seuss" (Unabridged), featuring performances by Jason Alexander, Michael McKean, and David Hyde Pierce are also available.
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