Claire Bloom

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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Having Claire Bloom read anything out loud is something along the order of a glimpse of paradise. Since children would be much pickier, it is a good thing she is reading the wonderful works of Beatrix Potter on this album, one of several she made for this fine spoken arts label. This is actually a presentation of five of Potter's tales, ranging between seven and nearly ten minutes in length. The adult who takes the time to comb used-record piles in order to find this item might wind up being much appreciated by their children. Otherwise, the tykes would have no alternative to Meryl Streep, who recorded much of this material decades later. The latter actress might be known for her authentic accents, but it is doubtful she could sound as properly British as Claire Bloom, a fine actress who had a very successful career. Her fans can enjoy the contrast the Caedmon series presents, particularly here as the Potter narratives are a far cry from of the darker roles she played. Her voice is full of wonderful shades, constantly suggesting the depth of emotion these simple and lovable tales are so full of.

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