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Summary

Nobody believes Barney when he says he's discovered a boy living wild in the dump. But for Barney, Stig is totally real. They become great friends, learn each other's ways and embark on a series of exciting adventures.

©1963 Clive King (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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stig of the dump

Yes it is a children's story, yes I am 85 years old but I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it .

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Fantastic Children's Book

This is one of those books with a feel much like Swallows and Amazons. Innocent children's adventure from a sadly disappeared time.

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Excellent listening!

First published in 1963, this a charming tale of a unique friendship. Although Barney and Stig have very different lives and speak different languages, they still learn a lot from one another. This is a timeless message for everyone. Whilst attitudes and lifestyle may have changed in some ways since the book was first published, the attitudes of children towards adventures can still be appreciated. This book is firmly set in a believeable context but also contains elements of fantasy (for example Stig himself). It is the way these fit together so well that provides much of the charm. Quite simply Barney is in need of a friend and finds his friend Stig in perhaps the most unlikely place. His families' relative lack of curiosity about Stig allows for many of the advetures Stig and Barney undertake together. Barney believes in Stig and really that is all that matters. I would recommend this book to every reader of all ages. First having been read it when I was very young and now discovering with my son again in audio format.

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Brilliant book read brilliantly

I had this actual recording of this book on a cassettes that I borrowed from the local library in the late 80s. I copied the tapes and returned them! When I first listened and heard the voice again last week an uncontrollable smile appeared. Amazing, timeless story, read clearly, engagingly and with feeling. Thank you audible for not re-recording something that did not need to be re-recorded and for unearthing (and presumably remastering) this version. Brilliant.

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Top classic

One of my favourite books from my childhood. I wanted my children to love it as much as I did, but thought they would find it dated and boring, but how wrong, my kids loved it and it still reads as good for kids today as it did then

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very funny

Stig was great, his troubles with the modern world made for a hilarious tale, very enjoyable.

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Great book!

I enjoyed listening to this story during a long car journey. I liked the mix of the real with elements of the magical. The characters are engaging and the narrative kept my interest. It made me laugh at times; it's very good humoured and told from Barney's point of view with his childlike 8 year old's innocence. This is a book that will appeal to young and old alike.

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outdated

It's a long time since I read this book. I remembered it with great fondness but unfortunately I hadn't remembered a lot of the details of the story.
The chapter about fox hunting is very outdated as is the style of the story telling. It's still a wonderful concept of a caveman living in a rubbish dump but I wish I'd stuck with my distant memories of the book.

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Wonderful!

Wonderfully written
Wonderfully narrated
A great trip down memory lane. This was a childhood favorite and it did not disappoint.

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Excellent

Fabulous narrator and great good old fashioned childrens adventure. Classic for the whole family. Enjoyed immensly.

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  • 08-03-18

Amazing

I loved this book because the reader did all the best voices
All though I did not fully understand the ‘pit’
BUT overall it’s a great audio book