The Story of Doctor Dolittle (version 4 Dramatic Reading)

Hugh Lofting (1886 - 1947)

John Dolittle, M. D., was once a famous doctor. But then he learned to talk Animal-Language, picked up several interesting pets, and gradually began to lose his patients. Finally the only patient who remains, the Cat's-Meat-Man, makes a suggestion - why doesn't he give up treating people and become an animal doctor?

And so Dr. Dolittle becomes an animal doctor, and life seems to be going well. But with the addition of an escaped crocodile to his store of pets, even the animals stop coming to see him. What to do?

Children of all ages - and adults too - will enjoy the story of the good Doctor and his animals as he travels to Africa and back, braves shipwrecks and pirates, escapes from prison, and tries to reunite a little boy with his kidnapped uncle, all with the help of his charming animal friends. (Summary by Rachel)

Please note that this book was written at a different time and includes attitudes which are now considered racist. Some modern editions are available with some of this changed - this recording is of the original public domain text, as it was first published in 1920.

Cast List:

Introduction read by Donald Cummings
Narrated by Adele de Pignerolles
Doctor Dolittle: Adam
Polynesia the parrot / Ben Ali the Barbary Dragon: Beth Thomas
Too-Too the owl / the Pushmi-Pullyu: Esther ben Simonides
Chee-Chee the monkey: Adele de Pignerolles
Gub-Gub the pig / Tiny Red Monkey: SuperCoconut
Dab-Dab the duck / Queen Ermintrude / Major of the Marmosettes / Pirate 1: Rachel
Jip the dog: MaryAnn
Townsperson: Vanessa Cooley
Cat's-Meat-Man: Elijah Fisher
Sarah Dolittle: Dorothy Godfrey-Smith
Horse: Willy
Porpoises / Crocodile / Swallows / Eagles: April Walters
White Mouse / Pirate 2: Mary Kay
African Man / Grand Gorilla / Mayor: Larry Wilson
The King of Jolliginki: Paul Simonin
Biggest Baboon / Big Black Rat / Shark / Fisherman: Michael C. Johnson
Leader of the Lions / Prince Bumpo / Sailor: Zames Curran
Queen Lioness: Shiloh Fuscello
Chief Chimpanzee / Little Boy: Lydia

Audio edited by Rachel

Genre(s): Dramatic Readings, Action & Adventure, Animals & Nature

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dramatis Personae and Introduction Group 00:08:36
Play 01 Puddleby 00:04:09
Play 02 Animal Languages 00:10:47
Play 03 More Money Troubles 00:06:44
Play 04 A Message from Africa 00:06:01
Play 05 The Great Journey 00:06:41
Play 06 Polynesia and the King 00:06:17
Play 07 The Bridge of Apes 00:08:11
Play 08 The Leader of the Lions 00:06:09
Play 09 The Monkeys' Council 00:04:18
Play 10 The Rarest Animal of All 00:06:48
Play 11 The Black Prince 00:06:31
Play 12 Medicine and Magic 00:11:08
Play 13 Red Sails and Blue Wings 00:05:03
Play 14 The Rats' Warning 00:05:08
Play 15 The Barbary Dragon 00:06:57
Play 16 Too-Too, the Listener 00:05:19
Play 17 The Ocean Gossips 00:06:04
Play 18 Smells 00:10:44
Play 19 The Rock 00:07:05
Play 20 The Fisherman's Town 00:05:47
Play 21 Home Again 00:04:01