Horton Hears A Who - Narrated By Dustin Hoffman


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.

Horton Hears A Who!

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.

Dustin Hoffman Voice Over Performance

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.

Have you listened to Dustin Hoffman narrate this story?

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  1. Thanks Stephanie!
    It sounds so great i just bought it! The marvellous Dustin telling me a great story – thankyou!
    I have actually joined a great organization called The Wonder of Reading. org based in Southern California. You are allocated a local school and one child with whom you read for an hour a week. You can also read to a group of kids in the library once the school gets to know you. I am waiting to be approved – but recommend this fantastic program to any other southern Cal talents. These children are often neglected when it comes to reading as their parents are too busy working or cannot read English well themselves.
    Anyway, I am really looking forward to meeting my child. I asked for a little girl of approx 6 or 7. You are offered a wide selection of schools in your neighbourhood to choose from and hours that suit you. And it’s good practise, too!

  2. We just borrowed this from the library and it is MAGIC, plain and simple. His narration is brilliant and we were all chuckling out loud. The kids are desperate to hear it again.


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