Story Teller 1

The original series was first released in 1983. Here’s how the editors introduced the collection in Part 1:

“Story Teller will bring … stories to your children in a new way by combining the values of a book with the excitement of a sound recording. Each issue contains a rich mixture of classical and original stories, with specially commissioned illustrations from some of the best artists working in children’s books today. And all the characters come to life with the voices of well-known actors and actresses who bring their own style to the recordings.

“Whether your children are old enough to read and learn from the book, or simply ready to listen and follow the pictures, Story Teller will provide a wonderful and lasting collection for all to enjoy.”

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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Part 4

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Part 5

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Part 6

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Part 7

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Part 8

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Part 9

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Part 10

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Part 11

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Part 12

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Part 13

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Part 14

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Part 15

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Part 16

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Part 17

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Part 18

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Part 19

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Part 20

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Part 21

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Part 22

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Part 23

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Part 24

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Part 25

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Part 26

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Story Teller 2 Special Preview Issue

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178 thoughts on “Story Teller 1

  1. Catherine Woodward says:

    I bought the complete Story Teller 1 set and the first few of 2 for my two daughters back in the 80’s fortnight by fortnight. They were fantastic. My two daughters loved them and have both managed (via e-bay) to get hold of sets for their children. My son loved them too during the 90’s. I’d love to see them reissued for a new generation as they were of such good quality with amazing contributors.

  2. jemimah says:

    I grew up listening to these tapes well after I should have stopped, in australia they were called story time tapes but exactly the same thing. I would also love to see these rereleased for my own children I know they would love them as much as I did . they are very hard to come by on ebay in australia unless you want to pay for shipping from the UK . I do have a book that has all the stories from series 1&2 in it that me and my mum found, but its just not the same without the tapes, I had no idea there was a series 2 until I found this site

  3. michelle says:

    Hi there, I have been a fan of story teller since it first came out.
    I have tapes 1-25 of story teller 1, but lost the books when i moved as a child. I have been looking 4 the books for years, can anyone help me as the tapes are not the same without them

  4. kerri brock says:

    hi i am on the hunt for story teller 1, im missing number 10 and 13 onwards, although i liked the tapes its not so important. its the magazines id like my boys love the parts we already have and are fast making their way through them.Any idea where i can get them?
    please email me at kerribrock@sky.com
    thanks

  5. Sue says:

    I collected all of story teller 1 as a child and luckily decided to keep the set for my own children some day. Now I can’t beleive it is 27-28 years later and I am reading them to my daughter. She too loves them and I get such a kick out of reading them again. I still have the tapes but am afraid to play them now, some of them have become tight and I am worried they will snap. I do so wish they could be made available on cd as the narrating, sound effects and music were just another contribution to the beautiful illustrations of the books and I still remember the way I felt about each story when I look at them now.

  6. Nicola says:

    Hi Sue,

    I was so excited! I remember this series from when I was a child and have been trolling the net to find them. Then my father-in-law turned up today with a box with 15 parts from StoryTime 1!!! Collected when my husband was little! After a bit of research I’ve discovered that it is relatively easy to convert the tapes into mp3/wav files which can then be burned onto cd…

    Will keep me busy for a while… 🙂 Now I just have to see if I can find the earlier issues (the ones from my in-laws are mostly from 13ish onwards…)

    What a find/gift!

    • Mark says:

      Hello everyone, if anyone can help me get the mp3 of the happy prince by tim curry, I’ve been looking for it for years!! Used to listen to it as a child and it was so incredibly moving, beautiful. I would be so very grateful if anyone can help me, Thanks

  7. Mark says:

    Hello everyone, if anyone can help me get the mp3 of the happy prince by tim curry, I’ve been looking for it for years!! Used to listen to it as a child and it was so incredibly moving, beautiful. I would be so very grateful if anyone can help me, Thanks

  8. Nicola says:

    How do you buy these now? I loved them as a child, but would love to have my children also enjoy them. I still have a storyteller tape (molly whopie) I think it was number 9 and my kids love it, but it’s now so old it’s hard to hear it clearly. Does anyone know a way to purchase these again?

  9. Yvonne says:

    I had my husband convert the tapes I had onto CD. We are missing a few but I am thrilled that we now have most of both storyteller 1 and 2 on disc.
    Not hard to do and it means the tapes are not at risk of further deterioration.
    Highly recommended.

  10. Alice says:

    Gosh, just reading back through the names of the stories is making me gasp with the memories! I so wish they would re-release the tapes on CD. We collected them as children but don’t know how many my parents still have. Would have to fight my sister for them too I should think! Always remember Dot and the Kangaroo, Gobolina the witch’s cat, the last slice of rainbow.

  11. Anita says:

    I grew up with these tapes. I’m now 30 years of age, and I still have these tapes. I cannot express how much I love them or how much they impacted me. Every child should be brought up with these tapes. So imagine how absolutely, unbelievably THRILLED I was to discover someone has converted ALL the tapes AND magazines and put them on DVD. I’m probably not supposed to do this, but I’m going to post the link, because I know people are going to want them. I’ve already ordered my own copy. Mum will soon order hers.
    http://www.ioffer.com/i/complete-storyteller-1-2-+-3-xmas-specials-mp3-dvd-150413309
    Enjoy!

    • Mike says:

      Anita I am trying to track all story teller times for my son. I loved them as a boy. Please can you help. Please let me know where I can buy the series on DVD or cd as you suggested. They are awesome. Please help.

    • Karen says:

      Omg! I am thrilled to read your post!! I am 40 and can still recite some of the stories and poems and miss the storyteller so much, I gave mine away when I was a teenager but now have a 3 year old boy and I think he’d love them – going to check your link out now! Thank you xx

  12. Melanie Williams says:

    Im 32 and I still have all the tapes in the case and booklets in binders… but in French, as this is my first language. Ive always thought Id keep these for when I have children of my own. Now I live with my English husband and have a 5 year old boy who doesnt speak French and would really love to have those in English. Im very sad that I cannot buy the collection. It really needs to be republished on CD as Im sure most of the original tapes would have been damaged after all that time. Hope it happens and soon so my son can enjoy them!

  13. maria maddock says:

    hi please could you tell me if these story teller books and tapes are availiable to buy as i bought them for my children and would like to buy them for my grandchildren
    many thanks maria

      • TaraD says:

        Thank you so, SO much for posting these – these files are terrific and I am so grateful as my collection has slowly been lost over the years. Brings back so many happy childhood memories. Just so you know one of the files is corrupted (storyteller2, part 2), but all others worked perfectly. THANKS AGAIN!

      • Alli says:

        HI there,
        I would also love to get these for my nephew and a young lad in USA I send gifts to. The link here doesn’t work any more. Have you uploaded elsewhere since or would you consider doing so please?
        Also, has anyone else tried tracking down the owners of the rights and suggesting a reissue with CDs due to the interest there is in the series?
        I adored mine but they sadly got lost in various moves over the years.
        Any help is appreciated and I can also be contacted via email at jadziadaxf gmail com (replace first space with @ and second with . )
        Cheers
        Alli 🙂

      • ZaakiRah says:

        Hi Farscape247 i cant seem to download them and i am desperate to have them. Had a few cassettes and books as a child and I loved them. Would be lovely to have them for my son. Is the download still available?

      • Liv Lee says:

        Do you have another link for this collection? I’m desperate to find scans of all the magazine pages. Kind regards.

  14. Jimbo-in-Arcadia says:

    This is awesome, I’ve been periodically checking the internet over the years to see if anyone had uploaded the story teller tapes, so glad it’s finally happened!

    There was one story that I hated as a kid, but I can’t remember the name of it. My vague memory of the story was something about a kid in a man’s house, and his wife was trying to catch him to feed him to her husband. The only part I truly remember is the kid sticking a chair leg out from under something and the woman chopping it with a meat cleaver…

  15. Mel Toon says:

    Wow! I am amazed at Finding this. I used to love falling asleep to the wonderful stories as a child and now delighted to re live them over again.

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  17. Regulus says:

    I only ever had Story Teller 1 tape 14, so I am very glad to finally find the rest. I can give these to my niece when she is older. Thank you.

  18. pat says:

    Storyteller are wonderful! I also bought them all for my three children and my daughter has most of storyteller 1 for her daughter. The publisher has no intention of republishing, which is a shame. Does anyone have a copy of tapes 22 and 25 I could borrow (I promise to return them), so we could listen to part 5 of Heidi and the final part of Aldo in Arcadia!

  19. Warran says:

    I am kinda freaking out over this, as a 29 year old i can remember getting this as a very young child and the picture of the box for the cassettes with the train on just blew my mind, now to collect it all for my kids =)

  20. Warren says:

    Does anyone remember what story this is?
    It’s been a while so my memory of it isn’t to clear.
    There was a princess or something and she sent a man up a mountain? to get some rare thing but he died so she went up the mountain after him and she died to and her ghost would haunt the area

  21. embee says:

    i thought i was the only one who still remembered these! Im looking for story teller 1 books and tapes so my youngest can enjoy!

  22. Gareth says:

    PLEASE HELP! Im in a bit of a pickle. My GF loved these books as a child and I was downloading them to give to her on her birthday. I have all the Tapes from MegaUpload But since the site has been shut down I have not been able to get the PDF version of the books anywhere. Would love to no if anyone has uploaded the Books anywhere?
    I dont mind uploading the tapes for people to use. But would need to be told the best way to do this?

  23. Loucas says:

    These should be re released for sure, everyone I talk to remembers them and all say would buy for their children as I would for my little one

  24. Teek says:

    If you’re looking for Story Teller to download, do an Internet search for: The Complete Marshall Cavendish Story Teller Digital Collection Torrent

  25. Pete says:

    I had a few of these and my brother and myself used to listen to them all the time. Brings back some great Memories. Thanks a million

    • Wendolina says:

      Hi, I have the complete set as a digital copy along with all the PDF files of the magazines. I used to sell copies on eBay years ago before I got told off. I wouldn’t know where to put them to share. But if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

      • Joe says:

        It would be so great if you uploaded these somewhere, or even sold through a different channel. All the torrents seem to be dead and so do any other download links. Would be amazing to have these as digital copies and I for one wouldn’t mind paying!

      • Michael Williams says:

        Hi, do you by any chance still have the digital copy and pdf files. I really want a copy for my kids, I loved listening to them before bed and worn some out! Over the years they were thrown out by my parents. Please email me info.

        Mike.

        mac801123@gmail.com

  26. nicola says:

    I would try again on eBay now. I’ve seen others do it. I would totally buy them for a descent price. They were my childhood! 🙂

  27. nicola says:

    I agree. The old links are bad now, but if someone put to something new, I would buy them for a reasonable price.

  28. Martin Kincaid says:

    Hi all I’ve just come across my old tape box & magazines from series 1 & I’ve just noticed I never got number 25 – must have been naughty that fortnight!!!
    I was just wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction of where I may be able to get this.
    Thanks,
    Martin

      • Martin Kincaid says:

        Hi just managed to get a copy of book & tape for £7 from a private sale on ebay.
        Thanks for the suggestion though.

        Martin

  29. Age says:

    I have the entire first series including the christmas special in digital format, for anyone desperate for it, I’m just not sure on the best way to share. Perhaps emailed in a compressed file? or loaded to a torrent site?

      • Age says:

        Teek seems to have got a good link to the downloads. Havn’t checked them out, but seems to be o.k. Just get u-torrent or vuze or your p.c and snap them up.

    • Lorna says:

      wetransfer is great if you know the other person’s email address. You can use it to send large files. I would be so grateful if you could send the pdfs! Thank you, Lorna

    • Liv Lee says:

      Do you still have the audio and magazine scans? I’m desperate to get digital copies of everything, especially the magazines scans of all the pages. Kind regards.

  30. Sandy says:

    Does anyone have the little story teller series in digital format? I have all the books but the tapes are taking serious strain 😦

  31. Jonathan says:

    I would love this to be put onto CD’S. I have the first set still from when I was a boy and now I let my children listen to them. They absolutely love them as much as I did and do. The best place to find them these days is on e-bay.

  32. clare manley says:

    Hi i have the complete series 1 of the storyteller collection…books and cassettes. Plus the 1st book and cassette of the 2nd series. Anyone interested in purchasing them? I am only interested in selling them altogether. There is one or two that have been drawn on but other than that they are in perfect condition. Thanks 🙂

    • Helen Cole says:

      Hi Clare my name is Helen and I am interested in buying your collection please can you let me know how much you want for them my number is 01179653676 thankyou

  33. Craig Wilson says:

    I have the full Storyteller 1 & 2 books & cassettes, can anyone tell me what kind of price they would go for if I was going to sell them. Thanks

  34. Craig Wilson says:

    That’s great thanks, both sets are in excellent condition and tapes as well in the carry case.

  35. altresegosSusana says:

    Thank you so much for this posting. I grew up with these tapes, in Spanish though. Now I share these tales with my children, it is absolutely terrific being able to listen to the stories in English.
    Again, thank you.

  36. Jen says:

    Omg! I’m so so so excited to come across this I had all of volume one when I was a child and loved these stories! I can play them to my little girl! (which is just an excuse for me to listen to then again!) good memories!

  37. Jen says:

    Do you have the pictures of the front of the magazine covers for volume 1!?? I’d love to see all the covers again properly!

  38. Lizzie barrow says:

    I am so pleased to have found this website, and reading all the comments!! I had every single tape of set 1 and 2, and remember most of the stories on set 1 like it was yesterday!!! So pleased I can listen to them all again.
    Brilliant!!! 🙂

  39. Faye mckinney says:

    Was overjoyed to find this website tonight. I had the story teller tapes as a child and loved them dearly, sadly I no longer have them and have been unable to find any to buy. I had told my children about them, so when I saw the utube recordings I was so pleased. Just listened to the shoe tree which was one of my favourites with my 6 years old son. He is desperate now to listen to some more! Thank you so much for going to the trouble of recording these!

  40. Linda George says:

    I would like to buy the entire collection if anyones selling?
    I live in Australia but have a Brother who’s in the U.K who could bring them back for me. Do let me know if anyones selling.

    • Ingrid says:

      Hello Linda

      I am not sure whether you found a set. I have a full set which I would like to sell but I am in SA.

      • Loren says:

        Hi Ingrid, I am in South Africa too and am desprately looking for a set! Please let me know if they are still available. My set was given away by my gran when I was a little girl.

      • Charmeon Carneson says:

        OMW Linda I am in SA and would LOVE to buy these for my grandson Reef who is fighting cancer and is unable to speak PLLEEEAASSSE

  41. Ree Mahoney says:

    I am very lucky, I have all the magazines and the tapes are somewhere in my attic. It is these that inspired my love of books and I absolutely love sharing them with my children. Thank you so much for this site and adding the videos. It is wonderful to be able to show them the magazines while listening to the videos, it takes me back and is just as magical as when I was a child.

    • Liv Lee says:

      I’d love to get the links for both the audio and the magazine scans.
      Thanking you in advance.
      Kind regards.

  42. gretchen buwalda says:

    What a find. I was given the complete collection from a parent of twins I taught. I have used them in the classroom since 1991. I converted the collection last year using the downloadable ‘adacity’. It took time, so imagine how I felt when our IT guy cleaned my laptop last term and they disappeared. I will use this, thank you.

  43. Elizabeth says:

    I’m thrilled to have re-discovered Storyteller! Thank you very much for creating this lovely website, it’s brought back many beautiful memories!

    I recall the first Christmas edition with fond memories of the illustrations and magical stories. I’ve enjoyed relistening to Shelia Hancock tell the story of Gobolino the Witches Cat.

    Treasure haven of childhood!

  44. Pamela Grimsley says:

    I have the full set of the first series but have lost the tapes in moving from South Africa to Australia and would love to get them. Can anyone help me. I would love another set of the books too.

  45. Nicola says:

    Amazing work – hearing these stories again brings back so many memories. Our collection was extremely well loved and used, and very little of it has survived. I’m so, so happy that my sons will now be able to hear these stories. I really do wish they would reissue the printed copies with CDs, what a treasure trove that would be.

  46. Kara says:

    I LOOOOVED this when I was younger. I’m so devo that we got rid of it, I really want to listen to these again and look through the book; the artworks was great.
    I’m 30 now.

  47. Andy says:

    Really struggling to find digital copies of these. I’d love to share them with my kids but £100 on ebay seems a bit steep. Does anyone have any copies they would be willing to share?

    • age says:

      Andy. Try http://www.gobbycat.com/ Another person who contacted me asking to download my copies of series 1 put me onto it after they found it. It has everything. Both series, plus the little teller & all three christmas editions. To download them just select save to computer instead of view file when you open each one individually. Hopefully the page stays viable for a while. Enjoy people!

      • rebeca says:

        hi, I am spanish and I have this collection in my language. I don´t know if someone like, and I don’t know if this is a correctly forum. Anyway if you or someone wants I can send a mail with audios. Sorry with my english. bye

      • Liv Lee says:

        Do you have another link to the magazine scans, as I think that website has expired now?
        I’m desperate for the scans of all the magazines.
        Thanking you in advance.
        Kind regards.

  48. daniel says:

    Hi, I had these tapes as a child, I think they came out each fortnight, these tapes were a luxury at the time as my father was a cost miner. They gave me much joy at that time in my life. I am so happy this Web site has them all and I am looking forward to listening to them all again with my daughter

  49. Adam Dodds says:

    I own both sets one and two plus Christmas bumper issues and a spare folder all tapes present in cases and all four volumes of magazines in as new condition untouched for 30 years, I am in London UK and I am selling these as an entire collection

  50. fiddlestix says:

    How much are you looking for them? If reasonable then stick them up on ebay and I will more than likely buy them. Can’t speak for others but I doubt anybody here will purchase them blind from a stranger without some kind of back up.

  51. Lisa Lowe says:

    I have both storyteller 1and 2 in the binders complete and the cassette case complete. I would consider selling.

  52. Lisa Lowe says:

    I have both storyteller 1and 2 in the binders complete and the cassette case complete. I would consider selling.

  53. Ruth says:

    Oh where can I buy these in South Africa?? I loved these as a child – and am in my 30s now and still say “pull off tyres, eat tyres” and “therezzz a hole in your lefttt sockkk”

    • Liv Lee says:

      I can’t seem to find the audio and magazine scans on this page. Please could you help me? Thanks in advance.

  54. Lee says:

    I’ve also just stumbled across our collection:

    Story Teller 1 & 2 in complete binders with all cassette tapes + my brothers Little Story Teller collection in complete binder and all cassettes :O

  55. Kevin Thomas says:

    I have every edition available for download on a torrent in re-mastered mp3 with crisp images in PDF of every magazine. Story Teller 1 & 2, Little Story Teller and Christmas Story Teller editions. If anyone wants the link ask me.

    • JONATHAN KEANEY says:

      Hi Kevin, could you please send me the link, I actually just need the pdf for magazine 26 from part 1. It would be much appreciated.

    • orapoe says:

      G’day Kevin, you absolute legend..!! May I please have your offered link, and I will be making good use of these classics from my childhood (after I revisit them all myself first of course) for my brand new daughter when she gets a little older, and in the classroom on my unsuspecting students, who will be in for a genuine storytelling treat. Champion effort bloke, cheers Tim.

      • orapoe says:

        Kevin never replied to me with a link Eva. But i managed to source everything myself anyway and uploaded everything here, including a few of the YouTube video versions in lower quality than the actual pdfs and mp3 files i ended up finding in amazing high quality. Please comment back to tell me if this download link works: https://mega.nz/#F!r4pBADaK!hJUyak2JvM_D5TB3ohtKUQ

    • Liv Lee says:

      Please could I trouble you for the link? It would be very much appreciated. I’m desperate for the scans of the magazines. Thanking you in advance. Kind regards.

  56. Kevin Thomas says:

    By the way, I also emailed EagleMoss about re-releasing the Story Teller editions and had a reply back stating they have no plans for re-releasing the stories. So unless you still own them, downloading the torrent is the way to go.

  57. Chai Mason says:

    I’ve reseeded ‘The Complete Marshall Cavendish Story Teller Digital Collection’ today. I originally downloaded it as a torrent (as mentioned by Teek above [2012]) from isohunt I think – I couldn’t find the torrent file on isohunt I think because it closed but someone opened it again. The torrent isn’t on there anymore. The only torrent site I could find it on was LimeTorrents so I re-downloaded the torrent file, copied the data files to my HD and re-insterted it to Azureus to seed. There are no people sharing that file at the moment, maybe someone could get it and give me a hand keeping it alive.
    I was listening to it over the holiday, absolutely amazing. I’ve no idea why MC haven’t re-published it multiple times. It’s perfect for iPad and tablet – I’ve put it on my iPad. You can switch between pdf and itunes for playback of the audio and reference to the booklets. My mum originally bought me most of these in 1983 when I was 3. To this day the best media I remember from my Childhood. That and Asterix which I still read too. So please lets keep this torrent alive until someone re-publishes this.

    I’m not putting a link here in case this comment gets deleted or whatever. Should be easy to find even just searching ‘The Complete Marshall Cavendish Story Teller Digital Collection’

    This page is the first hit when you search google for ‘The Complete Marshall Cavendish Story Teller Digital Collection’ so hopefully people will find it. I’m not a member of any forums of anything so feel free to post this information to your friends if they’ll be interested. This Archive should be permanently seeded. Thanks so much to the person who digitised this and the person who torrented it whoever they are.

  58. PimpernelPublications says:

    I loved Storyteller as a child, and still have the collection (if a little worse for wear)
    It was where I first met ‘Gobbolino the witches cat’ a story that I love to this day!
    I still read the stories and hear the voices of the narrators in my head, conjures up such lovely childhood memories.

  59. diamondbrightuk says:

    Hi all I have Storyteller part 1 and 2 and Christmas edition complete with all tales and storage boxes and magazines and binders

    Want £140 Ono

    Text on 07455 291520 for more details

  60. Iain Blackmore says:

    Hi all,

    I have a full collection of both Story Teller 1 (26 issues and tapes) and Story Teller 2 (26 issues and tapes) complete with tape carry cases and the Christmas issues with their tapes.

    I have them currently listed on ebay, this is the link if anyone is interested please check it out.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162675997493

    Thanks
    Iain

  61. Liv Lee says:

    So thrilled to find out that people love Story Teller as much as I did as a child.

    I’m desperate to get digital scans of all the magazine pages! Please can some kind soul help me find them?

    Thanking you in advance!

    Kind regards,

    Liv.

      • Gretel says:

        Oh my goodness! Amazing, I’m so happy to find these Orapoe, thank you so much for uploading them!! I’ve been looking for a digital version of the tapes for ages as a lot of mine have deteriorated. Wow, hearing them brings back many happy memories of time spent listening to them as a kid. I have all the binders and now my kids (3 and 5) will be able to enjoy them too! Thanks again 🙂

  62. William Douglas says:

    •It Makes a Change read by Denise Bryer
    This is Hayley Mills.Compare it with Rapunzel its the same voice.

  63. John David says:

    Orapoe only i have seen the audio, the pdf are missing. Only the pdf for the christmas, pdf1, pdf2 and pdf3…
    Its possible upload de pdfs?

    Thanks you very much.

  64. John David says:

    Forget the other message i can see the pdfs now, i change the view to list, i think that i had a problem with the page.

    Thanks you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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