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The audio book version of The Beasts of Clawstone Castle is narrated by David Tennant.  He uses both a RP accent and an American one while telling the story. Released on May 6, 2005 by Macmillan Audiobooks on CD with a run time of three hours.

If you pick up a copy make sure it is the UK version, the US audio book is narrated by Jenny Sterlin.

The producer of the recording was Tamsin Collinson, who also produced Quite Ugly One Morning, which David also reads.


Nikki Spencer from The Independent picked Beasts of Clawstone Castle as one of the ten best children's audio books on October 26, 2005.

The Independent on Sunday - August 7, 2005 - Amanda Craig

". . . David Tennant's reading of The Beasts of Clawstone Castle is the one to get.

Like most of Britain, I am in love with the new Doctor Who, but he is even better as a reader than as an actor, and shares Miranda Richardson's insane glee in realising eccentric characters.

Especially good at mad, posh voices, Tennant renders Rolf, the rat-gnawed aristocratic spook, so well that my children were begging to go back into the hot car to hear what happened next.

Eva Ibbotson, the author, lived in Newcastle upon Tyne and has written nine other books for children, which have been translated into many languages. 

Synopsis: Can two children foil an outrageous criminal plot with the help of some of the funniest and maddest ghosts ever invented? Clawstone Castle is ancient and famous, but its elderly owners have no money. Rollo and Madlyn come to stay and with the help of a mysterious recluse in the castle library, they collect an impressive team of phantoms who agree to help them turn Clawstone into a tourist attraction. 

"For younger children ages 6-10, Macmillan has at last recorded the works of Eva Ibbotson.

Gloriously funny and completely screwball, her tales of eccentric witches and kindly ghosts will be familiar to anyone with slightly peculiar relations, but their wit is of a kind which adults will love too.

The best of all is The Beasts of Clawstone Castle as read by David Tennant." -

Independent on Sunday -Benjy Taylor - August 17, 2008

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