Penguin presents a brand-new recording of Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, read by the actor Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka in the hit musical adaptation of the book.
Charlie Bucket desperately wants to eat more than cabbage soup every day. But even more than that, he longs to see Wonka's enormous chocolate factory! Now Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars. Only five winners can go through those great iron gates; will one of them be Charlie?
Douglas Hodge is a multi-award-winning English actor, with Olivier and Tony awards for his performance in La Cage aux Folles, and nominations for his leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Guys and Dolls, and Inadmissible Evidence. In 2013 he is playing the role of Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes' musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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I would consider it to be just as good, and a joy to listen to.
Danny and the Champion of the World, another classic children story from R. Dahl
I enjoyed the scene when Charlie finally got the last Chocolate bar containing the winning ticket.
When Charlie and family realised there days of being poor was about to change forever.
This book is joy to listen to, a great childrens classsic :)
This is one of his first books
The storyline is lovely, forget about the film, just sit back relax and close your eyes and let the narrator take you to another place
your imagination will do the rest.
I love Road Dahl's books and this is one his best. slightly different to both the film's. I'm always fascinated by the interpretations of Willy wonkas mannerisms as it feels every one seems to have a different idea of how he is.
Very very good for young children to listen to. I would prefer if both Charlie and the chocolate factory and the glass elevator was in the same book
Charlie and the chocolate factory has and always been one of my favorite childhood stories. It's always better if it were read to you instead of you reading it yourself.
We listened to this on a long journey and my two boys (4 & 6) loved it. It's a great story and it's performed really well.
I am a linguist fascinated by anything and everything, especially things that are a bit German or Indian or have something to do with a cat!
Marvelous, fun and magical. Dahl has such an imagination and way of telling stories. I found the narration excellent too.
I adore Charlie Bucket the main character. Charlie is a boy who doesn't have very much money. He is humble and would love nothing more than to go inside the mysterious chocolate factory in his home town.
The glass elevator! Although I won't say what about the glass elevator so as not to spoil it.
Yes and in fact I actually did! I spent a very happy afternoon knitting away and listening to this.
This is a lot of fun for children and adults alike. If you have not discovered the magic of Roald Dahl yet however old you are I suggest you try this!
Hearing this story again returned me to the happy childhood memories when I read the book on many occasions. Reading it again was inspired by being taken to see the stage musical in London for a Birthday treat. It remains a timeless classic and not only for children.
"Amaizingly Spectacularly Cool!!"
I ❤️ this book and i Keep in reading it its a HELL YES FROM ME!!
"Perfect in every way"
Brilliant narration makes one of the most magical stories ever told, just so much more special.
"Great family book."
This was great for our long holiday car trip. No matter how many times the kids watch or read or listen Charlie and the chocolate factory is always a great story. Keep them quiet for a few 3 hours, adults as well!
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