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Someone Like You Audiobook

Someone Like You

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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Someone Like You, Roald Dahl's first collection of his world famous dark and sinister adult stories.

A wife serves a dish that baffles the police; a harmless bet suddenly becomes anything but; a curious machine reveals a horrifying truth about plants; and a man lies awake waiting to be bitten by the venomous snake asleep on his stomach. Through vendettas and desperate quests, bitter memories and sordid fantasies, Roald Dahl's stories portray the strange and unexpected, sending a shiver down the spine.

The stories are "Taste", read by Richard E Grant; "Lamb to the Slaughter", read by Juliet Stevenson; "Man from the South", read by Stephen Mangan; "The Soldier", read by Stephen Mangan; "My Lady Love" and "My Dove", read by Richard Griffiths; "Dip in the Pool", read by Adrian Scarborough; "Galloping Foxley", read by Richard Griffiths; "Skin", read by Tamsin Greig; "Poison", read by Richard E. Grant; "The Wish", read by Stephan Mangan; "Neck", read by Julian Rhind-Tutt; "The Sound Machine", read by Adrian Scarborough; "Nunc Dimittis", read by Derek Jacobi; "The Great Automatic Grammatizator", read by Will Self; and "Claud's Dog" ("The Ratcatcher", "Rummins", "Mr Hoddy", and "Mr Feasey"), read by Jessica Hynes.

©2012 Roald Dahl (P)2012 Penguin Books Limited

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    BlackMountainStomp London 26/12/2014
    BlackMountainStomp London 26/12/2014
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    "Great voice actors and fabulous stories"
    Would you listen to Someone Like You again? Why?

    This is one for repeat listening simply because of the quality of the performances. The amazing talent of actors like Richard E. Grant and Stephen Mangan is so much more obvious in audiobook form than when watching them. I could listen to these two, particularly Grant, endlessly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Someone Like You?

    The beginning of the man from the south voiced by Stephen Mangan. I particularly loved his pacing and delivery.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I'm very familiar with all of the actors and love their performances on screen. I don't think their performances are better in this recording, but rather that the intimacy of the medium coupled with the understated genius of Dahls prose creates something like a new art form. OK, a bit OTT, but I loved it.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't. From dim memory of the 'Tales of the Unexpected', making the stories visible does damage them. Its exactly the quality of Dahls prose, his very simple but incredibly well chosen language that makes them so brilliant.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Liz... Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom 26/05/2015
    Liz... Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom 26/05/2015 Member Since 2012

    This was Liz's Amazon account so it's her name on it. I'm husband Richard in reality. Please forgive the unintended deception. Love variety.

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    "Nice stories with a range of proven readers."

    This was a decent range of stories, although there was a number of them about bets and betting. Dahl is known for his final twists, but not so many in this collection, which did disappoint me but didn't distract from the good characterisations in both writing and performance. The Jessica Hynes readings were more about characters than the stories themselves, I felt.
    It's good to have some short stories for a change, particularly with different voices, as it requires shorter periods of concentration for the listener. All the readers here are better than good enough for the tales to be told.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Cassandra L treasure 02/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Very enjoyable, wonderful performances!"
    Where does Someone Like You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its very high ranking, i have relistened to it once already and i am sure i will come back to it again. The stories are cleverly written and very engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each story has a wonderfully array of characters, some more complex the others but all well written.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Lamb to the Slaughter was one of my favorite stories from the collection, it won't spoil it for anyone. I loved the simplicity of the idea and the way it was conveyed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would not say that the was particularly moved by any of the stories, but there is a certain sense of suspense throughout most, you will wonder what is about to happen to the character in question and as the book carries on you will begin to realize that things are never what they seem.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Roald Dahl as a child then you should definitely listen to this, you wont be disappointed. If you new to him and a lover of short stories as a genre then again this will delight you.I cannot recommend this enough. You will listen to it more then once!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 28/06/2016
    Richard 28/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Hit & miss, like most collections of short stories"

    A lot of the stories seemed to wrap up too quickly at the end, not leaving a strong conclusion either. Other than this though, I found the book captivating and wonderfully against the grain.

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    QueenMac 24/04/2016
    QueenMac 24/04/2016

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    "Not for me"

    The narrators did the best job they could with some pretty boring material. Only made it about 5 stories in as most took far to long to tell and seemed to drag along for 10 min longer than they should... Only to come to a weird, abrupt or non existent ending (in the case of the bridge players one). Loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but this one just wasn't my cup of tea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Wendy Huggins Gloucestershire 30/05/2015
    Mrs Wendy Huggins Gloucestershire 30/05/2015 Member Since 2012

    I live in the Cotswolds with my wonderful husband, I'm semi-retired and enjoy reading, walking, gardening, knitting and sewing.

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    "Dire!"

    I was drawn to this book by the sample read by Richard E Grant. I thought this sounds amazing. With readers such as Juliet Stevenson and Julian rhind Tutt I thought I cant go wrong. Hmm how wrong was I? There were 1 or 2 good stories and then they became increasingly noncicle and rediculous.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    sara SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    sara SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
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    "WTHell???"

    WHY HAVE I NOT READ THESE DAHL BOOKS???? where are the twits, matilda, BFG, James and giant peach, charlie and chocolate factory 1 and 2????

    4 of 25 people found this review helpful

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