Penguin presents Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, read by Andrew Scott. Roald Dahl turns his pen to anything, twisting everyday life into powerful and sometimes terrifying fantasies.
Seven superb stories, full of Roald Dahl's usual magic, mystery and suspense: meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed, and find out about the treasure buried deep underground on Thistley Green.
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... the narrator really wasn't suitable. Partly it's because Andrew Scott's voice is so distinctive that I felt like Moriarty was reading me a story (for those who don't get the reference, he played Moriarty in the BBC TV series, Sherlock). But mainly it's for two reasons. Firstly, he's Irish, and Roald Dahl was very much English despite his Norwegian heritage. As the stories are all written as reality, even the fictional ones, and are meant to be narrated by Dahl himself, this sounded weird. Secondly, despite the energetic voices he can clearly do when voicing characters, his narration is just as I imagine an Irish Eeyore reading a eulogy at a funeral would sound like.
I've still given it five stars, as it's the only audio recording of the book and the stories are incredible, but the performance gets a - possibly generous - two stars.
Amusing, magical, slight
If you enjoy Dahl you will certainly enjoy this book though it is not in the same class as his best works (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG etc)
I have never come across audiobooks in which he features but am familiar with him from television. His performance here is excellent.
There is a good range of stories from the autobiographical to the magical. What makes this book worth listening to is the excellent narrator.
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