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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Narrated by: Douglas Hodge
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
5 out of 5 stars (403 ratings)
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Summary

Chocolate bars the size of mattresses.... Chewing gum that tastes like a three course meal.... Whole rooms made of sweets.... Is there any treat you won't find in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory?

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.

©2014 Roald Dahl (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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  • MR
  • poole, United Kingdom
  • 10-06-16

a truly wonderful book

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.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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.

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Charlie is a classic treat for kids

Would you consider the audio edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be better than the print version?

I would consider it to be just as good, and a joy to listen to.

What other book might you compare Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to, and why?

Danny and the Champion of the World, another classic children story from R. Dahl

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the scene when Charlie finally got the last Chocolate bar containing the winning ticket.

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

When Charlie and family realised there days of being poor was about to change forever.

Any additional comments?

This book is joy to listen to, a great childrens classsic :)

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another Roald Dahl classic with exquisite taste

a superb read and more importantly a excellent narration. the beauty of Roald Dahl never ceases to amaze me.

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Great book

We bought the book for our 5 year old to listen while driving for a holiday. We both enjoyed the book as much as our 5 year old. Amazing story by Roald Dahl.

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A Wonderful Childhood Memory

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.

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Fantastic

What did you like best about this story?

The narration really added the fun to the story. Thank you Douglas!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Where Grandpa Joe tells Charlie the stories about the chocolate factory.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes 100%.

Any additional comments?

The perfect narrator to a classic tale.

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cool

i loved it missing out some bits of the film
good nerated
yer really good it was realy good so yer

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Lovely

I liked this audible book because it is humorous and I would recommend
this audible book

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a classic story read well

A wonderful story read well. classic to be enjoyed by the whole family. definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-18

i love his voice. background music is wonderful

It was interesting because the voice of the reader changed so many times:) The difficulty was not too high, so I could understand it even though I was a non-English speaker.

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  • bastiaan
  • 11-10-18

Great Book!

I listened to it and it's so good, the story is great and the characters are really funny. I couldn't recommend it enough!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-18

Good reason to read on!

My daughter was engaged in Matilda's story in which it has so many peculiar plots! The characters are so vivid especially the red-neck giant Miss Trunchbull! Thanks to the precocious Matilda's formidable reading list, it gave my kid good motivation to keep reading, keep searching! For us, Matilda is definitely one of the great reading materials in 2018.

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  • Pearl Margareta
  • 30-07-18

A story for any age!

😄Fantastic narrator who makes the characters easy to "see" with your ears💞1000 thanks! A favourite for old Grandmother as well as her grandchildren🤗

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-18

Surprisingly Amazed

Life-like writing and brilliant imagination along with wonderful performances gives me enough reason to rate five stars for all sections.

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  • Kwon
  • 14-01-18

yeeepe

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  • Kim Smit
  • 01-11-17

Entertaining and Engaging!

Thoroughly enjoyable audio production of a much loved classic for children and the young at heart.

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  • Wian
  • 29-09-16

Amaizingly Spectacularly Cool!!

I ❤️ this book and i Keep in reading it its a HELL YES FROM ME!!

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  • Kevin
  • 27-05-16

Perfect in every way

Brilliant narration makes one of the most magical stories ever told, just so much more special.

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  • jeremy
  • 25-03-16

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!