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Summary

National Book Awards Audiobook of the Year 2014

From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure.

Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily Stella has a secret - and slightly spooky - weapon up her sleeve....

©2014 David Walliams (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale… hilarious." (Amanda Craig, The Times)

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Another hilarious, touching David Walliam's book

If you could sum up Awful Auntie in three words, what would they be?

Funny, evil and cruel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was Gibbons the butler. He is silly in a funny way. My usual in David Walliam's books is Rajah but just you wait and see.....!

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

My favourite character preformed by Walliams is Wagna the owl because it really sounds like there is an owl in your ear!

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

I loved the part when they planned revenge

Any additional comments?

I had to ration my time listening to the book each evening as I didn't want it to be over too quick! David Walliams is such a brilliant narrator you wouldn't know it was the same person doing the voices. Last bit of book hilarious.

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Delightfully frightful.

What made the experience of listening to Awful Auntie the most enjoyable?

My family are great Walliams fans.It was lovely to listen to David Walliams intonation and voice.You really felt what bits he enjoyed most writing, what he thought was important and awfully scary .

What other book might you compare Awful Auntie to, and why?

Most of the Williams books have the same theme. Kid against grown up evil. According to our 10yr old Demon Dentist was the most comparable.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Having him reading the book to you was like sitting in the room with a great storyteller. As mentioned before, it was nice to have his interpretation.

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

Must see before Halloween. :-D

Any additional comments?

We can't have enough David Walliams books.

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Best David Walliams book to date

The whole family loved this book for so many reasons. I think it will become a timeless classic. It is extremely funny, not too sad, and not too gruesome. It is perfectly narrated by David Walliams as always. 12 year old artistocrat Stella is left in the care of her Awful Aunt Alberta, when her parents pass away in car accident. All is not as it seems at Saxby Hall, and Aunt Alberta does not have Stella's best interests at heart. The story line is hilarious, even the slightly sad bits, and it was a joy to listen to. There are magical elements in the form of a friendly ghost, which truly made this book special.

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Great family entertainment for a long car journey

Loved the story and great performance. Only complaint was felt a bit too like Matilda for me.

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Amazing

By annabelle aged 8
I love all characters and the story is the best because David Walliams does lots of amazing voices for the characters in the book 😃😄

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Awful auntie

I like the story even though it took a bit longer and was a bit more scary than the other books David Williams has written.

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Loved it!

Really fun story and love David's Narration! Loved how this story was set away from modern times. Made this story very different from his others.

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My kids loved it, David Williams is great.

My kids loved it, David Williams is great at narrating his story, kept them happy on a long car journey.

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Very funny modern story

Listened to this with my 8 and 6 year old girls. All of us enjoyed with it and stayed engaged. Will be getting other books from David Walliams. His story telling particularly good for an audio book. Liked the sound effects and music too.

My daughter said she would have liked a girl to have done Stella's voice though.

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Amazing

I think it was really good and it was so interesting I rated this 5 because it is really funny cause now I have read awful auntie, gangster granny, grandpas great escape and worst children I think these books are recermended for 15 and under ❤️

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  • Manish Kaul
  • 08-12-17

Unbelievable!

The book Awful Aunty is one of the best book I have ever read. I would recommend it to any body above the age of 8.

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  • Bee Chien
  • 26-03-17

Awful Auntie

I was like, OMG when I read this book it totally ROCKSTARS MY LIFE
I love Awful Auntie. It's a great hit!
-Matilda J

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  • Eirin Mikalsen Orum
  • 25-06-16

Too similar to Matilda

As a huge fan of Roald Dahl, this did not measure up, I'm afraid. It's good, just not as brilliant as I could have wished.

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  • Luis Mesquita de Melo
  • 04-01-15

BRILLIANT

It had suspenseful moments and definitely had me on the edge of my chair! David Walliams is so unique and makes so many brilliant accents! I will be sure to recommend this book along with all of his other books! ~Matilde :)