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Summary

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.

©2015 Roald Dahl (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Enjoyable but not top class Dahl

If you could sum up The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More in three words, what would they be?

Amusing, magical, slight

Would you recommend The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More to your friends? Why or why not?

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)

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

I have never come across audiobooks in which he features but am familiar with him from television. His performance here is excellent.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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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I AM WOWED 👍🏻

Every thing in this book is amazing. The only downside is that when the black man ( in The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar ) starts to tell his life story. I think it is simply too long of a story.
I recommend this book for children aged 5/6-12 .

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Great stories, not the best narration

I really enjoyed the stories but the narrator could have improved a little. In ‘the wonderful story of Henry Sugar’, sometimes the way he narrates doesn’t actually fit with what is going on, like when the man is excited and he is whispering the dialogue. I’ve heard a BBC version of that story which I much prefer. However his performance in the other stories was alright.

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highly entertaining audiobook

entertaining narrator brings this lovely collection of Dahl stories to life. Ideal for an adult growing up with Dahl's stories

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Liquid perfection for my ears!

Roald Dahl AND Andrew Scott: does it get anymore perfect than this!

It was simply delicious!

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One of my favourite books of all time, but...

... 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-17

Great Audiobook

Loved Andrew Scotts job, simply amazing. Story itself was great too, did not expect to enjoy it so much.