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Roald Dahl Reads Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Four More Stories

Narrated by: Roald Dahl
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)
Regular price: £17.99
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Summary

Penguin presents the abridged audiobook edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Four More Stories by Roald Dahl, read by Roald Dahl himself.  

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (abridged): Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! 

James and the Giant Peach (abridged): a little magic can take you a long way. 

Fantastic Mr. Fox (abridged): Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox! 

The Enormous Crocodile (abridged): this greedy crocodile loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. 

The Magic Finger (abridged): horrible neighbours learn their lesson from a little girl with powerful magic! 

©2016 Roald Dahl (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks

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Abridged

Abridged version even though described as unabridged.
Returned abridged and unabridged version purchased. Buyer beware

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great books but only one file?

Any additional comments?

So there's only one file/chapter. This means I'm having to guess when one story ends and another starts. Surely that's a massive failing here....

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wish was played good

would be a great story if it would play right I was really looking forward to it but keeps missing words out

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not as described - spoilt by poor description

What disappointed you about Roald Dahl Reads Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Four More Stories?

Despite the description claiming the books to be unabridged, they're seriously cropped. Almost all the magic has been pulled away from the stories, there's no detail or whimsy left.

What did you like best about this story?

They reminded me that real books still have a valid place in society.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Dahl read with enthusiasm, but it was hard to differentiate between reading narrative and character voices at times.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The closest to a redeeming feature is that there were four books for the price of one. But that meant that they're only a quarter as good as a single book.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to return this book and get (what I hope really is) the unabridged single edition of Charlie and the chocolate factory.

I suppose smaller children - with limited attention spans or don't know the stories - will enjoy them, but my kids who are big Chocolate factory fans, were sorely disappointed.

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This is an abridged version so cannot be followed with the actual book. This is frustrating as it was not clear when I bought it.

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Charming stories, read by the man himself.

Loved this, and so lovely to hear the author narrate the stories. Not to be missed.

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Classic brilliance!

Loved these books so much as a child and as an adult now reading them to my children. Rhoald Dahl is fantastic reading these stories xx Thank you Rhoald Dahl for such wonderful tales xx

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Great Fun

I loved it. I liked 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and 'James and the Giant Peach' the best, and also 'The Magic Finger'. Excellent stories. So imaginative, so inspired. Narrated by Dahl himself, and very well at that. Fab fun for every age.

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Old Mr Dahl writes so much better than he narrates

Roald Dahl's timeless classics are wonderful. His performance is a little rushed and stuffy by today's standards. It's a bit like having your favourite bedtime story read to you by an uncle that's in a terrible hurry! But I'm still glad I bought them.

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missing most of the story

love this book so much but very disappointed that it missed out most of the story