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Matilda

Narrated by Kate Winslet
Written by: Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Kate Winslet
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Matilda by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet.

'So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.'

Matilda is the world's most famous bookworm, no thanks to her ghastly parents.

Her father thinks she's a little scab. Her mother spends all afternoon playing bingo.

And her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull?

She's the worst of all.

She's a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey.

Despite these beastly grownups trying to push her down, Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a magical mind.

And she's had enough.

So all the terrible adults had better watch out, because she's going to teach them a lesson they'll never forget!

Kate Winslet's award-winning and varied career has included standout roles in Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, Revolutionary Road and The Reader, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Also a highly acclaimed voice artist, she received the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for Listen to the Storyteller.

©2014 Roald Dahl (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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"A true genius...Roald Dahl is my hero." (David Walliams)

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Very fascinating

loved it a lot, memorable moments an struggled to find a way to finish, awesome performance by narrator

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powerpack!!

It was very difficult for me to keep my earphones off even for a moment. The combination of Roald Dahl and Kate winslet blew my mind. Only one word for the book ECSTASY!!!

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Kate Winslet reads Matilda

Every character has been brought alive by the brilliant Kate Winslet, specially Matilda and Ms Trunchbull...

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Sit back and allow the words to wash around you

It’s not easy to pigeonhole a work of Roald Dahl’s into one genre, but if I had to, I’d say this is a dark comedy. It’s about a precocious child named—spoiler alert—Matilda. Matilda loves to read… so much that she can give Belle or Hermione Granger a run for their money. I always adore characters like that The conflict of the story arises from the fact that her parents and her headmistress at school are astonishingly incapable of seeing how gifted she is. The principal in particular is a caricature that sometimes feels overdone. Still, Matilda has allies as well, most notably her teacher Ms Honey; and the story has quite a few welcome surprises up its sleeve. I won’t go into actual spoiler territory. But considering this book is one of Dahl’s bestselling works and has been turned into a movie AND a musical, the story is famous enough that you probably know Matilda becomes even more special as the narrative progresses. I’ll just say that it’s a delightful book with a gratifying ending. Now for the best part about this version: I don’t know how they got a star of Kate Winslet’s caliber to narrate this audiobook, but I’m glad they did. She elevates the material quite a bit. Her voices are superb, and she does a lot of fun accents. It’s uncanny how she can make herself sound like a kid. I especially liked the slightly Scottish inflections she gave to Miss Honey—it was adorable. TL;DR - It’s a short listen with an uncomplicated and entertaining plot. Kate's voice is music to the ears. It’s a tad pricey, sure, but I believe it was worth my time and money.

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I love love love this narrator!!!

The story is amazing. I bought it to listen to, with the kids. I love the narrator, very very interesting

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  • DB
  • 24-10-20

amazing

Narration of Kate Winslet was magical. Other voices were great too. Roald Dahl is a marvellous story teller. Matilda is magical girl. I wish i had a strength like her.

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it was wonderful :)

love the narration by kate Winslet Story was lovely i recommend it it helps me to fall asleep

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nice

nice great good then other books I have heard awesome not that bad good job

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accent !

for kids not accustomed to British accent it's a bit difficult to understand the word. sure it's gives a very authentic feel but kids of other countries may not the word right away.

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Matilda- an engaging read

Narration was clear and the story just came alive with the narrators tone & the background music!

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  • Alida
  • 15-12-18

Fantastic story and narration is excellent!!

We absolutely loved this audio book!!! Myself, my kids and even my husband got so carried away with the story on our long road trip, we couldn’t stop listening! The way the story was narrated by Kate Winslet made it even more brilliant! I am sure it wouldn’t have been the same if someone else read the story. It is a MUST listen! We were very sad when we finished the book.

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  • Nonnie Grimbeek
  • 03-10-20

Recommended

Highly recommended for both adults and children. Good narrator, entertaining story with an interesting twist.

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  • Miguel Julio Rodo
  • 07-08-20

Kate Winslet an amazing narrator for the best Dahl

We have now heard many narrators, and Kate Winslet is by far the best! I would probably listen to an otherwise boring story just to admire her skill in using her voice. Stunning. You know the book!

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 03-06-20

What a wonderful book.

I always felt extremely connected to the film, but only recently I found out it was based on a book. And here it was! Amazing story, captivating characters and I am shocked to say... much better than the film!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-20

Bravo

Greatest story ever. Bravo Roald Dahl. Bravo Kate Winslet. Matilda suffers but Dahl gives her an angel called Honey.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 05-04-20

Amazing story!

This is a lovely story for all ages! For sure, the terrific narration by Kate Winslet improved a lot the experience.

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  • Sil-kyung
  • 29-03-20

Great story and narrations!

I love everything about this story. Matilda the genius, her mean parents, her great tricks, kind miss honey, evil trunchbull, matilda's powers, everything. Also, you kept the characters alive in the narration. This is one of the most greatest narrations I've ever heard. Great job!👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-19

Amazing performance

This is an amazing performance in beautiful British. If you struggle with British English, the different voices might be difficult to understand, though. The book is an ageless one, suitable for people of all ages.

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  • Sandra Pan
  • 24-06-19

My second-grader ESL boy loves it!!!

This audio is fantastic that my second grader ESL boy loves it and he needs to listen to it everyday before going to sleep. When he gets home, he turns on its' Amazon fire immediately in order to keep himself immersed in the story. It's really worthwhile buying the service that audible provided. I would recommend it to my friends for sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-19

Matilda

Kate Winslet es una excelente narradora. Las diferentes personificaciones fueron impecables, en especial las de los antagonistas.

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  • samia
  • 13-11-14

Highly enjoyable!

Where does Matilda rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This beautiful audio book kept my 5 year old hooked for a couple of hours! He was so engrossed, it was just as much fun watching him and observing his reactions!

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  • Keeley Warren
  • 03-04-20

Amazing

Narrator was great. Story was amazing and overall is very nice to hear! Very good.

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  • Becky
  • 13-01-15

Cooooool

It is epic!!!! Best E V E R !!!!!!! E V E R !!!!!!!!! You've got to read it really really really

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  • Chaseybe
  • 03-04-20

amazing

i loved it the reader was spot on i didnt want to fall asleep while listening to it 👍😌

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  • Eva Lim
  • 27-03-17

My favourite reader!

Kate Winslet is a great reader! I loved this book! She should read more books!

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  • Elzbieta A.
  • 09-11-15

Disappointing narrator

I found the story interesting enough to continue listening to the book despite the super annoying narration and character voices. Also, the narrator would go from whisper to scream so frequently that it made it almost impossible to adjust the volume of the audiobook for comfortable listening.

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  • C. Mitchell
  • 07-07-15

Amazing

I loved Matilda and she is a bit like me.I loved it so so much.

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  • Ini75
  • 10-06-15

What's not to love?

What did you like most about Matilda?

I love every bit of the book. It's thoroughly entertaining and Kate Winslet was spectacular.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Matilda?

Several. I love Mrs Trunchball's encounter in class with smart Nigel 'unless-you-want my-middle-name' Hicks; the part where Lavender put the newt in her cup of water, and of course Matilda.

I think this is the best of Roald Dahl's books.

What about Kate Winslet’s performance did you like?

Everything, she made all the parts come to life.

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

I laughed all the way through.

Any additional comments?

My children also loved it.

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  • Alice
  • 20-03-15

Beautiful, moving and inspiring timeless story!

One of my favourite books of all time. Excellent narrator. Will hear it again and again. Highly recommend it to both children and grown ups alike!

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  • MR Andrew Hazell
  • 02-07-15

Matilda

I liked the voices of the characters.
I love roal Dahl books. Well done. Thanks

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  • Sherry Nguyen
  • 09-06-19

Brings back memories

Exceptional story however a little hard to listen to. Parts were softly spoken, while other parts were too loud, not her best performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-18

Just wonderfull. Enthralled fun. Voices fitted characters beautifully. Just as my imagination would So much fun.

Recommend to the young and the young st heart You can see little Matilda in your minds eye. Wonderfull story.

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  • Katherine
  • 26-05-15

7YR OLD STEP-GRAND DAUGHTER'S 1ST AUDIO BOOK

I gave Matilda (the book) and the audio book along with an iPod to my 7 yr old step-granddaughter for Christmas. She knew the story of Matilda but didn't have the book herself so I thought I would get her both the book and the audio book too. It was her first experience with an audio book and I encouraged her to read-along with the book and audio. She loved it. She said the lady (Kate Winslet) reading the story to her is very good and her voice is lovely. I think audio books, along with the physical book is a great way to encourage children to read. Hopefully she'll be like me and love her audio books and have a vast collection like I do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-06-20

Matilda truly is Magic

What a joy! What a delight! The imagery of the former Olympian hammer-throwing school principal Trunchball swinging that poor child by the objectionable pigtails around the classroom & out through the window was hilarious. Kate Winslet vocal representation of each character is divine. Her midland accents & energetic delivery of so many variations is outstanding & astounding. Matilda was the best healing for a hospital stay for both child & adult. Not to be missed& so well produced.

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  • Nehi
  • 06-10-19

Lovely

The cutest book and most marvelous performance. English is my second language and I hadn't had the opportunity of indulging myself in Roald Dahl's world as a child or a youngster. I am in heavens now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-19

The best combination

The story is as perfect as always, but the thing that shines the most is Kate Winslet's accent work. Every character is distinct, and each character accent does not bleed into the narrator's voice at all. I finally understand why Kate Winslet has like eight Oscar nominations, I really understand now.

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  • Belinda Clapham
  • 28-07-19

Kate Winslet is a brilliant narrator.

Such a classic story & the narration was fantastic. It really made me laugh out loud.

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  • craig wall
  • 20-07-19

Kate Winslet is awesome!

My daughter & I have listened to this about 4 times over 2 weeks. Kate Winslet’s reading of the characters & hilarious accents are just so good. On top of that, Ronald Dahl’s masterful story telling, character realisations & playful turns of phrase make this an all time classic for both kids & grown ups alike.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-05-19

Hungry

For some reason this audiobook made me hungry especially the bit were the mother is making breakfast for the father (MMM BACON) anyway I have no idea why but ether way I LOVED this audiobook

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  • Michelle
  • 16-09-20

A beautiful piece of art.

A beautiful piece of art. Kate Winslet as a narrator does a pretty good job. Love it.