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Matilda

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.

Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary genius with really stupid parents.

Miss Trunchbull is her terrifying headmistress who thinks all her pupils are rotten little stinkers.

But Matilda will show these horrible grown-ups that even though she's only small, she's got some very powerful tricks up her sleeve.... 

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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Very fascinating

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

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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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Amusing story and great narration!

Absolutely delightful, takes you straight to your childhood. And superb narration. A real fun book.

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A perfect little treat

Kate Winslet was brilliant. Switching from character to character effortlessly and consistently like she did shows mad skill

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Beautiful story and cool narration

Very cool narration. Matilda is a great inspiration to the younger generation. Thanks to Audible

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GREAT BOOK

nice
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most memorable book
very interesting narrator
thanks KATE WINSLET GREAT

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Awesome audio rendition of Matilda

loved listening to the book. awesome voice over by kate winslet... just loved it!!!! Period.

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Absolutely brilliant!

Kate Winslet has done such a sensational job of narrating this childhood favourite. There’s different voices and accents and emotion and it’s simply a blast listening to her tell you Matilda’s story. I highly recommend it.

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really good

Very interesting book. Love it. Matilda
is a very inspiring character. the narrator
has narrated clearly. It is a must read/ hear along with all Roald Dahl books. I have rated it 5 stars.

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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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  • 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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  • Noorhelda Hj Bahrom
  • 03-12-18

Love it!

Great story for both children and adults. Love how Kate Winslet narrated this amazing book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-17

Best book!

This book i amazing. Great book for all age! It shows that good things come out of bad stuff like Matilda wouldn't of met miss honey if she didn't go to the horrible school. I say all should read this!

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  • Yamino Endo
  • 21-07-17

Amazing audiobook!

I love the movie and always wanted to read the book, but lack of time always got in the way. Audible saved me.

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  • Mitchell
  • 11-07-17

The best thing ever

I love Matilda it is a great book 📚 and I love it 😍 and my sister loves it too and it makes my heart beat so much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-17

Great first audio book!

This is my first audio book. Even though I had read matilda and watched the movie many times, it is beautiful every time I read it. Also , the narration was done beautifully. Still, if I could change a few bits, some parts were read too softly. Other than that, it was perfect!(^o^)b
I highly recommend it.

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  • Kevin
  • 20-05-16

The perfect storybook, for kids AND adults.

A masterpiece from Roald Dahl, brought to life by an incredible performance from Kate Winslet. The only thing missing are Quentin Blake's memorable illustrations! Definitely a must-have title in any book lover's collection.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Po Stoneman
  • 06-09-15

lovely

beautifully read classic story that always makes my heart feel warm.and fuzzy yo yo yo

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  • jonny
  • 12-11-19

Matilda

I am really enjoying the audio book as I love the movie and read the book !
Although I wish there are more Roald Dahl books for free as I totally enjoy all of them. As soon as I pick up the book I can't put it down 😀👩

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  • Rob Pearson
  • 06-11-19

Love it

I think that this book is a brlliant book so I really recormand it for lots of kids out there.

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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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 16-11-19

Really good book!

I loved this book and it was so enjoyable. Loved it loved it loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-19

AMAZING

This book was well read and very fun and good! I rlly enjoyed it! YAY

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  • Tim S.
  • 28-10-19

Awesome Story & Performance

Such a wonderfully entertaining story, read enthusiastically by Kate. Kate does a great job reading the different characters.

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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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  • Bik Hou
  • 29-07-19

Absolutely brilliant

Hilarious & witting ~ kids loved listening to this audible. Kate Winslet did an incredible job of bringing the characters alive. Every family should have a copy of this book on their bookshelf.

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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.