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

Written by: Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Roald Dahl
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's 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

What listeners say about Roald Dahl Reads Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Four More Stories

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I loved each one of the stories. The performance by Mr Roald Dahl was high class. This was my first audio book and so lucky I was to start with this book. I am eager to listen to more Roald Dahl books.

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  • James Chappell
  • 20-09-16

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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  • Otter
  • 09-05-17

Abridged

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

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  • In car listener
  • 22-07-17

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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  • Lee
  • 11-10-16

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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  • Roland Phillips
  • 15-01-17

Abridged

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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  • Gordon Brophy
  • 15-05-20

Terrible narration

My children couldn’t listen to this book as they were scared of the voice. Such a shame as it’s a great book but they just couldn’t get passed the voice... neither could I to be honest.

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  • Janaina M.
  • 22-05-20

It was magical to listen Roald Dahl reading them!

It was so unique to listen the author storytelling his own tales! Simply wonderfully magical!

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  • J3M
  • 08-10-19

LOVVEEEEEE ITTTTT SOOOO MUCH

it is so good i love this audio book puts me to sleep every day love it so much makes me feel happy when im in a drip i would give this 5 stars

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-19

Thoroughly enjoyed listening

My 7 year old loved it! It was just as good as I remember it.

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  • Chris
  • 06-09-19

The greatest child’s fiction writer!

Some of the best children’s stories of all time, read by the author. Roald Dahl’s books remain as brilliant for today’s children as they were for me as a child.

My 5 year old absolutely loved this

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-18

fun

As with all of Dahl's books, these stories are great.
Well read, and great to hear Dahl himself!
However, we were disappointed that the stories were condensed... they are not nearly as good as 'the read thing'

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-19

I loved it!

I think this book was amazing to read and listen to.
It inspired me to make a book of my own.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-19

brilliant!

What an absolute treat having Roald Dahl read his own marvelous, imaginative stories. I thoroughly recommend this audible collection.

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  • Chelsea Alger
  • 21-09-19

boring

Couldn't even get past the first chapter. Rried hard to persevere with book, but just could not.

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  • Kerrie Marotta
  • 11-10-17

Coolest

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-18

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