The Roald Dahl Audio Collection: Includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James & the Giant Peach, Fantastic M r. Fox, The Enormous Crocodile & The Magic Finger (Anglais) CD – Version coupée, Livre audio
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Roald Dahl’s wickedly funny novels have turned him into the world’s number 1 storyteller. In this collection five splendiferous stories are brought to life by the author 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 (Unabridged)
Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!
The Enormous Crocodile (Unabridged)
This greedy crocodile loves to guzzle up little boys and girls
The Magic Finger (Unabridged)
Horrible neighbors learn their lesson from a little girl with powerful magic!
Biographie de l'auteur
After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com
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Some people might feel upset that Dahl is not dramatic in any way, and some may complain that these recordings of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach are abridged so that each book takes up one LP. However they are excellent recordings and they still manage to sparkle with Dahl's trademark writing and storytelling style.
The recording of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gives us an excellent reading of the book even in an abridged form. In this recording, Dahl might sound tentative at first because this was the first time he was recording his work. This abridged version covers the salient episodes of the book and paces itself very well. In a way this is good. I have tended to feel uneasy that the original book had a bit of padding, and this abridgement, though brief, is very welcome and paces itself better. Some might not be too keen on Dahl's brisk pace, as the producers were obliged to fit this recording onto one LP. However Dahl is still able to adjust his voice and tone for the various situations and emotions.
Dahl is perhaps more seasoned in the readings of Fantastic Mr Fox, The Enormous Crocodile and The Magic Finger. These books are presented unabridged, so there is less cramming and compression. Dahl's pace in these stories is relaxed, and Dahl captures the right moods for each characters. Dahl perfectly catches the slyness of the Enormous Crocodile himself and is superb when he tells of the strange happenings of the Greggs after the girl punishes them with the magic finger. And in this recorded reading of Fantastic Mr Fox Dahl succeeds in making the three nasty farmers sound horrid and mean, and hell-bent on catching Mr Fox and all the woodland animals.
The least successful reading is James and the Giant Peach. When I say "least successful" I mean that the abridgement leaves out too many important episodes. It is too heavy on the first part of the book in the house of Sponge and Spiker, and it cuts out the middle part of the journey across the Atlantic. We don't hear about the danger with the Cloud Men or James rescuing the Centipede from the ocean. So even though Dahl reads well, it's easy to feel disappointed with the quality of the abridgement.
In spite of its flaws, this is still a superb collection of Dahl's own readings and one of the few available audio documents of him reading his children's books. It is fit to stand alongside existing audiobook recordings, including the new unabridged versions that Penguin Audio has been releasing over these few months.
For non-Americans who are purchasing this set, it's worth noting that these recordings use the American editions of the stories rather than the British edition. So in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory American currency is used in place of British currency and candy bar is used in place of chocolate bar.
For anyone who doesn't know, Roald Dahl wrote in a time when children's stories were much darker and usually had a moral to them. Just be aware of that if you are not familiar with Dahl's work. Personally, it doesn't bother myself or my kids.
This set contains Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (on one disc), James and the Giant Peach (one disc), Fantastic Mr Fox (one disc) and on the last disc, The Enormous Crocodile and The Magic Finger.
The stories are read by Roald himself, which I thought was an added bonus. His voice is clear and easy to understand.
This is definitely worth the purchase and I will probably buy it again when ours wears out because it is listened to so often.