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The Roald Dahl Audio CD Collection Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Audio CD: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; Abridged edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061214965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061214967
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roald Dahl is considered one of the most beloved writers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including The Witches and Matilda, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

From AudioFile

Roald Dahl's collection of stories for younger children includes classics like CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. There are also lesser-known tales like FANTASTIC MR. FOX, in which a loving papa fox outwits a farmer to feed his kits, and THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE, in which a greedy reptile hunts for a young child to eat. In each story the underdog characters triumph, and evil is punished in intriguing ways. For example, the girl in THE MAGIC FINGER shows hunters what it feels like to be hunted. The author reads all these magical tales in his elegant British tones, his pacing showing tenderness for his characters. The excellence of carefully chosen rhythms and rhymes resounds throughout. S.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

More About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to"a wonderful faraway place. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.The BFG is dedicated to the memory of Roald Dahls eldest daughter, Olivia, who died from measles when she was seven - the same age at which his sister had died (fron appendicitis) over forty years before. Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books.

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Highly recommended for all kids over 7.
Matt Singh
These are absolutely wonderful stories told by a fabulous storyteller: the author.
Scott Gaenicke
We love Roald Dahl, and this cd is a great addition to our collection.
Kristina

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Scott Gaenicke on November 12, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
These are absolutely wonderful stories told by a fabulous storyteller: the author. Who else could express the works better? Mr. Dahl has such a soothing voice that my family often listens to these tapes at bedtime and gently drift to sleep. I have two daughters, 7 and 3 years old. We highly recommend these tapes.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Heather Bee on April 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this recording on cassette at a flea market and have been absolutely delighted with it - oh, yeah, my 7-year-old likes it, too! Roald Dahl's voice fleshes out the stories and characters, as well as his typical dry observations, in a refreshing departure that satisfies kids and adults alike (we've been testing it). Remember the songs the Oompa-Loompas sang in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" or the poems in "James and the Giant Peach?" I found them to be a bit disruptive when I read those books as a child; didn't "get" them. Hearing Mr. Dahl read them really allowed me to enjoy them as well.
One word to the content: I'd forgotten that Roald Dahl does write (and read) about some tough stuff, "warts and all," as it were. Sponge and Speicker are hateful and abusive to James. The three farmers in "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" are portrayed in disgusting detail. James loses his parents scarily and suddenly when they are killed in New York (richly enough, they are eaten by a rhinocerous, which are neither native to New York nor carniverous). It's a tough world in his books. Yet it's a wondrous, fanciful one. I want my son to hang on to the perfect illusion of the latter and learn about the former aspect of the world as late as possible. He's already got hip to the tough world bit, though; so we'll aim to integrate life's knocks and laughs as best we can.
The first words I hear when I start the car engine are "Kid's tape!" sometimes alternating with, "Kid's tape, please?" or "Would you please put on a kid's tape when you get the chance?" (Guess who suggested that last version?) Suffice to say, I hear a lot of "kid's tapes," so I prefer ones I can enjoy as well. This is one of those. The recordings are long, too, like this r-
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alison R. Jefferson on June 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
We bought this set for our 5-year-old son after having checked it out of the library a kazillion times. The author who reads the stories has a wonderful story-telling voice. My son listens to them over and over and over again. Great stories to read, and a wonderful CD set to listen to.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Grosse on October 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I ordered this CD set for my grandkids to listen to. They have "joint custody" of the set. It rotates from house to house by the week. This is part of a circulating set that they listen to a bedtime. On busy nights, when Mom and Dad don't have time to read, this satisfies their desire for a bedtime story, plus it lasts longer than a short story or two. They sometimes drift off to sleep listening to the CDs. With 11 grandkids, this comes in handy. I'm very glad I bought this set and am so impressed that it is read by the author. This way we get the intended inflection and each nuance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Stephen on November 27, 2010
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Roald Dahl is hands down the best author I read as a child (I am now in my mid-twenties). I bought this CD set because his stories are amazing and I do a lot of driving. I would strongly recommend this set, however, there were a couple small disappointments that led to my 4 star rating (these would not likely affect the average person):
1. the stories are abridged, so while still fun to hear, some parts of the stories are missing detail.
2. I am familiar with the English (UK) books, so I was disappointed to hear a couple North American tweaks (ie. Charlie found a dollar bill in the snow rather than the British coin he found in my book).
Overall, this is a great set that I would recommend to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yi-Peng on February 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This Roald Dahl review is a departure from my previous classical music reviews. However it's one of my other interests outside music and so I'll review this collection of Dahl's own readings.

Roald Dahl recorded these audio books for Caedmon in the mid 1970s, before he came to write The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. In any case these selections are superb documents of Dahl reading his own stories. 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. Some might not be too keen on Dahl's brisk pace that fitted 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.
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