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Audible Editor Reviews

"Douglas Hodge delivers Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in a briskly melodic canter, and his rendering holds its own against memories of cinema's Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp." (Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review)

Publisher's Summary

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! 

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy-pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life! 

©1964 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Rich in humor, acutely observant, Dahl lets his imagination rip in fairyland." (The New York Times)
 

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What listeners say about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Great performance for a classic story!

My daughter and I loved listening to this book, Douglas did a great job narrating it.

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Real enthusiasm - - but a little fast for kids.

The reader is really good at setting the scene and being enthusiastic, however I teach grade 4 and the speed of his reading is a little fast for them.
Slowing the pace 1 or 2 notches would be really great.

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Well read

A classic. Enjoyed by my 7 year old. Well read with a funny British accent.

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I wasn't sure if I would bother listening to the Audible. It was on my wishlist for some time because of the good ratings. I like the movies, especially the original. I saw it so many times in my childhood but I still wasn't sure if I wanted to hear a book version.

Here is the thing, the book was really interesting. I truly enjoyed it. If I were just reading it I would think it's great. The narrator , however, makes this from a good read to one I'm reccomending. The narrator is amazing.

He's just one of those rare narrators that is just made for this story. I may see what other books he's done.

Give it a chance. I promise, you'll love it....but if not....Audible is great with returns.

I wanted to give the story 5 stars because it deserves it....but the narrator I'd give 6 if I could.

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  • 2014-03-31

fanciful fun for five-year-olds

Would you listen to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory again? Why?

We have listened to this book over and over again! The author is very engaging with voices and sound effects able keep the attention of even the youngest audience.

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  • Daviddep
  • 2015-01-24

Top Shelf Narration. Professional Production

Complete professional narration. With sound effects and the many voices of the narrator who is a true professional actor makes all the difference we listen to this book over and over due to the quality of the production.

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  • 2015-01-21

Nice story

It is a little bit different from the movie but still a nice story. It was very nice

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  • Myl
  • 2015-02-04

I love Roald Dahl's books! It is marvelous

It was awesome i love books and especially Roald Dahl's. If he was still alive I would want his autograph and congratulate him!

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  • Wayne
  • 2017-12-08

Dahl is my favorite writer of children's novels

Picking the best of Roald Dahl's children's novels is impossible because there are so many great ones. My personal favorite is The BFG, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may be more famous because of it's movie adaptation Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. (Maryrose Wood's The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series has become my favorite contemporary children's book series.)

Roald Dahl died 27 years ago, but his books remain very popular throughout the English speaking world. That popularity is richly deserved.

My regret is that 5 of my six grandchildren are now too old for Roald Dahl's novels. But I am not!

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  • Ursa Hawthorne
  • 2015-06-18

Boss

It's amazing. Douglas makes himself sound exactly like the person and he is very energetic

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  • J.Byrd
  • 2015-05-23

Great entertainment

I had a great time with this book. My first audio book. I listened with my child, we were both enthralled!

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  • Tara C
  • 2015-02-28

Amazing and absolutely wonderful

It was so much more in depth than the the movie and so much more fantastic.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-11-12

SQUARE SWEETS THAT LOOK ROUND

MATURITY IS HIGHLY OVER RATED
NO ARGUMENTS PLEASE
I have listened to several of Dahl's books and liked them all. This one is my favorite so far. You can not compare Dahl to other writers because he does not write like other writers. He has an imagination that is all his own and very little is borrowed from anyone else. This book is especially unique and I know of no other like it. It is entertaining and heart warming. If you read only one Dahl book, let it be this one.

IT WILL ALL COME OUT IN THE WASH

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  • Katie
  • 2020-11-29

so fun!

great narrator! my 4 year old enjoyed this very much. we can't wait for more.

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