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  • The Roald Dahl Audio Collection

  • Includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James & the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Enormous Crocodile & The Magic Finger
  • Written by: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Roald Dahl
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Children's Audiobooks, Literature & Fiction
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Roald Dahl’s wickedly funny novels have turned him into the world’s number one 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!
©2013 Penguin (P)2013 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“Roald Dahl sometimes shared a tonal kinship with Ogden Nash, and he could demonstrate a verbal inventiveness nearly Seussian...[His] stories work better in audio than in print.”(The New York Times)

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Lovely narration

Roald Dahl is such a talented storyteller. It is a treat to have him read those stories himself. (Unlike other writers who are not necessarily great readers, Roald Dahl is a talented performer as well as a talented writer.) Of course, those are abbreviated versions of the stories, but the point is to spend a few hours listening to Roald Dahl himself bring his famous characters to life. (For complete versions of the stories, buy the individual books.)

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Abriged versions

It's cool to hear the author himself (especially for the songs), but i believe that these may be abridged versions. For example in James there are no cloud monsters. Still fun.

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Willy Wonka!

My kids and I LOVED listening to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory on our roadtrip this summer! It was our first audiobook for the family and a huge hit all around! #Audible1

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Subtle Narration & Excellent Storytelling

My tweens LOVE this series (& I do too) Highly recommend it.

As to other reviewer’s complaints for ‘boring’ narration (by Roald Dahl, author of the books himself) - this is subtle & clever storytelling with many puns & brilliant insights into contemporary society (consider the Mike Teevee poem regarding our limited attention spans;)

The stories are unabridged & told with adequate expression. Very entertaining for older readers. Best recommended for kids used to listening to ‘more complex’ audiobooks.

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As fantastic as I remember

Loved hearing these old childhood favorites read by the author himself! Highly recommend to all young readers and the young at heart.

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I love it

Great you have a good talent for telling stories it’s amazing how you tell stories

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Great stories

The Roald Dahl stories are great! I loved them growing up so was excited to hear them narrated by the author himself. Unfortunately I was disappointed by the narration, it was lacklustre and monotonous. But the stories are fantastic! #Audible1

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  • Dee
  • 2019-10-06

horrible to listen to

the narrators deep voice drones on and the accent is hard to listen to! Loved these stories when I read them myself and enjoyed the movie adaptations but can't handle listening to the narrators voice!

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Roald Dahl is awsome!

This is a great book 📖 I love it the voices are a bit off though add the twits and I’ll be happy 😊

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Great Books!

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Listen to these with my son. Great kids stories that are timeless classics. Fantastic Mr. Fox is my personal favorite.

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  • Julieta de los espíritus
  • 2014-02-24

Shame that's abridged, but wonderful nonetheless

Any additional comments?

Some information for listeners: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is 1:06:04 - James and The Giant Peach is 1:01:24 - Fantastic Mr. Fox is 53:38 - The Enormous Crocodile is 17:12 - The Magic Finger is 22:34

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  • Andy Smits
  • 2013-07-10

Wish the stories were separated into tracks....

I love Roald Dahl, he is an excellent storyteller! I am frustrated by the collection on this site because it is just one long continuous 3 hour track. If my kids ask me for one story, it is very hard to find the beginning of one or the end of another. Frustrating.

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  • Lisa
  • 2015-02-10

This Audiobook Needs Tracks!

Where does The Roald Dahl Audio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Love Roald Dahl and the performance is done by the author himself. However, this recording is terrible because there are no tracks to split up the stories. This is one long audio track.

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  • Grizzlyboots
  • 2015-07-20

ABRIDGED without chapters to separate each book.

What would have made The Roald Dahl Audio Collection better?

Having the books separated by chapters so that you can access each story separately instead of having to scroll through to find the start and sop times for each book. Major pain.

Any additional comments?

I was tricked into purchasing this as mu first ever audio book. I didn't know or understand that it was not the full book for each of the books. Now that I know what to look for in the future I will be more careful.
Also, the books are NOT even separated by chapters so you have to scroll through the entire file to find each book.
Not a good first experience.

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  • DM
  • 2020-01-21

I was TRICKED!

It was not clear in the purchase of this collection that the stories are not complete. We listened to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and right at the turning point of the story when Charlie was going to find a ticket... it cuts off! How dishonest this collection is! I am so completely disappointed. Shame on the seller for not making this clear.--it is basically a sample packet.

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  • M. Olson
  • 2015-07-04

Roald Dahl reads Roald Dahl.

My four-year-old likes it.
I like it.
The timbre of Dahl's voice is exquisite.
His narrational skills are every bit the equal of his stories.
His stories belong to childhood.
Buy this audio book.

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  • boosmom96
  • 2020-06-05

Highly abridged!

The stories are extremely abridged! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is only 1 hour and 6 minutes long. Charlie finds the ticket 16 minutes into the reading. I’m horrified that Mr. Dahl was willing to read this out loud! We stopped listening after the one book. This is only worth buying if you really need to hear Mr. Dahl read.
I heartily do recommend the readings of both of the Charlie books by Eric Idle. They are hysterically funny.

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  • Matthew
  • 2013-11-27

Awesome Collection of Stories

Would you consider the audio edition of The Roald Dahl Audio Collection to be better than the print version?

People can decide for themselves if they prefer to listen to a book or read it themselves. This collection of stories is read by Mr. Dahl himself which is pretty cool..

What did you like best about this story?

All of the stories are great. Each "Chapter" is its own story, so you can choose between the longer stories which are well over an hour, and the shorter ones which are around 20 minutes..

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The Stories are all classics - read by the Author himself.

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  • Donald Braman
  • 2016-05-01

Only improvement would be unabridged

Great stories, well performed. Would prefer unabridged. Hopefully they will revise one day. But very good for abridged!

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  • Molly S. K. O'Leary
  • 2016-09-13

Amazing books

I believe I believe that road dolls books are amazing because I love his books

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