Friday, February 11, 2011

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (audio) by Roald Dahl

Charlie wins a Golden Ticket to visit Mr. Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory.

When I started this audio, I thought that I hadn't heard it before but I think this might be the second time I've heard it.  Regardless I always enjoy this book.  It is absurd in the classic Dahl tradition but the absurdity only serves to make a point.  And the point is that children should be loved but never spoiled. 

Charlie is, of, course, the most virtuous boy because he is loved but poor so he never had the oppurunities of the other children.  The Oompa Loompas are quick to point out why the things that happen to the other children have happened and the faults of both child and parent. 

Still, all in all, the book is jolly good fun and I enjoyed it once again or maybe for the first time depending.

3  hours 18 minutes 

Eric Idle is the narrator and he does a terrific job.  He is very fun and carries the light tone of the story along well.  I love listening to his voice and, although he doesn't distinguish voices beyond a normal variation, he is easy to follow and the voices are distinct enough.  This is a fun and entertaining audio book, definitely short enough to get through quickly.

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  1. Thanks for the concise review! I love Eric Idle, so I may be checking this out as well!

    Read Aloud Dad

  2. I really liked this book when I was younger. Such a fun story.

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