The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Someone Like You, Roald Dahl’s first collection of his world famous dark and sinister adult stories.
A wife serves a dish that baffles the police; a harmless bet suddenly becomes anything but; a curious machine reveals a horrifying truth about plants; and a man lies awake waiting to be bitten by the venomous snake asleep on his stomach. Through vendettas and desperate quests, bitter memories and sordid fantasies, Roald Dahl’s stories portray the strange and unexpected, sending a shiver down the spine.
The stories are "Taste", read by Richard E Grant; "Lamb to the Slaughter", read by Juliet Stevenson; "Man from the South", read by Stephen Mangan; "The Soldier", read by Stephen Mangan; "My Lady Love" and "My Dove", read by Richard Griffiths; "Dip in the Pool", read by Adrian Scarborough; "Galloping Foxley", read by Richard Griffiths; "Skin", read by Tamsin Greig; "Poison", read by Richard E. Grant; "The Wish", read by Stephan Mangan; "Neck", read by Julian Rhind-Tutt; "The Sound Machine", read by Adrian Scarborough; "Nunc Dimittis", read by Derek Jacobi; "The Great Automatic Grammatizator", read by Will Self; and "Claud’s Dog" ("The Ratcatcher", "Rummins", "Mr Hoddy", and "Mr Feasey"), read by Jessica Hynes.
©2012 Roald Dahl (P)2012 Penguin Books Limited
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"Great voice actors and fabulous stories"
This is one for repeat listening simply because of the quality of the performances. The amazing talent of actors like Richard E. Grant and Stephen Mangan is so much more obvious in audiobook form than when watching them. I could listen to these two, particularly Grant, endlessly.
The beginning of the man from the south voiced by Stephen Mangan. I particularly loved his pacing and delivery.
I'm very familiar with all of the actors and love their performances on screen. I don't think their performances are better in this recording, but rather that the intimacy of the medium coupled with the understated genius of Dahls prose creates something like a new art form. OK, a bit OTT, but I loved it.
I wouldn't. From dim memory of the 'Tales of the Unexpected', making the stories visible does damage them. Its exactly the quality of Dahls prose, his very simple but incredibly well chosen language that makes them so brilliant.
I was drawn to this book by the sample read by Richard E Grant. I thought this sounds amazing. With readers such as Juliet Stevenson and Julian rhind Tutt I thought I cant go wrong. Hmm how wrong was I? There were 1 or 2 good stories and then they became increasingly noncicle and rediculous.
"Nice stories with a range of proven readers."
This was a decent range of stories, although there was a number of them about bets and betting. Dahl is known for his final twists, but not so many in this collection, which did disappoint me but didn't distract from the good characterisations in both writing and performance. The Jessica Hynes readings were more about characters than the stories themselves, I felt.
It's good to have some short stories for a change, particularly with different voices, as it requires shorter periods of concentration for the listener. All the readers here are better than good enough for the tales to be told.
WHY HAVE I NOT READ THESE DAHL BOOKS???? where are the twits, matilda, BFG, James and giant peach, charlie and chocolate factory 1 and 2????
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