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Matilda | [Roald Dahl]

Matilda

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
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Audible Editor Reviews

"Dahl's stories work better in audio than in print.... [Kate Winslet's] Matilda is younger than Broadway's, has less attitude and more adenoid. But at the aggrieved voices of the horrible Wormwoods, or Miss Trunchbull, or several schoolchildren, I laughed aloud." (Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review)

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Children's Titles for Ages 8-12, 2014

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda!

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

©1988 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Jenn 06-10-14
    Jenn 06-10-14
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    "Could have been PERFECT"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The only thing that needed improvement in this story was the volume levels!! We managed through it because the story and performance were so good but almost lost our ear drums several times


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matilda of course..


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I DID LOVE THIS BOOK! I did NOT love the editing! I Love the performance and LOVE the story the volume was just all over the place!


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 07-25-13
    Jan 07-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Parent Preview Suggested"

    Can't even begin to explain why I purchased a child's book, that I didn't choose to have my children read in the 80's when it came out. Perhaps just for the fun of listening to Kate Winslet... her narration is spot-on perfect. I (an adult) had a lot of fun listening to this quirky little tale centered around the precocious 6 year old Matilda... but I would still be very cautious about offering to younger children, sensitive children, or ones that might impulsively imitate her behavior or the language of the adults in the book. Cast includes Matilda's abusive, dishonest and neglectful parents, a horribly abusive school principle (throwing children, locking them in a nail studded locker for hours, lots of verbal abuse) and a lovely school teacher and librarian. Safety issues bothered me, like Matilda walking to library daily without parents knowing, going to the "lovely teacher's" home without anyone knowing. Plot also includes "revenge pranks" that could have seriously hurt someone (like putting peroxide into father's hair tonic). Everyone's kids are different, just worth a preview and assessment.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Caliro 11-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Even better than before- Kate Winslet was perfect!"
    Where does Matilda rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably my favorite audiobook I've listened to so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matilda, of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first few chapters when Matilda was discovering reading and messing with her parents.


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

    This book makes you think about growing up, parenting, and everything in between. It made me grateful for my parents and made me want to constantly have a book in my hands.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Winslet's narration was the most perfect thing ever. Even if you've already read this book, get her audio. It's a magical thing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jeanne 09-22-14
    jeanne 09-22-14
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    "Intriguing story delightfully narrated"

    My 10 year old daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. Kate Winslet's narration is superb. The British phrases are charming even though it was occasionally hard for my daughter to understand. Thank you for such an enjoyable story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carissa Haston Lewisberry, PA USA 09-11-14
    Carissa Haston Lewisberry, PA USA 09-11-14 Member Since 2015

    I love kids books, true crime stories, and memoirs about people who have overcome incredible challenges or still fight them every day.

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    "Roald Dahl was always a favorite!"
    Would you listen to Matilda again? Why?

    Yes. I've read the book many times and it never gets old because Roald Dahl is so creative. I live his word play and how kids become champions over evil!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matilda because she was so mistreated, but used her brain and powers to triumph!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There us a film. It's quite different from the book!


    Any additional comments?

    If you've only seen the movie, it's very different, but books are always better. Roald Dahl is my favorite author and his stories never fail to captivate me. He's so creative. Matilda doesn't disappoint!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "This is feel-good."

    I was smiling frequently throughout. Childrens story. The characters are one dimensional and greatly exaggerated. And they are fun, fascinating, laughable. I loved these characters. The happy ending was good.

    The narrator Kate Winslet was fabulous. I loved the way she interpreted characters.

    Genre: children’s fiction

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tobias Betancourt 07-30-13 Member Since 2014

    Just someone who enjoys books.

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    "Great fun"

    I took a break from my normal listening to enjoy Matilda. It was a fun diversion and I would definitely recommend it to others, I liked how Ms. Winslet read and Dahl is always a pleasure.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Mcclean ypsilanti, mi 07-29-13
    S. Mcclean ypsilanti, mi 07-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "perfect pairing"
    Would you listen to Matilda again? Why?

    Yes! It doesn't get any better than this pairing: Kate Winslet's quirky and distinct voices really bring the story to life. An absolute joy, I loved it.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict 03-05-15
    Benedict 03-05-15 Member Since 2015

    Benedict

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    "Edgy"

    I was surprised at first how this could be a "children's book" but have acquiesced. I came to admire Ms Winslett's acting/ narrative skills!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mon Dobrin 02-07-15
    Mon Dobrin 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful"

    This is a great match of story and performance. I've loved Matilda since I was old enough to read, my copy of Matilda has been replaced several times over.

    From now on I want Kate Winslet to read all books, every book. She throws herself into the story with abandon. The grotesqueness of the Wormwoods, the brutality of Miss Trunchbull, the sick mess that is Hortensia (blech!) and of course, the loveliness of Matilda and Miss Honey. I would love to have been a fly on the wall as she recorded this.

    My only compliant is that Kate does get really loud. It fits the performance, but it can be overwhelming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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