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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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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2010
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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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 07-25-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2011

    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.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sister Christian Rogers AR 06-10-14
    Sister Christian Rogers AR 06-10-14 Member Since 2010
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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!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rich R. Rainbolt Los Angeles, CA United States 09-05-13
    Rich R. Rainbolt Los Angeles, CA United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Kate Winslet Brings this Amazing Story to Life"
    What made the experience of listening to Matilda the most enjoyable?

    Kate Winslet, an obviously great actress, brings this story to life. Without a hint of timidity she dives into each character, making them all feel truly unique without pulling you out of the story with unnecessary exageration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is amazing, it is Annie for the 21st Century. Matilda does not (even if she were able) rely on any adult to get things done, and fully takes charge of her own destiny. There is not a single adult in this story that is not pitiful; yes, even the likable Ms Honey is rather pitiful as an adult. And, even though they are all pitiful the story does not get bogged down in fee-sorry-for-the-kids mantras. It is completely entertaining, from beginning to end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite, is a small one where Violate and Matilda are told of the horrors in the school by an older student. That scene allows you to envision a thousand stories of the kids' endurance and rebellion at the school.


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

    There is already one. "The right of every kid to stand tall, no matter how small." But if I were going to make a tag line it might be something like; "Matilda, when life gives you lemons, make champagne."


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tobias Betancourt Maine 07-30-13
    Tobias Betancourt Maine 07-30-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

    2 of 3 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 2011
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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.


    2 of 3 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 2013

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 09-06-14
    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2012

    monnie1976

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    "A wonderful kid's story that adults love too!"
    If you could sum up Matilda in three words, what would they be?

    Magical, warm, funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matilda of course. I love how resourceful and caring she is.


    What does Kate Winslet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought she did a great job bringing all the characters to life and made it more vivid.


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

    There was already a movie that is actually very good. I have no idea what the tag line would be.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a delightful story that is sure to win over the child in your life. Matilda is a very strong little heroine who makes the most of her circumstances, values education and has good morals in spite of her lousy parents. She is definitely a character you will want to root for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Grove City, OH, United States 07-02-14
    Mary Grove City, OH, United States 07-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic!"

    My kids and I enjoyed this book immensely. The story of Matilda's life was shockng to them and the Trunchbull was very scary to imagine as a head mistress. It's a well told story and the kids (ages 5-12) absolutely loved it. Kate Winslet is outstanding as narrator. I was amazed at her talent. It's a fun book. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Lemov Cambridge, MA United States 04-24-14
    Rebecca Lemov Cambridge, MA United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Matilda the most enjoyable?

    The story was witty and enjoyable. The characters were larger than life and over the top, but it was still a believable and fantastic story. The reader also did a good job with the voices, especially Mrs. Honey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Matilda, because she was spunky, and she fought for what was right no matter the consequences.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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