Seven superb stories, from the world's number-one storyteller
Meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed. And find out about the treasure buried deep underground. A clever mix of fact and fiction, this collection also includes how master storyteller Roald Dahl became a writer. With Roald Dahl, you can never be sure where reality ends and fantasy begins.
©1977 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio
This has actually been one of my favorite audio books out of the fifty or so that I have listened to.
These short stories tend to include a bit of magic and wonder and animals. I actually felt compared to compare them to "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez--part fairytale, part realistic. (I liked this better though)
I have not heard any of his audiobooks before, but I have seen several of his television roles. I know how much attention he has gotten for his role as Moriarty on BBC 's Sherlock, and I must admit that it was his name that attracted me to this particular recording. Despite the lack of reviews, I decided to give this a shot and I was not disappointed.
The entire story of "The Swan" was beautiful. It made me feel sick and anxious and terrified by the cruelty of those boys, but I was on the edge of my seat listening in horrified fascination to hear how it would all play out. I sat in my driveway for ten minutes after I got home, just to finish it.
I was really blown away by this performance. It was engaging and well paced, the narration and the stories themselves combined to create a really great experience.
The only thing I can think of that could have been improved would probably be the Jamaican accents from the first story, which were a little bit jarring. However, I absolutely commend the way he voiced female characters, subtly and non-ridiculous (which seems to be way difficult for a lot of male narrators, I've noticed).
My 8 year old loved it but was truly terrified by one very intense story.
Surprising stories. Dahl is "dark". My husband found the plots to be too disturbing. I find Dahl to have cruel elements, the principals survive cruelty. One of the stories describes his young. Childhood in boarding school and the tormenting punishment he endured there. In a society where corporal punishment and dangerous bullying is no longer tolerated these tales are harsh. I grew up in an environment where that was not the case. I appreciate the new sensibility. I also recognize the need to release such memories through sharing. I feel stronger and more thoughtful relative to today's failures in caring for each other and our world by reading these stories.
The Swan is the most disturbing "children" story that I have ever heard. Two horrible boys torture a boy and mutilate a beautiful swan. I am blown away that this book received so many good reviews. There is not even a good ending. I kept listening hoping there would be some resolution. None! This is not the type of book I would describe as entertaining in any way. I found it very disturbing to say the least. It is a shame that this collection is ruined by such a hideous story. I will not listen to the rest of this book as I am afraid of what is next. The first two stories were a four out of five. Don't waste your money or time.
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