• Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Douglas Hodge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,317 ratings)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By: Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Douglas Hodge
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Editorial reviews

"Douglas Hodge delivers Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in a briskly melodic canter, and his rendering holds its own against memories of cinema's Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp." (Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review)

Publisher's summary

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, our hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

©1964 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Rich in humor, acutely observant, Dahl lets his imagination rip in fairyland." (The New York Times)

“Roald Dahl sometimes shared a tonal kinship with Ogden Nash, and he could demonstrate a verbal inventiveness nearly Seussian...[His] stories work better in audio than in print.” (The New York Times)

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