Roald Dahl was born in Wales, on September 13th, 1916. Being most prolific between the 1940s and 1980s, Dahl’s first successful children’s book, James and the Giant Peach, was published in November, 1961. Three years later, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published, cementing his place in the hearts of children and adults, alike, for generations to come.
Dahl is internationally acclaimed for children’s fiction, much of which has been adapted into successful films. Notable examples, include Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), The Witches (1990), Matilda (1996), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), and The BFG (2016).
Roald Dahl was born to Norwegian parents who named him after famous Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundsen.
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New customers can listen to your first Audible book for free. Why not take look at one of Roald Dahl’s highest rated audiobooks? Here are a couple to start with. Escape the terrifying school headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, with Matilda, read for you by Academy Award winning actor, Kate Winslet. Here’s what some of our listeners had to say about Winslet’s performance.
“Kate Winslet's narration is enthralling and has you listening attentively from the first sentence. Highly recommend & great for a car long car trip.”
“Kate Winslet is a fabulous narrator, everyone is sure to enjoy this book listening to her bring the characters to life so creatively.”
Or, befriend a nice and jumbly giant in The BFG, read by English comedian, actor and writer, David Walliams. Our listeners had this to say about how Walliams brings the tale to life.
“Kids enjoyed this, made a long car trip awesome. Especially loved David's performance and accents of the Giants. Story came alive! Thank you.”
“… and splendidly narrated by Walliams, giving wonderful life to this creation of the incomparable Roald Dahl. As a grandfather of 77, I am busting to introduce my seven year-old grandson to this Audible gem.”
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