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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Narrated by: Douglas Hodge
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents a brand-new recording of Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, read by the actor Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka in the hit musical adaptation of the book.

Charlie Bucket desperately wants to eat more than cabbage soup every day. But even more than that, he longs to see Wonka's enormous chocolate factory! Now Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars. Only five winners can go through those great iron gates; will one of them be Charlie?

Douglas Hodge is a multi-award-winning English actor, with Olivier and Tony awards for his performance in La Cage aux Folles, and nominations for his leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Guys and Dolls, and Inadmissible Evidence. In 2013 he is playing the role of Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes' musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

©2014 Roald Dahl (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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The quietest road trip ever with Charlie and chocolate factory playing

This was the first audiobook that my 3 children have listened to. Never before in a car trip have I had so many hours of quiet. Highly recommend. My children are 4,6,8 and they all enjoyed and asked for another one straight away.

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Perfect for a family road trip

A Great expressive performance of the kids classic.
Both kids and parents enjoyed it very much.

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An extraordinary story

Roald Dahl made my childhood and it is a great pleasure visiting his books again with my children. This is one of the best though much shorter than I recalled.

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children were enthralled

my 2 children aged 5 and 6 loved listening to the story during our car trip. they are still talking about the golden ticket!!

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loved it!

super funny and we enjoyed the music! Great story for a 8 year old to listen too

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Love the characters

The songs are definitely good. The characters are silly and dotty. That's enough for now.

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  • JJ
  • 05-06-2016

High

I loved it and when I say I loved it I don't just mean I loved

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  • Ouyang
  • 10-04-2019

Amazing narration

I impressed by its extraordinary voice and emotions. The narrator describes each person in different voice, just likely to unfold the story before my eyes!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-2019

enjoyable!

Its story is so funny and fabulous!
Though you might know the story cause the movie was hit, it's more funny in reading a book.
(If my grammar is wrong, feel sorry for you. English is my second language:D )

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  • ButterflyCJT
  • 07-02-2019

Loved this audiobook!

This is one of my favorite stories of all time and I truly enjoyed listening to it. Can’t wait to buy the other book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-2018

i love his voice. background music is wonderful

It was interesting because the voice of the reader changed so many times:) The difficulty was not too high, so I could understand it even though I was a non-English speaker.

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  • bastiaan
  • 11-10-2018

Great Book!

I listened to it and it's so good, the story is great and the characters are really funny. I couldn't recommend it enough!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-2018

Good reason to read on!

My daughter was engaged in Matilda's story in which it has so many peculiar plots! The characters are so vivid especially the red-neck giant Miss Trunchbull! Thanks to the precocious Matilda's formidable reading list, it gave my kid good motivation to keep reading, keep searching! For us, Matilda is definitely one of the great reading materials in 2018.

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  • Pearl Margareta
  • 30-07-2018

A story for any age!

😄Fantastic narrator who makes the characters easy to "see" with your ears💞1000 thanks! A favourite for old Grandmother as well as her grandchildren🤗

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-2018

Surprisingly Amazed

Life-like writing and brilliant imagination along with wonderful performances gives me enough reason to rate five stars for all sections.

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  • Kwon
  • 14-01-2018

yeeepe

완 전 최ㅡ고 인 정 해야 함 끝내 주는 상 상 력 ㄷ ㄷ ㄷ

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  • Kim Smit
  • 01-11-2017

Entertaining and Engaging!

Thoroughly enjoyable audio production of a much loved classic for children and the young at heart.

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  • MR
  • 10-06-2016

a truly wonderful book

I love Road Dahl's books and this is one his best. slightly different to both the film's. I'm always fascinated by the interpretations of Willy wonkas mannerisms as it feels every one seems to have a different idea of how he is.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 19-07-2016

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This is one of his first books
The storyline is lovely, forget about the film, just sit back relax and close your eyes and let the narrator take you to another place
your imagination will do the rest.

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  • J J
  • 10-12-2014

Charlie is a classic treat for kids

Would you consider the audio edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be better than the print version?

I would consider it to be just as good, and a joy to listen to.

What other book might you compare Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to, and why?

Danny and the Champion of the World, another classic children story from R. Dahl

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the scene when Charlie finally got the last Chocolate bar containing the winning ticket.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Charlie and family realised there days of being poor was about to change forever.

Any additional comments?

This book is joy to listen to, a great childrens classsic :)

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  • Breathe
  • 05-08-2017

another Roald Dahl classic with exquisite taste

a superb read and more importantly a excellent narration. the beauty of Roald Dahl never ceases to amaze me.

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  • KHS Kumar
  • 30-07-2017

Great book

We bought the book for our 5 year old to listen while driving for a holiday. We both enjoyed the book as much as our 5 year old. Amazing story by Roald Dahl.

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  • Mr. R. J. Ely-harris
  • 21-09-2016

A Wonderful Childhood Memory

Hearing this story again returned me to the happy childhood memories when I read the book on many occasions. Reading it again was inspired by being taken to see the stage musical in London for a Birthday treat. It remains a timeless classic and not only for children.

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  • Casey
  • 21-07-2016

Fantastic

What did you like best about this story?

The narration really added the fun to the story. Thank you Douglas!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Where Grandpa Joe tells Charlie the stories about the chocolate factory.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes 100%.

Any additional comments?

The perfect narrator to a classic tale.

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  • adam dowling
  • 13-07-2016

cool

i loved it missing out some bits of the film
good nerated
yer really good it was realy good so yer

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  • Nigel
  • 04-07-2016

Lovely

I liked this audible book because it is humorous and I would recommend
this audible book

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  • Manbarkuk
  • 27-05-2016

a classic story read well

A wonderful story read well. classic to be enjoyed by the whole family. definitely recommend.

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