Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Author: Roald Dahl
Narrator: Eric Idle
Length: Unabridged (3 h, 18 m)
Published: 2004 (Haper Audio)
Genre(s): Children’s, Fantasy
Start: 22 November 2010
Finished: 29 November 2010
From Good Reads.com:
The gates of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory are opening at last . . . and only five children will be allowed inside.
Why this book:
I chose this book because of the fond memories I had of reading the book when I was younger.
The Narrator: Eric Idle
Eric Idle was the perfect narrator for the Wonka books! As a comedian, he’s got a talent for voices. All the children sounded different and the voices he gave them fit their personalities. Even Charlie’s parents and grandparents, and the various “second villager on the left” by-standers, had distinct voices. His best character? Willy Wonka.
However, I was disappointed with his reading of the Oompa-Loompa songs. He just read them; he didn’t doing anything special with his voice or read them in a sing-song fashion. I was hoping for something like what Jim Dale did with the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter books.
Speaking of Harry, I could just imagine Wonka and his chocolate factory in Harry’s world. The Oompa-Loompas, the candies, the factory itself all sound like they belong to that world.
I would recommend this audio version to readers who loved the Wonka books. I really enjoyed listening to this adaptation.
Story: 4.5 Stars
Overall Reading: Excellent
For 2010 “pages read”: 155 pages (from paperback description on Good Reads.com)