Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Roald Dahl
Narrator: Eric Idle
Genres: Juvenile & Children's, Juvenile, Fantasy, Comedy
Publisher: Harper Children's Audio
Published In: July 2005
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

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

When Charlie Bucket finds himself the proud winner of a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, he knows he has the -- greatest treat in the world in store for him. Join Charlie on his fantastic world-famous adventures in Willy Wonka's miraculous chocolate factory, where he sees strawberry-juice water pistols, luminous lollipops, a -- chocolate river, and rainbow drops -- and has the time of his life.

Read by Eric Idle

Reviews (16)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Written by Anonymous from Helena, MT on August 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

We have read this book before, and decided it would be fun to listen to it again. Eric Idle does a fantastic job reading it and my kids loved listening to it!

Who doesn't love Charie & the Chocolate Factory

Written by Mary Richards from Janesville, WI on February 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I just re-read this after years and years. It's one of my favorite Roald Dahl books. Looking forward to re-reading Matilda as well.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Written by Jane on November 17th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My boys, ages 7 and 9, were absolutely riveted while listening in the car. The British narrator was easy to understand and read the story with such passion; we were all hooked!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Written by S. Allen on November 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book starts out rather sad and forlorn, with a long narrative about poverty-striken Charlie and his starving family. It picks up once he gets into the factory. Eric Idle's voice never did sound familiar to me, much as I tried to hear the voices of some of his Monty Python characters.

a fun read.

Written by Lisa on March 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have two girls (3&5yrs), and a longish commute (30 min each way). The girls enjoyed listening to this over and over, although we eventually cut out the first CD, where poor Charlie was suffering and starving before winning the tour of the factory, because it was too sad. The only complaint I have about this audio-story is that, similar to classical music in a car with lots of road-noise, this story was either too loud it hurt the ears, or so soft that we couldn’t hear it. I was constantly turning the volume up or down. It would be nice if it had been recorded in such a way as to eliminate this issue (the actor could still yell and whisper, but have it recorded near the same volume).

teacher

Written by Anonymous on May 21st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was the first book we listened to and it was a great experience for my class and me. Students still borrow the book to read alone. My students got hooked. The narrator does an excellent job in enthralling the kids to the story of an ordinary boy named Charlie!

Great Voice!

Written by Micki Smith on March 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Between the exceelent writing and great reading by narrator it is excellent book to listen too. I could see the factory.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (unabridged)

Written by Anonymous on November 24th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent! I listened with my 6 and 4 year old boys and they thoroughly enjoyed it also. Entertaining and good character voice differentiating by reader.

Great narrator

Written by Anonymous on November 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved the way this was read. It brought a different life to the story then the movie(original version). I completely enjoyed it.

Great narrator

Written by SRH from South Windsor, CT on October 24th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Well, I'd seen the [Gene Wilder version of the] movie, which was pretty true to the book, so no suprises to the story, but the narrator brought the story alive in a different way. He was good changing up his accents/voices for all the different characters, and his vocal enthusiasm fit the story and characters perfectly.

Author Details

Author Details

Dahl, Roald

"Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated in English boarding schools. During World War II, he was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in North Africa and Greece. He was transferred to Washington D.C., where he saw his first piece of work published, ?A Piece of Cake,? an account of a fighter plane crashing in Libya. Soon after he published his first piece of fiction, a story called ?The Gremlins.? Fifteen years later, Mr. Dahl found himself telling bedtime stories to his children over and over again. These stories became the basis for James and the Giant Peach. After that came Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and Matilda. Every book of Roald Dahl?s was written in a little brick hut in an apple orchard about two hundred yards away from his home. He wrote them all in pencil. More can be learned about Roald Dahl by reading the autobiographical Boy: Tales of Childhood and Going Solo. Roald Dahl died in 1990 at the age of seventy-four."