James and the Giant Peach

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Roald Dahl
Narrator: Jeremy Irons
Genres: Juvenile & Children's, Fiction & Literature, Literature, Classics, Classics
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: August 2003
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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A little magic can take you a long way.

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends -- Old Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more.

After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins!

Performed by Jeremy Irons.

Reviews (4)

Fond Memories

Written by Anonymous on May 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Charming - this was read to us in school and hearing it again - well - it's not a very sophisticated story, but it is utterly satisfying. Listen to this with your kids!

James and the Giant Peach

Written by Anonymous on January 17th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Kids didn't pay attention much, which surprised me, I thought they would. We have the movie and watch it from time to time but not all the time like Toy Story for instance. Wish they have "Toy Story I & II

James and Giant Peach

Written by Anonymous from Duncan, SC on June 6th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great kids story- listened to by a kindergartener who did not want to leave car!

James and the Giant Peach

Written by Anonymous on September 2nd, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful story! Jeremy Irons does an excellent job at keeping the character voices fun and not annoying!

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."