• Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Douglas Hodge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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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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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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Perfect in every way

Brilliant narration makes one of the most magical stories ever told, just so much more special.

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this book is great

this book is great the story is good you well love it yeah love it

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agaga

never mind what they say It is amajinger than glass elebater . i v have seen this on netflix,it was sooooo funny YOU MUST SEE THIS BOOK !!,!!!

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Best performance ever

The narrator’s performance was superb!! He made the story even more fun and exciting. I’m grateful for the best audiobook experience which I didn’t want to end!

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Childhood favourite narrated marvellously

The story was as interesting to as an adult as it was to read as a child. The narrator dod a fantastic job, being able to do male and female voices superbly.

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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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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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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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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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  • MR
  • 06-10-16

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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  • Shopaholic
  • 07-19-16

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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  • Casey
  • 07-21-16

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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  • J J
  • 12-10-14

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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  • Steven Laverick
  • 01-26-20

Amazing

The book was very calming and helped me get to sleep .I recommend this audio book

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  • Martin and Sofia Carter
  • 01-26-20

Best book in the world

Best children's book I have ever listened to. Nice short chapters easy to listen to and it makes your mouth water at the thought of such wonderful food. The performance of the voices is amazing I love the songs from the ompaloompas and the marvels of the words that Roald Dahl uses. A truly amazing book

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  • Christopher Townsend
  • 08-05-17

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
  • 07-30-17

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
  • 09-21-16

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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  • adam dowling
  • 07-13-16

cool

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

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  • Daniel Peacock
  • 06-23-18

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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  • Susan
  • 03-31-18

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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  • Frisk
  • 07-23-20

Children’s classic not to be missed

If you haven’t read Dahl then start here. One of his best works. A clever critique of society whilst being a wonderfully entertaining story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-22

The kids lived it.

this was a really sweet read. the kids loved listening to it during a really long car ride. a really great way to spend our time as a family. and oldie but a goodie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-22

Charlie and the chocolate factory

It is an amazing book which really paints a picture in my head about what is happening i really want to watch the movie and read the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-21

Recommended

It was a great book to listen to I love the movie to!!🥳🤪 I rlly hope you get this🤩

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  • Jess
  • 05-16-21

Wonderful rendition of a classic

I loved how this story was read aloud with expression and humour. The music between chapters too made this the best audiobook I’ve ever played ❤️🙂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-29-21

Ellie’s review on Charlie and the chocolate factory

1.it was exalent

Well done

Butifull how shall we sellerbreat lovely all the little kitties go meow meow meow all the little kittys go meow meow meow

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-21

Amazing Story

I loved this😘 story because I love chocolate 🍫 like Charlie bucket as I said I love this 📖 👍🤯


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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-20

oompa loompa songs

The ongs aren't the same as the movie or in the book and only a Male voice trying to do a female voice.