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Roald Dahl is one of the most well known and respected names in children's literature and I absolutely love his books. When I was younger, CDs were a relatively new thing, and I was so happy to get a personal CD player with some music CDs and audio books. Unlike some sets which come with the actual book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a stand alone CD of the story read by the author himself. I won't go too much into the story as I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read (or heard!) it, but it's one of Roald Dahl's best known works as it's been made into a movie twice and actually has a seuquel in Charlie and the Great Glass Elavator, though this has yet to be made into a movie. The story tells of little Charlie Bucket, a poor boy living in a one room shack with his mum, dad and both sets of grandparents. Money is very tight and Charlie doesn't think he stands a chance of winning one of Willy Wonka's golden tickets - tickets hidden inside chocolate bars granting a day's access to the secretive Wonka Chocolate Factory, and a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. But luck is on Charlie's side, and his visit to the Chocolate Factory is full of fun, and is ultimately life-changing. It's a lovely story and Roald Dahl is an excellent storyteller with an expressive voice, giving life to the story and making it exciting. The CD is separated into chapters so you can listen to a chapter at a time and go back to it as and when. It has sound effects, music, and really brings the story into a your imagination, it's such a well made audio CD. Based on that I will give it 5 out of 5, it's not as easy to find with the advent of MP3s and the movies being out on DVD / Bu Ray but I managed to find a copy online for £5 and I'd recommend you doing the same if you want a copy of it as I'd imagine it's quite hard to find on the high street though larger book stores just might have it or be able to order it in. It's an enchanting, well-read tale and if it gets my daughter as into reading as I was, then I'm all for it. It helps with independent reading, creative thought, and literacy. A fantastic book on Audio CD, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a firm favourite in my household.
My daughter fell in love with this story when we read it as part of a project she was doing at school in p3. She struggles to sleep at night and enjoys listening to CDs as part of her wind down at night so I was pleased to try this for her. We actually got the CD as part of a combined set and it is the same one as is available individually. The story is told by Roald Dahl himself which significantly adds to the magic for me but I'm not sure it made much difference to my daughter. The story is true to the original text with I think some adjustments for being read. I found the tone, speed and pitch of the narration very easy to listen to while still giving the excitement and fun of the story. While an exciting story, I have found that it does not over stimulate my daughter and so would recommend it as a good one for listening to at night. The story is all about the adventure Charlie Bucket has when he wins a golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. While I think most people know the story, and have probably seen a film version or read the book I believe that you could listen to this CD as your first visit to the story with no problems. The CD itself is broken down into a number of tracks which does allow you to jump in when you wish. However as I mentioned before, my daughter has trouble sleeping so in our house it gets listened to from start to finish. I would thoroughly recommend this book as a good presentation of the paper book and as it's read by the author, you can be sure it's read how he intended.
Roald Dahl himself reads this classic favourite from the grand master of storytelling. When Charlie Bucket hears about the Golden Ticket that will take him through the gates of Willy Wonka's wonderful Chocolate Factory, he longs to win one with all his heart. And then -- his dreams come true! But the marvellous factory holds more than simple sweets and Charlie embarks on an adventure that will last him and his family a lifetime! A whipple-scrumptious tale for all the family!