Reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Booklist Monthly Selections - # 2 April 2003
Gr. 3^-5. Three enjoyable audiobooks for Dahl fans. Idle's masterful reading and lively portrayals in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, together with whimsical music at the start and end of each tape, enhance the colorful story of Charlie Bucket's fantastic adventures inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Idle is a natural storyteller, and his British accent suits the text. In George's Marvelous Medicine, young George mixes up a special medicine to cure his grandma's grumpiness. Grant's gurgling, grunting vocalizations of the grandma character are a bit distracting, but these exaggerated interpretations may appeal to younger listeners, who will also enjoy his British accent and the musical interludes. Jacobi delivers a pleasurable performance in Going Solo, the continuation of Dahl's biographical Boy: Tales of Childhood [BKL Ja 1 & 15 03]. With perfect timing and accurate British interpretations, Jacobi balances Dahl's breathtaking experiences as a World War II aviator with more humorous episodes. The somber violin playing at the start and end of each tape provides appropriate accompaniment. --Anna Rich Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 December #2
In a sublime bit of casting, comedic actor Idle delivers an inspired rendition of Dahl's classic novel, available for the first time as an unabridged recording (an abridged Caedmon edition, read by Dahl, was released in the 1970s). Using expert timing and a seemingly strong familiarity with the material, Idle wrings every note of humor from the author's colorful behind-the-scenes look at Willy Wonka's world-famous chocolate factory. During the course of a factory tour (whose participants were determined by a contest), honest, humble Charlie Bucket beats out four bratty, selfish children to become the heir to Wonka's wonderland. Readers new to Dahl, as well as longstanding admirers of the book or even the feature film starring Gene Wilder, will not want to miss Idle's interpretation of Wonka's whirlwind energy and "high and flutey" voice. Ages 6-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.