Dahl, Roald

(Audiobook CD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Matilda is an exceptional five-year-old who's a whiz at reading and multiplication. However, her life is far from perfect. She has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Matilda uses her intelligence to get revenge on her father, but her skills are put to the test by her horrible nightmare of a principle, Mrs. Trunchbull.
Published: [New York] : Penguin Group USA, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 1611761840
Branch Call Number: SPOKEN CD J DAH
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (5 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Winslet, Kate narrator.


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Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What she needed was just one person, one wise and sympathetic grown-up who could help her.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"We don't hold with book-reading," Mr. Wormwood said. "You can't make a living from sitting on your fanny and reading story-books."

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If it's by an American it's certain to be filth. That's all they write about.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Perhaps his anger was intensified because he saw her getting pleasure from something that was beyond his reach.

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen. If only they would read a little Dickens or Kipling they would soon discover there was more to life than cheating people and watching television.


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My kids say the following about this book:

6 yr old: "Roald Dahl, I love these books. I've already read Matilda, and then the BFG and George's Marvelous Medicine and The Amazing Mr. Fox.

8 yr old: "I can't believe she actually learned that much with her evil family and Ms. Trunchbull walking around".

Aug 16, 2014
  • Rachel_Em rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Matilda has always been my favorite of Roald Dahl's books, and the audio version narrated by Kate Winslet is absolutely perfect. By far my favorite of the new audio book editions of Dahl's works.

Aug 11, 2014
  • squazi1 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I really disliked the large amount of verbal abuse in this book spewed from the head of school character as well as the parents. It was really hard to listen to and seemed to go on endlessly (esp. the head of school). I actually skipped a few chapters to get that part over with. The head of school also throws 2 students! I wanted to turn it off, but my 6 year old boy wanted to hear it. I think he was riveted by the abuse (yuck). We both liked the parts where the teacher reveals Matilda's genius, as well as all parts with the loving teacher.

Definitely for an older crowd than 6 years!

Jul 21, 2014
  • salsabrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Actress Kate Winslet reads "Matilda" and her interpretation is a hilarious and hysterical farce! Families will love this for road trips. Don't miss this Odyssey Award Honor production; it is beyond fantastic!

Dec 14, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The recently published editions of Roahl Dahl's books I've seen have included the proclamation, "The World's No. 1 Storyteller," on their covers. That's a bold statement, and my skeptical nature has me instinctively questioning any such claim. How is such a thing even determined? Based on what measurement? Validated by whom? Is it undisputed? Based on what definition of the word "storyteller?" And on and on. Instinctively, I'm inclined to argue any such claim, or at least dismiss it as meaningless boasting. Yet I don't really feel the need to dispute Dahl's claim to it, valid or not.
I read--or had read to me--a number of Dahl's stories when I was young, but Matilda was not one of them. I was recently exposed to the excellent 1996 film and decided I must read the book. It did not disappoint. Clever, sardonic, holding intelligence and learning in the highest esteem, never treating the young as anything other than completely capable and deserving of respect, funny, and entertaining, this book is a send-up of all those bullying adults who quickly dismiss children as incapable and bothersome pests and intelligence and learning as impractical elitism. Charming, polite genius Matilda has many such adults standing in her way--particularly her parents and her school's headmistress--but she finds a way to persevere and win out in the end, seeing many hilarious comeuppances delivered along the way. It was a delight.


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