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James and the Giant Peach

A short review: James and the Giant Peach audiobook…

A little magic can take you a long way.

After James Henry Trotter’s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and 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. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends – Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

©1961 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

The actual book, written by Roald Dahl, is great. I mean that goes without saying… It’s a pure classic.

The audiobook of James in the Giant Peach is unabridged and was released in 2013.

The sounds quality is great, but the performance given to us by the narrator leaves a little to be desired.

The narrator ( Julian Rhind-Tutt) swings back and forth between these high and low sounds making it difficult to hear if you’re more than 2 feet away from your speakers. Julian Rhind-Tutt goes from nearly yelling at some points to nothing but a whisper literally within 15 seconds.

This is a major pain in the butt. For anybody who is hard of hearing or plans to listen to this audiobook while doing something else, be warned! You’ll probably have a hard time hearing the narrator!

You can find this audiobook on Audible.com.

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