James and the Giant Peach Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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!
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 18 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 25, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,249 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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By CAH on September 18, 2018
Adaptations aside, this one gets top marks for being fun, quirky, creative, smile inducing, sweet, and enjoyable. All the characters are fun and interesting, from the mean aunts to the insect menagerie of companions James has by a fortuitous accident. This is not a book that will ever stress you out and quite often makes you chuckle at the sweet and silly things the insects say. It is also a redeeming journey for James, who had always been told he was worthless, in his journey to showing that he is truly a hero. It's a subtle message but an important one for people of all ages, and for me on a personal note: at times you are a hero or worthless depending on the context and the people who are around you. I think that's an extremely valuable life lesson and something anyone can appreciate.
Pacing is fun, writing is very Dahl-ish and it's a book I'd happily re-read for myself or read to a classroom given the opportunity.
Now we will watch the movie and compare the two!
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One of the advantages of having children is that you get to enjoy reading the children's classics again, and pick up the subtleties you missed the first time.
Read to your kids, it's good for them and for you, and I'm addressing you dad's out there!