Last year for Roald Dahl’s brithday (September 13), Penguin Random House posted ways to celebrate the children’s author’s birthday. PRH Audio Group has produced a collection of Dahl’s books read by famous British actors, and one of the ways you can celebrate (again tomorrow) is to listen to the free sampler of the Roald Dahl audiobook collection on Soundcloud. Even if you’re not a child, if you’re a fan of British entertainment, surely you’ll be a fan of one or more of these voice actors, be it Fry & Laurie, or Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott, or Episodes‘ Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan, or The I.T. Crowd‘s Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade.
The many, many audiobooks include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and others. You can get stream and download them from Audible.com. They are also available in CD format from PRH Audio Group.
But my favorite thing of all is to watch the behind-the-scenes videos. I recognized so many familiar faces: Bill Bailey! Peter Serafinowicz! Julian Rhind-Tutt!
Here’s the full list of voice actors you may want to hear in Roald Dahl’s exciting adventures. I have already listened to Fantastic Mr. Fox, and it’s a joy to listen to Chris O’Dowd because he is always funny even when he’s not trying to be.
Douglas Hodge: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Glass Elevator
Kate Winslet: Matilda, The Magic Finger
Chris O’Dowd: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Geoffrey Palmer: Esio Trot
Stephen Fry: The Enormous Crocodile
Hugh Laurie: The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Julian Rhind-Tutt: James and the Giant Peach
Stephen Mangan: Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts
Tamsin Greig: Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts
Miriam Margoyles: Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts
David Walliams: The BFG
Peter Serafinowicz: Danny the Champion of the World
Miranda Richardson: The Witches
Andrew Scott: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
Richard Ayoade: The Twits
Dan Stevens: Boy
Bill Bailey: The Minpins
Derek Jacobi: George’s Marvelous Medicine