Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2003
CS ISBN 0060536209 $12.00 One cassettes
CD ISBN 0-06-085275-5 $13.95 One CDs
Richard E. Grant uses a full range of tones and tempos to create distinct voices for all the characters in this story of Billy's encounter with the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company. Grant's Pelly speaks with a speech impediment and a singsong rhythm; his monkey is slightly breathless, but, sadly, his giraffe does not sound female as the text clearly indicates. Grant shines when various characters sing; his portrayal of the opera star turned duchess singing about her stolen diamonds is a particular delight. Grant's straightforward narration lets Dahl's droll language and dialogue take center stage. This winning production will make the whole family smile. A.F.
(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 04]