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The narrators are all good matches for these classic Roald Dahl stories, and all three bring full vocal characterizations to their storytelling. Richard Ayoade’s even-toned third-person narrative provides a wonderful juxtaposition to his vocal characterizations for “The Twits,” who have never sounded more perfectly unpleasant as they compete with one another’s dastardly deeds.... Read More
Who better than Kate Winslet to narrate Dahl’s beloved children’s classic in its 25th-anniversary year? Winslet draws on her impressive experience to bring precocious Matilda and her crusade against insensitive and manipulating adults to new ears. Meet, or re-meet, Matilda’s obtuse family and battle-ax headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Rejoice as Matilda, with the guidance of her... Read More
Mr. Gum is dirty, lazy, and mean. The only good thing anyone could say about him is that he has the most beautiful garden in town, but that’s only true because a bullying fairy makes him keep it up. Kate Winslet brings energy and vivid expression to her performance as the intrusive narrator of this comically absurd story. Her many asides are as witty as Stanton’s words as she... Read More
Zola’s 1867 novel portrays adultery and murder with extreme naturalism, and narrator Kate Winslet reads as though she is relishing every morsel of the drama. Since there’s not a lot of dialogue, Winslet easily changes characters by simply lowering her throaty voice to a growl for angry men or by adding a touch of disreputability to show a wanton woman. She clearly loves the... Read More
This classic Jane Austen novel tells of two sisters with different views of romance. One is sensible, one is wildly romantic. The two sisters find that it's difficult to be always one or the other, and by the end they have flip-flopped their personalities when it comes time to choose their husbands. Kate Winslet reads with an impressive repertoire of voices, from the high nasal... Read More
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