The BFG audiobook is another one of Roald Dahl’s great books that are also perfect for listening to. The actor and writer, David Walliams, is the narrator of the BFG audiobook, and you couldn’t ask for a better fit. Roald Dahl’s BFG is a story that will make your children start to love him as an author. On top of Walliams’ fluid narration, the audiobook also features original music that was recorded at Pinewood film studios. We think that this is one of the best audiobooks for kids, in fact, it can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The BFG Audiobook
Author – Roald Dahl
Narrated by – David Walliams
Type – Unabridged Audiobook
Length – 4 hours & 24 minutes
Language – English
Release date – 11/09/2014
Publisher – Penguin Books Ltd
Category – Children
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The BFG audiobook synopsis
The BFG is a story of a young orphaned girl named Sophie who lives in the United Kingdom. One evening she is ‘kidnapped’ by a giant man who takes her back to a mysterious cave, which turns out to be his home. The giant man that has ‘abducted’ Sophie is The BFG, which stands for Big Friendly Giant. Unlike other giants, The BFG doesn’t eat humans, he eats snozzcumbers.
The BFG catches dreams using his trumpet and suitcase, he then stores them in his cave. He explains to Sophie that he gives the good dreams to children all around the world, disregarding the bad ones. In giant land, the BFG is tormented by the man-eating giants. Sophie decides to devise a plan to get rid of the bad giants once and for all. To do this she includes using the BFG’s caught dreams, the Queen of the United Kingdom and some other tactics.
Another great Roald Dahl book that has been transformed into one of best children’s audiobooks. The BFG allows kids to let their imaginations run wild in the magical world of dreams and giants.
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About the author
Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1916 to two Norwegian migrants. At home his first language was Norwegian, however, he was bilingual due to being raised in Wales. His father and elder sister passed away in 1920 when he was only three years old. After this, his mother debated returning to Norway but decided to stay in Wales as his father wanted their kids to attend British schools.
In his younger years, he enjoyed playing practical jokes with his friends, mainly against teachers and adults. During this era, children were treated badly at schools, which made Dahl not enjoy some of his school years. In 1934 once he had finished school he went to work for Shell Petroleum Company and after his training in the United Kingdom was sent to be stationed in Mombasa, Kenya.
Roald Dahl joined the RAF in November 1939 in Nairobi. This is where he would start to learn how to fly. In August 1940 he was authorised ready to face the enemy. His squad was based in Egypt and Greece during this time, and he was later sent back to Britain. Dahl was then referred to North America as an air assistant in the British Embassy. He wrote about his crash landing in Africa and his story was presented in The Saturday Evening Post. His first published piece. After the War in 1946, Dahl was pronounced unfit to stay on with the RAF, but he had reached the rank of Squadron leader during his service.
Dahl married in 1953 and had 5 children. His eldest child, Olivia, passed away at only 7. After writing The BFG he dedicated the book to her.
Dahl published his first children’s book in 1943, The Gremlins. This was just the start of one of the greatest children’s authors. Roald Dahl went on to write many best selling kids books, including James and the giant peach, Charlie and the chocolate factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Fantastic Mr. Fox and many more. In 1983 Dahl received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.
Roald Dahl is in the world’s best selling fiction authors of all time with over 250 million sales. His books have been translated into over 55 languages. His life was full of experiences and adventures, and with this, he gained inspiration for his books for children and adults.