Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Mini Reviews: Matilda by Roald Dahl (Audiobook) and Fahreneit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Audiobook)

I am back with two more Mini Reviews, both of which are two audiobooks I have finished within the last couple of weeks. I highly recommend audiobooks if you have not given them a chance. If you are interested in a post where I discuss some favorites, be sure to let me know below. 

By Roald Dahl; Read by Kate Winslet
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

This beloved children's classic is brought to life by Kate Winslet. This is a delightful narration and it is sure to be a hit with the whole family, it makes for an excellent audiobook to listen to in the car during a family vacation. Winselt's narration is flawless, seemingly slipping from voice to voice without dropping any accent, emotion, or awkward pauses. She adds the wiry humor that is so beloved in Dahl's books, it perfectly captures this timeless tale. With only being about four hours long, it is an excellent afternoon pick me up as well. I highly recommend this adaptation to anyone.

Fahrenheit 451
By Ray Bradbury; Read by Tim Robbins
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I am so glad I added this into my rotation of classics I am revisiting (or in some cases experiencing for the first time) this year. I read this during high school myself, but did not remember much of it. With everything that is thrust upon public educators and constantly
being told we are not doing good enough, this book offers insight into what could happen to a society that stops learning and vilifies reading.

Tim Robbins narrated this edition and I think did a great bringing to life the characters, in particular Montag. Sometimes I find classics and other books on the quintessential high school English class’ curriculum are more approachable by audiobook. This is one of those cases where the audiobook does bring to this work, and for those on the fence of listening to it, I would recommend it.

Have you read either of these? If you have not, I highly recommend you trying them out via audiobooks. Most likely, these are both available through your library so no need to spend money on them. 

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