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James and the Giant Peach

By Roald Dahl - Performed by Jeremy Irons

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Audio Book CD

Brand New : (still shrink wrapped)  Unabridged 2.5 hours   3 CDs

A small magic may take you a extended method.

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the aged peach tree, unusual details begin to result. The peach at the best of the tree starts to grow, and before lengthy it's because big because a apartment. Next James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of great oversized neighbors - Old Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more.

After years of feeling like an outsider in the apartment of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally found a area where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach begins rolling away, and the exciting adventure starts!

Performed by Jeremy Irons.

About the Author Roald Dahl

After completing his schooling he invested 3 weeks hiking through Newfoundland with a group called the Public Schools' Exploring Society. In July 1934 he joined the Shell Petroleum Company. After 2 years of training in the UK he was transferred to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika. Along with all the just 2 additional Shell employees in the whole territory, he lived in deluxe in the Shell Home outside Dar-es-Salaam, with a cook and individual servants. While found on the job, providing oil to shoppers across Tanganyika, he encountered black mambas and lions, amongst different wildlife.

In August 1939, as World War II was imminent, plans were produced to round up the hundreds of Germans in Dar-es-Salaam. The fifteen or thus British residents in Dar-es-Salaam, including Dahl, were prepared officers, each commanding a platoon of askaris of the King's African Rifles. Dahl was worried about this and needing to round up hundreds of German civilians, but managed to complete his orders.

It was after this incident, in November 1939, that he joined the Royal Air Force. After a 600-mile automobile journey from Dar-es-Salaam to Nairobi, he was accepted for flight training with 16 alternative guys, 14 of whom would later die in air fight. With 7 hours and 40 minutes experience in his De Havilland Tiger Moth he flew solo, and hugely enjoyed viewing the wildlife of Kenya during his flights. He continued on to advanced flying training at RAF Habbaniya (50 miles west of Baghdad) in Iraq. After six months of flying Hawker Harts he was created a Pilot Officer and assigned to No. 80 Squadron RAF, flying obsolete Gloster Gladiators. Dahl was amazed to obtain that he would not be trained in aerial fight, or how to fly the Gladiator.

On 19 September, 1940, Dahl was ordered to fly his Gladiator from Abu Suweir in Egypt, on to Amiriya to refuel, and again to Fouka in Libya for a 2nd refuelling. From there he would fly to 80 Squadron's forward airstrip 30 miles south of Mersah Matruh. On the final leg, he couldn't discover the airstrip and, running low on gas and with evening approaching, he was forced to attempt a landing in the desert. Unfortunately, the undercarriage hit a boulder and the airplane crashed, fracturing his skull, smashing his nose in, and blinding him. He managed to drag himself away within the blazing wreckage and passed out. Later, he wrote about the crash for his initial published function (see below). It was found in a RAF inquiry into the crash that the place he had been told to fly to was completely incorrect, and he had mistakenly been transferred rather to the no man's land amongst the British and Italian forces.

Dahl was rescued and taken to a first-aid post in Mersah Matruh, where he regained consciousness, but not his sight, and was then taken by train to the Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. There he fell in love with a nurse, Mary Welland, who was the initial individual he saw when he regained his sight after 8 weeks. The practitioners mentioned he had no chance of flying again, but in February 1941, five months after he was admitted to the hospital, he was discharged and passed totally fit for flying tasks.

By this time, 80 Squadron were at Elevsis, near Athens, Greece, and prepared with Hawker Hurricane fighting with all the British Expeditionary Force in the Battle of Greece. He flew a substitution Hurricane across the Mediterranean Sea in April 1941, although he had just 7 hours training on Hurricanes. By this stage in the battle for Greece the RAF had just 18 fight planes in Greece, 14 Hurricanes and 4 Bristol Blenheim.

He saw his initial fight over the city of Chalcis, on April 15th shooting down a Junkers Ju-88. With his lone Hurricane from the six bombers that have been attacking ships, On 16th April he advertised another kill as Probable. On April 20th Dahl took piece in the Battle of Athens together with Squadron Leader 'Pat' Pattle and his friend David Coke, shooting down another Ju-88.

As the Germans were pressing Athens Dahl was evacuated back to Egypt.

80 Squadron was reassembled in Haifa, Palestine. From here, Dahl flew missions daily for a period of 4 weeks, downing a Potez 63 on 8th june and another JU-88 on 15th June, but then he started to receive blinding headaches that gave him black-outs in the air, and he was invalided house to Britain. At this time his rank was Flight Lieutenant.

He started composing in 1942, after he was transferred to Washington as Assistant Air Attaché. His initially published function, in the August 1, 1942 problem of the Saturday Evening Post was Shot Down Over Libya, describing the crash of his Gloster Gladiator. He had been asked to offer some RAF anecdotes by C.S. Forester who had them published as propaganda. His authentic title for the function was A Piece of Cake - the title was changed to sound more dramatic, even though the crash had nothing to do with enemy action.

He ended the war as a Wing Commander.

He was married for 30 years (from 1953 to 1983) to Academy Award winning American actress Patricia Neal (The Day the Earth Stood However, Hud, The Subject Was Roses, A Face in the Crowd). They had five children: Olivia, (who died of measles encephalitis at the age of seven), Tessa, (today an author), Theo, Ophelia, and Lucy.

When he was 4 months aged, Theo Dahl was severely injured when his baby carriage was hit by a taxi in New York City. For a time he suffered from hydrocephalus: as a outcome his dad became associated in the development of what became well-known as the "Wade-Dahl-Till" (or WDT) valve, a device to relieve the condition.

In 1965, Patricia Neal suffered 3 burst cerebral aneurisms while expecting with their fifth child, Lucy. Roald took control of her rehabilitation and she eventually relearned to talk and walk. They were divorced in 1983 following a especially turbulent wedding, and he subsequently married Felicity ("Liccy") Crosland, to whom he was married until his death.

Ophelia Dahl is director and co-founder (with doctor Paul Farmer) of Partners in Health, a nonprofit company focused on providing healthcare to a few of the many impoverished communities in the planet. Lucy Dahl, is a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Tessa's daughter (who was the inspiration for the "helpmate" character in her grandfather's book The BFG) is model and writer Sophie Dahl who remembers him as "a quite difficult guy - really strong, pretty dominant ... not unlike the dad of the Mitford sisters kind of roaring round the home with these extremely loud opinions, banning certain kinds - foppish guys, you learn - from coming round."

Roald Dahl died of leukemia on 23 November, 1990, at his house, Gipsy Home, in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, at the age of 74, and is buried in the cemetery at the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul. According to his granddaughter, the family gave him a "type of Viking funeral. He was buried with his snooker cues, some good burgundy, chocolates, HB pencils along with a energy saw." In his honour, the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery was opened at Bucks County Museum in nearby Aylesbury.

Dahl's charitable commitments in the fields of neurology, hematology and literacy have been continued by his widow since his death, through the Roald Dahl Foundation. In June 2005, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre opened in Great Missenden to enjoy the function of Roald Dahl and advance his function in literacy.

Writing

(from Wikipedia) Inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, Dahl's initially published function was Shot Down Over Libya, a story about his wartime adventures, which was purchased by the Saturday Evening Post for 0 and propelled him into a profession as a author.

His initial children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous small creatures that have been piece of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a movie that has been not created, and published in 1942. Dahl went on to create a few of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.

He furthermore had a lucrative parallel profession as the author of macabre adult brief stories, commonly with a dark sense of humour along with a surprise ending. Many were initially created for American publications including Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently accumulated by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim for the writer. Dahl wrote over 60 brief stories plus they have appeared in many collections, some just being published in book shape after his death. See List of Roald Dahl brief stories.

One of his more distinguished adult stories, The Smoker (sometimes known as Man within the South), was filmed as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and adapted into Quentin Tarantino's segment of the 1995 movie Four Rooms. His short story collection Tales of the Unexpected was adapted to a lucrative TV series of the same name. A amount of his brief stories are supposed to be extracts within the diary of his (fictional) Uncle Oswald, a wealthy gentleman whose intimate exploits shape the topic of these stories.

For a brief, reasonably unsuccessful period in the 1960s, Dahl wrote screenplays. Two of his screenplays - the James Bond movie You Just Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - were adaptations of novels by Ian Fleming, and he adapted his own function into Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).

Memories with Food at Gipsy Home, created with his spouse Felicity and published posthumously in 1991, was a mixture of dishes, family reminiscences and Dahl's musings on favourite topics like chocolate, onions, and claret.

Many of his children's books are illustrated by Quentin Blake

Children's writing

Children's stories

* The Gremlins (1943)
* James and the Giant Peach (1961) - Film: James and the Giant Peach (live-action/animated) (1996)
* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) - Films: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
* The Magic Finger (1966)
* Fantastic Mr Fox (1970) - Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox (animated) (2006)
* Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1967) A sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
* Danny the Champion of the World (1975) - Film: Danny the Champion of the World (TV movie) (1989)
* The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977)
* The Enormous Crocodile (1978)
* The Twits (1980)
* George's Marvelous Medicine (1981)
* The BFG (1982) - Film: The BFG (animated) (1989)
* The Witches (1983) - Film: The Witches (1990)
* The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (1985)
* Matilda (1988) - Film: Matilda (1996)
* Esio Trot (1989)
* The Minpins (1991)
* The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (1991)

Children's poetry

* Revolting Rhymes (1982)
* Dirty Beasts (1983)
* Rhyme Stew (1989)

Adult fiction

Novels

* Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen (1948)
* My Uncle Oswald (1979)

Short story collections

* Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying (1946)
* Someone Like You (1953)
* Kiss Kiss (1960)
* Twenty-Nine Kisses from Roald Dahl (1969)
* Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
* Switch Bitch (1974)
* More Tales of the Unexpected (1980)
* The Best of Roald Dahl (1978)
* Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (1983). Edited with an introduction by Dahl.
* Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life: The Country Stories of Roald Dahl (1989)
* The Collected Short Stories of Dahl (1991)
* Two Fables (1986). "Princess and the Poacher" and "Princess Mammalia".
* The Great Automatic Grammatizator (1997). (Known in the USA as The Umbrella Man and Other Stories).
* The Mildenhall Treasure (2000)


Non-fiction

* Boy - Tales of Childhood (1984. Recollections as much as the age of 16, hunting very at schooling in Britain in the early piece of the 20th century)
* Going Solo (1986). Continuation of his autobiography, in which he goes to function for Shell and spends some time functioning in Tanzania before joining the War effort and becoming among the last Allied pilots to withdraw from Greece during the German invasion.
* Memories with Food at Gipsy Home (1991)
* Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety (1991)
* My Year (1993)
* Measles, a Dangerous Illness [1]

Plays

* The Honeys (1955.) Produced at the Longacre Theater on Broadway.

Film scripts

* You Just Live Twice (1967)
* Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
* The Night Digger (1971)
* Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

 

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