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Deception – A Collection of Stories by Roald Dahl – Audible Book Review

deception-001Deception – A Collection of Stories by Roald Dahl – Review by Pat V.

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men. – Roald Dahl

To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, Audible has released four collections of his stories, gathered together for the first time by theme – Deception, Lust, Cruelty and Madness. Each collection, read by the most popular readers in the Audible stable, takes the best stories from his previous books and presents them in a new, fresh version.

In “Deception” we have stories read by Andrew Scott (Moriarty in the recent Sherlock series), Derek Jacobi, Juliet Stevenson, Richard Griffith and Stephen Mangan among others. Richard E Grant, Gillian Anderson and Cillian Murphy feature in some of the other collections. The polished delivery of the readers adds an extra frisson to these tales, some of which might be familiar to viewers of the ITV series from the 1980s “Tales of the Unexpected” (now being re-shown on the Sky Art Channel).

In the 10 tales of deception in this collection, Roald Dahl explores our tireless efforts to hide the truth about ourselves. The stories include ‘The Mildenhall Treasure’, based around real events involving the discovery of Roman silver in Suffolk in 1946 and the attempts to steal it,  and ‘Parson’s Pleasure’, where a crafty antiques dealer get his comeuppance when he tries to double cross a gullible seller. In ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’, we see a frozen leg of lamb put to unusual use and ‘Mr Botibol’, is a touching tale, surprisingly gentle for Dahl.

Dahl’s offbeat humour and gift for storytelling make his books work well as audiobooks. There are 88 of his titles available from Audible – all of his books for children and young adults, as well as his more sinister collections of short stories. He is a writer whose stories are always engaging and easy to listen to and Audible’s excellent choice of readers adds to the pleasure.

This collection lasts 8h 27 and is available from audible.co.uk

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