The Twits, the Minpins & the Magic Finger Audiobook, by Roald Dahl Play Audiobook Sample

The Twits, the Minpins & the Magic Finger Audiobook

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Read By: Richard Ayoade, Bill Bailey, Kate Winslet Publisher: Listening Library Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 1.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781101628973

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Longest Chapter Length:

07:39 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

27 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

03:08 minutes

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Publisher Description

“Roald Dahl sometimes shared a tonal kinship with Ogden Nash, and he could demonstrate a verbal inventiveness nearly Seussian…[His] stories work better in audio than in print.” –The New York Times


How do you outwit a Twit?

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.


Little Billy strays into the forest, where he meets the Minpins—tiny people who live within the trees. The Minpins tell Billy about The Gruncher, who preys on them. So Billy embarks on a mission to rid the Minpins of their foe once and for all, and sets off—on the back of a swan—to confront The Gruncher.


What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?

To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it's just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she's very, very angry, the little girl's Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it's turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that's just the beginning of their problems….

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About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He was born in Llanduff, South Wales, of Norwegian parents, in 1916, and educated in English boarding schools. In search of adventure, the young Dahl took a job with Shell Oil in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot, almost dying in a plane crash in 1942. It was following this “monumental bash on the head” and a meeting with the author C. S. Forester that Dahl’s writing career began, with articles for magazines such as the New Yorker. He wrote successful novellas and short stories for adults, such as Tales of the Unexpected, before concentrating on children’s stories. The first of these, James and the Giant Peach, in 1960, was followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and an unbroken string of hugely successful, bestselling works. His numerous honors include the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and numerous Edgar Awards.

About the Narrators

Richard Ayoade is a British actor, writer, director, and comedian. His television work includes The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh, and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, which he also co-wrote. He wrote and directed the multiaward–winning film Submarine, and he appeared with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in The Watch.

Bill Bailey is one of the UK’s most beloved actors and comedians, best-known for live shows Dandelion Mind, Tinselworm, Bewilderness, and Part Troll, and his work on television in television programs such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Black Books.

Kate Winslet is an Academy Award–winning actress who has starred in several notable films, including Sense and Sensibility, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, The Reader, The Holiday, and Titanic, the highest-grossing film of all time. New York magazine has described her as “the best English-speaking film actress of her generation.” She is also a critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. Her reading of the children’s book Listen to the Storyteller earned her a Grammy in 2000.