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4:00pm, 15th April
George, James, The Witches

We're delighted to announce comedians James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan and Lolly Adefope as the narrators of new audio editions James and the Giant Peach, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Witches, to be released on 9th June this year.

The stupendously funny voices of some of Britain’s most loved comedians, paired with the SFX sound production from the award-winning Penguin Studios promises an immersive and entertaining experience, appealing to a readers of all ages with all the imagination, heart and humour that fans know and love from Roald Dahl. 

James Keyte, Audio Senior Commissioning Editor commented; “We are so excited to add three new names to our list of iconic Roald Dahl narrators, and I can’t wait for everyone to experience these hilarious new recordings. James Acaster’s impromptu singing, Romesh’s wry Grandma and Lolly’s fearsome High Witch produce audio moments that will last you a lifetime. These new audiobooks have been recorded and produced by the full Penguin Random House Studio team and you can hear how much fun they have had on every minute of the recording.” 

Lolly Adefope, star of BBC’s Ghosts, said; “It was a joy to narrate such an iconic story as The Witches. I found it just as scary as when I read and watched it as a child, and I can’t wait for you to listen.”

Romesh Ranganathan, comedian, author and TV presenter, said; “I’m really excited to have narrated the new audiobook of George’s Marvellous Medicine, in which George decides to teach his nasty old Grandma a lesson. My boys have really got into audiobooks over the last couple of years, they’ve certainly helped me out on some long car journeys. I can’t wait for them to listen, I think they’ll be impressed by my Grandma voice – it’s the performance of a lifetime.”

James Acaster, star of Live at the Apollo and host of the Off Menu podcast, said; “I’m thrilled to have narrated the new audiobook of James and the Giant Peach, a story about a boy who triumphs over adversity and embarks on an adventure with various giant insectoid companions, leaving behind his horrid aunts. I had so much fun with this performance, creating different voices for the Earth Worm, Aunt Sponge & Aunt Spiker and Mr Centipede! I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed recording it.”

Have a first listen to all three audiobooks here.