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Penguin presents Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl, complete and unabridged and raucously read by Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Mangan, and Tamsin Greig. The audiobook contains original music. In Dirty Beasts we meet a ghastly menagerie of wonderfully comic animals that can only have been invented by Roald Dahl. There is the toad that jumps to France—at his own peril; the pig who pond Penguin presents Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl, complete and unabridged and raucously read by Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Mangan, and Tamsin Greig. The audiobook contains original music. In Dirty Beasts we meet a ghastly menagerie of wonderfully comic animals that can only have been invented by Roald Dahl. There is the toad that jumps to France—at his own peril; the pig who ponders the meaning of life; the anteater who gets the wrong end of the stick; and many more. Snigger, titter and laugh at their antics in this collection of irreverent and absurdly comic verse!


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Penguin presents Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl, complete and unabridged and raucously read by Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Mangan, and Tamsin Greig. The audiobook contains original music. In Dirty Beasts we meet a ghastly menagerie of wonderfully comic animals that can only have been invented by Roald Dahl. There is the toad that jumps to France—at his own peril; the pig who pond Penguin presents Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl, complete and unabridged and raucously read by Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Mangan, and Tamsin Greig. The audiobook contains original music. In Dirty Beasts we meet a ghastly menagerie of wonderfully comic animals that can only have been invented by Roald Dahl. There is the toad that jumps to France—at his own peril; the pig who ponders the meaning of life; the anteater who gets the wrong end of the stick; and many more. Snigger, titter and laugh at their antics in this collection of irreverent and absurdly comic verse!

30 review for Dirty Beasts: Unabridged (Puffin audiobooks)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    Rowie, to whom I read this book yesterday, would like other four-year-olds to know that it has a flying cow who poos on someone's head. You can see a picture and everything. Rowie, to whom I read this book yesterday, would like other four-year-olds to know that it has a flying cow who poos on someone's head. You can see a picture and everything.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books and re-read a lot of them. This book was about multiple different "creatures," which were real animals with twists. "Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl's animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes." This was a short, fast read that I was really ent I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books and re-read a lot of them. This book was about multiple different "creatures," which were real animals with twists. "Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl's animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes." This was a short, fast read that I was really entertained by. They were multiple short stories combined to make a book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    What?!? There's a Dahl book that I'd not previously read!! This second collection of poem's doesn't quite match the brilliance of Revolting Rhythms, though his humorously dark take on various animals is still a fun quirky read. My favourite of these tales was the opening poem concerning an intelligent pig who knows what his owner is planning on doing to him. Seeing the Rol-Poly Bird featuring was also a nice touch. What?!? There's a Dahl book that I'd not previously read!! This second collection of poem's doesn't quite match the brilliance of Revolting Rhythms, though his humorously dark take on various animals is still a fun quirky read. My favourite of these tales was the opening poem concerning an intelligent pig who knows what his owner is planning on doing to him. Seeing the Rol-Poly Bird featuring was also a nice touch.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Vacca

    An emaciated anteater that will eat your favorite aunt; a carnivorous crocodile that, if given the say on how his meals should be prepared, prefers little boys lathered with mustard and little girls basted in butterscotch; a pig in the throes of an existential crisis who eats a butcher; a hedgehog that does not make for a good seat; a magical cow with wings; fevered Frenchmen who will eat any frog or snail, even if the frog or snail is magical; a rude creature with a cockney accent that lives in An emaciated anteater that will eat your favorite aunt; a carnivorous crocodile that, if given the say on how his meals should be prepared, prefers little boys lathered with mustard and little girls basted in butterscotch; a pig in the throes of an existential crisis who eats a butcher; a hedgehog that does not make for a good seat; a magical cow with wings; fevered Frenchmen who will eat any frog or snail, even if the frog or snail is magical; a rude creature with a cockney accent that lives in a hungry boy's stomach; a devilishly subversive children's author who's not afraid to pen a few nasty rhymes: these are all dirty beasts you ought to watch out for.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Sweet, charming and extremely entertaining. Audiobook Comments Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig read this one - and they made it a super fun listen. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads Sweet, charming and extremely entertaining. Audiobook Comments Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig read this one - and they made it a super fun listen. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adya

    An over-the-top account of some perfectly ridiculous beasts with exaggerated qualities, and somewhat gory. But an absolutely fun casual read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    This book contains some of Roald Dahl's best and funniest poems. My daughter had to hide under the covers when I read about children being eaten by lions, alligators and ant-eaters. So she has only given this book 4 stars as it was scary. This book contains some of Roald Dahl's best and funniest poems. My daughter had to hide under the covers when I read about children being eaten by lions, alligators and ant-eaters. So she has only given this book 4 stars as it was scary.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    Alongside Revolting Rhymes this is an absolute must have book. Full of fun, at times slightly naughty tales that kids will adore this once again proves why Roald Dahl is so beloved to children (and adults) worldwide.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Blaire

    roald dahl’s worst work!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ronyell

    When I was young, I used to read all of Roald Dahl's stories. Some of my personal favorites were Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Twits and George's Marvelous Medicine. But another one of my favorite stories from the Roald Dahl collection is Dirty Beasts. Dirty Beasts is about all kinds of different animals that either scare the humans or eat the humans. Most of these stories are similar to Aesop's Fables, except that they are more darker than Aesop's Fa When I was young, I used to read all of Roald Dahl's stories. Some of my personal favorites were Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Twits and George's Marvelous Medicine. But another one of my favorite stories from the Roald Dahl collection is Dirty Beasts. Dirty Beasts is about all kinds of different animals that either scare the humans or eat the humans. Most of these stories are similar to Aesop's Fables, except that they are more darker than Aesop's Fables. These stories try to tell the audience that one should not mistreat animals or else the animals will do horrible things to them such as eat them. Roald Dahl does an excellent job in being creative and exaggerating about the animals antics such as, herbivores like the Pig and the Anteater eating up humans like they are meat. Quentin Blake's illustrations greatly enhances the mood of the story as the characters are drawn wryly and sometimes eerily, such as the illustrations of the Lion looming over the waiter and the Crocodile coming into the boy and the father's room and smiling eerily and hungrily at them. With Roald Dahl's master storytelling and Quentin Blake's surreal drawings combined, they make Dirty Beasts a funny and scary book at the same time. Overall, this book is extremely interesting to read because the action of the book is fast-paced and the mysterious antics of the animals will keep the children entertained. Dirty Beasts also provide good morals to each story, even though each moral is a bit mixed. For example, in the Anteater, the moral is to not mistreat your pets, even though at the end of the story, the anteater ends up eating Roy up, which is not really a positive message to inflict on kids since they may think that other domestic animals such as dogs and cats may eat them up if they mistreat them. This is a great book for all ages, but parents may want to check out this book before they decide to read it to their children. From my Epinions review: http://www99.epinions.com/review/Dirt...

  11. 5 out of 5

    itchy

    i never thought i'd read two poetry books in one day i never thought i'd read two poetry books in one day

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    read by Pam Ferris and Geoffrey Palmer Is this the chidren's poetic version of Torgny Lindgren? The Tummy Beast = 2 thumbs up read by Pam Ferris and Geoffrey Palmer Is this the chidren's poetic version of Torgny Lindgren? The Tummy Beast = 2 thumbs up

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yalda Yazdanpanah

    All and all it wasn't too bad, definitely not as brilliant as his novels. I just tolerated reading some parts because of Quentin Blake's fantastic illustrations. And don't get me wrong, I'm a huge crazy Roald Dahl fan! "The Tummy Beast" and "The Toad and the Snail" were genuinely funny for example. HOWEVER, I want to hold my judgment about that last part of "The Cow" and ask you, do you read the same thing I do? Isn't it super odd and racist all of a sudden? (Welp, I guess I couldn't hold it in. All and all it wasn't too bad, definitely not as brilliant as his novels. I just tolerated reading some parts because of Quentin Blake's fantastic illustrations. And don't get me wrong, I'm a huge crazy Roald Dahl fan! "The Tummy Beast" and "The Toad and the Snail" were genuinely funny for example. HOWEVER, I want to hold my judgment about that last part of "The Cow" and ask you, do you read the same thing I do? Isn't it super odd and racist all of a sudden? (Welp, I guess I couldn't hold it in.) "It really is a flying cow!" They laughed and clapped and cheered and waved, And all of them were well-behaved Except for one quite horrid man Who'd travelled from Afghanistan. This fellow, standing in the crowd, Raised his voice and yelled aloud, "That silly cow! Hey, listen Daisy!" Unfortunately Daisy heard Quite clearly every single word. "By gosh," she cried, "what awful cheek! Who is this silly foreign freak?" she dived, and using all her powers She got to sixty miles an hour. "Bombs gone!" she cried. "Take that!" she said, And dropped a cowpat on his head.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Gillies

    A good book, but I felt it was missing that special something Dahl's books typically have. Having the pictures would have quite possibly added to it. My favourite poem was the last one. A good book, but I felt it was missing that special something Dahl's books typically have. Having the pictures would have quite possibly added to it. My favourite poem was the last one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Madeline O'Rourke

    Pretty standard addition to Dahl's children's works. Not my favourite, but it's not bad. His poetry is always fun. Pretty standard addition to Dahl's children's works. Not my favourite, but it's not bad. His poetry is always fun.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Binibining `E (of The Ugly Writers)

    To start of my reading challenge, let's begin with something delightful and fun. Story was lovely, a collection of poems (verses) involving dirty beasts, naughty and bad beasts for me. I had fun reading them, i love the story of the porcupine and the toad and the snail. Roald Dahl never fails to amaze the kid in me. To start of my reading challenge, let's begin with something delightful and fun. Story was lovely, a collection of poems (verses) involving dirty beasts, naughty and bad beasts for me. I had fun reading them, i love the story of the porcupine and the toad and the snail. Roald Dahl never fails to amaze the kid in me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Salam Almahi

    Saving it for my children!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    This is such a silly book about different animals and how they could be dirty beasts! I highly recommend it for kids of all ages. A really fun read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rehan Abd Jamil

    Mr Roald Dahl simply a genius! Love this🤣

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    A fun children's classic that will surely inspire a new generation of readers. A fun children's classic that will surely inspire a new generation of readers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Is it weird that I wished all the poems were as humorously morbid as the first few? The latter ones are far more tame.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Malissa

    What a fun book to have a chance to review, but at the same time quite difficult to do. My favorite thing about this book is the old world feel to it. It reminds me greatly of a Grimm's fairytale or an Aesop's Fable: a bit harsh, a bit shocking, quite a bit scary, an important lesson to learn, but with Dirty Beasts we also get more than a bit funny! I will say that as a parent or teacher you may want to read Dirty Beasts on your own first before sharing it with your child(ren) or classroom. Dirt What a fun book to have a chance to review, but at the same time quite difficult to do. My favorite thing about this book is the old world feel to it. It reminds me greatly of a Grimm's fairytale or an Aesop's Fable: a bit harsh, a bit shocking, quite a bit scary, an important lesson to learn, but with Dirty Beasts we also get more than a bit funny! I will say that as a parent or teacher you may want to read Dirty Beasts on your own first before sharing it with your child(ren) or classroom. Dirty Beasts is fun and witty, but it is also a tad harsh and could be scary for little ones. You've got a pig realizing his fate and let's just say he doesn't take it lying down. There's an anteater who after being severely neglected by a greedy and selfish child finally gets to eat and well, there's some confusion over the words ant and aunt. In each of these tales is a little bit of a lesson to be learned...once you get over your gasps and giggles. The pig will make you think about what you eat, where your food comes from...if you're on the fence about vegetarianism it may push you over. The anteater, reminds you of several points, 1. Grammar is important, 2. Animal neglect is animal cruelty. When you get a pet you have a responsibility to care for it. and 3. Greed and selfishness are unbecoming and undesirable traits. There are 9 animals in all The Pig The Crocodile The Lion The Scorpion The Ant-Eater The Porcupine The Cow The Toad and The Snail The Tummy Beast (I am still not entirely sure what that one was, haha) and each poem is between 2-4 pages. I can say that I loved each one, I started reading them on my own and then began laughing so hard I had to 'hunt' down the husband and read them to him. Once he was giggling my girls came running to see what was going on and stayed and listened while I read the entire book. There were a few shocked face moments and quite a lot of laughter, but the best part was when I was done they grabbed the book from hands and raced upstairs to their room where I could hear them laughing as they went back through all the poems again. I am definitely going to add it into our school curriculum this year and go through each poem to make sure they learn the lesson in each one. Luckily for all of us they poems and pictures are so fun that reading them again will be no hardship. The book will also give you a chance to talk about how our society has changed since the poems were first written. There are a few moments here and there that as adults we might cringe (for example in the Flying Cow poem some one is called a filthy foreigner) but we must remember that this book was not originally published in 2002, Mr. Dahl published Dirty Beasts in 1983, times have changed. So keep a light heart and if you find there is something that causes you concern in the way the book portrays someone use it as a learning moment for yourself or your children....Dirty Beasts is full of learning moments for everyone all while having fun. Overall Dirty Beasts is a truly fun little book. You can sit and read the entire thing in around 15 minutes or like I mentioned I will be doing, you can take each poem and break it down into a lesson. Remember that some of the poems can be a bit scary so I would use caution when reading to your youngest readers, you don't want to give them nightmares, in fact I would steer clear of this as night time reading in general; at least if you do be prepared to read something more soothing before lights out. It really is a genuinely delightful read, the verse is smooth and light even when the topic may not be, the pictures are fun, I like how the illustrator stuck to more of a water color palate allowing the words to be the brightest colors in your mind as you read. Dirty Beasts is a great place to start on what will become a journey of love through Roald Dahl's stories and is a wonderful addition to any school or home library! ~ HAPPY READING ~ http://www.readsallthebooks.com/2016/...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a very entertaining collection of poems by Roald Dahl. The verse includes some rather eye-opening concepts that are probably more appropriate for an older child who can appreciate the wit. Irreverant and often mischievous, the poems are a startling, but refreshing change from the typical children's poetry book fare. A few of them were familiar to us, likely because we recently read Vile Verses, and some of the poems were included in that book, too. I thought it was interesting that this e This is a very entertaining collection of poems by Roald Dahl. The verse includes some rather eye-opening concepts that are probably more appropriate for an older child who can appreciate the wit. Irreverant and often mischievous, the poems are a startling, but refreshing change from the typical children's poetry book fare. A few of them were familiar to us, likely because we recently read Vile Verses, and some of the poems were included in that book, too. I thought it was interesting that this edition was illustrated by someone other than Quentin Blake; we associate all of Mr. Dahl's works with Mr. Blake's pictures, so it was quite a change. Still, Rosemary Fawcett does a good job of adding a humorous tone to the illustrations. We took our time reading the poems. The flow and rhyme scheme make them so much fun to read aloud. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  24. 5 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    Dahl's inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl's animals are nothing short of ridiculous. Among them is a clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon (upon realization that that's the meaning of his life), a flying cow, a giant toad who can jump from England into France and an anteater with an unusually large appetite. A classic piece of Dahl lunacy. Whet Dahl's inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl's animals are nothing short of ridiculous. Among them is a clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon (upon realization that that's the meaning of his life), a flying cow, a giant toad who can jump from England into France and an anteater with an unusually large appetite. A classic piece of Dahl lunacy. Whether you are 5 or 50 years of age this Dahl classic will have you squirming and tittering. Quentin Blake's wonderful illustrations capture Dahl's beasts and bring them hairily to life. Book Details: Title Dirty Beasts Author Roald Dahl Reviewed By Purplycookie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Bellingham

    I instantly recognised the illustrations and re-reading this collection of poems really brough back some memories. Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Dirty Beasts is a selection of poems on a variety of unpleasant creatures including a pig, cow, ant-eater, toad, lion, scorpion, crocodile and a porcupine. The poems rhyme, vary from 2-4 pages long and are supported by vibarnt pictures. It would be useful resource if covering any topic related to animals, or the very last poem I instantly recognised the illustrations and re-reading this collection of poems really brough back some memories. Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Dirty Beasts is a selection of poems on a variety of unpleasant creatures including a pig, cow, ant-eater, toad, lion, scorpion, crocodile and a porcupine. The poems rhyme, vary from 2-4 pages long and are supported by vibarnt pictures. It would be useful resource if covering any topic related to animals, or the very last poem "The Toad and the Snail" can very easily be incorporated into a French topic.

  26. 4 out of 5

    KarmA1966

    3.5* More funny subversive verse from Dahl where animals often get the better of their human masters. My favorite is where an existential pig ponders his purpose. "The pig" “The butcher’s shop! The carving knife! That is the reason for my life!” Another favorite is this animal tale where the four-legged creature one-ups the upright folk. "The ant-eater" Some wealthy folks from U.S.A., Who lived near San Francisco Bay, Possessed an only child called Roy, A plump and unattractive boy – Half-baked, half 3.5* More funny subversive verse from Dahl where animals often get the better of their human masters. My favorite is where an existential pig ponders his purpose. "The pig" “The butcher’s shop! The carving knife! That is the reason for my life!” Another favorite is this animal tale where the four-legged creature one-ups the upright folk. "The ant-eater" Some wealthy folks from U.S.A., Who lived near San Francisco Bay, Possessed an only child called Roy, A plump and unattractive boy – Half-baked, half-witted and half-boiled, But worst of all, most dreadfully spoiled.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lila Cyclist

    Are you into a gory story Of dirty beasts that won't make you worry As it turns out to be some kind of animation Of the author's never ending imagination First the story of a pig Whose brain is sort of big He dreams of doing great thing But end up eating the owner without a wink Come next Crocky Wock the crocodile That puts boys and girls on his food pile This bed time story will give you nightmare As the Crocky Wock Crocodile show up to stare Complete review in http://justaveragereader.blogspot.co.... Are you into a gory story Of dirty beasts that won't make you worry As it turns out to be some kind of animation Of the author's never ending imagination First the story of a pig Whose brain is sort of big He dreams of doing great thing But end up eating the owner without a wink Come next Crocky Wock the crocodile That puts boys and girls on his food pile This bed time story will give you nightmare As the Crocky Wock Crocodile show up to stare Complete review in http://justaveragereader.blogspot.co....

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Phillips

    Gross. Scary. A little bit funny in spots. The Crocodile was especially disturbing. It would give some children nightmares I am sure. In three of the stories the humans are eaten by the animals. That is frightening. Parents, make sure you read this before reading it to your children. Some children might like this book. Dahl has a strange sense of humor. Sometimes it seems he likes animals better than people.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex Marcus

    Tiny sweet poems that will make you wiggle, squash-quabble and do everything in Roald Dahl's lingual. Dirty Beasts entering your bedrooms, eating you up, planning and thinking, conspiring and giving experiences that will last your entire lifetime. If you are not a smart kid (like Matilda or Charlie or James), they are going to eat you up. Dahl is crazy and so are these poems. So is every word that has come out of his mind. Tiny sweet poems that will make you wiggle, squash-quabble and do everything in Roald Dahl's lingual. Dirty Beasts entering your bedrooms, eating you up, planning and thinking, conspiring and giving experiences that will last your entire lifetime. If you are not a smart kid (like Matilda or Charlie or James), they are going to eat you up. Dahl is crazy and so are these poems. So is every word that has come out of his mind.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Megara

    Most people tell me I'm morbid but that's only because I've grown up reading the delightfully dark books by Roald Dahl. The collection of poems that is Dirty Beast is not just for kids. If you haven't read it do so now. Most people tell me I'm morbid but that's only because I've grown up reading the delightfully dark books by Roald Dahl. The collection of poems that is Dirty Beast is not just for kids. If you haven't read it do so now.

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