Lamb to the Slaughter:

A Roald Dahl Short Story

  • Runtime: 0.4 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 9.13.2012
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • Genre: Fiction
  • 0.42 hr9/13/2012Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9780718177577
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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of “Lamb to the Slaughter”, a short, sharp, chilling story from Roald Dahl, the master of the shocking tale. Read by the actress Juliet Stevenson.

Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults.

In “Lamb to the Slaughter”, Roald Dahl, one of the world’s favourite authors, tells a twisted story about the darker side of human nature. Here, a wife serves up a dish that utterly baffles the police…

“Lamb to the Slaughter” is taken from the short story collection Someone Like You, which includes seventeen other devious and shocking stories, featuring the two men who make an unusual and chilling wager over the provenance of a bottle of wine; a curious machine that reveals the horrifying truth about plants; the man waiting to be bitten by the venomous snake asleep on his stomach; and others.

Author Biography

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 achievements include the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and numerous Edgar Awards.

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Reader Biography

Juliet Stevenson is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.

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