James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
Speaking of Willy Wonka, while Charlie and the Chocolate Factory might’ve been the obvious pick for a list like this, I went with James and the Giant Peach, as it’s a childhood favorite of mine and one of Roald Dahl’s best. The story follows and orphaned kid named James who’s forced to live with his aunts after his parents die. His adventure begins after he drops some magic crystals near an old peach.
Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, the audiobook is a great option for families looking for a story on the shorter side, as it only takes about three hours to get through. But if you’re looking for more Roald Dahl stories, Audible has a collection available that includes James and the Giant Peach along with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Enormous Crocodile & The Magic Finger.