Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories?
From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don't yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl. Sure to captivate and delight you, the boyhood antics of this master storyteller are not to be missed!
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Reader Dan Stevens does a splendid job bringing mean-spirited candy-shop owners and bull-headed prefects to life in these memories of Dahl's childhood. He captures Dahl's voice beautifully-- bubbling with the dark humor and pranskter-pleasure that are such powerful ingredients in all Dahl's writing. I found myself recounting bits of this book to friends and family, and I very much look forward to listening to "Going Solo" soon.
Delightful recount of childhood, I enjoyed immensely
Dan Stevens is a wonderful narrator. Highly recommended for all ages. Going to download going solo right now.
I have never read Roald Dahl's books before, but I was of course familiar with the Willie Wonka movies and the Matilda movie. My wife recommended I listen to "Boy" as an introduction to Dahl's writing, and it was an excellent choice! Dan Stevens is excellent in his narration. He captures Dahl's wry wit and off-centered view of the world around him to the point where you can imagine Dahl himself reading this book to you. I am about an hour in, and I already am looking for more of Dahl's books on Audible. Dan Stevens goes on my list of recommended readers too. This book is highly recommended.
I am a painter of paintings and I listen to learn about science, primarily. Ideas I hear adhere to the paint.
a funny elegance
Roald Dahl is the primary character and this is about himself as a boy.
No, I didn't really want to listen to this all in one sitting...I wanted to hear something courageous and humorous outside of my immediacy to lull me into smiling may way to dreams and because I fall asleep before it's over, I have the pleasure of listening again.
If you compare this to Roald Dahl himself reading his own stories...this was better. Dan Stevens made a very good story, excellent.
Yes - there is just something that feel so natural about this book and all the stories. Dahl is a author who's writing is effortless to read (and in this case listening too!)
I have 2 other books with Dan as the narrator. He has a suave tone that just feels right for most books!
There were two chapters that made me cringe - but it is only because they are a little graphic and I am a wimp when it comes to anything medical.
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