Puffin presents the new, unabridged audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's best-selling autobiography Boy, read by Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey.
Throughout his young days at school and just afterwards, a number of things happened to Roald Dahl, which made such a tremendous impression he never forgot them. Boy is the remarkable story of Roald Dahl's childhood; tales of exciting and strange things - some funny, some frightening, all true.
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Absolutely amazing book so educational and learnt so much I've even learnt Ronald dhal has the same birthday as me and same future aspirations
"Great read, such an interesting childhood he had!"
Loved this when I was aged 13, love it even more now at age 35! If you like his fiction, reading about his real life adventures will show you how and where he got such brilliantly captivating ideas. *****
"This is EXTRAORDINARY ! ! !"
How spellbinding this story is!!! I loved it! Can't wait to read more Roald Dahl's stories ! ! !
The performance doesn't 100% match my understanding of the story but I think everyone has their own understanding of the story and it is well performed in general!
"Would they allow this sort of tale in schools now?"
A sad, funny and sometimes tragic wend through Roald Dahl's formative years.
It's easy to see how his upbringing influenced his writing for children in later life. Certain thingss overspill, including many plot points from The Witches, Danny the Champion of the World and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
This version is a LOT better than the previous audio version of this books, which was narrated by Andrew Sachs, which I found frankly irritating. (Sorry Andrew.)
I'd love to see the reactions of 21st century kids to the stories in this first autobiography.
"a perfect insight into the mind of Roald Dahl!"
Yes! The story of Roald Dahl's early life is so well written and narrated.
Roald Dahl himself is a great combination of naughty and innocent, he tells his memories as if they happened yesterday, and almost as if they happened to someone else!
I haven't heard any other performances by Dan Stevens.
I laughed a lot, and my husband felt a bit queasy at the medical stories, I don't remember crying as I listened, but certainly there were deep and thoughtful moments.
Listened on our journey to Wales. Superb book for all family! Such fun with loads of information on the lives of kids in the 20s and 30s!
"As good as I remembered"
We listened to this during a long drive from Leeds to Aberdeen. The kids were hooked from the start and stayed quiet all the way through.
A brilliant mix of funny, poignant and insightful.
"The first book I ever read through choice"
This is the book which got me in to reading out of choice. It it simply just marvellous. Roald Dahl is charming, generous and endearing. Boy is full of laughs and nostalgia. Highly recommended.
The narration is great and listening to Roald Dahl's life story and early years must have had a huge impact on his imagination and the stories he wrote.
I could visualise every scene and character thanks to the narration.
Everyone will enjoy this, young and old.
"A little gem!!"
What an absolute delight this memoir is!! A lively little canter through Dahl's boyhood, where we are introduced to the main players of his formative years - from his beloved mother and siblings, to an eclectic collection of school masters and authority figures at public school. In particular, his exacting descriptions of "canings" by various headmasters are simultaneously hilarious and harrowing. I'm happy to recommend this, with the beautiful narration by Dan Steven an added highlight. Well worth the credit!
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