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Boy Audiobook

Boy: Tales of Childhood

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Roald Dahl (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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    "Fantastic"

    What a brilliant book! And very well read! I'm extremely impressed by this. Well done.

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  • Reece
    7/15/16
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    "Phenomenal"

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Robin Pawsey
    6/7/16
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    "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. *****

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • E.A.P.
    4/5/15
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie Sleeman
    Hampshire, England.
    12/24/14
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ruth
    12/2/14
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    "a perfect insight into the mind of Roald Dahl!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The story of Roald Dahl's early life is so well written and narrated.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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!


    Have you listened to any of Dan Stevens’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard any other performances by Dan Stevens.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Clavering, United Kingdom
    11/21/16
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    "Outstanding story telling and narration"

    I first read this many years ago. Having now listened to the story of his early life, it is no surprise that his books have engaged children and adults alike for decades. He has a way with words - such clarity and vision conveyed without a wasted word. Dan Stevens' narration was perfectly pitched.

    I didn't want it to end and can't wait to listen to Going Solo. I've read it before but, like Boy, I would bet it hasn't lost its shine either.

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  • romana di Suvero
    11/7/16
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    "Superb all round !"

    What an engaging autobiography, written with humour and quite an insight into a young boys life . I was left with wanting to know more .
    The narrator was very good and put on accents of various characters with great humour.
    Can't recommend this book highly enough .

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  • Daphne
    11/6/16
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    "An enthralling story beautifully read"

    I've always loved Roald Dahl's books. This was made even better by an engaging narrator.

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  • J
    11/1/16
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    "An interesting autobiography beautifully read"

    A delightful story about the young life of a very talented man and it's beautifully read

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  • SilentSinger
    London
    10/28/16
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    "Boy: Tales Of Childhood"

    I have fond memories of this book from my schooldays, as it was one of the English lesson choices. Many years on, Dahl's social comment and narrative haven't lost their impact. It's a great many stories well told and some of the content, well, it's clear to the reader where Dahl developed his love of macabre and twisted adults, which always seemed to play a major part of his later fiction.

    The narrator, Dan Stevens, was absolutely first class: one of the finest performances I've encountered on Audible to date. I have already purchased this book's sequel 'Going Solo' (also narrated by Stevens) and am hugely looking forward to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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