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.
This is an excellent book which much honesty. It was unbelievable how he describes being caned, thank god this has been abolished now to my knowledge. I was laughing out loud at times as well .
The narrator was fantastic and really did the book justice.
I would thoroughly recommend this book.,
"Snapshot a a time gone by"
Enjoyable easy listening experience. Have decided to buy more from Dahl about his own life.
"Enjoyed this immensely"
Dan Stevens is to the narration of RD's books what Quentin Blake is to the illustrations of them. His performance was absolutely perfect at conjuring up the various characters in one's mind's eye. I dearly wish this book was ten times longer!
one of the most interesting autobiography I've read as it's less about him and more about the experiences he encountered. it's not over indulgent and you can see how he started to develop his ideas from a very early age.
One of my favourite books ever (and I'm 33). Loved his books when I was little and now my little girl loves them too.
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