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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!

©2009 Roald Dahl (P)2009 Penguin Audio

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  • Dylan
  • United States
  • 05-25-16

Listened and Read This a Few Times!

Would you listen to Boy again? Why?

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!)

What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

I have 2 other books with Dan as the narrator. He has a suave tone that just feels right for most books!

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

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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  • E Wagner
  • PORTLAND, OR, United States
  • 06-21-16

Horrifying and Delightful

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.

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  • Jacquelyn
  • PORT TOWNSEND, WA, United States
  • 12-13-13

non fiction and wonderful!

If you could sum up Boy in three words, what would they be?

a funny elegance

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roald Dahl is the primary character and this is about himself as a boy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

If you compare this to Roald Dahl himself reading his own stories...this was better. Dan Stevens made a very good story, excellent.

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Awesome story but a little too adult for children

I listened to this story with my 7,8 and 10 year old and although we ultimately enjoyed this book there were some chapters that contained graphic descriptions of beating Roald or one of his classmates. As an adult I can imagine how this stuck with him his whole life but it was a bit much for my children. Other than that this was an amazing book!

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Perfect Audiobook, but NOT FOR KIDS

I loved this book when it first came out in paperback, but this was a whole new and fabulous experience thanks to stellar, pitch-perfect narrator Dan Stevens. ANY adult reader would love this and find it a page-turner, but I really think Audible has mis-categorized it as a kids' book for 8-10 year olds. Of my three sons, two would have been traumatized (at age eight) by Dahl's recounting of the grotesquely sadistic corporal punishment he received and witnessed at every public and private school he attended as a boy. One of the reviewers I follow, E. Wagner, was right when she called this book Horrifying and Delightful. It is definitely both! But the delightful overshadows the horrifying, and I'm sure I will listen again. I've already purchased the next in this short series, Going Solo.

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Wonderful

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.

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  • FM
  • 12-04-14

A good introduction to Dahl

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.

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Amazing

So happy and sad at the same time .what a life changing story.I loved every word(almost every).

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School days remembered

An excellent narrator, Dan Stevens brings the story to life. I felt every whiplash which I've also experienced.

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Terrific!

An excellent narrator reading such an interesting book! It was fascinating to hear about RD’s childhood.

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