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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Great! 👍🏻

I loved it! That time he put the Mouse in the candy jar was so funny! But not the beating part.. 🙁 Oh how I wish I lived in Norway! ☺️ I give it a 100! 👍🏻

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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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Awsome book! couldnt have been better!

great narrator. roald dahl is a awsome wrighter! perfect for... everything you could imagine !

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Awesome!

This book is awesome it’s so fun and exciting and the stories perfect the performance is perfect overall it’s just perfect I love this especially cause it’s made of one of my favorite authors and I hope you enjoy it too!

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Beat book ever

I loved it so detailed and funny recommend for 4th grade this is a must read

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Entertaining, Clean Humor

Roald Dahl's wonderful sense of humor is potrayed beautifully by Dan Steven's masterful performance. What fun! Thank you.

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Dan Stevens is a wonderful narrator.

A very interesting story about the childhood of my favorite author. So very pleased!

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Flawless reading of marvelous Dahl

Page-turning story, integrally powered by Dahl’s wonderfully distinctive, ruthless, lyrical voice, and flawlessly, stunningly rendered by Stevens’ remarkable performance - not a nuance missed.

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Great backstory for Dahl’s works!

Great backstory for Dahl’s stories! You can really see the nucleation point for his characters such the sadistic Trunchbull (Matilda) and the repulsive and abhorrent Twits, and the characters have even more depth knowing their realistic inspirations. A really great listen, especially given the narrator. Highly recommend as Dahl has a great way to channel and share his childhood, even in his late 60’s.