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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

Critic Reviews

“Roald Dahl sometimes shared a tonal kinship with Ogden Nash, and he could demonstrate a verbal inventiveness nearly Seussian...[His] stories work better in audio than in print.” (The New York Times)

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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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Good but…

It was good but potty words in it. Please don’t let not bathroom trained kids listen to it Inappropriate Vileness

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Good story telling; difficult content

The story telling here is superb as is the narration. His family-centric stories are delightful. Unfortunately, a great deal of "Boy" is the horrific systemic child abuse which was common for his place and time. This was deeply unpleasant.

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Wonderful

A wonderful retelling of role dolls early childhood wonderfully narrated by Dan Stevens. A pleasure at any age.

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Superb!

Great story. Fantastic narration job from Dan Stevens. Dahl is hilarious. I highly recommend this for adults and older children.

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Fascinating

Roald Dahl’s life is as interesting as his stories and a little twisted like his books. Great narrator too. My 12-year old son and I both loved this book.

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Great book

This is a good book and I think Roald Dahl is an excellent writer. I do have to point out that this is a little violent, I’m talking about the beating part. Other than that, it’s awesome! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😃😃😃😃

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Awsome book! couldnt have been better!

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