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Boy

Narrated by: Dan Stevens
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (381 ratings)

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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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great!

i especially liked the part when he put the mouse in the gobbstopper gar.its so funny

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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.

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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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Fabulous reading!

This is one of my favorite Roald Dahl books and the reading by Dan Stevens made it magical. He reads it witty and dry, just like it’s written. I will be looking for other books narrated by Mr. Stevens.

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Great book

Listened to it for hours! It's so good! I have heard a better book love it

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brilliant read!

Loved it. Dan Stevens did an amazing job reading an amazing work. I loved hearing the stories that formed one of my favorite authors.