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Two new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of Roald Dahl's gripping autobiographical stories.

These two compelling adaptations, based on Roald Dahl's real-life tales of his of his boyhood and youthful overseas adventures, celebrate his remarkable life and commemorate his genius.

Boy: Dahl's childhood was one of excitement, wonder, terror and sadness. From his fascination with the local sweetshop to the Great Mouse Plot, the horrors of boarding school, the obnoxious Boazers and his time as a chocolate taster for Cadbury's, we hear of the extraordinary events that shaped him and inspired his best-selling books.

Going Solo: setting sail for Africa on the SS Montola, aged 22, Dahl is plunged into an unfamiliar world of eccentric colonial characters. In Tanzania he enjoys life on the savannah, encountering lions and deadly mambas - but when World War II breaks out and he must round up the Germans in Dar es Salaam, he experiences the brutality of war. As he leaves the bush behind and takes to the skies as an RAF pilot, many thrilling adventures and dangerous missions will ensue before he finally makes his way back home.

Starring Patrick Malahide as the voice of Dahl, these colourful dramatisations will carry you away into worlds every bit as amazing, strange and memorable as the ones in his acclaimed fiction. Duration: three hours approx.

©2016 Roald Dahl (P)2016 BBC Digital Audio

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Fantastic job bringing Roald Dahl's life to life!

don't hesitate. buy. sorry back and listen. the car so am excellent job transporting you through Roald Dahl's life.

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Absolutely fascinating and thrilling.

Loved the commentary of this book done by BBC. It was really well-done where the true drama was brought out with colors.

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  • 10-17-20

Best listen so far

Usual Dahl masterpiece! Totally absorbing, his life was full to the brim with amazing adventures, and subtle moments, where he remembers the details about people he met along the way. Some terribly brave, some very eccentric, but always interesting . Fantastic to listen to, highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-20

aamazing

I loved these books. so amazing to hear about this great mans life. a must buy.

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  • K. Rawson
  • 10-26-19

A great account of a much-loved author's life

We listened to this as part of our Roald Dahl week. We decided that as well as listening to his stories,we also wanted to hear his own account of his life. It was great to feel that we were getting to know the man behind his stories, and to hear of some of the trials and celebrations he has had during his lifetime.

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  • Katy C.
  • 07-13-19

Amazing!

I find it so hard to focus and fall asleep and this book was so interesting that I looked forward to go to bed! Highly recommend!

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  • Dave&Sarah
  • 04-15-19

Excellent!

Enjoyed by children and adults. Made our long journey fly by. Such an interesting story.

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  • 12-16-18

Great story, shame it's only half of the book.

This is a great story (so far) and very well narrated. The problem is, it's only half the book and this is not evident when purchasing.

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  • Now you know
  • 05-06-18

Fantastic

Incredible production and fantastic cast bring the story to life. I will be listening again and again

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  • H Harper
  • 02-21-18

Not the whole book?

A fabulous story however. ... the 3 parts are not the whole it seems? Bit annoying after using a credit!

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  • Highlight
  • 01-09-18

Superbly Acted Beautiful Biography Loved It ❤️

Thoroughly enjoyable biography by Roal Dahl. This is colourful, humorous along with some full truths that quite hit the gut. We spent a full afternoon feeling like we were being led through an adventure which when it came to an end, we wished would go on for a third section. Roal Dahl is a beautiful writer who makes you feel he is just saying all of this for you.

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  • Nike
  • 04-17-17

Astonishing

Beautifully player. Lands up in Aylesbury where I was born in 1942. Quite phenomenal. The early story in Tanganyika was very amusing. Tough being a boy in those days. My grandson was astonished.

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  • Wren
  • 12-29-19

Beautiful

I'm sure that if funds had been available, the writers and voice actors would have loved to have done an unabridged version of this wonderful book. It must have been a hard task to pick and choose from the many stories and reflections that Dahl was so gifted in describing. As it was, Patrick Malahid delivered a beautiful narration. His voice has that lovely, velvet, husky texture. He also has expression that is understated but full of feeling and very easy to listen to. The voice actors, particularly the actor who plays adult Roald, was excellent. Highly recommend.

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  • Zoe
  • 04-09-18

Disappointing

This wasn't an audiobook as they didn't read the books. Instead it's more like a radio play. I found this disappointing as I love these books and know them well, but this left out huge sections. What a letdown!