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Puffin presents the new, unabridged audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's best-selling autobiography Boy, read by Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey.

Throughout his young days at school and just afterwards, a number of things happened to Roald Dahl, which made such a tremendous impression he never forgot them. Boy is the remarkable story of Roald Dahl's childhood; tales of exciting and strange things - some funny, some frightening, all true.

©2014 Roald Dahl (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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Magnífico!!! Una delicia haberlo escuchado!!!

Gracias por publicarlo. Fue entretenido hasta el final. Hay más publicaciones del autor en audio libro?

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Fantastic

What a brilliant book! And very well read! I'm extremely impressed by this. Well done.

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  • Mr Robin Pawsey
  • 06-07-16

Great read, such an interesting childhood he had!

Loved this when I was aged 13, love it even more now at age 35! If you like his fiction, reading about his real life adventures will show you how and where he got such brilliantly captivating ideas. *****

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  • E.A.P.
  • 04-05-15

This is EXTRAORDINARY ! ! !

How spellbinding this story is!!! I loved it! Can't wait to read more Roald Dahl's stories ! ! !

The performance doesn't 100% match my understanding of the story but I think everyone has their own understanding of the story and it is well performed in general!

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  • ruth
  • 12-02-14

a perfect insight into the mind of Roald Dahl!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! The story of Roald Dahl's early life is so well written and narrated.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roald Dahl himself is a great combination of naughty and innocent, he tells his memories as if they happened yesterday, and almost as if they happened to someone else!

Have you listened to any of Dan Stevens’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard any other performances by Dan Stevens.

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

I laughed a lot, and my husband felt a bit queasy at the medical stories, I don't remember crying as I listened, but certainly there were deep and thoughtful moments.

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  • Claire
  • 05-24-17

One Singular Sensation

I just love Roald Dahl, don't you?!

I remember being read this as a child and being captivated, particularly by the sweet shop tale, and the caning - and then drawing pictures of the various personalities and adventures during Primary School lessons. Later, in Secondary School, we were 'assigned' this book to read and write an essay about, and maybe because of my earlier familiarity with it, I won the prize for best project (a lovely edition of the follow up, Going Solo, which I had not had read to me as a child - it was reserved for my brother - so I was pleased to get my own copy! I must thank the English supply teacher we had that term - no other teacher would have been so inspiring as to offer a prize or take such an interest in my interest in the subject matter - lovely lady, "so let us now praise teachers who today are all so fine, And yours in particular is totally divine"). In one way or another, it's a book which has followed me throughout life.

It doesn't seem to matter who's reading it; the devilish fun, the fascination, the spirit of the author always comes across - but I must give special mention to Dan Stevens who gives a perfect reading here (one of my top 3 narrators: haven't heard him give a duff performance on audible yet, and I've listened to a good number of his readings - a gifted voice actor), of a man looking back at his early years with a twinkle and a tinge of sadness and of glee: the Dahl blend of nostalgia is the only kind I care to plunge within! I often wonder how his stories must have shaped my outlook on the world and my taste in literature. You can't come away from this without feeling hopeful and inspired, and uplifted by your fellow man. I now aim to read the recently published book of letters between Dahl and his mother, Love from Boy: surely perfect follow-on reading.

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  • Emily
  • 08-21-16

brilliant!!

thoroughly enjoyed it!! loved the stories from Roal Dahl'd past. laughed throughout the book. simply brilliant.

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  • Luke Temple
  • 08-01-16

Dan Stevens is absolutely superb

I've read Boy many times since I was a boy but have never enjoyed it so much as when Stevens read it. He's fantastic and really brings Dahl's exceptional story to life. 10/10.

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  • Reece
  • 07-15-16

Phenomenal

Absolutely amazing book so educational and learnt so much I've even learnt Ronald dhal has the same birthday as me and same future aspirations

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  • Jamie Sleeman
  • 12-24-14

Would they allow this sort of tale in schools now?

A sad, funny and sometimes tragic wend through Roald Dahl's formative years.

It's easy to see how his upbringing influenced his writing for children in later life. Certain thingss overspill, including many plot points from The Witches, Danny the Champion of the World and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This version is a LOT better than the previous audio version of this books, which was narrated by Andrew Sachs, which I found frankly irritating. (Sorry Andrew.)

I'd love to see the reactions of 21st century kids to the stories in this first autobiography.

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  • Alan
  • 01-08-18

loved it

loved this book remember reading it as a child and can't wait to listen to the follow up book going solo

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-15-17

brilliant lifestory of Roald Dahl,

enjoyed listening to this, a candid glimpse into Roald Dahl early life, family and school years. my children were captivated!

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  • Alana
  • 03-12-18

amazing book loved it

loved it it is an amazing story. the only problem id say is the story dose make me sad a bit but i loved it eny way

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  • Adrianne Jerrett
  • 12-08-17

wonderful

I wish it kept going. I love Roald Dahl. Highly recommend listening to this. Wonderful Tales of his childhood

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  • Janette
  • 09-17-16

Wonderfully told!

An intriguing insight in to Roald Dahl's childhood. Dan Stevens narrates the tale exceptionally well.

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  • Helen
  • 03-27-16

Very well read

and this is a very entertaining book too. The speaker is clear and audio books help my voice in the classroom.