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Penguin presents the new, unabridged audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's Going Solo, read by Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens. The second part of Roald Dahl's remarkable life story, following on from Boy.

When he grew up, Roald Dahl left England for Africa - and a series of dangerous adventures began. From tales of plane crashes to surviving snake bites, this is Roald Dahl's extraordinary life before becoming the world's number-one storyteller.

©2014 Roald Dahl (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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Outstandingly charming

Would you consider the audio edition of Going Solo to be better than the print version?

This book made my day. The narrator is outstanding and the memoir is one of the best from world war and ofcourse Roald Dahl is a darling..

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author- This is his memoir!

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A terrific read

Great book, with an excellent narrator. I just wish Dahl would have talked about his spy days!

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just wonderful

just loved every moment of it. The narrator was superb. you never tire of Dahl

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  • Oliver L Dayman
  • 11-16-17

Snakes, Boats & Dogfights

Roald Dahl’s Going Solo picks up where Boy left off, as Dahl heads to Africa at the tender age of 22 to work for Shell. The first part of the book charts his adventures just before the outbreak of WW2. As war breaks out, Dahl joins the RAF as a fighter pilot – not a comfortable job for a man of 6’ 6” – and he shares his stories of crash landings in North Africa and dogfights in Greece. Incredible stuff. Dan Stevens does a superb job with the narration, pulling off a wide variety of eccentric accents, suitably befitting of the oddball characters that Dahl meets along the way, and no-doubt used as inspiration for his, now famous, characters.

Don’t be misled by the cover art or author, this is very much a book for young adults and up.

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  • E.A.P.
  • 04-26-15

OMG WHAT IS THIS WONDERFUL BREATHTAKING STORY

I just can't say enough how much I loved the story!!!! How fascinating Roald Dahl's life is and how wonderful he is at narrating his stories!!!!!!! I love it I love it!!!

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  • Dr. SA And Mrs Henley-Castleden
  • 03-30-15

Great book

I loved the expression in the narrators voice and also the story was great and had lots of action in it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-15

Perfect

I have no words to describe how exciting, interesting and sometimes touching this story is, so you'll just have to read it yourself and find out. The narration is also excellent - Dan Stevens has a wonderful voice which suits Dahl's autobiography exactly. As an aside, Boy is equally good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-28-17

Interesting insight into war.

Surprise at how much I enjoyed this book. Narrator had the right tone and pace to reflect the story.

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  • Mr Bigglesworth
  • 11-15-16

Mint

Very very good. Had no idea he did all this stuff before he became an author

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  • David
  • 03-19-17

Worth a listen

What did you like most about Going Solo?

The WW2 generation had such amazing lives and Roald Dahl was no exception. His time in Africa before the war and then as a fighter pilot makes this well worth listening to, though if anything I did prefer the first book "Boy",

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Well narrated by Dan Stevens.

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  • MR M.A.PATEL
  • 11-01-16

Excellent sequel

Excellent sequel wish there was 3rd and 4th installment. Made horrible traffic past faster. A1

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  • Jules
  • 10-10-16

Fascinating

A direct follow on story from Roald Dahl's book 'Boy' and both were fascinating and captivating reading. A captivating story which provides a fascinating perspective on life during WWII adding both humour and feeling to a tremendously difficult period.

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  • Ben
  • 10-02-16

Fantastic book!

Great narration. Exhilarating stories which gave great insight into a time long ago. Wished there was more.

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  • Amanda
  • 02-17-18

Wonderful

Roald Dahl’s 2nd book about his young adult life during the war. This is a continuation from Boy, which is based upon his childhood. I highly recommend this book for children aged 9 up, to enable them to learn a little about life in the war. Roald had an amazing life!

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