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
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. *****
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!
Reader, writer, philosophisssssssser.
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.
Yes! The story of Roald Dahl's early life is so well written and narrated.
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!
I haven't heard any other performances by Dan Stevens.
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.
I first read this many years ago. Having now listened to the story of his early life, it is no surprise that his books have engaged children and adults alike for decades. He has a way with words - such clarity and vision conveyed without a wasted word. Dan Stevens' narration was perfectly pitched.
I didn't want it to end and can't wait to listen to Going Solo. I've read it before but, like Boy, I would bet it hasn't lost its shine either.
What an engaging autobiography, written with humour and quite an insight into a young boys life . I was left with wanting to know more .
The narrator was very good and put on accents of various characters with great humour.
Can't recommend this book highly enough .
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
I have fond memories of this book from my schooldays, as it was one of the English lesson choices. Many years on, Dahl's social comment and narrative haven't lost their impact. It's a great many stories well told and some of the content, well, it's clear to the reader where Dahl developed his love of macabre and twisted adults, which always seemed to play a major part of his later fiction.
The narrator, Dan Stevens, was absolutely first class: one of the finest performances I've encountered on Audible to date. I have already purchased this book's sequel 'Going Solo' (also narrated by Stevens) and am hugely looking forward to it.
What a brilliant book! And very well read! I'm extremely impressed by this. Well done.
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