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  • My Year

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Summary

Roald Dahl had an abiding love for and interest in nature. He kept notes about the habits of moles and foxes, the colour and song of birds and the different flowers, plants and berries that blossomed in the countryside around his home, Gipsy House, throughout the year.

In the last year of his life he worked on a diary. But what was originally intended to be a few lines turned into a memorable account of the passing year. Reminiscences of childhood and adolescene, combined with tips about how to rid your lawn of moles or attract birds to your garden, are interwoven with observations about the changing seasons and the festivals we celebrate.

©1997 Felicity Dahl and the Estate of Roald Dahl (P)1997 Random House Audio

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An amazing man and human.

I think I, like many people have always had a love for Dahls writing. This is like the cherry on the cake; A glimpse into the last year of his life, just as he sees it. it's a real feel good listen, short (I wish it was about 10x longer, such a fascinating man.) but full of gems. His love of nature shines through each month,and we get to enjoy smatterings of life stories too. I particularly liked his unedited views of people who don't respect wildlife and his views on how the world has/is changing. There's a particularly humorous story in December that I think will stay with me forever. An excellent read for anyone in my opinion, if you think this is for you,it is, don't hesitate to listen to this, you won't be dissapointed. I will definitely listen to this time and time again.

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evocative and inspiring.

a wonderful hour with my feet up enjoying a journey through the seasons in roald Dahl's unique style.

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A Fiitting Swansong

A great reading by Ian Holm, who does full justice to this simply-told and compassionate "Tale of the Four Seasons."

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  • Bel
  • 17-07-15

Roald Dahl at his finest

This is a beautiful series of vignettes following the months of the year, filled with wisdom, wit and reverence.
If you can't sleep or you need to remember just how beautiful ordinary things are - this is the book for you.

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  • Mary V
  • 13-09-20

a look into the life of a great author

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl. The world is more whimsical and beautiful because of your stories.

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  • Hh&K
  • 17-05-17

Pitch perfect!

this is such a wonderful collection of the author Roald , and I especially enjoyed the ending it leaves me grinning ear-to-ear.

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  • TD
  • 26-12-16

Delight to listen

Very sweet, entertaining memories and facts of a calendar year. Dahl points out how important it is to enjoy life and take risks. Explore. Have fun. I've always loved his fictional books as well.

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  • Derrick Perrin
  • 16-07-16

l love love love this one

this book was enjoyed buy the entire family. Listen to it several times and still enjoyed every listening.

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-02-13

great listening

If you could sum up My Year in three words, what would they be?

entertaining, gentle, kind

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it reminded me what a lovely person Roald Dahl must have been.

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