Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2013
CD ISBN 978-1611761894 $25.95 Three CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Dan Stevens reads Roald Dahl's autobiography of his childhood beautifully. His tone and tenor resonate with the emotions of childhood, whether it be a boy's lust for speed on his first tricycle or the agony of homesickness in his first semester of boarding school. Likewise, Stevens's pacing modulates with each moment, reveling in the glee of pulling pranks, or surviving the pain of corporal punishment. In every detail this performance succeeds, especially with the cast of supporting characters, from deranged doctors to maniacal matrons and smarmy headmasters. Their various accents and speech patterns are exaggerated, giving them a looming largeness that is appropriate for a story told through the eyes of a boy. A.M.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2014]
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