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The Soldier

A Roald Dahl Short Story
Narrated by: Stephen Mangan
Length: 24 mins

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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of 'The Soldier', a short, sharp, frightening story from Roald Dahl, the master of the shocking tale, read by the actor Adrian Scarborough. In 'The Soldier', Roald Dahl, one of the world’s favourite authors, tells a chilling story about the dark side of life. Here, a man unable to feel pain slowly loses his bearings and mind....

'The Soldier' is taken from the short story collection Someone Like You, which includes 17 other devious and shocking stories, featuring the wife who serves a dish that baffles the police; a curious machine that reveals the horrifying truth about plants; the man waiting to be bitten by the venomous snake asleep on his stomach; and others. This story is also available as a Penguin ebook.

Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl’s Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl’s stories continue to make listeners shiver today.

Adrian Scarborough’s television work includes: Upstairs, Downstairs, Gavin and Stacey, Cranford, and Psychoville. His film work includes: The King’s Speech, Gosford Park, The Madness of King George, and Vera Drake.

©2012 Roald Dahl (P)2012 Penguin Books Limited

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  • 23-12-2012

The Soldier

Great story, very touching, nice reveal and interesting flow, working with the narrator's state of mind. Quietly powerful, well written and well read. A nice short piece.