Billionaire Boy

  • by David Walliams
  • Narrated by David Walliams
  • 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Clever, charming and triumphantly uplifting, Walliams's latest work is as exciting as the ones that went before it, and only enhanced by his thoroughly entertaining narrative style.
A hilarious, touching and extraordinary new fable from the author of The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink.
Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, in fact. You see, Joe's rich. Really, really rich. Joe's got his own bowling alley, his own cinema, even his own butler who is also an orang-utan. He's the wealthiest 12-year-old in the land.
But Joe isn't happy. Why not? Because he's got a billion pounds…and not a single friend. But then someone comes along, someone who likes Joe for Joe, not for his money. The problem is, Joe's about to learn that when money is involved, nothing is what it seems.
The best things in life are free, they say – and if Joe's not careful, he's going to lose them all….

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What the Critics Say

"A triumphant mix of wit and warmth." (Telegraph Books of the Year)
“guaranteed to appeal to youngsters… definitely another hit for Walliams." (The Express)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good but not a classic, suitable for older childen

David Walliams has produced a reasonably entertaining story here, but, despite selective press reviews to the contrary, he is not likely to overshadow Roald Dahl any time soon. As with all of his other books David's characters are flawed and sometimes exceedingly unpleasant - as are Dahl's - but the key difference is that Walliams is too keen to push boundaries at times by making all too frequent mild sexual references, which are too much for the target audience in my opinion.

I would love to let my six year old son listen to this, but references to Joe thinking about a young girl's breasts prevented me from allowing him to listen to what was otherwise a perfectly suitable and entertaining story - this kind of content appears a couple of times throught this story, but it doesn't add anything of substance to it. It just seems to be there for shock value.

On a positive note to finish, David narrates this story excellently as should be expected. I would recommend this for slightly older children (10+), which is not a limitation I would apply to any of the childrens titles by Roald Dahl.
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- Big Harry

Hilarious and brilliantly read , for ages 6 to 90

An easy listen for any long car journey that will entertain the whole family. A boy whose father has become a multi billionaire from making toilet paper wants nothing more than an ordinary life, with ordinary friends, without the embarrasment of being known as 'bumboy' and without his father interfering and buying him everything in life. In his quest for anonimity he moves to a new school to start afresh without anyone knowing his background. David Walliams has a knack for identifying with children's emotions and this book is very funny and yet very down to earth. No sugar saccharine characters like so many other children's books. The shopkeeper, Raj, who features in all his books, provides many laugh out loud moments and frequently gets quoted by my children during any trip to shops. I think this book is a particularly suited to 8 to 10 year olds.
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- Happy and Smiling

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited