The hilarious and heartwarming account of Miranda and her life changing dog, the inimitable and most lovable Peggy.
Hello dear audiobook browser and welcome to Peggy and Me. The story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy (I call the breed a Shitty Frise - fun) in the form of Peggy.
Some of you may be thinking: 'a book about a dog, how totally brilliant, I need hear no more, I'm sold. In which case we should be best friends and go out to tea together, every day.
Others of you may be thinking: 'a book about a dog, how totally mad, she must have officially lost it.' In which case I completely understand. For I once viewed dog owners with much suspicion. The way they obsessively talk about their dogs often using voices for them to reply; the way they have a light covering of dog hair all over their clothes and sofas; and worse, an alarming comfort and ease around excrement.
But I now get why people become so mad about their hounds. It wasn't instant love I have to admit. Getting a puppy when I was at a low ebb in my life wasn't easy - there was a lot of challenging, what I call, dog administration (dog-min), and the humiliating first trip to the vet still haunts me. It's been a bumpy old road, but Peggy has been lovingly by my side through some life changing moments and I wouldn't have coped without her. Most surprisingly she has taught me a huge amount - not how to get an old pie packet out of a bin and lick it (I could already do that), but real lessons about life and love and trust and friendship.
Put aside any doggy reservations and come walkies with Peggy and me....
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I was looking for a light and funny book. I love Miranda's comedy and was hoping for a book along that line. No such luck. I am two hours in and so far we have explored a disastrous burglary, childhood disappointments and pet death upsets and a long detailed discussion of elephant abuse in Thailand. This list just names a few of the unhappy topics covered. Really not funny at all. Wish I could have not heard about the elephants.
What was equally troubling was the narration. Hart speaks very quickly and softly--which at times was hard to understand. Even worse, during the reading there was a dog barking in the background. This was a distant barking that kept me thinking that one of my dogs was in trouble somewhere. Distracting and odd.
I can't continue with this listen as I am not sure what distressing thing will come up next and I can't stand all the barking. Giving up.
Discovered Miranda Hart as Chummy in Call the Midwife and became interested in her as a comedian. She narrates this audiobook both as herself and as Peggy, her diva of a dog. There are some laugh-out-loud moments as well as genuine bits of wisdom.
"A truly wonderful book"
There was a moment of hesitancy as I went to press the purchase button for this book on audible, would this book be as good as Miranda's "is it just me" book, which I thoroughly enjoyed, however, I needn't have worried as I write this review I realise that there are reasons for Miranda Hart's magnificence. The way Miranda expertly describes her struggles, the effort and the realisation that being different can be beautiful is pure genius. The way she tries and fails and tries again is inspiring to me because I am the same ... although I'm neither a tall beautiful woman or a brilliant writer, a TV / acting sensation or a comedian I can honestly say that I have been engrossed and loved every minute of this book.
"Loved this book so much"
Really is a truly funny and accurate account of living with a dog!
Such lovely easy listening and If you love animals and have experienced the joy and embarrassment of being every so slightly been ruled and owned by a dog you will love this book!
Lovely insight into Miranda's life as well.
"Wonderful comfort-listening for dog-lovers!"
This quick quiz will tell you whether you'll enjoy this download: Do you a) talk through your dog in a doggy-voice? b) ever dress your dog in a puffa jacket or a specially purchased outfit like Captain Hook or Wonder Woman? c) give your dog a conical Happy Birthday hat to wear on his/her special day? d) send your dog a postcard or phone him/her (yes, really!) when you're on holiday? e) share your cute doggy pix on social media? f) love your dog more than many or even most of the humans in your life? If you've answered YES to one or more, you'll love it!
Miranda's little Peggy came into her life when she was at a very low ebb indeed, and this warm, moving, funny tale told in her inimitable way is the story how the fluffy little creature became the love of her life and taught her many valuable lessons about life along the way. Peggy wasn't love at first sight - there were early days when Miranda struggled with dog ownership, not to mention the 'apoo-calypses' before Peggy was house-trained. But Peggy wriggled her little self into Miranda's heart and she's not ashamed to admit to the mad-dog-woman antics she enjoys with her, or the deep comfort and healing she's derived from Peggy's devotion and dependence, sometimes just lying beside her feeling her breathe. (If you answered yes to f) above, you'll entirely get this last one!)
Miranda is consistently funny on a whole range of topics from the superiority of dogs over cats to the categories of dog-walkers she encounters. She muses on animal funerals - who would you invite? The neighbourhood dogs? Apart from all the funny bits, Miranda also invites us into her soul - all her struggles, fears and disappointments and analyses how Peggy's trust and love has brought her to greater understanding of herself, no longer in a dark abyss, but out in the sunlight.
"Non dog lovers need not apply!"
This is a glorious story of the dog human relationship told in Miranda's inimitable style. Even the dark, lonely scary parts of the story are given a comical skew by her off kilter view of the world. Peggy's canine contributions bring the tail (you're welcome! 😉) to vibrant life, immediately conjuring a crystal clear image of the little pooch skittering about and snaffling treats. It also provides an interesting alternate account of Miranda's rise to fame. One word of warning though. Unless you are a proud possessor of the dog goof gene, don't bother as this is (as, to be fair, suggested by the title) shamelessly dog centric and credits Peggy with providing the answers to life, the universe and everything. This, of course, is not true as it is obviously my beloved mutleys that are responsible for that! My advice, buy, make a mug of hot chocolate, listen and enjoy.
Really enjoyed this book. It was heartwarming and mirandas voice is very nice to listen to.
"From one crazy dog lover to another💗"
I love love love this book, it took me back to my first love a Border Collie called Thomas. If i could i would put lots and lots of photos of him on right now. He moved on to Heaven 3 years ago and I am now a mother of 2 children, love them very much. But as I listen to your book I missed my days as a crazy dog spinster and being with dog.
What a fun book!!!
"Peggy and me"
I loved this book from start to finish. In fact I held off listening to the last chapter as I didn't want it to end!
Miranda narrates her book beautifully. I've laughed and nodded in agreement with lots of her musings.
Brilliant book. Thank you Miranda Hart
"A lovely book but dont listen on a crowded train"
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was fairly confident I would be entertained. the only problem was being caught shaking with laughter on the packed 17:02 Hastings train from Canon St. This happened again and again but fortunately not on the train. It is a book I want friends and family to share and that, for me, is rare. everyone will get something from this book. even cat owning, dog loving people like me.
I loved this book . Related to the whole story being a single lady with a gorgeous dog in my life too. Miranda tells us so beautifully about her relationship with Peggy I understand ever emotional ups and downs she encounters. Well done a fab book and well worth a listen. Ten out of ten 😀
"Enjoyable, but less so than previous book."
Bought as light relief, gave me many a giggle. However, I found myself tiring of the heavier themes.
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