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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole | [Sue Townsend]

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

"Friday January 2nd. I felt rotten today. It’s my mother's fault for singing "My Way" at two o clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children's home..." Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, and his life as a tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual, Adrian's painfully honest diary is a hilarious and compelling listen.
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Publisher's Summary

"Friday January 2nd. I felt rotten today. It’s my mother's fault for singing "My Way" at two o clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children's home..."

Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, and his life as a tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual, Adrian's painfully honest diary is a hilarious and compelling listen.

©1982 Sue Townsend (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Sheila 08-31-12
    Sheila 08-31-12 Member Since 2005

    Shameless book addict whose life was made immeasurably happier when I discovered audiobooks made housework tolerable and long drives a joy.

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    "Hapless, clueless, and hysterically funny"

    The first few weeks of Adrian's diary may start out a little slowly. Don't stop reading, because soon you won't stop laughing. This is one of those rare books that made me laugh so hard, people kept asking me what I was listening to.

    Adrian Mole writes himself an impressive list of New Year's resolutions, and he tries painfully hard to keep them. Unfortunately, his parents' marriage is crumbling, his best friend has gone punk, his dog keeps getting sick, and the BBC won't publish his poems. Then a distractingly pretty girl comes to school...

    When I read Bridget Jones's Diary, I kept thinking how much it reminded me of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Both characters are desperately trying to be better people, to be taken seriously by the people around them, yet they continually land themselves in the most outrageous and ridiculous situations. Both are plagued by embarrassing parents, overly dramatic friends, money problems, and personal disappointments. Still, both Adrian and Bridget make us laugh over and over again. They say and do and think all the same things we do, but are too embarrassed to admit. If we don't recognize ourselves in Adrian, we certainly want him for a friend.

    I particularly enjoyed Nicholas Barnes' narration. It takes a careful balance to portray how seriously Adrian takes himself and still show how hilarious the situations around him are.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Books and Cats 07-27-14 Member Since 2012

    I listen to audible with a pile of cats all over me. It's "FUR-tastic!"

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    "a great book for a teen not for a child"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a well narrated, well written book. Written in "Dear Diary" style it does cover more teen age and adult topic such as mentioning mom and dad's infidelities and body parts of a girlfriend. I loved it but I wouldn't buy it for a child though.I would say 13-14 years old or older


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    Simone 06-28-14
    Simone 06-28-14 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "It was better the first time"

    I read this book in the 80s and thought it was a riot! I have vivid memories of laughing tears.

    30 years later it didn’t quite have the same impact, but it was still amusing and I am curious about the future instalments.

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 08-23-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 08-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Not nearly as funny or interesting as remembered"

    The story entranced me as a teenager. It was funny and true. Oh how I have aged! Some funny parts but not nearly as good as I remember. Mind you the narrator does us no favours. There is simply no personality in the reading. So sad. I wish I had never listened to it and had my memories to rely on instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mia 11-17-12
    Mia 11-17-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "A true classic for youth and adults alike!"
    Where does The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I hate giving numbers: So, I will tell why I bought it in the first place. When I was 13 years old myself the librarian brought me a version in Norwegian. I laughed and laughed, sad because I wanted it in English because UK humour cannot be translated. So I bought this after reading 2012 is the year when they are going to be re-launced.


    As an adult I enjoyed it even more it is fab.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The "I know best factor" which is so true.


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Barnes – was your favorite?

    Adrian and the postman.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it to your teen to save yourself some grey hair.

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    "Laugh Out Loud"

    I recommend all of the Adrian Mole books, from a child to adult I have read and listened to these books, if you are feeling down in the dumps or just want a laugh then these are the oops for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Savita
    5/29/14
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    "Whiny voice ruins the story"
    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Nicholas Barnes?

    This book really needed someone who doesn't sound as whiny - yes Adrian Mole is a bit of a pessimist but he genuinely feels he's telling the listener what's happening in his life- this narrator just became hard to listen to after the first 3 minutes, which is a shame because the book is so entertaining. Someone like David Walliams could have read it better.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was deeply disappointed as this book is a childhood favourite. Wasted my money on it.


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