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Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? Audiobook

Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?

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Publisher's Summary

Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? is the frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything to move to Spain to breed alpacas. Their intention is to make a living, but first they must negotiate their way through the Spanish property market, local characters, rogue builders and the worst weather Andalucía has seen for 100 years.

Alan and Lorna experience the joy, but also the heartbreak of alpaca breeding, picking up an assortment of stray animals on the way.

©2012 Alan Paks (P)2014 Alan Parks

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    elevena Louisville, KY 06-27-14
    elevena Louisville, KY 06-27-14 Member Since 2012

    SW geek

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    "Enchanting Alpaca Adventure"
    What did you love best about Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca??

    This was a wonderful, funny & touching story. A grand adventure by an English couple as they learn the ups & downs of becoming rural farmers in a new country. As an alpaca farmer myself, still in the beginning of my alpaca odyssey, I fully appreciated all the highs and lows of their tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I so enjoyed hearing from the perspectives of the animals on the farm as well as the humans! Quite fun. But the people in this story are beautifully flawed, and willing to persevere through all their obstacles. And what obstacles!


    What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

    Well done. Clearly read.


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

    Truly wished I could have! As it was I finished in just a couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope more audiobooks are forthcoming about these intrepid farmers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Walda J. Letson 11-28-15
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    "Fun and interesting read"
    What made the experience of listening to Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story and the adventuresome spirit of the couple who raised the Alpacas.
    I also learned a lot about animals I knew nothing about. It is always fun to read (or listen in this case) and learn real facts at the same time. I love stories about animals because they are so real and interesting.


    What other book might you compare Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? to and why?

    No idea.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many and all involved the antics of the Alpacas.


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

    Not necessarily. I enjoyed listening anytime and being able to pick it up. I looked forward to listening to it when life was quiet around me.


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    Gossy 09-24-15
    Gossy 09-24-15
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    "Didn't even finish it"

    I just did not like the story or performance. I don't even want to finish it.

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    Lori 05-19-15
    Lori 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Light Entertainment"

    Nigel Patterson, as always, does a great job as narrator. He makes this mildly interesting story quite entertaining.

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    Teresa 03-06-15
    Teresa 03-06-15

    It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.

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    "Seriously CUTE Essay"

    I thought this audiobook was awesomely cute. I love the way Alan and Lorna decided to pick up from Brighton and move to Spain to raise alpacas. What a neat thing to do. This was also a fairly short listen. But adorable!

    It was cute how they kept gathering animals and named two of their chickens Beyonce and Jay-Lo because of their butt wiggling. They lived in a town filled with mostly ex-pats and their Spanish was formal while the locals spoke slang making for somewhat of a language barrier.

    Overall I would recommend giving this a listen as it was a neat glimpse into what it would be like to make such a huge decision as this. Along the way, the story goes over the trials they endure along with their always growing animal family.

    Nigel Patterson did a wonderful job voicing this audiobook. He was perfect with great accents. I found it a relaxing and enjoyable listen. I hope to hear more from both him and Alan Parks.

    Audiobook gifted in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Happy Cat 08-01-14
    Happy Cat 08-01-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An interesting biography of moving from the UK to Spain and becoming farmers (no previous experience). I'm impressed with their fortitude!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a biography, but some of the farm animals told their side of the tale now and again.


    What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

    Great!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they dug in and spent the night with the new baby, feeding her for most of the night.


    Any additional comments?

    As a farmer's daughter, and being raised in a barn, I'm impressed with the success of their venture! Way to go!

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    med c 07-20-14
    med c 07-20-14
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    "Very funny :)"
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    This is a light read and I recommend it for anyone who loves animals and humor. Lots of laugh out loud moments.

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  • happycamperni
    7/13/14
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    "Listened to it in one long wine induced sitting"
    Where does Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far for me it was one of the best. Very interesting and entertaining. Thought the narration was really good.


    What other book might you compare Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? to, and why?

    Nothing in audio so far like it. Just some of the other travel memoirs.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Patterson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Losing his baby alpacas. I really felt for him. How on earth do you go on?


    Any additional comments?

    My husband is blind and listens to alot of audio books. He really enjoyed this one and we both sat and listened to it together in one sitting drinking some nice wine. That is how much we enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next one to come out on audio.

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  • Janet Hughes
    3/9/15
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    "A genuinely good listen"
    Would you listen to Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? again? Why?

    I would most certainly listen to "Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?" again, because it's the sort of audio-book that reels you in and then keeps you there. It kept me entertained right throughout an interminable journey through France.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca??

    When Alan gets covered in alpaca spit, I nearly wet myself laughing!


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Patterson – was your favourite?

    Without a doubt Alan himself, I felt that by the end of the book, that I already knew Alan and Lorna.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh on multiple occasions,


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant recondition of Alan Parks's already excellent memoir. Can't wait to listen to the other 2 books.

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