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  • Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years | Sue Townsend

    Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Ark Hadfield
    Overall
    (36)
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    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Adrian Mole is 39 and a quarter. Due to his financial situation he has been forced to move next door to his parents. And his numerous nightly visits to the lavatory lead him to suspect prostate trouble. As his worries multiply, a phone call to his old flame ignites powerful memories and makes him wonder - is she the only one who can save him now?

    Emily - Audible says: "I love Adrian Mole"
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 | Sue Townsend

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Stephen Mangan
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    (9)
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    (8)
    Story
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    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first publication of Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole, Penguin Audiobooks are re-releasing the audiobook edition of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 in downloadable audio. This classic of comic fiction is hilariously read by Stephen Mangan, who played Adrian Mole in the The Cappuccino Years and also starred in The Green Wing as the hapless Guy Secretan.

    Niki says: "As good as I remembered it"
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 | Sue Townsend

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Nicholas Barnes
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
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    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 still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared.

    Paula says: "Funny"
  • The Queen and I | Sue Townsend

    The Queen and I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Angela Thorne
    Overall
    (19)
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    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    When a Republican party wins the General Election, they strip the royal family of everything and send them to live on a housing estate in the Midlands. Exchanging caviar for boiled eggs, servants for a social worker named Trish, the Queen and her family learn what it means to be poor among the great unwashed. Is their breeding sufficient to allow them to rise above their changed circumstance or deep down are they really just like everyone else?

    V. Farley says: "Fabulous!!"
  • The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole | Sue Townsend

    The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By James Carcaterra, Anna Bentinck, Harriet Carmichael
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    (8)
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    (8)
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    Adrian Mole is an adult. At least that's what it says on his passport. But living at home, clinging to his threadbare cuddly rabbit 'Pinky', working as a paper pusher for the DoE and pining for the love of his life, Pandora, has proved to him that adulthood isn't quite what he expected. Still, without the dilemmas of modern life what would an intellectual poet have to write about…

  • Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years | Sue Townsend

    Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Nicholas Barnes
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Finally given the heave-ho by Pandora, Adrian Mole finds himself in the situation of living with the love-of-his-life as she goes about shacking up with other men. Worse, as he slides down the employment ladder, from deskbound civil servant in Oxford to part-time washer-upper in Soho, he finds that critical reception for his epic novel, Lo! The Flat Hills of My Homeland, is not quite as he might have hoped.

    Andreas Wiik says: "Just my luck"
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole | Sue Townsend

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Nicholas Barnes
    Overall
    (50)
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    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    "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.

    Sheila says: "Hapless, clueless, and hysterically funny"
  • The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole | Sue Townsend

    The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Nicholas Barnes
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The troubled teenager continues to struggle valiantly against the slings and arrows of growing up and his own family's attempts to scar him for life. In between the ups and downs of his relationship with the divine Pandora and worrying that his genius is going unrecognized, Adrian Mole chronicles the pains and pleasures of a misspent adolescence.

    Mia says: "Another funny diary"
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year | Sue Townsend

    The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Caroline Quentin
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Brian can't believe his wife is doing this. Who is going to make dinner? But Eva won't budge; and soon she realises to her horror that everyone has been taking her for granted - including herself.

    Kate Austen says: "Unbearable"
  • Rebuilding Coventry | Sue Townsend

    Rebuilding Coventry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Kate Lock
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    (4)
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Coventry Dakin's tale begins with her accidental killing of her neighbour. Forced to flee the law, she deserts her council estate, her boring husband and two demanding children for the anonymity of London's cardboard city. Originally published in 1988, Rebuilding Coventry is a brilliantly observed satire of Eighties Britain and the hypocrisy of the middle and upper classes.

  • The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 | Sue Townsend

    The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Daniel Coonan
    Overall
    (26)
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    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Adrian Mole has entered early middle age and is now 'the same age as Jesus was when he died' (33). Father to the grammatically challenged Glenn, and William, who takes a 'Big Boy Arouser' condom to nursery school as his innocent contribution to a hot air balloon project.

  • Public Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman | Sue Townsend

    Public Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Carolyn Oldershaw
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    For over 10 years, Sue Townsend has written a monthly column for Sainsbury’s Magazine, which covers everything from hosepipe bans and Spanish restaurants to writer’s block and the posh middle-aged woman she once met who'd never heard of Winnie the Pooh. Collected now for the first time, these columns from one of Britain’s most popular and acclaimed writers are funny, perceptive, and touching.

    Brenda says: "A bit of a let down"
  • Queen Camilla | Sue Townsend

    Queen Camilla

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    Overall
    (29)
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    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    For the past 13 years, as England became an increasingly unhappy and fearful place, Prince Charles has been living quietly on a bleak council estate with his wife and love of his life, Camilla. He enjoys gardening and poultry keeping while Camilla spends her days doing as little as possible. But life is about to change.

    connie says: "move over Jeeves"
  • Ghost Children | Sue Townsend

    Ghost Children

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Rob Crossan
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    (4)
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    Sue Townsend, creator of the much-loved Adrian Mole series, tells a compassionate and gritty story of love and loss in Ghost Children. Seventeen years ago Angela Carr aborted an unwanted child. The child's father, Christopher Moore, was devastated by the loss and retreated from the world. However, when he makes a horrifying discovery on the heath, he finds that he is compelled to confront Angela about the past. As they start seeing each other again, can they avoid past mistakes? And will their future together be eclipsed by the mistakes of yesterday?

  • Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years: Adrian Mole Series Book 5 | Sue Townsend

    Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years: Adrian Mole Series Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Paul Daintry
    Overall
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    (1)
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    (1)

    It's 1997. Adrian, 30, is a chef at an up-market restaurant, selling down-market food for ridiculous prices. There, the only person who seems to notice he can't cook is AA Gill. But problems abound when, in a fit of madness, he agrees to become a TV chef on the show Offally Good.

  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year [Russian Edition] | Sue Townsend

    The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Marina Livanova
    Overall
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    (1)
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    Sue Townsend, the best-selling author of the Adrian Mole series, returns with The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone stops being the person everyone wants them to be. Read in Russian, unabridged, by Marina Livanova.

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