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Veronica McCreedy is about to have the journey of a lifetime....

Veronica McCreedy lives in a mansion by the sea. She loves a nice cup of Darjeeling tea whilst watching a good wildlife documentary. And she’s never seen without her ruby-red lipstick.

Although these days, Veronica is rarely seen by anyone, because at 85, her days are spent mostly at home, alone.

She can be found either collecting litter from the beach (‘people who litter the countryside should be shot’), trying to locate her glasses (‘someone must have moved them’) or shouting instructions to her assistant, Eileen (‘Eileen, door!’).

Veronica doesn’t have family or friends nearby. Not that she knows about, anyway.... And she has no idea where she’s going to leave her considerable wealth when she dies.

But today...today, Veronica is going to make a decision that will change all of this.

©2020 Hazel Prior (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Lovely gentle story in an unusual setting

A refreshingly different story partly because of its location in Antarctica , partly because the central character is a feisty 86 yr old curmudgeonly lady but mainly because of the 5,000 penguins.
Veronica , a very wealthy lady with no family embarks on a hazardous stay at a penguin research station in Antarctica , on a whim , after seeing a TV programme about the Penguins.
She goes there in order to see for herself if they merit being recipients from her Will to the tune of several millions .
The story is about the people at the research station, Terri , grumpy Mike & Dietrich , an adopted penguin Patrick/ Pip & Patrick , & the long lost grandson she didn’t know she had.
We learn of her life prior to this expedition from diaries entrusted to Patrick & we learn the reason for her feistiness & independence.
An unusual but entertaining story.

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delightful read

what a gem.of a book. loved every minute of it. likeable characters and a great story

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Simply delightful

Lovely feel good story. Light and entertaining, beautifully read by 3 narrators. I will be looking for more books from this author

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  • sj c.
  • 12-08-20

Feel good

Loved this book. Feel good and couldn’t stop listening. I loved the readers of each part being different and I was very invested in each character.

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  • Countrydweller
  • 08-16-20

Beautiful!

Loved this book from start to finish, loved the writing, loved the narration, loved the characters and loved the story. This is the only book I have ever enjoyed reading over again within a few weeks, and I hope to hear more of Hazel Prior on Audible soon.

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  • Wendy S.
  • 11-16-20

Gentle feel good story

I loved this story. Although at first I thought I knew how the story would unfold it actually surprised me quite often. I loved the penguins and Veronica was an interesting character. I hated coming to the end of the story.

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  • David Peter Ellis
  • 12-31-20

Pickup a penguin

I have thoroughly enjoyed this. I did find Veronica hard to get on with at first but... she grows on you by the end.

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  • dk.bookworm
  • 11-04-20

Wonderful

I totally loved this endearing story.
The narration was very good especially Nicolette McKenzie she really brought Veronica’s quirky personality to life.

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  • EmmabBooks
  • 05-02-20

Charming, beautiful and uplifting

Mrs McCreedy, aged 85, lives alone in Scotland with her helper visiting. She is what is often described as “a character”. Her thoughts turn to who or what to leave her considerable wealth to when she dies, as a result of which her life changes in so many ways, including meeting penguins.

This is a wonderful heart-lifting story about Veronica McCreedy, the people she meets and, of course, penguins. Through her quest for a worthy recipient of her monies, we learn about Veronica’s life, and what has shaped her. It took me a few chapters to get into, but after that the variety of characters came alive and I was charmed, and amused, by this gentle, but interesting story.

I listed to the audio version and the various narrators sound exactly as you would expect the characters to be. Fantastic!

5*s from me, because the characters and story were interesting and the story beautiful. Also I learnt a little about Adélie penguins. I enjoyed the book so much that this morning I have been looking into holidays to visit the Adélie penguins – not to be, but I enjoyed the dream!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-21

ten out of ten

loved it. something for everyone. one of the best audio books that I have listened to.

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  • viney
  • 11-19-20

Refreshing

I absolutely loved this story and the great readers so sorry it ended totally joyous

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  • Becca J
  • 01-09-21

Magical

If you loved Eleanor Oliphant, you will love Veronica Mcreedy. This book is heartening in so many ways

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  • Jo holmes
  • 12-31-20

penguin spectacular

loved this easy to listen to love story
it was a pleasure to join in this fictional story.

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  • S.M.D
  • 06-05-21

Fun book, worth a listen.

Absolutely loved central character Veronica and she was really made to come to life in sound of narrator's voice.