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More Ketchup Than Salsa Audiobook

More Ketchup Than Salsa: Confessions of a Tenerife Barman

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Publisher's Summary

It was while holding aloft a not altogether pleasant-smelling mackerel that the decision was made. The March rain hammered on the rotting tin roof high above the market stall, where I had spent the last six months pushing out dubious trays of marine life at three for a fiver. After a two-week holiday in Tenerife, Joy and I vowed that a life in fish giblets was not going to be our destiny and a life in the sun, was. A complete lack of catering experience, zero business acumen, and the sum of our vastly wealth barely reaching waist level of a ceramic pig did little to deter our enthusiasm for buying a bar. "Where do we sign?" we replied. And then the whole silly, sunny saga began....

When Joe and his girlfriend Joy decide to trade in their life on a cold Lancashire fish market to run a bar in the Tenerife sunshine, they anticipate a paradise of sea, sand, and siestas. Little did they expect their foreign fantasy to turn out to be about as exotic as Bolton on a wet Monday morning.

Amidst a host of eccentric locals, homesickness, and the occasional cockroach infestation, pint-pulling novices Joe and Joy struggle with "Brits abroad" culture and learn that, although the skies might be bluer, the grass is definitely not always greener. A hilarious insight into the wild and wacky characters of an expat community in a familiar holiday destination, More Ketchup Than Salsa is a must-listen for anybody who has ever dreamed about jetting off to sunnier climes, finding a job abroad...or anybody who has even momentarily flirted with the idea of "doing a Shirley Valentine" in these trying economic times.

©2012 Joe Cawley (P)2017 Joe Cawley

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    "Magnificent, marvelous, more please!"

    It was all I could do to stop listening and make myself go to work! I couldn't put it down! This book is a tremendously entertaining, laugh out loud adventure. There are a few tears along the way, but you will be glad you took time for the journey. When you reach the last page, you feel as if you've made some new, forever friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Best narrated book ever listened to!"

    The narrator to this book was fantastic! The story was funny but the reader makes the audible book pop. Every book narrator should listen to this before they read for audible - great listen for the ears!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lindsay C
    6/24/17
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    "Fantastic Listen!"

    I had already had the joy of reading this hilarious book and it's successor from the wonderful Joe Cawley, I am pleased to say it is as equally a brilliant and enjoyable listen! Totally charming story which will have you hooked from Chapter 1. Genuine laugh out loud moments where you will feel for the characters and truly relate. Wonderfully told and made all the more special by being a true tale! Highly recommend this to anyone looking for some great light hearted easy and engaging listening! Well worth it. :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs B.
    9/28/17
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    "My kind of humour !"

    I just loved this book, down to earth, witty, couldn't put it down... Brilliantly narrated , which made it for me. Great holiday read ! Will a have you laughing out loud......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    9/21/17
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    "Great insight and well narrated."

    Never a dull moment, would you open a bar after reading this.
    At least you wikk know the pitfalls, if you already did not.
    well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • T. Cook
    surrey
    7/31/17
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    "More Ketchup than Salsa"

    It takes great humour to re tell the story of a mad idea to set up a bar in Tenerife. But to actually succeed and portray all the characters along the way is such a story to tell. You will laugh but admire the commitment to see it through. My favorite book now in audio win win.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    Cardiff United Kingdom
    7/13/17
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    "Good and entertaining!"

    Narrator is good in this book as well. His tones and mannerisms ( so to speak) add to the entertainment.
    I read the book previously a few years ago and listened to it this time driving about. Its funny and you feel for them with all the cock ups and struggles. Worth the money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    7/12/17
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    "What an adventure"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the exploits during the first six months of Joe's time as a barman in Tenerife. The adventures were interesting and made the story one that is not easy to stop listening too. Like many we have been to many a similar bar and perhaps been not dissimilar to there customers.

    Loved it, loved it, loved it and really enjoyed listening instead of reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/8/17
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    "Brilliant book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of More Ketchup Than Salsa to be better than the print version?

    I read this book a few years ago & thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I have now enjoyed listening to the audio . I recommend this as a must read/listen you won't regret it. As much as I enjoy reading. it was really good to shut my eyes , relax & get lost in the audio version . Thank you Joe keep them coming 😀


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joy Noble
    6/27/17
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    "It's got it all!"
    Where does More Ketchup Than Salsa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the best!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters and the humour, but the easy listening story holds your interest to the end of the book. A real treasure to relax to.


    What does Nicholas Camm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I always enjoy being read to - one of life's little pleasures.


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

    There were many moments that made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a read that is uplifting and fun. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will read it again. The perfect holiday book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jean P.
    6/23/17
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    "A Murphy's Law Triumph"

    Out loud, gut-busting humor! Great stories & the way Joe weaves quite a fascinating story about Tenerife life. The audio narration was fantastic and added so much depth to the book. Mr. Cam was super and his voice was perfect for this narration. A great package deal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    7/21/17
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    "ok"

    Good story but got a third of way through book and the narrator's 'professional northerner' was to much ! couldnt listen to any more

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