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Publisher's Summary

Narrow Margins is the true story of one family's journey from the financial crash of the Rover car company to an alternative and better lifestyle. Faced with the loss of everything - the house, the cars, and more importantly, their rather lazy and indolent lifestyle - Marie Browne and her family took on the challenge of a whole new way of life.

Strapped for cash, the family buy a decrepit 70ft barge called Happy Go Lucky which had been run as a floating hotel. Outdated and in need of a complete refurbishment, Happy becomes their floating home. First they need to learn the ropes and many pitfalls beset their adventures. As they come to terms with living on a narrow boat, listeners gain a fascinating insight into life in the slow lane.

Marie Browne is a gently harassed mother of three who, for the past 15 years, has been desperately trying to escape the Customer Service Industry. Apart from her husband and kids, the best things in her life are real ale; barbecues; ugly mad dogs that nobody else wants and cream-covered designer coffees. She also has an obsession with shoes, but her husband is threatening to get her help for that.

©2009 Marie Browne (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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  • John S.
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 02-12-13

I can't say I enjoyed this book

though there was nothing "wrong" with it either - just sort of ... there. Her family and friends never really came alive to me, so the tales of school and custody, etc. didn't mean much, while the more slapstick elements of mishaps onboard sometimes struck me as "guess you had to be there" being highly visual (or olfactory in the case of the septic troubles). The story was well written, and filled time, but I doubt I'd be interested in the planned sequel about their new boat. Narration was good, so probably better heard than read.

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  • Jessica
  • WINSTON SALEM, NC, United States
  • 01-19-16

lazy day boat book

Rather uninteresting, yet endearing. Excellent narration, the story itself is rather un-spicy. The book gets better late middle through the end, and ends abruptly. The narration goes overboard with uninteresting boating foibles, and unfortunately the protagonist is presented as a incompetent ninny for much of the book. (Surprising due to the author being female.)

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  • A.B.
  • 07-02-17

Loved it!

If you could sum up Narrow Margins in three words, what would they be?

Captivating funny, colourful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Narrow Margins?

Getting stuck on the mud banks!

What about Lucy Scott’s performance did you like?

Easy going , interesting.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Immerse yourself in the journey, follow the ups and downs of a fascinating family life.

Any additional comments?

I just loved this book, having had many holidays on the canals and waterways with family and animals, I felt every moment, it brought back many happy memories and I understood every emotion they went through . More please!!

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  • N. Mrs D. Worthington
  • 04-08-17

fabulous

I loved every minute of this heartwarming, funny and honest account of life afloat. Me and my husband are considering living on a narrowboat, this wonderful book has done nothing to dampen our spirits or change our minds!

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  • maddie
  • 02-24-16

boat of my dreams

Absolutely fan. Loved it!!!! Can't think of a better way to spend my time than listening to this book

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  • GrandGennetay
  • 12-29-15

Valiant effort to read a badly written, dull book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There was potential in the story but the author just made it so dull. She sounds like a whining ninny. It must have taken courage to take control of a difficult situation but sadly the book just makes her sound dull.

What could Marie Browne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not much. I don't think she is a natural writer.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Scott’s performances?

Lucy reads beautifully. It is not her fault that the book is badly written. If the author comes over as a whining ninny it is because that is how she (the author) has written it.

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  • Kevin
  • 11-19-14

Please don't GRIN anymore

What would have made Narrow Margins better?

To have not used the words grin; grins; grinned; grinning repetitively but for the writer to have used a thesaurus to choose suitable alternatives such as "smile"

What could Marie Browne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not constantly repeat the word grin and it's associates

Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Scott’s performances?

I always choose readings by Lucy Scott as she makes a story come alive

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Narrow Margins?

How long have you got? Probably most of the book!

Any additional comments?

Spare me from the word "grin" and all words beginning with grin

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  • Mr
  • 01-10-13

Life aboard

Having 'listened" to Marie Brownes account of life aboard and as a Narrowboater myself I couldn't help but sympathise and smirk over similar experiences. I found the narrator Lucy Scott rather off putting, but all in all not a bad book

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