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The hilarious and heartwarming account of Miranda and her life changing dog, the inimitable and most lovable Peggy.

Hello dear audiobook browser and welcome to Peggy and Me. The story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy (I call the breed a Shitty Frise - fun) in the form of Peggy.

Some of you may be thinking: 'a book about a dog, how totally brilliant, I need hear no more, I'm sold. In which case we should be best friends and go out to tea together, every day.

Others of you may be thinking: 'a book about a dog, how totally mad, she must have officially lost it.' In which case I completely understand. For I once viewed dog owners with much suspicion. The way they obsessively talk about their dogs often using voices for them to reply; the way they have a light covering of dog hair all over their clothes and sofas; and worse, an alarming comfort and ease around excrement.

But I now get why people become so mad about their hounds. It wasn't instant love I have to admit. Getting a puppy when I was at a low ebb in my life wasn't easy - there was a lot of challenging, what I call, dog administration (dog-min), and the humiliating first trip to the vet still haunts me. It's been a bumpy old road, but Peggy has been lovingly by my side through some life changing moments and I wouldn't have coped without her. Most surprisingly she has taught me a huge amount - not how to get an old pie packet out of a bin and lick it (I could already do that), but real lessons about life and love and trust and friendship.

Put aside any doggy reservations and come walkies with Peggy and me....

©2016 Kingmaker Productions Ltd (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Sara
  • Out In The Wild Blue Yonder
  • 10-07-16

Not A Comedy

I was looking for a light and funny book. I love Miranda's comedy and was hoping for a book along that line. No such luck. I am two hours in and so far we have explored a disastrous burglary, childhood disappointments and pet death upsets and a long detailed discussion of elephant abuse in Thailand. This list just names a few of the unhappy topics covered. Really not funny at all. Wish I could have not heard about the elephants.

What was equally troubling was the narration. Hart speaks very quickly and softly--which at times was hard to understand. Even worse, during the reading there was a dog barking in the background. This was a distant barking that kept me thinking that one of my dogs was in trouble somewhere. Distracting and odd.

I can't continue with this listen as I am not sure what distressing thing will come up next and I can't stand all the barking. Giving up.

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  • Therese
  • Makati, Philippines
  • 10-12-16

Heartwarming and such fun

Discovered Miranda Hart as Chummy in Call the Midwife and became interested in her as a comedian. She narrates this audiobook both as herself and as Peggy, her diva of a dog. There are some laugh-out-loud moments as well as genuine bits of wisdom.

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Delightful!

I have the actual hand held book as well! I love reading along with Miranda, letting Miranda lull me to sleep at night enabling me to wake after a lovely night's sleep. Miranda's ability to read with different voice and expression as only she can do is nothing short of painting a picture moreover her written word. Being able to be read to by Miranda herself is like being read to by My Dear Reader Chum summoned up at any whim! What other friend would do as much? "Kristie, will you read for me?" She says no every time. MDRC-every time, she says yes.

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heart warming

loved it. it is a great, funny, heart warming story than truly touched me. Great job Miranda. Thank you for sharing your trutb.. tears and laughs...

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Hilarious and Heartwarming

I may be a bit biased because I love Miranda Hart's TV program, but I will admit that I was hesitant to listen to this as I am... a cat person. Even after Miranda's cat vs. dog "interlude" that I very much disagreed with, I loved this story. Her anecdotes are hilarious with their junior high humor (I too cannot say the word "ball" without giggling) and their genuine honesty. I am so glad I chose the audiobook format for this read because 7+ hours of Miranda's voice was such a joy.

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A really sweet story of a woman and her dog

I loved it! Slightly less comedic than previous book but very touching and enjoyable.

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Beautiful

Such a beautiful book about the growing friendship between a dog and her human. Many tears were cried and many smiles were smiled.

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feel good read!

love Miranda Hart! A feel good book, perfect for a few hours of relaxation. Very nicely read, too.

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Heart full of love

I've been yearning for a dog for many years. Not being able to own one for various reasons has left a nagging hole. I don't know where it came from all of a sudden a few years back. Listening to Miranda has only widened that hole into a full on ache of loneliness. This book was funny, heart wrenching and lovely. Thank you for giving a reason for this ache Miranda. I'm a crazy dog lady and I own a cat.

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Both funny and warm

I loved this book and am pleased to say I am truly both Miranda's and Peggy's dear listener chum. Each chapter is funny, insightful, and sincere. I couldn't recommend this book more.

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  • Jemma
  • 10-13-16

Loved this book so much

Really is a truly funny and accurate account of living with a dog!
Such lovely easy listening and If you love animals and have experienced the joy and embarrassment of being every so slightly been ruled and owned by a dog you will love this book!
Lovely insight into Miranda's life as well.

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  • Simon
  • 10-11-16

A truly wonderful book

There was a moment of hesitancy as I went to press the purchase button for this book on audible, would this book be as good as Miranda's "is it just me" book, which I thoroughly enjoyed, however, I needn't have worried as I write this review I realise that there are reasons for Miranda Hart's magnificence. The way Miranda expertly describes her struggles, the effort and the realisation that being different can be beautiful is pure genius. The way she tries and fails and tries again is inspiring to me because I am the same ... although I'm neither a tall beautiful woman or a brilliant writer, a TV / acting sensation or a comedian I can honestly say that I have been engrossed and loved every minute of this book.

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  • Becks
  • 10-12-16

Non dog lovers need not apply!

This is a glorious story of the dog human relationship told in Miranda's inimitable style. Even the dark, lonely scary parts of the story are given a comical skew by her off kilter view of the world. Peggy's canine contributions bring the tail (you're welcome! 😉) to vibrant life, immediately conjuring a crystal clear image of the little pooch skittering about and snaffling treats. It also provides an interesting alternate account of Miranda's rise to fame. One word of warning though. Unless you are a proud possessor of the dog goof gene, don't bother as this is (as, to be fair, suggested by the title) shamelessly dog centric and credits Peggy with providing the answers to life, the universe and everything. This, of course, is not true as it is obviously my beloved mutleys that are responsible for that! My advice, buy, make a mug of hot chocolate, listen and enjoy.

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  • ej_1991
  • 01-21-17

Loved it!

bought it for Miranda, Peggy is a bonus! lovely book, very honest, I'm glad they bring so much joy to each other. 💕💕

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-17

Funny and touching in equal measure!

if u thought the hilarious scrapes Miranda gets into in her sitcom were made up........u would b wrong!!! a hilarious and touching read

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  • stina69
  • 10-20-16

Lovely

Really enjoyed this book. It was heartwarming and mirandas voice is very nice to listen to.

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  • Cornelia
  • 10-14-16

From one crazy dog lover to another💗

I love love love this book, it took me back to my first love a Border Collie called Thomas. If i could i would put lots and lots of photos of him on right now. He moved on to Heaven 3 years ago and I am now a mother of 2 children, love them very much. But as I listen to your book I missed my days as a crazy dog spinster and being with dog.

What a fun book!!!

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 10-23-16

Wonderful comfort-listening for dog-lovers!


This quick quiz will tell you whether you'll enjoy this download: Do you a) talk through your dog in a doggy-voice? b) ever dress your dog in a puffa jacket or a specially purchased outfit like Captain Hook or Wonder Woman? c) give your dog a conical Happy Birthday hat to wear on his/her special day? d) send your dog a postcard or phone him/her (yes, really!) when you're on holiday? e) share your cute doggy pix on social media? f) love your dog more than many or even most of the humans in your life? If you've answered YES to one or more, you'll love it!

Miranda's little Peggy came into her life when she was at a very low ebb indeed, and this warm, moving, funny tale told in her inimitable way is the story how the fluffy little creature became the love of her life and taught her many valuable lessons about life along the way. Peggy wasn't love at first sight - there were early days when Miranda struggled with dog ownership, not to mention the 'apoo-calypses' before Peggy was house-trained. But Peggy wriggled her little self into Miranda's heart and she's not ashamed to admit to the mad-dog-woman antics she enjoys with her, or the deep comfort and healing she's derived from Peggy's devotion and dependence, sometimes just lying beside her feeling her breathe. (If you answered yes to f) above, you'll entirely get this last one!)

Miranda is consistently funny on a whole range of topics from the superiority of dogs over cats to the categories of dog-walkers she encounters. She muses on animal funerals - who would you invite? The neighbourhood dogs? Apart from all the funny bits, Miranda also invites us into her soul - all her struggles, fears and disappointments and analyses how Peggy's trust and love has brought her to greater understanding of herself, no longer in a dark abyss, but out in the sunlight.

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  • Miss K L Fisher
  • 01-13-17

love it

made me laugh out loud. a good book to listen to if your feeling a bit low. 😁

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  • Miss Syringa R Fox
  • 03-29-18

Very enjoyable listen and I am a cat person.

Miranda delivering more of her humorous perspective on life. Some simple changes to acknowledge this is an audio production (ie reader to listener) make a nice enhancement to the listening experience.

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  • Ann
  • 10-12-17

Heartwarming

This is an insight into unconditional love and what it can do for you! l enjoyed every bit of the story and getting to know Miranda.
Power to Peggy the wonder dog.

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  • Gabriella Kovacs
  • 05-29-17

Laugh out loud fun

I absolutely loved this book! Miranda is a gorgeously natural and down to earth, relatable woman.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-16

Great!!

If you like dogs and stories about dogs this is a must for you. While I enjoyed this thoroughly and would listen to it again, I am not a dog person. I did in fact listen to this because I love Miranda, so while I wasn't let down and the dogcentricity of it all was done with her typical humour, I did enjoy her first book more.

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  • jacqueline rozenfeld
  • 04-29-18

Hilarious, adorable, human, honest. Loved it!!!!

Where does Peggy and Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely one of my favourites.

Miranda Hart is brutally honest about what she sees as her flaws. She is easy to relate to, truly, truly funny and clever and the scenes she describes are charming.
I cannot recommend this book more highly and would share it with all my friends except that I have already shared self help books.

What other book might you compare Peggy and Me to, and why?

Irma Bombeck's books have some similar self deprecating humour and brilliant wit.

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

I related to her honest description of how she feels about relationships with both humans and her dear dog.

Any additional comments?

Simply charming and all round feel good, delightful book. LOVED it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-18

Wonderful!!!!

absolutely love it....so wonderfully written! One of the best books I've read/listened too! Excellent work!

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  • Nola
  • 05-07-17

Very Miranda ... but there's more!

This reflection is laugh-out loud funny in many parts, but also tender, honest, witty and brave. It takes the reader on a gentle roller coaster of the sublime and the ridiculous of loving your dog. Along the way, Peggy becomes a canine beacon of hope, resilience and enthusiasm for life. Miranda Hart's narration is just what you'd expect - warm, engaging and personal. Poo-calypse has now been added irrevocably to my vocabulary!

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  • 03-06-17

<3 Peggy

Enjoyed some genuinely laugh out loud moments with this book - felt a little mad laughing to myself listening via earphones while others nearby had no idea what was so funny. ( fortunately these were family members who know I'm not totally crazy ;) )
This is an enjoyable heartwarming story, totally relatable for a fellow dog owner who has been known to talk to her pup and take her out for coffee at a local cafe.
Nice to have the story told by Miranda and I was a little disappointed when the tale came to an end.

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  • Danielle
  • 03-01-17

fantastic listen

loved it! I have a 15 month golden retrievers puppy and found myself laughing at so many of the quirks that Miranda talks about.

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  • Suesy
  • 12-09-16

Hartwarming!

Loved it! OMG this is a must listen. I enjoyed this book so much I never wanted it to end. Miranda captured my heart and took me on a wonderful journey which involved chuckles to lol moments to tears of joy & sadness. I cannot recommend this HIGHLY ENOUGH! Thank you Miranda Hart I am now a huge fan.

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  • Abby
  • 11-28-16

Another gem from Miranda

i wasnt sure but knew Is It Just Me had me rolling with laughter so had to give this next tome a go. So glad I did it was brilliant being in the throws of a break up myself it was actually quite healing. thank you Miranda