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How Not to Run a B&B

Narrated by: Randye Kaye
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Bobby Hutchinson, a best-selling Harlequin writer, decides to open a B & B in Vancouver, BC, when sales of romance novels falter. Despite never having stayed in a B & B and knowing absolutely nothing about running one, she jumps right in. Strange people from nearby and halfway around the world arrive at her home with their stories and struggles, not to mention their baggage, psychological and otherwise.

Each chapter is peppered with a humor, a little tragedy and many life lessons (but mostly humor). There are sure-fire breakfast recipes guaranteed to turn out even if the cook is half asleep. In explaining why she opened a B & B, she says, "I was far too old for prostitution, the only other job I could think of which might net enough to pay the mortgage."

©2014 Bobby Hutchinson (P)2017 Tantor

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Good tips with a bit of humor.

I liked it! The experience was real and not exaggerated. Good recipes but a little hard to write down being it audio.

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Great writing style!I

I loved hearing about the Blue Collar Inn. I wanted an update though as to whether or not she ever got the fishing in that she was supposed to get (or did I miss that part?)

I was so sad to hear about her neighbor passing after she yelled at him, but that is a huge lesson for all of us to learn. I'm glad the cat found a loving home with the new owners.

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Solid story - hilarious

I was searching audiobooks for business books on how to start a B&B and came across this book.

Whilst it is more a novel than a biz book, there are quite a few useful tips which made listening to this worthwhile.

I found the narrator’s different impressions of characters in this book hilarious, especially the deep male voice.

Worth listening to for aspiring B&B entrepreneurs.

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The reader was engaging. Nice story.

The sex stuff was a little over the top. I enjoyed the stories about the many guests and I liked the descriptions. I felt I could see everyone.

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funny, easy to read (listen to) book

lots of insights in B and B business, very funny author, sharing from her personal life, neighbours.. all the things that are there

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Cheers to Book II soon (fingers crossed)

What does Randye Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The tone of her voice. It gave me a much better picture of the way it really was. A B&B run by a regular, everyday, humble and hardworking woman who makes the very best of what presents itself.

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I felt myself reeling in anguish over Louie. Because I had impatient feelings about him as well, I felt so disappointed in myself after that sad night. He was alone. That really hurt my heart.
I was uplifted however, after Sammy was sought after by the-perhaps, unknowing family. I'd like to think he mellowed out. (smile)
I sure hope the next book is being written! This is the stuff that inspires many to make lemonade. Really tasty lemonade. That the author can make the best of any given situation is something we can all learn from. I love how she shares the stuff life hands her even when it isn't pretty. That's real life.