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  • Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

    ‘Getting lost to find yourself’ stories don’t often involve going to prison with a serial killer. They are also rarely as funny as when celebrated comedian Angella Dravid is at the helm. Love, Rock Bottom & Other Triumphs follows a teen misfit who runs away overseas from an unsettled home to marry a man nearly three times her age. There follows a stint in prison and deportation back home to New Zealand due to an unusual assault conviction. Yet this is a surprising journey of being forced to figure who you are and finding a voice so you can laugh at life’s curve-balls. Angella emerges as a warm, witty woman with a sharp yet generous take on the systems and people that failed her. 

    Written and narrated by Angella and inspired by her own life story, this Audible Original podcast is produced by Piki Films.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. 

    This original podcast is 9 episodes in total, please begin with “Ep 1: Mind the Gap Year”.

    ©2021 Piki Films Limited (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Ep 1: Mind the Gap Year

    Sep 7 2021

    This used to be a story of regret, but now there's a punchline. Follow Angella as she runs away from home in New Zealand at 17, to meet her British husband to-be: 46 year old Gary.

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    16 mins
  • Ep 2: Something Old, Something New

    Sep 7 2021

    Angella gets her white, white wedding and finds bliss in the arms of her mother-in-law's handheld massager. 

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    20 mins
  • Ep 3: Jesus Is My Stepdad

    Sep 7 2021

    Flashback! Angella reminisces about her childhood in New Zealand where Angella’s mother cheats on her father with Jesus Christ, and young Angella starts to believe in tough love....

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    21 mins

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Hilarious and so very human.

I enjoyed this podcast very much. So deeply personal and told with great wit and levity.

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Thanks for the SMILES Ang.

A great listen if you're enjoying an afternoon in the kitchen or just putzing around the house.

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Funny and Inspiring

Angella shares her journey with wit and courage. I laughed out loud many times. Would love to have coffee with her.

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Amazing Listen!

Story and Performance are both excellent! So inspiring to see that such an experience can be looked back on with so much honesty and humor.

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Wonderful!

What an epic tale! I’m slightly older than she is, and I cannot believe the injustice she was handed. The punchlines are earned. Stay for the questions!

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interesting

this woman's life story is very interesting. looks like one episode (episode 6) is missing.

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She's so cool.

I love that she's telling her story, it means a lot to me. Her and I have a lot in common :) Angella was also amazing on Task Master, NZ! Sending love all the way from Las Vegas.

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Humorous cautionary tale!

The resilience of women in its finest ❤️ Beautifully honest rendition of a how a woman discover love, life, belonging and family

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She's Getting the Last Laugh

I became acquainted with Angella Dravid through Taskmaster New Zealand. She was so delightful and fun, it is hard to believe the difficulties she endured in her youth.
Like they say in the Q&A, nowadays the results would probably be different. It is infuriating how a young girl was taken advantage of by a predatory older man, but she's made the best of it and has gotten through a stronger person.

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Extreme Honesty & Beautifully Expressed

I loved this podcast and hated when the end came. I wanted to continue on an extended journey with Angella...she's amazing! I just really liked her perspective in sharing her experiences. Her ex-husband and the criminal justice failed her horribly...they didn't even try to get it right. The truth is, an upbeat or positive attitude in handling life's ups and downs...and a little ignorance during the process helps the pain of the downs not hurt so much. I hope she does further podcast and I would love to hear her comedy as well. All the best to Angella!

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  • 09-13-21

Brilliant

Binged all the eps in one sitting and felt a lot of emotions all the way through. Amazing story.

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  • Eva
  • 09-12-21

A surprising story from Taskmaster NZ comedian

I know of Angella from her quirk task completions in New Zealand Taskmaster.

A down to earth retelling of a surprising, sometimes sad, story. Although a podcast series I listened to most of it all in one go.

Definitely didn't expect where she started her comedy. Well worth a listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-21

The podcast equivalent of a page-turner

Wow, what a compelling and beautifully told story. I listened to the whole series in one sitting because it was so gripping. A really life-affirming and emotional tale.

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  • Ingrid
  • 09-11-21

An audible page turner

A continously surprising and sometimes shocking tale that's narrated with the gentle calm only the protagonist could have. A binge worthy listen featuring the internet, love, prison and redemption.

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  • Dilli
  • 09-15-21

Captivating story!

Thoroughly enjoyed Angella's story. Binge-listened all episodes one after the other as well as the Q&A at the end which nicely tied up the story. Hope there is more....

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  • Sandra Smith
  • 09-15-21

Great podcast series

This was a great podcast, entertaining funny and the same time slightly concerning. definitely recommend

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  • kathleen jenkins
  • 09-14-21

Great listen

I absolutely ripped through this podcast - I just kept wanting to know what happened next. What a story - told with humour and balanced reflections. Great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-21

To the amazing Angella Dravid. I love you!!!

this story is fucking amazing. I love Angella dravid so much. I've been following your comedy journey and I think you're so fucking funny and I love this audio book. you are so Inspiring and this story was so beautifully written. love you so much angella dravid!!! you rock.

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  • Teri Gray
  • 09-11-21

Binge-listen ASAP

Loved every minute. I listened to every episode back-to-back because I needed to know what happened next.

Endearing, funny, heartbreaking, engrossing. Angella is so enjoyable to listen to. Perfectly written, edited and produced. A++++

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