Mum & Dad

Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Sunday Times number-one best seller Joanna Trollope explores the issues at the heart of a modern family with her trademark wit and warmth, in Mum & Dad.

What a mess, she thought now...what a bloody, unholy mess the whole family has got itself into.

It’s been 25 years since Gus and Monica left England to start a new life in Spain, building a vineyard and wine business from the ground up. However, when Gus suffers a stroke and their idyllic Mediterranean life is thrown into upheaval, it’s left to their three grown-up children in London to step in.... 

Sebastian is busy running his company with his wife, Anna, who’s never quite seen eye to eye with her mother-in-law.  

Katie, a successful solicitor in the City, is distracted by the problems with her long-term partner, Nic, and the secretive lives of their three daughters. 

And Jake, ever the easy-going optimist, is determined to convince his new wife, Bella, that moving to Spain with their 18-month-old would be a good idea. 

As the children descend on the vineyard, it becomes clear that each has their own idea of how best to handle their mum and dad, as well as the family business. But as long-simmering resentments rise to the surface and tensions reach breaking point, can the family ties prove strong enough to keep them together? 

©2020 Joanna Trollope (P)2020 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"Trollope writes about family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy." (The Times)

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  • Joan
  • 03-09-20

Breath of fresh Spanish Air.

Joanna Trollope can write a good story, and she starts at the beginning and she finishes at the end..... and she doesn’t jump backwards and forwards in time. It’s amazingly refreshing in these days of time shifting and characters who have no character.... Joanna is an expert at her craft.
I thoroughly recommend this audiobook, the narration is excellent and it’s an absorbing story of the changes in family life and relationships. My only negative take is that the medical outcome seemed underplayed and a bit unrealistic. I have had a stroke myself so I found the relatives reaction a bit OTT and then all the difficulties concerning the “patient” seemed to be brushed under the carpet. On the whole though it is well worth a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-21-20

Good story but disappointing narration

I was excited to download Joanna Trollope's new novel as I have read all of her books and really enjoyed them. She writes with wit and insight into well known family issues. However! I found the narration awful - drab, flat, forced and off putting. I nearly gave up after the first half an hour but persisted because I was intrigued by the story thus far. Ugh.

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  • AS Carnwath/SL CARNWATH
  • 03-14-20

Trite and unsatisfactory

Unsympathetic characters, implausibly neat and tidy solution to relationships. Used to love Joanna Trollope but found last few books disappointing. Also hated the title.

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  • Janestv53
  • 03-27-20

Joanna Trollope can do no Wrong

I just love all her books. I feel like I was in Spain living the story.
Such a wonderful author
Only problem for me is that she can’t write books quick enough !!!! More more more!!!