Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin

Peas and Carrots Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Rafe Beckley
Series: Peas and Carrots Series, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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He’s inherited every English boy’s dream car. But to hold on to it, he’ll have to get his hands dirty.

Eric Sibley loves his upscale job and the good life it provides. So when the corporate climber inherits his father’s Aston Martin DB4, he’s excited to drive his wife and daughter around in style. But he’s shocked to discover he can only have the flashy auto if he agrees to get a little mud on his polished shoes.

Confined to the will’s strict guidelines, he has no choice but to venture far from his London office and keep his father’s community veggie patch growing. But his hare-brained shortcuts to worm his way out of the obligation only dig him deeper into trouble with his worried wife and the meddling rural greenthumbs.

Has Eric spoiled his stake in the allotment and ruined everything, or will his failed schemes reveal the very thing that matters most?

Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin is a heart-warming novel from the Peas and Carrots humorous fiction series. If you like crazy capers, quirky characters, and brilliant second chances, then you’ll love Kindle Storyteller Award winner Hannah Lynn’s madcap tale.

©2018 Hannah Lynn (P)2019 Hannah Lynn

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A Pleasant Surprise

I don't know what I was expecting, but this exceeded my expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of fun, quirky, unique, a breath of fresh air (no pun intended). Definitely give it a shot!

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Quirky story of personal growth and understanding

I adored this story. The main character, Eric, is self-obsessed with career and while he loves his family, they sometimes take the back seat to his drive to succeed, provide, and make money in the busy world. This all comes crashing down around him when he receives an inheritance after the death of his father. The inheritance is a classic Aston Martin with the stipulation he must spend time each week at the garden allotment in a community garden or he loses the car. This brings up a lot of feelings in Eric with regards to the relationship between he and his father and the impact on "his" life. The story explores his feelings and his relationships (old and new) as he tries to meet the demands of the inheritance. The narrator did a wonderful job with distinguishing character voices and their personalities and the pacing was good. While the book can be read as a stand-a-lone, there is lead-in for next book in the series, I look forward to reading or listening to other books in the series as the characters grew on me and I am curious to where things go next. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my own request and have left this review voluntarily.

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Heartfelt

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the first book in the series Peas and Carrots. It is a standalone book without a cliffhanger ending - although there is a short set up for the next book in the series.

In this day, many of us spend a lot of time trying to get ahead, which means time spent away from family, friends and pursuits which bring us joy. That is exactly the case for Eric. He has a lovely wife, who absolutely understands when Eric is always working late and will order late night takeout for him when he finally gets home. A daughter he barely sees. A house which is grand but one he barely has time to enjoy. When his estranged father dies, Eric and his family have plans for all the money they will inherit - afterall, that's what's important. But, much to Eric's chagrin, his father has one more lesson to teach him.

I loved this tale. It is not action-packed, rather it is a stroll through Eric's life as he changes his lifestyle, his attitudes, and his relationships all because of his father's bequest. It has a lot of good humor - Eric's renting of tools is particularly funny - and some quirky characters. I found Eric to be very relatable - in terms of how he originally lived his life and then later how taking care of a garden plot changed him and caused him to change those around him. Overall, I found this to be a very heartfelt story full of lessons I'm sure many of us need to learn but told in a lighthearted manner.

The narrator, Rafe Beckley, was incredible. His voice is so pleasant on the ears which easily puts you into the right frame of mind for this book. He does different voices for the various characters, has great pacing and delivers the humor perfectly. His narration was a compliment to the written word.

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So much to learn!

I really loved this story! I love how Eric tries every way possible to avoid actually DOING the work. He learns though...and he learns not just about peas and carrots and plants..but about himself...about priorities. It's really good!

Let me say..the narration was ok..not great..not bad..just ok. He doesn't seem to "GET" the humor in this story.

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Fun and Quirky

This was a fun, quirky book. A great story with wonderful characters. Loved the narrator, his voice was smooth and calming and perfect for the story.

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Great start to the series!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is a bit of a Scrooge story. Eric is a man who’s father dies and and he is left with nothing but an Aston Martin. The catch is that he doesn’t even get to keep that unless he maintains his father’s garden plot for two full years. Being a workaholic with a sense of entitlement Eric is hopeful that he can keep the car while doing minimal work on the garden but his father had accounted for this so Eric is forced to not only get his hands dirty but also interact with other people. The more Eric tries to dodge his responsibilities at the garden the worse his problems get. There is a great cast of supporting characters. Eric’s family, the fellow gardeners and even his coworkers are all quite amusing. I’m excited to see what he gets up to in the next book. This seems like it’s going to be a fun series. The narrator did a wonderful job and helped bring the characters in the story to life.
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Funny, Quirky Listen

I found this book to be amusing and fun to listen to and the narration was excellent. I had a little trouble getting into the book at first as I found the main character, Eric, to be rather unlikeable (why couldn't he just follow instructions?), but as the story continued Eric's character developed and he discovered the things that were really important in his life. As his character grew, he became more real and likeable and by the end of the book, I realized that I had enjoyed it very much and now have the second book in the series to listen to and enjoy, and I'm very much looking forward to it.

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Fun and quirky

I really enjoyed this first installment of the Peas and Carrots series. It is wonderfully written in a way you can relate to the characters. This is a fun and quirky read.
The narrator has the perfect voice and tone for reading this book.

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Wants and needs are two different things.

Sometimes you don't know what you need.

Completely charming story that pulls you in and takes you on a journey. Engaging yet enraging at times. And sometimes a bit to predictable. The author is capable of painting a wonderful picture with words. I felt as if I was drawn into the physical places described in the book. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Narration is superb. Rafe Beckley gave an excellent performance of all characters in the book.

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great story

this was a great story. the bar did a great job, good character development, funny at times. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Susi Moffat
  • 11-10-19

Whim

I bought this audiobook on a whim; I hadn’t heard of the author, and wasn’t sure of the genre. This impulse buy definitely paid off. The story is well-written and fun, the characters are well-rounded, and the narration is excellent.
I’m choosing to ignore the massive cliche of a character who has no time for anything then miraculously manages to find the time. Isn’t it amazing that work suddenly stops taking over.....lol

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  • Bethany Gordon
  • 10-24-19

Light-hearted

This was a light hearted book telling the story of Eric whose father has died leaving him an Aston Martin, which would be good if there weren't conditions attached. The story is of Eric's struggles to balance life whilst meeting the conditions. Along the way he meets and intersting, quirky set of characters who help him understand what is important. An amusing book, well narrated that I really enjoyed. Am looking forward to reading more in the series.

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  • anne miller
  • 10-23-19

Lovely Read<br />

I really enjoyed this book.
It was a heartwarming easy read, and excellently narrated.
Would recommend.

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  • Lo
  • 09-29-19

Fabulous story and narrator

Loved it! Couldn’t resist the title, and very glad about it. I’ve read another book by the author but this was the first audio. Great narrator.

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  • Lindsay
  • 09-25-19

Maybe money isn’t everything

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this audiobook it really touched my heart. When Eric discovers his father has only left him his car in his will he is very unhappy. Then Eric discovers that there are guidelines to keeping the car as well which including ensuring that his father allotment is properly tended and cared for every week. At every corner Eric seems to be wondering is it worth all of this effort just to keep this car but along the way it was beautiful to see his eye open up to the actual lesson he was being taught and becoming a better man because of it.

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  • Tracey Allan
  • 02-02-20

Laugh Out Loud

A great book, fantastic storyline with a few sad bits but mostly it did make me laugh out loud. Narrator did a fab job and I am really looking forward to listening to the next book.
I was given this free audiobook code and I have left an honest unbiased review.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 01-29-20

Excellent!

I can wholeheartedly recommend Book 1 of the peas and carrots series, a bittersweet tale that will have you laughing, cringing, feeling great dislike and love and watch life weave its magic tapestry. A bittersweet story with a moral.
Hannah Lynn is a new author for me and I loved the way she wrote, she had me entertained throughout.
Along with Race Beckley, a new narrators voice to me, the characterisation was colourful and clear! no wondering who was who with his great voices.

Loved it, recommend it and look forward to seeing where Book 2 goes .. especially with Book 1 being such a hard act to follow.

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  • Benny
  • 01-28-20

Fantastic!

I was enticed by the title! Great find, the author has an observant eye and paints true-to-life characters, finding the spot-on word each time. The narrator is "ear-friendly" and slides seamlessly between his character interpretations. His Susy voice didn't quite hit the spot for me personally, but otherwise brilliant, absolutely recommend!

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  • Chez
  • 01-19-20

A great listen

I didn’t know what to expect with this book. But I was pleasantly surprised and couldn’t stop listening once I started. Moving onto book 2 now.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 10-18-19

Funny with feeling

A funny story of family & strife.
It starts with a Dad passing away & not exactly writing the will of his sons dreams!
I had a few sniggers at this, some aaw moments too. It was funny but it had feeling too.
A good listen with funny moments, enjoyed it