Peggy and Me

Narrated by: Miranda Hart
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (265 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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I want Miranda to be my Best-Friend

I have watched her comedy sitcom, I have seen her comedy show, and I have read her first book. Peggy and Me is a wonderful story of real life with a pet and trying to navigate the world. I listen to the audible and read the book too, I laughed, cried, and sympathized with every story.

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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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An Adorable Exploration of Life With a Pet

What I Liked: Miranda remains as clever as ever in her writing and this book remains to be a great little sharing of her life. The story of how the original manuscript for this book had been lost when her apartment was burgled was a little heartbreaking and I can't imagine trying to recover from that loss. But the resulting book is a testament to her commitment to telling this story of her and Peggy.

It's hard to say how this book might be received by non-dog lovers as Peggy does quickly become the focus of the narrative. This is a good and a bad thing of course depending on how you look at it, but I do feel like Miranda's efforts to convey her love for Peggy is certainly infectious enough to get anyone to consider owning a dog or at the very least feeling the need to play with one after finishing this title.

What Could Have Been Better: Somewhat similar to the last book, if you expect this biography to focus more on her life as a comedian and entertainer then you'll be significantly disappointed. This doesn't make the book bad, but having the right expectations is rather important and getting the wrong idea about what this is can sour your impression of the book.

At the same time, Miranda speaking as Peggy in this audio book can be something that is terribly endearing or oddly annoying. I enjoyed it, but I can totally get how it may not be everyone's cup of tea. If you weren't too impressed with Miranda speaking as a younger version of herself in the last book then I doubt her Peggy personification will do that much better.

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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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Spoke to my hart (pun intentional)

Emotionally, spiritually, the goofy pet gene in me loved this book, author, and star in more ways than one. Thank you for being so honest and sincere in writing this book (twice).

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Brilliant and hilarious!

Loved this audiobook. Miranda Hart is a gem. As a dog owner who has ran into some of these adventures, I found this book to be entertaining as well as, genuinely hilarious.

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Struck me deeply at many levels

Thank you Miranda and Peggy for sharing! from Chris and her little Jackie-doggie-girl. (Please come meet Jackie in the “about” section of YourGynNP.com ... please keep writing books! Chris Jones - cmrj1968@gmail.com)

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For the Dog Lovers

Loved this book, couldn't stop listening. Laughter, lessons, and a dog! What more could you need?

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Such Fun

This Is classic Miranda only it deals from the perspective of her dog Peggy.
Every now and then Peggy gives a bark, I can see Miranda turning from her seat and making that happen. This is a lovely story about Miranda and Peggy that takes one away from everyday thoughts. I listen to it every night and find myself chuckling out loud.

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Miranda and dog lovers alike will enjoy this book.

So far the best of Hart’s books. The author reading it helps visualize these stories and brings her world to life.

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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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  • Christine H. M. Pritchard
  • 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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  • Shetland gal
  • 04-03-17

A non story, non event

Would you try another book written by Miranda Hart or narrated by Miranda Hart?

Not based on this one. It was too rambling and disconnected

Would you ever listen to anything by Miranda Hart again?

Absolutely yes. She has a great voice for audible books

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

She loves her dog - that is brilliant.

Any additional comments?

I still like Miranda Hart - just not this book.

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  • Carole
  • 02-25-17

Love You Miranda, but not the story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really, just passing the time whilst driving

What was most disappointing about Miranda Hart’s story?

Her reading was flat, uninteresting the the change in vocals to Peggy Voice, didnt quite hit the mark.

What three words best describe Miranda Hart’s performance?

Flat, disappointing.

Did Peggy and Me inspire you to do anything?

I just felt very sad for Miranda that she hadnt found the love her life, seemed to be in a personal bad sad space and didnt enlighten me or make me laugh.

Any additional comments?

At the beginning Miranda said that she had lost the original script and this was her second writing. So it appeared from her reading - no enthusiasm and "cheesed off" having to do it all again.
Sorry Miranda, as I do usually love your writings.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-20

Gleeful and uplifting

In a time of so much anxiety and fear, this was the book I needed. Full of giggles and glee. A truly welcome escape that filled my heart with love and hope.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-20

Loved this audiobook!

Miranda Hart is wonderful! She is a rare combination of funny, real, vulnerable and a pleasure to listen to. As a dog person I loved her journey from a pretty low place to one where she is enjoying life and people again, all brought about by her therapist, a small dog. Around the middle of this book it was a bit underwhelming but well worth seeing through to the end. This would not be the same in a printed version, without Miranda herself reading it in her very English accent!
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-25-18

Such Fun

I'm a big fan of Miranda , so I knew that I would love this book, which I did!!!!!

Loved hearing Miranda and Peggy's story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-18

Love your pet? Listen to this.

I loved this book/audiobook. The story of pet and owner is different for everyone, but we often find interesting similarities in our experiences... The story of Miranda and Peggy is one that has really resonated with me, and is one that I learned a lot from. I found myself laughing out loud in some moments, and found myself teary in others. Miranda Hart is hilarious, and has such a great style of writing of which I thoroughly enjoyed - it translated to audiobook so so well! Such a fun listen. If you love your dog/pet, please give this a listen.

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  • Sue Svensen
  • 07-01-18

Delightful book, uplifting

I truly enjoyed this book. Miranda is such a lovely and fun person and it was great to hear about her escapades with Peggy.

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  • Alexander Morgan
  • 06-05-18

Miranda Hart is awesome!

Honestly loved this story. Filled with humour and humanity. A truly inspiring person who has made millions laugh!

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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!