The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

Narrated by: Nicholas Barnes
Series: Adrian Mole, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, and his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual', Adrian's painfully honest diary is still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared.

©1982 Sue Townsend (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

Critic Reviews

"We laugh both at Mole and with him. A wonderful comic read, that, like all the best comedy, says something rather meaningful." ( Heat)

Editor's Pick

If Jordan Petersen had a delightful young cousin
"I feel certain that I will die on a hill someday shouting that Adrian Mole is completely underappreciated in this country. In this first diary, young Adrian, who lives in an unremarkable town in the Midlands of England, wrestles with an unrequited crush that he's convinced is actually one of the world's greatest love stories, his parents' complicated—and to him frankly juvenile—marital problems, and an overwhelming sense that he is special; that he and his unique intellect are not (as the kids today say but didn’t in the 80s) 'seen.' With almost every entry bound to make you laugh, I dare anyone to not absolutely adore this kid."
Emily C., Audible Editor

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Funny little book

I enjoyed it. And it was a quick listen. There was some great laugh out loud moments!

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it was just so funny??!

i guess it depends on who is listen or reading this book .. do u have kids ... or are you an adult who can appreciate this kind of read ... i found it on Audible ... loved it ... i feel in love with the narrator. Nicholas Barnes. a lot of the time if the narrator rocks ... it really sells the book/audio book for me. great listen ...and when i have time i will read more from Sue soon enough!! love the cover!

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Funny

I Very funny book. I enjoyed it very much. Would recommend for a good chuckle!

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Loved meeting Adrian

I met Adrian and for a year he let me into his whole life. Funny how snippets from a diary can be so rich and complete

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  • Susan Random
  • 04-19-17

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

Growing up, this was one of my favourite books of the eighties and Nicholas Barnes' narration takes it to a new level. Given Mole's naive teenage canter through the early part of that decade is just sublime to hear.

I'm planning to buy the whole series on Audible. Sue Townsend: you're hugely missed.

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  • Logan123
  • 02-27-17

Always a classic

Took a few chapters to get used to the voice which was pretty flat. I suppose the narrator was deliberately monotone because he was acting the part of a 13 year old. The humour was brilliant and laugh out loud in parts. Nicholas Barnes really comes into his own in the next book in the series but this one is still a classics will listen to again.

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  • Julia Ashford
  • 08-06-16

Brilliant

Read this book 33 years ago , loved it. Just listened to it on a road trip with two 13year old boys. A trip down memory lane for me, loving the adult humour that I missed as a child. The two boys giggled all the way through . Such a classic

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  • D Coleman
  • 04-17-17

still just as funny

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

of course......
for anyone who grew up in the 80's this was one of THE books to read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved grandma, she was funny and warm....and of course we see our family in them.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Christmas........

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have, and re-listened

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  • Alan
  • 12-24-16

Great fun

Read the book watched the TV adaption and have listened to the audio book great bit of fun probably down load the others

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  • laineya
  • 07-04-16

Wonderful

Great story, fantastically performed. I would highly recommend this to anyone whether they are familiar with the book or not.

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  • Sambhu Nath Roy
  • 12-03-17

life is always a day long

One diary entry at a time we look into the life of an adolescent boy with all round dysfunctional relations.

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  • xavier.ainsworth
  • 05-10-20

Incomplete

The book was incomplete and finished half way through a chapter and I missed the story

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  • Vance
  • 04-23-20

A Laugh A Minute!

This is fantastic.

I laughed from beginning to end. As in actually laugh out loud!

I warmed to the narrator. Initially I wasn’t keen but I think this is because I wasn’t use to his voice. In my head Adrian has a different voice from when I read the books. I used to read him in Will McKenzie’s voice from The Inbetweeners, so I had to get use to a new voice.

Still, this doesn’t take anything away from the audiobook.

After finishing this review I’ll be getting the next diary.

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  • Ash
  • 12-02-19

Good book

#Relatable could not stop laughing
Love it good to listen to before bed Best book ever

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  • Konstantin
  • 07-29-19

Sicth!

The narrator can't say the word "sixth" to save himself. And it comes up a surprising number of times in this book. Down with sicth! it's killing me. I adore the book in general though and I'm enjoying the performance, (apart from sicth).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-19

Funny and a good pick me up

Entertaining. Funny. Dramatic.

Loved the style of writing. It takes you back to teenage awkward times and explores the dramas and challenges of being a teenager in a beautiful clever way.