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Once Upon a Time in the West...Country Audiobook

Once Upon a Time in the West...Country

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Audible Editor Reviews

One of Britain's best-loved comedians and authors, Tony Hawks, has written and narrated his hilarious audiobook Once Upon a Time in the West...Country, a memoir of his move from big-city London life to the villages of the West Country, family in tow. Hear the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows of his challenging adaption to rural living. With good cheer and positivity, Hawks writes of the array of amusing characters he meets along the way. This book is jolly and honest, giving listeners a picturesque scene of country life from a man who tells it best. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Comedian and best-selling author Tony Hawks is embarking on his greatest adventure yet - moving from city life in London to deepest Devon in the West Country.

You can take the man out of the city, but is the countryside ready for him? Comedian and born-and-bred townie Tony Hawks is not afraid of a challenge - or indeed a good bet. He's hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge and taken on the Moldovan football team at tennis one by one. Now the time has come for his greatest gamble yet - turning his back on comfortable city life to move to the wilds of the West Country.

With his partner, Fran, in tow and their first child on the way, he embraces the rituals of village life with often absurd and hilarious results, introducing us to an ensemble of eclectic characters along the way. One minute he's taking part in a calamitous tractor run, the next he's chairing a village meeting, but of course he still finds time for one last solo adventure before fatherhood arrives - cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.

In the epic battle of man versus countryside, who will win out?

©2015 Tony Hawks (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Grandad Gadget 23/07/2015
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    "A Great 'Read'"

    Not often that I write a book review particularly one I don't need to read, but just listen to. I have a lot of Audibles and enjoy most as I'm a careful chooser, always reading other's reviews! I am drawn to writing a review here though simply because I really enjoyed listening to the author reading his own story. It's a bit like a poet reading their own work, being the only person who really knows what the text was meant to sound like.
    Throughout the book, which I found really hard to pause, I could see Tony relating his adventure in person and not like in a book but as if we were sitting across a pint in the local, having got together after his latest voyage of discovery.
    The story was completely absorbing. I have read, using my eyes, his previous books too but this one just connected in a unique way and was a great experience.
    This book could be used by Audible as a sample to entice new converts to the audio book world.
    Tony, If you read this; it really is 'Grrrreat!' - could be a serial (see what I did there?).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susie S Cornwall, United Kingdom 15/08/2015
    Susie S Cornwall, United Kingdom 15/08/2015 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy many genres but mostly crime series. Favourite narrators - Robert Glenister, Steven Pacey, Jonathan Keeble. I ❤️ Audible!

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    "Funny"

    Just what I needed to keep me chuckling out loud whilst catching up on the gardening and other chores. Good to hear how life has turned out for Tony since his last book A Piano in The Pyrenees - no spoilers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    caya Newton Abbot, United Kingdom 04/08/2015
    caya Newton Abbot, United Kingdom 04/08/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "A relaxing and interesting read."

    Tony Hawkes has written another witty, light-hearted yet thoughtful book about his life and the situations he finds himself faced with. As you would expect, he is a very good narrator.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 28/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "another brilliant look into Tony hawks life"

    loved it thoroughly had me laughing out loud, smiling and smirking throughout the entire book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 18/07/2015
    Rosemary 18/07/2015 Member Since 2009
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    "Great read"

    I loved this book it was wonderfully entertaining
    Made me laugh out loud I read all of Tony Hawks books and have never been disappointed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Hayes 10/06/2015
    John Hayes 10/06/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "A gentle stroll through the West Country"
    What made the experience of listening to Once Upon a Time in the West...Country the most enjoyable?

    Very humorous, his description of the characters were excellent and had me laughing out loud at certain points - if you're thinking of moving to the country, this is a good reason why!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The piglet which was an added bonus to the story


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Riding the tractor had me in stitches....


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

    Its a bit long to do in one sitting, its an easy return to.


    Any additional comments?

    Tony Hawks voice makes it....its fun and an interesting listen on making the move from the smoke to the rural life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 29/06/2015
    Paul 29/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing after reading previous TH titles"

    Rather ordinary albeit amusing in parts. Somehow cycling with the pig and the tractor episode seemed to have something missing after the fridge and tennis.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carl 07/12/2016
    Carl 07/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Self indulgent & dull"

    Big fan of Hawk's other books but just did not get this. Put simply, very little happens & the humour is scarce.

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    Elinor B. 07/11/2016
    Elinor B. 07/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Once Upon a Time in the West...Country?

    I found the story boring and couldn't listen until the end (even though I really did try)


    What was most disappointing about Tony Hawks’s story?

    I don't know Tony Hawks, but after listening to some excellent autobiographies of other comedians (David Mitchell, Jack Dee, Michael Mcintyre, Sue Perkins) audible suggested this to me. It is not anywhere near the level of the others in terms of being an interesting story, or being funny or clever.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was read incredibly slowly, which definitely didn't help


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Once Upon a Time in the West...Country?

    I suppose it should really start with some funny stories to grab your attention instead of a long boring story about how he met his wife (sorry Tony).


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry to write such a negative review but I am disappointed and wish I hadn't wasted my credit on something I couldn't listen to. I will be making sure to listen to the clip before I buy anything in future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tobias L Ashton 13/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Bland anecdotes"

    If you want gentle stories of the country try Herriot or Phinn. If you want humour try Hawk's earlier works. Disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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