From the best-selling author of Are we Nearly there Yet? (Radio 2 Book of the Year & voted Amazon Customers' Fave Kindle Read 2011) comes a new hilarious and touching story of travel chaos.
Ben Hatch is on the road again. Commissioned to write a guidebook about France (despite not speaking any French) he sets off with visions of relaxing chateaux and refined dining. Ten thousand miles later his family's been attacked by a donkey, had a run-in with a death-culti, and, after a near drowning and a calamitous wedding experience involving a British spy, his own marriage is in jeopardy.
A combination of obsessions about mosquitoes, French gravel, and vegetable theme parks mean it's a bumpy ride as Ben takes a stand against tyrannical French pool attendants, finds himself running with the bulls in Pamplona and almost starring in a snuff movie after a near-fatal decision to climb into a millionaire's Chevrolet Blazer.
Funny and poignant, Road to Rouen asks important questions about life, marriage, and whether it's ever acceptable to tape baguette to your children's legs to smuggle lunch into Disneyland Paris.
©2013 Ben Hatch (P)2013 Headline Digital
I loved Ben's book, but Andrew Wincotts narration bothered me, especially when doing Dinah or the children's words.... curious
His relationship with his wife
The scenes about French people
I expected a book about France but it was mostly about the difficult relationship between Ben Htch and his wife!
Everything! The characterisation, the dialogue, the story and the narration all combine to produce a whinging, annoying and self centered experience.
Possibly as I can't believe anything else by him can be so bad.
His vocalisation of the wife was demeaning, the constant whinging became grating and the children ...
Before purchasing this audio book I read the varied reviews including the comments about the constant blaming, whinging and demeaning of Ben's wife and dismissed them as being the style of the humour. I was wrong, listening to this audio book really is hard work and ultimately I just couldn't take it any longer.
Silly adults and rude children,what a waste of listening time, I found it annoying and embarrassing that adults on an exciting ( or what should have been ) holiday trip can't keep control of any part of their journey plans and blame anyone but themselves for their failures,from sat nav set up,to toilet stops
One of the best alongside the other Ben Hatch has written
The kids voices - brilliant!....the Onion museum, Disney and the hidden baguettes lol
Oh he is BRILLIANT - well done!!!! your voices brought these characters to life - completely!
LAUGH!!!!! absolutely compelling listening - gutted when it ended!
Write another one please!!!!!
I cannot think of anyone apart his immediate family who would enjoy this book
His narration is fine
Very few, too self indulgent for my liking.
Try Bill Bryson for a great example of great content and a entertaining travel book
Audiobook fanatic, self confessed Agatha Christie expert, always looking out for interesting new titles.
Ben Hatch's writing about his family's experiences around France are so entertaining because they are so easy to visualise. I felt part of the trip as he detailed panicked driving around the Eiffel Tower and frustration at the toll booths.
If you enjoyed this then the family's tour around England 'Are We Nearly There Yet?' is a must-listen
In a film of this I would definitely cast Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig from 'Episodes'.
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