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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages Audiobook

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages

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Publisher's Summary

Polly, an average, completely ordinary property lawyer, is convinced she's losing her mind. Someone keeps drinking her coffee. And talking to her clients. And doing her job. And when she goes to the dry cleaner's to pick up her dress for the party, it's not there. Not the dress - the dry cleaner's. And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely going on - and it's going to take more than a magical ring to sort it out.

©2011 Tom Holt (P)2011 Hachette Digital

What the Critics Say

"Clever, funny, tirelessly inventive ...Tom Holt maybe the most imaginative satirist to land on our shores since Douglas Adams." (Christopher Moore)

"Uniquely twisted...cracking gags." (The Guardian)

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    Heather Aberdeen, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Heather Aberdeen, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Some magic you can believe in!"

    This is the 4th or 5th title of Tom Holt's that I've had the pleasure of experiencing but the first I've had as an audiobook. Either way it's another excellent story where even the plainest of characters have the most adventures and you are kept guessing and wondering until the end of the book where the mysteries are revealed in the most inventive and amusing of ways.

    While listening to this one, i was asked about the story and anyone who hadn't read one of these before looked at me in complete bewilderment as i spoke of pigs and chickens and things that seemed downright silly. To anyone who has read any in his collection however it's only expected that the weird and wonderful will certainly come to life.

    I enjoyed Ray Sawyer's narration and interpretation of each character, this defiantly helped in building a picture of each of them individually and aiding the escapism which is always something i crave in books, paper or audio.

    Having read a few of Holt's books prior to downloading this, I was pleased to be able to hear that characters from other titles were still involved in 'the Trade'.

    This is a book which can be enjoyed by anyone whether you've experienced Holt before or not, you must be willing however to open your mind to magic, mystery and farm animals that have more sense than perhaps you first thought!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. K. I. Richards 26/12/2011 Member Since 2009

    audioworm

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    "life, liberty and the persuit of sausages"

    This is the first Tom Holt book I have listened to and I couldn't put it down.Well drawn characters in extraordinary situations, entertaining and funny, it's for those who like something completely different. If you like Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman you may enjoy this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. K. Cowburn 03/08/2015
    Ms. K. Cowburn 03/08/2015

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    "Extremely slow!"
    What did you like best about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages? What did you like least?

    The story itself was okay, it was interesting and different. It took some time to get into the story, it was quite complicated although it did come together at the end. I listened to it in 1.5 x speed, which made it less difficult to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was a unique and interesting concept.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was very slow, very drawn out and even at 1.5 x speed, it was a bit too boring for my liking.


    Do you think Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, definitely no follow-up!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 20/07/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Engage your Holtiness...."
    Where does Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If ever you need a break from life, Tom Holt will always provide a space for you to retire in to. This book is well up to his normal standard and I will keep it within easy reach in my listening library.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tom Holt continues to demonstrate his ability to take a concept and run backwards with it; laughing and challenging you to join him.


    What about Ray Sawyer’s performance did you like?

    I think it might be a challenge to deliver a Tom Holt. Ray Sawyer does the job... He doesn't get in the way of the story, which is what you really want.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Multidimensional conveyancing for the 21st Century.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N Cowan Great Yarmouth, norfolk 10/06/2015
    N Cowan Great Yarmouth, norfolk 10/06/2015 Member Since 2015

    I grew up in Qatar, which is a small middle-eastern country. I have an odd worldveiw, largely because of that, but I'm basically a hard-work

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    "kinda bizarre, but not bad"

    very metaphysical, playing with time and space to make a very British comedy. not the best work of fiction, but idle fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rose 31/05/2015
    Rose 31/05/2015 Member Since 2016

    I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.

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    "How funny is this?"

    Th story is very funny. I don't think I've laughed so much in a long time. The naration is top class and that makes the story even more amusing. What I disliked about the overall construction of the book is the appalling grammar. At school in my day we'd have been marked down for excessive repitition or misuse of grammar. the word 'said' appears in the book far too often for my taste. I would recommend this book to any lovers of the Terry Pratchet novels. It really is very very funny

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Chalkly Luton, Beds, England 19/07/2016
    Paul Chalkly Luton, Beds, England 19/07/2016 Member Since 2012

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    "Odd and slow"

    I really struggled with this book. I like my sci fi but found it odd all the same. Now I have read the Stand by Stepeh King and all the Lord of the Rings which are long books and certainly not a rapid pace. This book is slow! I finished it out of pure stubbenness but was glad when it was over. It is like sitting in a overly warm doctors waiting room for an excessive amount of time only to be greeted by a slow moving, non smiling doctor who clearly isn't paying you attention.

    Still the performance was very good and is what kept me reading, really created the personallities of the charators very well.

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    L 31/12/2015
    L 31/12/2015
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    "Will stick to buying the books"

    I love Tom Holt books so I was really happy when I found they were available on Audible, however this will be the last one I buy. The narrator is absolutely terrible, his voice horrible and the way he voices some of the characters is unbearable. In fact his narration was so bad I couldn't even get past a few chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J Grady 09/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "How many hours of being patronised can you endure?"

    Thank God I didn't read this. Use low scifi gobbledygook and hope for the best. (poor miss)

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    Martyn. R. Winters Cardiff UK 19/10/2015
    Martyn. R. Winters Cardiff UK 19/10/2015 Member Since 2011

    A reader of science fiction and other speculative musings for more than 40 years, I'm most fond of the grand themes found in space opera.

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    "Warm humour from a terrific storyteller"

    I've yet to come across a Holt novel I haven't enjoyed. His asides and similes are out of the top draw of British humour. Of course the narrator's performance adds to this, but the material is luxuriant.

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    Glentunnel, New Zealand
    11/08/13
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    "Chickens Rule!!"
    Where does Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gogherty-the answer was always almost in his grasp!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Drycleaners leaving their house!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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