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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages | [Tom Holt]

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages

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.
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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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    Karen Sheffield, United Kingdom 26/12/2011
    Karen Sheffield, United Kingdom 26/12/2011 Member Since 2009
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. K. Cowburn 03/08/2015
    Ms. K. Cowburn 03/08/2015 Member Since 2015

    Kerry

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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!


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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.


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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.

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    Rose 31/05/2015
    Rose 31/05/2015 Member Since 2015

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Hugman 18/05/2015
    Allan Hugman 18/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "If pigs could fly?"

    A pig with existencial thoughts where is this story heading? Ha Ha read and enjoy.

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    Amazon Customer 17/04/2015 Member Since 2014

    Siouxiebloo... I am a total & utter bookworm, reading Chicklit through to Classics & am always looking out for any up & coming new writers!

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    "Unusual & very enjoyable!"

    Purchased this book on a whim as it would not fall under any of the genres I would normally be interested in, but am so glad I did as it kept me intrigued & keen to see what happened next!
    The choice of narrator was spot on as he played the parts of both female & male so well,& injected each persons part with their own individual character & when humour showed its face from time to time he brought that too the fore...
    I have never read any of this writers books before but look forward to doing so again!

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    D. Minniti Durham, UK 17/02/2015
    D. Minniti Durham, UK 17/02/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Brilliantly preformed audiobook"
    Would you listen to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages again? Why?

    I loved how the plot developed. Holt has an amazing talent for mixing the weird with the everyday. And when you think things couldn't get any more strange, they invariably do. I'm not sure exactly how satisfied I am with the plot resolution. It seems to make sense as long as you dont examine it too closely, but with the amount of crazy unexplained stuff in this book, I can forgive it for being a little hazy in its explanation.


    What other book might you compare Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages to, and why?

    Holt's style is similar to Douglas Adams. It has the drab every day british people in extremely unusual circumstances and it backs its sci-fi "science" up with pretty sound in world logic. Also not too dissimilar from Pratchett in that respect.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    My favourite parts of the book were the numerous 'twists' - real "what the heck am I listening to?" moments where things just get an order of magnitude weirder.

    I really liked the opening chapter with the pig. Very well written and I love the logic of a highly intelligent being with a limited perspective, almost, but not quite, getting to the truth.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Sawyer brings this book to life. Its more of a 13 hour radio play than an audiobook. So often I hear narrators clearly get the intonation wrong on some of their lines (understandable when they're in a studio all day for days at a time) but Sawyer nails every character and line (despite not really being able to do a welsh accent!).

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    N 05/02/2015
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    "Excellent reading"

    I'm not a fan of this genre so didn't enjoy the story at all. However it was exceptionally well read, with a great variety of consistent, appropriate, interesting voices.

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    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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