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Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years | [Sue Townsend]

Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years

Adrian Mole is 39 and a quarter. Due to his financial situation he has been forced to move next door to his parents. And his numerous nightly visits to the lavatory lead him to suspect prostate trouble. As his worries multiply, a phone call to his old flame ignites powerful memories and makes him wonder - is she the only one who can save him now?
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Publisher's Summary

Adrian Mole is 39 and a quarter. Due to his financial situation, he has been forced to move next door to his parents. And his numerous nightly visits to the lavatory lead him to suspect prostate trouble.

As his worries multiply, a phone call to his old flame ignites powerful memories and makes him wonder - is she the only one who can save him now?

©2009 Lily Broadway Productions Ltd (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Adrian Mole really is a brilliant comic creation." (The Times, London)

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    Steven cardiffUnited Kingdom 28/03/2010
    Steven cardiffUnited Kingdom 28/03/2010 Member Since 2010
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    "superb"

    yet again, Sue Townsend produces another comic masterpiece involving her most enduring charactor Adrian Mole. As with the most recent books in this series, the mixing of humour and sadness is wonderfully done and this book is no exception. One of the best things about these books is that even though most of the situation our hapless hero finds himself in are totally unrealistic and yet, you find yourself believing in them and in Adrian himself... wouldn't we all love to know someone like him? lastly, a word on the reader- a great choice, Mark Hadfield read the book wonderfully.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan bookham, surrey, United Kingdom 13/06/2010
    Susan bookham, surrey, United Kingdom 13/06/2010
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    "Welcome reunion with an old friend"

    I've grown up with Adrian Mole and have, through the years, enjoyed the wonderful books by Sue Townsend. Adrian started off life as a weedy, pompous boy, and is now nearly 40. The voice of Adrian, sympathetically narrated in this book, made me feel warmer towards him than I have in previous books. That had little to do with the prostate troubles of the title, and more to do with the growing certainty that Adrian is more sinned against than sinning, and perpetually misunderstood. This book accompanied me on several trips down the M3 and back, and the miles flew by. This is a warm, and uplifting book, despite the title and Adrian deals with his travails with courage and gusto, and always does the next right thing. Bravo, Adrian!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lucie 05/04/2014
    Lucie 05/04/2014 Member Since 2013

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    "Comic genius as ever"
    Any additional comments?

    Adrian Mole, as ever, is amusingly believable in all his idiosyncrasies, and the narrator has done a very good job of remaining deadpan for even the most laughable of his woes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Bristol, United Kingdom 03/11/2013
    Timothy Bristol, United Kingdom 03/11/2013

    Avid audiobook listener with varied book tastes.

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    "Brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years?

    Some of Bernard Hopkins reactions to events and people


    What about Ark Hadfield’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic, made me feel more involved with the book and accents/voices were just brillaint


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh for sure.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Rotherham, United Kingdom 06/10/2012
    Philip Rotherham, United Kingdom 06/10/2012
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    "Laugh Out Loud Fantastic"

    Got a few strange looks while driving listening to this book! It is great to listen to in the car. Any fans of Adrian Mole must buy this book, it is the best one of the lot. Great Read\listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jane Cadiz, Spain 19/08/2012
    jane Cadiz, Spain 19/08/2012 Member Since 2010

    I am 66, quite well read. I like detective novels, spy novels, love John le Carre, but really the narrator makes the book for me.

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    "sad and funny"

    How can a book about marital breakdown, redundancy and cancer be so funny? I absolutely loved this book and was sorry to reach the end. Sue Townsend has not written a sequel so far, what a shame. If anyone has a relation or friend with cancer, read this. I loved Hadfield's narration, and will look for others read by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leora Naot Ashelim, Israel 19/06/2013
    Leora Naot Ashelim, Israel 19/06/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "A BIG Disappointment"
    What disappointed you about Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years?

    The whole story was missing it's usual oomph. It was repetitive and I expected alot more from Sue Townsend after the others in this series.


    What was most disappointing about Sue Townsend’s story?

    The story was boring and Adrian was a big disappointment!


    Any additional comments?

    I most certaintly DON'T recomend this book whereas others in the Adrian Mole series I do recomend. This one was a BIG disappointment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen United Kingdom 29/10/2012
    Helen United Kingdom 29/10/2012
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    "The Adrian We've Grown Up With"

    I was first introduced to Adrian Mole back in 1986 whilst on one of those survival skills camping trip with school, never looked back following him through all his decades into the Prostrate Years. This one is beautifully written, soft, warm, sad, hilarious, harmonious, its the adrian we grew up with matured, coping with health crisis, marriage breakup, redundancy, what ever life throws at him but finding his way through into a happy balance regardless. Adrian Mole is a hero, if you've followed the series dont miss this one its absolutely brilliantly written and narrated, entertaining and funny with lots of heartwarming moments too. Definitely a Five stars listen which has left me wanting more tales from Adrian Mole in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Accrington United Kingdom 11/01/2012
    Martin Accrington United Kingdom 11/01/2012
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    "Down, down..."

    Like another reviewer, I actually found this book quite depressing, and maybe it is because myself and my friends are getting to the same age as Adrian is in this book.

    I have followed the Adrian Mole stories, right back from the first books in the 80s as a teenager at school. Sue Townsend's previous Adrian Mole book (Weapons of Mass Destruction), was stunning and probably the best and I was unable to stop listening to it. This one was quite the opposite.

    I am sure there are some good things about this book and I know that I should give it another listen, but just found it far too depressing the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karolina Cupar, United Kingdom 26/05/2011
    Karolina Cupar, United Kingdom 26/05/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "A Hoot"

    Sue Townsend does it again. Another chapter in the life of our dear friend Adrian Mole and a great picture of life in the 21st century. Laugh out loud funny, yet also thought-provoking. Hurry up Sue and write the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Emily - Audible
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    "I love Adrian Mole"

    And this book is no exception- i'm just so glad that Sue Townsend continues to write them. But, if beggars CAN be choosers, I thought this book ended too abruptly. I really wanted to know what happened next, and I really am hoping that the author let's us know sooner rather than later.
    Narrator was brilliant and totally believable.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • SUZANNE
    MIAMI, fl, United States
    30/04/12
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    "EXCELLENT"
    What made the experience of listening to Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years the most enjoyable?

    SUE TOWNSEND DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. HER STORIES ARE INTELLIGENT AND VERY FUNNY. GREAT BRITISH HUMOR AND IRREVERENCE. ITS GOOD TO LAUGH AT SOMEONE ELSE BEING SELF DEPRECATING.


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