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Peas and Queues Audiobook

Peas and Queues

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Publisher's Summary

How do you get rid of unwanted guests? What do you do if there's a racket in the quiet carriage? How should you eat peas, and behave in queues?

How to behave, like how to punctuate, is an aspect of life that many are no longer taught. Thankfully, Sandi Toksvig has come to the rescue with her entertaining guide to modern manners, with characteristic wit and perceptiveness.

©2014 Sandi Toksvig (P)2014 Whole Story Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"This little book will change your life - and that of your loved (and unloved) ones. For the better. And make you laugh." (John Humphrys)

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    PPod 02/12/2014
    PPod 02/12/2014

    I started listening to audiobooks at night during bouts of insomnia. I enjoy crime fiction, interesting biographies but will try anything.

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    "If you love lists you'll love this"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If I could change about this book, it would be to present the lists in a less list like way. Don't quite know how this could be achieved but the wonderful Ms Toksvig reading lists complete with numbers is a tad irritating.

    The book is basically Sandi's advice on etiquette and behaviour. It has value and where she adds more anecdotes or explanations on her thoughts the book is quite amusing and more interesting. I just had trouble with the lists!


    If you’ve listened to books by Sandi Toksvig before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to a Sandi Toksvig novel and loved it. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another one but will avoid any that are similar to this.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think that the book converted well to being read out loud. Maybe reading it you would ignore the numbers and therefore it would be less repetitive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yardswoman 24/07/2015
    Yardswoman 24/07/2015
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    "Manners for Mary"
    What did you like most about Peas and Queues?

    I never thought that a book about etiquette could ever be a good read or listen but i was prepared to risk any book written by the wonderful Sandi Toksvig and I was not disappointed. This is no stuffy tome about which knives and forks to use when attending a banquet at Buckingham Palace, it's a guide to simple good manners which make for easy living everywhere.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ms Toksvig starts with simple ground rules for living at home then extends those simple rules and principles for helping "Mary" (a youngster of her acquaintance) to move around the world with ease and confidence. Mary is given help in all social situations from sharing a student flat to formal dining.


    Which character – as performed by Sandi Toksvig – was your favourite?

    This isn't a "story" as such but I found myself envying Mary the recipient of such practical advice given with Sandi Toksvig's usual self deprecating humour.


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

    I enjoyed dipping in and out of the book and listened to it over several evenings


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it! Who ever thought that good manners could be good fun!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maid Marian Sherwood Forest 14/07/2016
    Maid Marian Sherwood Forest 14/07/2016

    Recently retired, full of beans, finding new things to do - one of which is listening to audio books. Always been a great reader.

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    "Gets better as you read more"
    What did you like most about Peas and Queues?

    Sandi's sense of humour. Very tongue-in-cheek, as you would expect.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Sandi, you'll enjoy this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Nottingham, United Kingdom 20/07/2015
    Wendy Nottingham, United Kingdom 20/07/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious guide to life!"

    An essential guide to life and in particular manners, all in a really amusing way. it also just wouldn't be the same if it were read by anyone else. Really good to listen to if your concentration isn't brilliant :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Hunter 08/06/2015
    M. Hunter 08/06/2015
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    "Lovely"

    A wonderful listen and you might learn a thing or to as well. I certainly did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thistlegirl Surrey 16/11/2016
    Thistlegirl Surrey 16/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A must."

    I believe this book is a must read/listen. It is informative, entertaining and at times just very funny. Most of all I wish I could insist that every teenager(& many adults actually) would engage in this book and learn from it. If we all had good manners how life would be much easier to navigate.
    I highly recommend this book, and especially if you are a fan of Sandi Toksvig.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fire Horse uk 02/11/2016
    Fire Horse uk 02/11/2016 Member Since 2013

    Fire

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    "Enthralling, informative and witty. "

    A fun, light but engaging listen. Sandi at her best. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie D. 22/09/2016
    Marie D. 22/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "This is snort-coffee-through-your-nose funny..."
    If you could sum up Peas and Queues in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging
    Educational
    Comical


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peas and Queues?

    Sandi explaining her partner's pregnancy yearning, and her own reluctance to argue with an hormonal woman!


    Have you listened to any of Sandi Toksvig’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've seen her live and her natural story telling ability and sense of mischief comes across in the book as much as it does on stage. She can take the most mundane subject and make it memorable and funny.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Although this is a light hearted take on etiquette and manners, Sandi's honesty when talking about her own family is both raw and heart warming.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has even the smallest funny bone. I usually listen to audio books whilst driving and I found myself making extra journeys just so I could listen to a bit more! My only criticism is that it was far too short.....can you make your next one somewhere in the region of 50 hours, Ms Toksvig?.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JANE PRIOR 17/05/2015
    JANE PRIOR 17/05/2015
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    "Very funny and informative"

    The content is both informative and entertaining. Read with all humour charm and exquisite timing one expects from Sandi. Great fun and something you can return to again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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