Ever wondered how easy it would be to start new life in a different country? Fiestas and Siestas Miles Apart is a humorous look at what happened to the Cuthbertson family, Alan and Heather along with daughters Stacey and Ashlie when they decide to sell everything, including the family stationery business, load the family car and move from England to Spain.
Unfortunately half way through the process the girls have other ideas and take off on their own adventure across Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand. The naivety of the un-streetwise pair is shown in the emails and texts received by their parents, who themselves are finding Spanish life a very steep learning curve. Who knew fried sparrow was a delicacy? And Alan's first hunting trip is not a completely successful expedition, but a very funny one. Eventually the Cuthbertson family finds the house and village of their dreams, but this is just the beginning of their adventures in Spain.
©2013 Alan Cuthbertson (P)2016 Alan Cuthbertson
Difficult to say.
Having lived in Spain for 16 years, I found several unnecessary factual errors which were annoying. The author obviously does live in Spain but should have taken greater care with his facts.
When choosing a narrator for a book including a spattering of foreign words, it would be better to have someone with at least a knowledge of the correct pronunciation of that language. Also, there is a section in the book which deals with the Spanish people's inability to pronounce the author's wife's name but the narrator pronounces certain sounds incorrectly which, not only is detracting, but also makes this part of the story a bit pointless.
Not a bad book but probably not for those who've done the same thing. This genre is led by Chris Stewart's "Driving Over Lemons" - this book is a poor imitation.
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
This was a pretty great listen, with several moments that had me laughing out loud. I have been to Spain many times, and have English friends who did the whole pack up and move thing... there was a lot of information that some don't consider in moving abroad, and the family really are put through the mill. And I've seen some of that with what my own friends have been through. There could have been some more details on the process of how and what the paperwork was involved, but I wasn't sure if the author had actually been through the process themselves and it might have been a lot more research than they were wanting to do. But it did still give us a good insight into what can happen, what can go wrong and how families pull together of course.
Of the two sister what an adventure they have themselves, leaving their parents with many a problem to worry over, without the stuff they're going through themselves.
Richard has a lovely tone to his voice, and he did a good job with the narration. I am eager to see what he does next :)
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