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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"Adrian Mole really is a brilliant comic creation." (The Times, London)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
It's my first experience with Adrian Mole, and I may try once again later, as I've read good criticisms of his stories. Though, this one wasn't that convincing. The end isn't an end as such, there are some witty episodes along the way, but no clear track to follow, we're just hanging around in his life.
I loved the Adrian Mole books when I was growing up, and they are the first series of books I remember reading from cover to cover. I've always admired Sue Townsend as she is a comic genius and her one-liners are classic.
I was really looking forward to listening to this book. It didn't entirely live up to my high expectations, as it was more downbeat and serious than the past ones, and even a little depressing.
However, that doesn't mean that it was a bad listen.
It was actually quite moving, especially when Adrian talked about his illness. Having sadly had personal experience of living with someone with a terminal illness, Townsend's observations through Adrian were pretty true-to-life, touching and amusingly related with quite a dark humour.
If you decide to listen to this book expecting to chuckle constantly then you probably will be disappointed, but if you want to listen to a very well-written and accomplished book with the odd moment of laugh-out-loud humour narrated aptly by an actor who voices a 40-year-old Adrian with the pendanticness and geekchic he deserves, then you'll really enjoy this.
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