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Summary

From the best-selling author of Are we Nearly there Yet? (Radio 2 Book of the Year & voted Amazon Customers' Fave Kindle Read 2011) comes a new hilarious and touching story of travel chaos.

Ben Hatch is on the road again. Commissioned to write a guidebook about France (despite not speaking any French) he sets off with visions of relaxing chateaux and refined dining. Ten thousand miles later his family's been attacked by a donkey, had a run-in with a death-culti, and, after a near drowning and a calamitous wedding experience involving a British spy, his own marriage is in jeopardy.

A combination of obsessions about mosquitoes, French gravel, and vegetable theme parks mean it's a bumpy ride as Ben takes a stand against tyrannical French pool attendants, finds himself running with the bulls in Pamplona and almost starring in a snuff movie after a near-fatal decision to climb into a millionaire's Chevrolet Blazer.

Funny and poignant, Road to Rouen asks important questions about life, marriage, and whether it's ever acceptable to tape baguette to your children's legs to smuggle lunch into Disneyland Paris.

©2013 Ben Hatch (P)2013 Headline Digital

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  • Steve
  • East Farleigh, United Kingdom
  • 02-10-13

Interesting narration, but great book

What made the experience of listening to Road to Rouen the most enjoyable?

I loved Ben's book, but Andrew Wincotts narration bothered me, especially when doing Dinah or the children's words.... curious

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Not much information about France!

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A psychologist.

What was most disappointing about Ben Hatch’s story?

His relationship with his wife

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scenes about French people

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I expected a book about France but it was mostly about the difficult relationship between Ben Htch and his wife!

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Can't Believe Author & 'Story' Can be SO Annoying

What disappointed you about Road to Rouen?

Everything! The characterisation, the dialogue, the story and the narration all combine to produce a whinging, annoying and self centered experience.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Hatch again?

Possibly as I can't believe anything else by him can be so bad.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His vocalisation of the wife was demeaning, the constant whinging became grating and the children ...

What character would you cut from Road to Rouen?

Ben.

Any additional comments?

Before purchasing this audio book I read the varied reviews including the comments about the constant blaming, whinging and demeaning of Ben's wife and dismissed them as being the style of the humour. I was wrong, listening to this audio book really is hard work and ultimately I just couldn't take it any longer.

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Clueless

Silly adults and rude children,what a waste of listening time, I found it annoying and embarrassing that adults on an exciting ( or what should have been ) holiday trip can't keep control of any part of their journey plans and blame anyone but themselves for their failures,from sat nav set up,to toilet stops

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SUPERB!!!!

Where does Road to Rouen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best alongside the other Ben Hatch has written

What was one of the most memorable moments of Road to Rouen?

The kids voices - brilliant!....the Onion museum, Disney and the hidden baguettes lol

What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

Oh he is BRILLIANT - well done!!!! your voices brought these characters to life - completely!

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

LAUGH!!!!! absolutely compelling listening - gutted when it ended!

Any additional comments?

Write another one please!!!!!

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Too self indulgent to be entertaining

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I cannot think of anyone apart his immediate family who would enjoy this book

Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Hatch again?

Probably not

Would you be willing to try another one of Andrew Wincott’s performances?

His narration is fine

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Very few, too self indulgent for my liking.

Any additional comments?

Try Bill Bryson for a great example of great content and a entertaining travel book

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  • Sarah
  • United Kingdom
  • 16-07-13

Fantastic Audiobook - One to Laugh Along To

What made the experience of listening to Road to Rouen the most enjoyable?

Ben Hatch's writing about his family's experiences around France are so entertaining because they are so easy to visualise. I felt part of the trip as he detailed panicked driving around the Eiffel Tower and frustration at the toll booths.

What other book might you compare Road to Rouen to, and why?

If you enjoyed this then the family's tour around England 'Are We Nearly There Yet?' is a must-listen

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

In a film of this I would definitely cast Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig from 'Episodes'.