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Summary

The troubled teenager continues to struggle valiantly against the slings and arrows of growing up and his own family's attempts to scar him for life. In between the ups and downs of his relationship with the divine Pandora and worrying that his genius is going unrecognized, Adrian Mole chronicles the pains and pleasures of a misspent adolescence.

©1985 Sue Townsend (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

Critic reviews

"A satire of our times. Very funny indeed." ( Sunday Times)
"We laugh both at Mole and with him. A wonderful comic read, that, like all the best comedy, says something rather meaningful." ( Heat)

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The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole

Taking over straight from 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole', book number two of the highly successful series doesn't disappoint in audiobook form. In fact, it's brilliant and I have already purchased #3.

Nicholas Barnes is a sublime narrator and really brings Mole to life.

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Every Bit As Good As The First Installment!

This, the second book in the Adrian Mole series of books superbly written by Sue Townsend, is every bit as funny and absorbing as the first. Again, I read this many years ago when I too was a teenager, and it brings back so many fond and awkward memories.

Adrian, is a character you can't help feeling sympathy for, even though at times you can't help but feel he brings a lot of his woes upon himself. But at heart, he is a decent and kind-hearted teenager, trying to find himself in this big world.

Narration by Nicholas Barnes was very good and helped to make this audio experience a pleasant one.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Ia
  • 09-06-15

Amazing

It was really good, the story line was perfect and the performance was read beautifully I really enjoyed this audio book and it made me laugh 💙

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Great listen

What did you like most about The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole?

I most liked the similarities between going through acne and embarrassment.

Would you be willing to try another book from Sue Townsend? Why or why not?

Yes, it is really entertaining listen.

What does Nicholas Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His voice is great and definitely shows oh you would expect him to sound if you were reading it.

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

No I listened to it in stages because it is a lot to take in all at once.

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  • Aaron Pryka
  • 28-12-17

Loved it!

Townsend delivers another hilarious and heartwarming story! Wish I had found these sooner! Must read!

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  • Mia
  • 17-11-12

Another funny diary

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes: It is both warm and funny.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Adrian, since it is his diary.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Barnes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes in the first adrian Mole book. This was just as good as this

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

His innocence.

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  • Sheila
  • 20-10-12

Funnier than the first

Adrian's parents have reconciled, but he is still obsessed with Pandora and writing for the BBC. Adrian's life is about to turn upside down, but he sails on naively unaware of major events happening around him. Much of the book concerns his mother's pregnancy and delivery, and the settling in of Adrian's new sister. This made me laugh so hard, I had to stop listening while driving. I couldn't see through the tears.

Maybe it's because the characters are more familiar, but I thought this book was funnier than the first. Adrian's diary entries present huge warning flags of trouble ahead, and much of the fun is seeing it come crashing in. I can't wait to get to the next book.