Colin and Izzy Griggs' traditional farming way of life is under threat from red tape. Colin just wants to farm and not be a pen-pusher. Desperate for new ideas, he takes inspiration from a doughnut and sets up a "Hole Farming Business".
His first job is to supply 18 holes for the newly refurbished golf course. Colin's ineptness leads to a number of incidents surrounding the grand opening, creating an archenemy of the Club's Captain, Major Woods.
His business is given a much needed boost by the arrival of Lady Wills into the Manor House. She requires holes for her ornate ponds, but before awarding the contract needs a reference from Colin's previous employer, Major Woods.
How will Colin manage to get the reference he needs to save his business? How exactly do you manage to farm holes? And who is really wearing the stockings in the Griggs household?
Set in the rural village of Henslow, The Hole Opportunity is a true English farce with miscommunication, double entendre, humorous plotlines, and a host of memorable characters.
What did you like most about The Hole Opportunity?
I don’t know the author, other than via social media, but I was highly delighted to be gifted an audiobook copy of ‘The Hole Opportunity’ by the very generous James Mintner after an exchange on Goodreads. I don’t usually listen to audiobooks as I have little opportunity to do so but I thoroughly enjoyed the next couple of weeks of dog walks when I took ‘The Hole Opportunity’ with me.This is a book from a genre I would not usually choose but it just goes to show that you should always keep an open mind. It is a very British farce based on the genius idea of a farmer, Colin Griggs and his wife Izzy, wanting to diversify and subsequently coming up with the ‘hole’ business. It is far-fetched, obviously, this is a work of farce after all but it is carried off throughout with great ease and enthusiasm. The fully rounded characterisations are solid and stereotypical - just as they should be in this sort of story - you could picture each and every one brilliantly. This is a fun, light hearted book to read or listen to filled with misunderstandings and entertaining situations that involve the whole village, golf club, nearby country house, pub, bank...amongst others and a cast of ‘mostly’ likeable characters.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hole Opportunity?
The golf club scene - with the rabbits!!
What about Pete Nottage’s performance did you like?
Finally I thought the narration of the book by Pete Nottage was excellent, he has done a very good job and I was really impressed by this presentation of the book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I guess...if I ever had that time available, but it's over 10 hours long!
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Hole Opportunity to be better than the print version?
I never read the printed version, but I laughed all the way through the audiobook. "I'm a HOLE farmer!!"
Who was your favorite character and why?
Collin was my favorite character because of his ideas. They were so out there and you just knew they were going to go wrong....somehow...
Have you listened to any of Pete Nottage’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the first time I have listened to this reader. He did a good job since I could tell everyone apart, which for me is what a good reader does. :-)
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The Hole Story
Any additional comments?
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I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook - especially the British humor. I usually listen to mysteries and adventures so this book had that nice touch of zaniness that had me laughing and going back to listen again. Very fun book when you need a break and want a few laughs.
This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
Any additional comments?
I was gifted this audio book from the author with the understanding that I would give an honest review. That said I normally don't read this type of book but I do love British TV comedy. Well I really enjoyed this audio book it was fun and different. A very interesting story line. I found my self laughing out loud and smiling through out the book. I would recommend this book just be careful if you listen to it in public :)
Great story. Continue from crazy action to crazy action. A cast of odd yet hilarious characters. British ladies, scarecrows, majors, bank managers, farmers, police, news reporters, scandal, holes, black mail and more. Loved it from start to finish. Kept me well entertained. The narrator dos a wonderful job conveying the insanity.
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Oh my! this British comedy is absolutely crazy. I kept listening to see what other trouble Collin can get himself into. He didn't fail to deliver and took most of the village with him.
The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed.
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