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Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds

Living the Dream in Rural Ireland
Narrated by: Andy Stevenson
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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Nick and Lesley Albert yearn to leave the noise, stress, and pollution of modern Britain and move to the countryside, where the living is good, the air sweet, with space for their dogs to run free. Suddenly out of work and soon to be homeless, they set off in search of a new life in Ireland, a country they had never visited. As their adventure began to unfold, not everything went according to plan. If finding their dream house was difficult, buying it seemed almost impossible. How would they cope with banks that didn’t want customers, builders who didn’t need work, or the complex issue of where to buy some chickens?

©Two Ant Press (P)2019 Nick Albert

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Lovely, relaxing listen!

My usual genre is crime fiction. Sometimes I need a palette cleanser. This is perfect for that time when we just need a nice, well written book with nothing unpleasant in the story. It is often funny, sometimes moving and generally one of those comfort reads/listens. The narrator has the perfect voice and upbeat style for the story. He couldn’t produce a decent Irish accent to save his life, but somehow, this doesn’t detract too much.

I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author, via Bookboom, in exchange for an honest review. A second Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds is in the pipe line. I am looking forward to it.

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Wonderful Story and Great Narration

This is such a well-written story and totally engaging. It has the “feel-good” factor, which I found refreshing. I was apprehensive at first as this was my first Audiobook, but I enjoyed being read to as I could multi-task! I listened at every opportunity as I was eager to know what happened next.
Through the excellent narration (very entertaining - so many different voices) I really feel that I know Nick and Lesley and have a clear picture in my mind of their daughter, dogs, chickens, house and surroundings; as well as the countryside. I’ve never been to Ireland, but I want to go and see for myself - it sounds idyllic.
Now I’ve finished; what happens in the next book? I hope volume 2 will be released soon - I can’t wait.

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Lovely memoir brilliantly narrated

I’ve read all books in this series so far. Nick Albert tells us about his life moving to & living in rural Ireland - this audiobook version did not disappoint - highly recommended.

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I was there

Brilliant story and portrayal of the characters. The narrating was exceptional and brought the character to life. Incredibly funny at times and very relational in the different family situations. I felt I was there. I recommend listening to Fresh eggs and Dog beds.

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Very entertaining

Fabulous entertaining and amusing real life story. I don't like some of the high pitched, trying to sound female attempts by the narrator, but that is a small niggle compared to the enjoyment of the hilarious story.

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  • Rebecca
  • 21-02-20

Super cute

Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds by Nick Albert is a fun and quirky book. I listened to this book on audio, and the narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life. Certain parts of the book are a little slow (I know nothing about the intricacies of real estate or what it takes to purchase land in any country, nonetheless a foreign one) but the narrator’s lively manner of speaking kept me engaged and made me want to keep reading.

The majority of this book focuses on the challenges that one couple face on their quest to purchase their dream home in Ireland. They experience many shenanigans and encounter a cast of colorful characters. It was a delightful story, and I am interested in reading the sequel. I would like to hear more about the adventures that this lovable family experience in their new home.

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy of this book on Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 08-12-19

Stressful Life? Move to Ireland!

When Nick is advised by his physician to remove stress from his life to avoid an early demise, he and his wife, Lesley, make the decision to move from the rat-race of urban England to rural Ireland. Therein the humorous adventure begins.

As soon as a listened to the sample for this audiobook, I knew I wanted to request a free review copy of it. My request was granted and I am now leaving a voluntary review.

I have always loved reading memoirs and biographies, so it was a no-brainer I would want to listen to this as well. I'm so glad I did. Nick Albert has written a wonderful story. With plenty of humor, some frustration and a bit of poignancy, we journey with him and his wife on their life-changing adventure. Through house hunting, exploring surrounding villages and idiosyncratic customs and laws, Nick helps us experience what makes western Ireland beautiful and unique. His tales have certainly made me want to visit there someday.

Andy Stevenson's narration could not be more perfect. His conversational style had me believing he could be sitting with me in my living room telling me the story personally.

I can hardly wait to listen to the second book. I want to know more about the characters and characteristics of Nick and Lesley's adopted home. Highly recommended.

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  • Jan
  • 04-12-19

LOVED IT!

verbal-humor, situational-humor, Ireland, England, relocating, renovation, restoration

Terrific story very well written and funny as can be! After getting a wake up call from his doctor and separating from his high stress job, Nick and Lesley decided to relocate to a more rural area (they already have dogs and chickens) and they have modernized a house or two in the past. Another plus is his active history of working in golf courses. After thoroughly recounting past history of friends and family he brings the reader to the point of making the choice to move to Ireland. More fun ensues as they learn the customs, attempt to work with a very busy estate agent, get lost a few times trying to get to some properties, and then there's the insanity of working with a reluctant solicitor! All of the characters certainly are and are shown clearly and with great good humor. As one who has owned and raised family in houses of a certain age, I totally understand a lot of their problems. Funny and informative throughout.
I loved listening to Andy Stevenson's narration. He made it all even more lively!
I won this audiobook in a giveaway!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-19

Great performance

Enjoyed it very much, characteristically and beautiful narrated. Very easy and comfortable listing to a typical british story.

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  • Pamela Langhorne
  • 22-11-19

An incredible listen!

The author immerses the reader immediately into his world. The detailed immersion is never mundane or monotonous, as some would say. However, it is the memoir, and as such, many common readers do not like memoirs. It is an intriguing story, well-written, and profound. It is sad and happy, and troublesome, but always the reader can feel as if he or she were on the journey all along. The journey the author takes on the road to his new life is real and immediate. You are invited to journey along. Enjoy the trip! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.