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Harriet’s Big Fat Wedding Blunder

A Romantic Comedy
Narrated by: Rosie Akerman
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Summary

On arriving home after a friend’s posh wedding, launderette worker Harriet finds her flat has been ransacked and her boyfriend is missing. Shortly afterward, she is harassed by East End gangsters and upper-crust aristocrats. Accepting an offer she can’t refuse, Harriet, against her better judgement, becomes the fiancée of the wealthy Hamilton Lancaster, with dire consequences. What she had not bargained on was meeting Doctor Brice Edmunds.  

Harriet’s Big Fat Wedding Blunder is Lynda Renham’s funniest novel. A cocktail of misunderstandings, three unlikely gangsters, a monkey, and a demented cat make this novel a hysterical listen. Follow Harriet’s adventure where every attempt to get out of trouble puts her deeper in it.

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Hilarious story - totally recommend!

This isn't the sort of genre I would normally go for but I found it a great story. It is a very easy listen and I savoured it over several days so that I could have a giggle every day.

The main characters are very funny and lovable especially Harriet and all of her antics. Some very funny laugh out loud moments that make people around you stare but you can't help it! Her friends are great and I loved the thread running through it of her friends Fiona and Alastair.

Once you've suspended your disbelief at some of the more outrageous sequences of events the story was a bit predictable but the author tells it so well that you don't mind. It is a bit like a pantomime - you cheer for your heroine and her sidekicks and boo at the baddies - a total romp!

The narrator is absolutely brilliant and is perfect for the characters she portrays. Totally recommend.

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5 great big funny stars

A wonderfully funny book. Made me laugh out very loudly several times. Give it a listen, the narrator is brilliant

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Chuckle-icious!

Let's get my complaint out of the way first! My face hurts, (I know, I know, my face has been making people hurt for years), from smiling! This was like opening the window on a crisp, spring morning and letting the fresh air rush in. It was a warm embrace when you're feeling blue, an open-log fire on a snowy, winter's day. OK, enough with the metaphorical musings and onto some facts. Lynda Renham has cracked it with this book; it's funny, endearing, absorbing and a real British farce! All the characters are suitably bonkers, even the normal ones, and when they interact with each other, chaos, misunderstandings and madness ensues. Bravo to Rosie Akerman for her performance, there were a lot of characters, many voices and accents and this was a real challenge to narrate. Ms AKerman did a superb job, how she did it without losing her mind is beyond me, but you can only stand back and admire her work. Of course, a narrator can only be as good as the words allow, and Ms Renham gave Ms Akerman some of the choicest cuts to work with. Harriet's Big Fat Wedding Blunder is British humour at its best. Making fun of ourselves, our class system and the characters and caricatures within. A 5 star hit and over 9 hours of smiles, chuckles, laughs and joy. Tremendous!

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  • DubaiReader
  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 06-03-19

Harriet fumbles through.

If you love Chick-Lit and you laugh out load at comedy novels, then this is the book (or audio) for your summer holiday.

Harriet is a lovable Battersea girl, all rough edges and self-deprecation. She works as a laundrette manager to make money for her medical studies and has a low-life of a boyfriend, Julian. When he lets her down big time, Harriet finds herself saddled with a huge debt and no way of paying it off.
She receives 'An offer she can't refuse' and her ensuing adventures feature gangsters, engagement to a wealthy creep, inviting her wacky family to a large country mansion and, of course, romance.

I have yet to find a book that actually makes me laugh out loud. I can cry buckets, but for some reason I never laugh. So, to say this book made me smile, is probably a good sign. Yes, it was a bit exasperating, but I was forewarned by the title. The ending was a bit predictable, but the way it came about was definitely original.

I wasn't really a fan of the narration, although Rosie Akerman has been praised by other reviewers, I found her male voices unconvincing - with the exception of her sexy Bryce voice. She did a good job with the accents though, so credit where credit's due.

All in all, a good romp, something to take your mind off your own troubles for a few hours.

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Lighthearted and Funny

This is my first book by this author so I had no idea what to expect, what I got was a very good fun, romantic and easy to listen to book. I laughed out loud so many times that I was glad, for once, that I live alone. It's a light-hearted, funny and uplifting story, I may not have always agreed with Harriet's choices, in fact, at times I got frustrated with the choices she made but I was totally engaged in listening to her story.

I really liked the ending even though it was a little predictable. I will definitely listen to more work by both this author and narrator.

The narrator was very good and did an excellent job with all the different characters in the story. There were lots of characters too so no easy feat!

I was given a copy of this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.


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Fun

Enjoyed the change of this genre. Had a few under my breath giggles as I listen at work! Did get asked what I was smiling about a couple of times too.
A light listen, fun listen & the back chat between the friends amused me, very true to life.
The romance was light when it arrived. Not sickly & was entertaining too.

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Laugh out loud funny

Well, I didn’t expect to have so many laugh out loud moments while listening to this audiobook! It is such a light-hearted, funny story and it's a perfect choice if you are in need of some cheering up. I found it easy to connect to Harriet, the main character: whether it was to agree with her decisions, get frustrated about the choices she made or laugh at her/with her depended on the actual situation. The narrator was an added bonus and brought the whole story to life. Well done, I really enjoyed it!

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  • NM
  • UK
  • 01-02-19

A fun filled romp!

A fun filled romp from London to the wilds of Scotland. Poor Harriet, left in the lurch by her fly by night boyfriend. What does she do? She tries to pick up his broken pieces and as a result gets herself into very hot water. Is she a woman or a mouse?

Listened to this on audible and enjoyed the narration. Brice’s voice made him a little slimy sounding but he more than made up for it with his masculinity and pillar of the community ways. Some of the un PC comments about the different demographics within, made me cringe just a little, but in the next moment I was laughing out loud too. Is that wrong? Eeek!

Very enjoyable

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A Jolly Farce

This is a jolly gape and could easily be a theatre farce. Not particularly my humour but pleasant to listen to, and made me smile.

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Tremendous fun

Harriet’s Big Fat Wedding Blunder


This book is an absolute HOOT !!
I am very choosy about the chick lit I read but I was given an offer I could not refuse just like our erstwhile heroine.
The opening chapter has Harriet, part time medical student and Launderette Manager arriving late at a friend’s posh wedding, in a charity shop frock whilst sat with her best friend, her stammering partner and a couple of toffs. Whilst one is dreamy the other is a bit too friendly for her liking particularly as her own Boyfriend who should have been on her arm has been spotted in her mini going in completely the wrong direction!
This is a rip roaring adventure of a book and the cast of characters including a trio of East End gangsters with a very unique tradition in family naming process. Their unwelcome and mercenary insertion into her affairs ( thanks to her foolhardy Boyfriend and his dubious attempts to raise finance for his restaurant) brings near ruin. When ever spiralling debts and the fear of the removal of her fella’s appendages forces Harriet into an ill-advised engagement of convenience she becomes embroiled in a family saga that brings Dreamy Doctor Brice Edmunds back into the ever swirling maelstrom of Harriet’s life.

Frothy and deeply funny Harriet’s Big Fat Wedding Blunder is my first foray into Lynda Renham’s novels. I know I will seek more, from the griminess of Battersea to the wide open spaces of a country seat in Scotland this is a fish out of water tale that tickles every funny bone. Often ludicrous but always great fun with a sweet central romance of equal parts antagonism and a mysterious allure worthy of Hepburn and Tracy, this is the perfect book to get you over that January hump after Christmas.
Fabulous narration by Rosie Akerman keeps the energy high throughout and had me guffawing on my commute and in my bed alike as I could not stop listening

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  • Mindy H
  • 07-02-19

Pure Entertainment!

This was a delightful story! When Commoners consorting with the upper crust the likelihood of snafus is already quite high, but add in bumbling gangsters and a precocious Grandmother with a demented kitty and it’s one chuckle after another!
Desperately looking forward to another story by this Author! The Narrator made this story come to life! Well Done!

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  • Jo Reason
  • 22-01-19

lightweight and easy listen

This is a great book for those who love lightweight, romantic easy reads/listens and having not read any other Lynda’s other books I didn’t know too much of what to expect.
Harriet is just a gal going through some problems with her boyfriend. After all he is a bit of a d**k. (no, that is not duck). And he screws up like you have no idea, but Harriet has a plan to get out of all her problems. And this is where the fun begins. The story line was little far fetched but don’t let that put you off. it is a book for you to forget life for a bit.
This wasn’t as amusing book as thought it would be, I found I didn’t find it laugh out loud at all but I did have a couple of chuckles and smiles but not many. The narrator was superb and did the different characters in the story well. Hats off to her. But, I found there were too many characters and got confused once or twice.

I found the ending to be satisfying, Harriet got her life back on track even though it was a little obvious.