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Summary

Some say Gretyl is loud, hairy, and obnoxious. Others are less complimentary.

Buckle up for a comedic rollercoaster ride, with bad wigs, waxing disasters, holiday scams, a deluded hitman, lust, arson, and murder.

After 50 years of marriage, Gretyl Trollop is thinking of a new life, somewhere hot. Her husband, Albert, is thinking of the crematorium. She's thinking of stuffing herself in a bikini. He's thinking of a taxidermist. The Londoners continue their separate lives until a mysterious letter turns their world upside down.

In Essex, Dave and Sharon Soddall are struggling on benefits and looking for a get-rich-quick solution. With the help of a devious financial advisor, they concoct a plan and Costa Soddall Travel is born.

Will the Soddalls pull off the con of a lifetime? Can Gretyl be silenced? Will Albert end up missing Gretyl?

©2013 Si Page (P)2017 Si Page

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Full of humour, wit and a great storyline

Review Of: Missing Gretyl
Author: Si Page    Narrator: Melanie Crawley

Length 8 hours 55 mins

Before I start I must thank Melanie Preston and Si Page for giving me the opportunity to listen to and review this hilarious book and giving me a great laugh and a smile a minute. I enjoyed the book so much I listened to it in a day.

Missing Gretyl is really full of humour, and wit, it has a very good entertaining story line, with lots of little twists and turns all the way through the plot that you do not expect. I laughed from the start to the finish and thought it had a lovely heartwarming ending, even my husband perked his ears up when he came into the room and he is not a audio book lover.
I don't want to go into great detail about the plot of this book as I really do not want to spoil it for you and I feel there is enough information in the preface, but I must tell you Gretyl Trollop is the main character of the story, and comes across as a not very nice person, she is selfish, manipulative and appears to have a very big ego, but deep down I feel she is unhappy in life and insecure she behaves the way she does to try and feel better about herself and her unhappy life. As the story continued and the plot unravelled I actually really felt for her and grew to like her, I enjoyed her exploits and the other characters hilarious way's and  reactions when they came into contact with the Gretyl. Gretyl is married to her long suffering husband Albert, who accidentally hires a hit man to kill her, and among the other highly entertaining characters are the Soddall Family, whom are trying to rip off another character in the book to make their millions. 

I think the narration of a book is so important and hats off to Melanie Crawley's her narration of this book is superb, she really did captures Gretyl's and Sharon Soddall's personalty.

So if you are in need of a light hearted pick me up, full of laugh's and a great plot, then I would suggest you give this one a go!



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Hillarious

Albert & Gretyl Trollop lead separate lives, Albert, his allotment, and Gretyl shopping, then we have Dave & Sharon Soddall on benefits and looking how they can make a quick buck, this time selling villas in Marbella but what villas? any that's put up are being demolished.
One day Gretyl's luck changes and low and behold she has been left a mansion and money and has gone on holiday to Spain. Albert not so keen on the mansion goes to the pub and meets a stranger and they get talking but at cross purposes, Albert is talking to a so-called hitman and things get a bit hairy, to say the least. Can this hitman do the job? Can Dave & Sharon make a killing in Spain, this novel should be for the stage, it funny, humourous and a great listen and the narrator Melonie Crawley is brilliant.

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Great, fun listen

I loved listening to the audio version of this audio book. I found it really funny and witty. It’s a good, light hearted listen. Definitely cheered me up somewhat. The narrator was fantastic and portrayed the characters well. I would definitely recommend this book 👍🏻😁

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Absolutely fantastic !

One of the best books I’ve listened to. Fabulously narrated. Gretyl and all the characters in the book are truly bought to life. I couldn’t stop listening. I have no doubt I’ll be back to read it again next year. Lots and lots of laughs, heartwarming ending. I’m hoping there’s a sequel!! Brilliant!

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Brilliant

This is a brilliantly funny book. I hated gretyl most of the time and loved her long suffering husband and also didn't blame him for wanting to get out the house all the time..

I really didn't like the soddalls but loved them at the same time for the stupid plans and get quick rich schemes.

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Great distraction

Welcome back friends, this book was an easy listen and a brilliant, funny distraction.

There were many elements to this book , different situations and people but it was so well written that I had no problem following it and keeping everyone in the right place, well done to Si Page for such good writing.

Each character felt like I wanted to learn more about their back story, I loved what was being told about them now but being such well rounded characters I truly believed there could be a whole unknown back story waiting to be told.

Our lead heroine Gretyl is a superb, sassy and takes no rubbish from nobody a trait which serves her well throughout this tale.

The down to earth nature of the story is a breath of fresh air and could be told today and not seem out of place.

Our storyteller this time around is Melanie Crawley who does an excellent job of drawing you in to the details and does every voice brilliantly.

So if you are looking for easy listen with many funny moments then this is well worth a listen.

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An enjoyable read

A British romp, reminiscent of saucy seaside postcards. Although Gretyl is an obnoxious woman I actually grew quite fond of her as the story progressed, there is a heart of gold under all those wigs. Her long suffering husband Albert enjoys his allotment and his time spent with his best mate Stan and somehow puts up with Gretyl’s eccentricities but their romance is not quite dead. There are many humorous antics and a variety of characters - an enjoyable read - and yes, strangely I am missing Gretyl.

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LOVED IT! WHAT A TONIC!

I started this one day when I was feeling sorry for myself because I had a stinking cold. I thought I would listen to one of my Audio Books rather than read and I’m so glad I did.

What a corker of a story this is. I have never laughed so much and just fell in love with all the characters. There are so many memorable moments in this book which I still chuckle at when I think of them. It is narrated my Melanie Crawley who does a fantastic job bringing all the characters to life.

I would definitely recommend this book and shall look forward to more antics from Gretyl and her crew. Please write another Si Page.

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Fun but thoughtful

A fun story that comes to life with this narrator. It has thoughtful moments. Gretyls husband usually being the one who brings those moments about. Not Gretyl herself, who is a rather annoying and irritating! All part of the story mind!
To me this is an updated fun book with a reminder of Tom Sharpe back in the day.
Def worth listening to or reading.

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This book is Funny

Would you listen to Missing Gretyl again? Why?

I loved this book, I loved the variety of characters and their antics, I loved the story, This book kept me amused the whole way through, Just reading the title make me smile thinking about it, its a pretty down to earth plot about a nagging wife who receives a inheritance and goes on holiday to Spain......but then agin its not,

What was one of the most memorable moments of Missing Gretyl?

I tried to think of 1 most memorable moment, but there are just too many and if I tried to explain them here I would just sound a little odd, but regardless I would love to read more books like this one, theres just not enough GOOD humour around.

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

I think Melanie Crawley did a fantastic job of narrating this book, she bought all the characters to life for me.

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

This book made me laugh..........really laugh!!

Any additional comments?

I would compare this book to the best of Tom Sharpe maybe even better

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  • Mindy H
  • 24-03-21

Highly entertaining

Viciously funny, highly entertaining characters keep you laughing through out the book.
The detailed descriptions are so cringeworthy and outrageous that you can immediately picture them in your head. The storylines piled up quickly and mad it fun to listen to.
Even the scammers are being scammed in this hilarious story.

The narrator does a great job keeping the multitude of characters separated. Her character voices were consistent and the singing voices were a riot! :)

I felt as though this story needed one more chapter. The tie up was a bit too swift when compared to the delightful details throughout the rest of the book, but over all, definitely a worthy listen... PS.. Gretyl should be a TV sleuth. Her character would be well suited!

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  • Laura
  • 11-02-20

Comically Entertaining

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Each of the characters, except of Albert, is pulling some sort of scam. On top of that, several of the characters are married and their relationships have evolved since their early days of wedded bliss - whether they are physically changed, more prone to release their gas [burping, farting], or developed petty unflattering habits which prey on their mate's nerves. This is a complex story but full of comedy as several different characters [who you get to know] slowly but surely cross paths. I laughed out loud several times - Gretyl and her wigs and the shopping channel, etc. There are a lot of characters to keep track of but eventually it all comes clear. Very entertaining.

The narrator, Melanie Crawley, is absolutely fantastic. She provides various voices for the characters, sings and does sound effects. Really great fun.

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  • Mrs. W
  • 21-07-17

Hilarious

We laughed several times as we listened to this story. Author uses unexpected figurative language and outright ridiculous situations for portraying humor.