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Summary

Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, and his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual', Adrian's painfully honest diary is still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared.

©1982 Sue Townsend (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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"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 Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

Growing up, this was one of my favourite books of the eighties and Nicholas Barnes' narration takes it to a new level. Given Mole's naive teenage canter through the early part of that decade is just sublime to hear.

I'm planning to buy the whole series on Audible. Sue Townsend: you're hugely missed.

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Always a classic

Took a few chapters to get used to the voice which was pretty flat. I suppose the narrator was deliberately monotone because he was acting the part of a 13 year old. The humour was brilliant and laugh out loud in parts. Nicholas Barnes really comes into his own in the next book in the series but this one is still a classics will listen to again.

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Brilliant

Read this book 33 years ago , loved it. Just listened to it on a road trip with two 13year old boys. A trip down memory lane for me, loving the adult humour that I missed as a child. The two boys giggled all the way through . Such a classic

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still just as funny

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

of course......
for anyone who grew up in the 80's this was one of THE books to read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved grandma, she was funny and warm....and of course we see our family in them.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Christmas........

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

I have, and re-listened

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Great fun

Read the book watched the TV adaption and have listened to the audio book great bit of fun probably down load the others

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Wonderful

Great story, fantastically performed. I would highly recommend this to anyone whether they are familiar with the book or not.

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life is always a day long

One diary entry at a time we look into the life of an adolescent boy with all round dysfunctional relations.

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Cringing

Gave up after 3 chapters. Uninteresting anecdotes , unremarkable writing and quite annoying narration, although I felt sorry for the narrator to have so little to work with.

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Stops Midway

love thr book as it brings back memories seems stop half way through and you are directed where to go to get the full version.

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Narration is terrible

The voice sounds so wrong for this book and every sentence sounds like it ends in a question to high-pitched. it just sounds so rushed loved this book since I was a girl hopefully the next book has a different narrator.

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  • 04-06-18

Funny little book

I enjoyed it. And it was a quick listen. There was some great laugh out loud moments!

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  • ElizrdbthSpeaks
  • 31-12-18

it was just so funny??!

i guess it depends on who is listen or reading this book .. do u have kids ... or are you an adult who can appreciate this kind of read ... i found it on Audible ... loved it ... i feel in love with the narrator. Nicholas Barnes. a lot of the time if the narrator rocks ... it really sells the book/audio book for me. great listen ...and when i have time i will read more from Sue soon enough!! love the cover!

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  • Paula
  • 12-11-16

Funny

I Very funny book. I enjoyed it very much. Would recommend for a good chuckle!

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  • Shannon K
  • 04-12-20

Hilarious

I read this book forever ago and my mom loves it so much she suggested we read it again. I don’t have time for proper reading so I chose to Audible it and so glad I did. Nicholas Barnes’ performance is absolutely brilliant.

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  • Tifa
  • 01-12-20

hilarious!!!!

absolutely adored this book. had me freaking out and gasping out loud. probably freaked out quite a few pedestrians

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  • Tara
  • 01-08-20

Poignant and funny

Interesting format that was enjoyable. Thought it would be full of irritating teen angst but was straight forward, held my interest and quite funny.

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  • Carol Robbins
  • 04-11-18

Loved meeting Adrian

I met Adrian and for a year he let me into his whole life. Funny how snippets from a diary can be so rich and complete