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The Something Girl

The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Series: The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
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From the best-selling author of The Chronicles of St Mary's. The Nothing Girl has grown up....

It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre.

Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend. The old favourites are still around, of course. There's Marilyn the Omnivorous Donkey, Russell's ex-girlfriend Don't Call Me Franny and the neurotic Boxer, currently failing to deal with butterfly trauma.

So nothing much is new...except for the mysterious figure dogging Jenny's steps and who, if she didn't know better, she would swear was her sinister cousin Christopher, last seen being hurled from the house by her wayward husband. He couldn't possibly be stupid enough to come back and try again...could he?

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From beginning to end, a brilliant audio book.

Good people, bad peoples, warmth, villainy, love, laughter and tears (happy ones!). Once again Jodi Taylor has produced an amazing story that I found hard not listen to constantly. The narration was the icing on the cake. I absolutely loved it. Will there be an “Everything Girl”? I hope so.

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Patogonian attack chickens!!

Another emotional rollercoaster. Laugh out loud, hold my breath and shed tears of sorrow. Not a book to read in public!!
Perfectly read.
Love every minute.

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Disappointing

What disappointed you about The Something Girl?

Just repetition from the first book! Hardly any story line. Usually love Jodi Taylor!

What could Jodi Taylor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written a more complete story! Made book 1 longer incorporating the small amount of story from book 2.

What three words best describe Lucy Price-Lewis’s performance?

Clear, rehearsed, emphatic

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Something Girl?

All repetition and explanation from book1

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed!

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Wonderful sequel

Wonderful sequel to the first book, intriguing, very funny, a little sad in places and so vivid. Typically Jodi Taylor. Beautifully read.

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Fantastic!

A very believable insight into the mind of Jennie. Warm and sensitive with some memorable comedy moments.

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Sadly disappointing

Loved The Nothing Girl, The Little Donkey and have really enjoyed the Chronicles of St Mary's by Jodie but this book, The Something Girl was sadly very disappointing. It felt so predictable and in many parts It seemed the story line dragged on and on. It could and maybe should have just been another short story.

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Really Lovely.

I very nearly gave up on this one as a third of the way through Jenny was enveloped in the 'Poor me, I am not worthy, Everything is my fault' theme, and I found it really irritating. However, when the situation was solved, and she got back to the sweet lady she was in the first book things really took a turn for the better, complete with her 'golden horse'.
The story was well thought out, hubby Russell and his irritating ex girlfriend feature strongly and add amusement to the tale, as do the housekeeper and Russell's cousin Andrew. In fact I like all of the characters, and the way Jodi Taylor writes is superb. I am so glad I finally read this book.

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Wonderful

Such a lovely story, a perfect sequel to the Nothing Girl. It made me laugh out loud and cry buckets. One of those rare books that makes you feel like you've lost a friend when it ends. I guess I'll just have to listen to both books again.

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The Something Girl

Why end a story with such sadness. The three book are lovely yet the ending is heart breaking!

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Nice way to round things off

I must admit I nearly have up on this one as the story was very frustrating at times but I'm glad I stuck with it
It wasn't quite as good as the Nothing girl and the story was predictable but it's had It's charm and I'm glad I finished it
I still much prefer the St Mary's chronicles but this was a pleasant way to pass a few hours

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  • Liz
  • 06-08-18

a lovely sequel!

There were a lot of negative reviews for this and it made me wary of listening to this, but I had a wonderful experience. Is the storyline as good as the first book? Nah, but for me, it didn't need to be. This isn't SERIOUS LITERATURE. This is quirky, fun, zany, sweet fiction. I love the characters, Taylor's writing, and the world of this book so much, I didn't mind that the plot wasn't thick and complicated. I would truly listen to the mundane everyday lives of these characters and this world because I love it so much. Maybe keep your expectations low to enjoy this book? Or don't expect it to be identical to the first book? Anyway, I loved. it!

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  • Barbara Blanks aka StFlossie
  • 09-08-19

Satisfying sequel to The Nothing Girl --

I'm glad Jodi wrote a sequel so we could see how Jenny's life changed. It was amusing, tender, mysterious, with a bit of supernatural thrown in. I empathized with Jack the donkey and am pleased with the resolution there. Thomas the golden horse makes a reappearance. On one hand I'm glad Jenny doesn't miraculously become a non-stuttering superwoman. On the other, she is tiresome with her wimpy-ness. Generally an easy listen, but again, Jodi tends tor repeat points instead of moving on.

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  • Just another Jo(anna)
  • 17-04-19

Book Two is not for someone looking for a story

The second book is for people who just cant let go and just want to hear about the general day to day grind of the characters at Frogmorton. It annoyed me to no end that so much of this book was about reminding me of people, places and things that were covered in book 1, for the benefit of those who might not have listened to book 1, and the author wanted them to know everything about book 1.
This is not a well written book at all, in my opinion, and aside from being reminded of so many things in book 1 and getting a little (and I do mean little) bit more character development, and a minor situation involving the "threatening parties from book 1, when it left off", you'll get nothing out of this. I would not buy this book again, nor will I ever listen to it or recommend it to another person.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-10-17

Painfully uninteresting

I liked the first book in the series particularly because of how good the narrow is, but this book was just a poor repetition of everything that happened in the nothing girl. there was nothing fresh about it and the heroine's self pity and insecurities became unbearable after a point. The only redeeming quality was the flawless narration by Lucy Price-Lewis.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-17

NOT as good as the first one Really quite terrible

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Oh, where to start! The first book in this series, the Nothing Girl, is just beautiful. A magical story full of wonderful characters. This second book in the series is almost crap. I can't even believe Jodi Taylor wrote this herself. And I will never believe she edited it in any way. I'm not sure if it would be such a wrenching betrayal if book numberr one hadn't been so great, but it was, so...

Only the laziest of authors relies on the trope of having your main character not want to tell information, maybe it's not important, maybe the first time I was imagining it, well I guess I'll tell someone, but later, well not quite yet, how about tomorrow I promise, blah, blah, blah. It's only Massively Important, and there is absolutely no reason Whatsoever that it shouldn't be told, but then you couldn't drag one simple thing out for almost an entire book.

Even the Big Thing that happens in the book, never could have happened if a person used any common sense whatsoever, as in, not putting themselves in harms way, when they know someone wants to harm them.

A scene at the end is supposed to be Thomas' big magical moment of good hearted wonderfullness or whatever, yet the wonderfullness was telegraphed in full Many chapters earlier, could have and should have just been resolved right then, and not used as a suppossed beautiful moment that was Not Earned

The continuity errors and lack of editing are horrifying. It's so difficult to review a book without spoilers, so I know this review is scorching without really saying why, but I'm trying not to give specifics. But some examples are, in one chapter, we are told a past incident was told to the police, and a certain person may even be on a small town most wanted list. In another chapter said incident is referred to as something that was hushed up / not reported. In one scene Thomas says "I think they're trying to x y z", then something occurs, then Jenny says "What's happening? Do you think they're trying to x y z?" In another scene Jenny tells us how she and Daniel love it when Russell and Francesca argue, then about two seconds later, Jenny tells us that she and Daniel love it when Russell and Francesca argue. Wtf? I don't take hallucinogens then listen to books, but maybe Jodi Taylor does. At this point anything is possible.

But the worst part is that the beautiful world full of real people and magical animals, all with a tiny bit of quirk but lots of heart, was turned into a slapstick type nothing, played for laughs, with all the feeling sucked right out of it. The Frogmorton Farm characters were a bit not even eccentric but maybe unconventional. Now they form into huge groups of nonsensical type people acting in ways people would never act, there are situations that have no lead in, and Thomas, magical, unique, beautiful Thomas is also played for laughs, and actually kind of annoying, almost a hindrance, and it all comes from this bizarre need to make everyone and everything in the book a farce. She ruined Thomas!

I've never had such an experience where an author created such a lovely place, then totally ruined it in the next book. I'm flabbergasted, and also angry. Like I literally want her to take this book out of print, rewrite it completely, then publish it again. Cannot believe this came out of such an accomplished author.

Ps - poor Tanya only gets two speaking lines, and the narrator flubs them both. The first is read in Russel's voice, and the second is read in a sort of 90% British, 10% German accent, that is nothing like Tanya.
Really just a shoddy enterprise from first draft to recording. I wish we knew why Jodi Taylor seemingly hates us so much to have created such a travesty.

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  • Michelle
  • 02-09-18

weird laughs and interesting

We picked this book trying to find something for the drives throughout our summer vacation. The hardest part is keeping everyone interested, but listened with hubby and 12 y.o daughter. This is the second book of the series, the first being "The Nothing Girl". Both books are peculiar and have some laughs from awkward statements and weird situations from Jenny being in different situations. We lived the coming into her own story line and the overcoming challenge Jenny went through, while still being realistic. almost like Liminy Snicket for an older crowd. if there is a third book we will definitely listen!

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  • Lynne
  • 23-10-17

Less charming, more silly

The Nothing Girl was charming in the quirky appeal that Frogmorton had on the reader, but this version has too much silliness for me to enjoy. Russel’s witty conversation in the original sounds much more condescending and their daughter’s presence is very fleeting. Are they the worst parents ever??? Joy seems to have a pretty free range childhood experience, in my opinion.

The ending was almost too silly for me to handle. I actually rolled my eyes a number of times. Performance was strong like the first but the story was rubbish.

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  • Ashley
  • 28-05-18

Best Book Ever

I wish that the Frogmorten Farm Series could keep going! I loved these books so so much! Jodi Taylor has a way of writing that makes you fall in love with the characters and is laugh out loud funny. I want to read her other books for this reason but I absolutely fell in love with this series and want more!

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  • S. Warner
  • 01-04-18

She is NOT a stupid girl.

In the first book of the series I was captivated by the protagonist, loved the humor, and couldn’t wait for this book. In the first book and even this one, the author makes a point of Developing the protagonist into a strong, independent woman. Yet, it was appalling how stupid she was portrayed in this book!! It really affected my enjoyment of the story. Ever heard of a paper and pencil to write things down???!! Anyway. Love the characters, lukewarm on this particular book in the series.

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  • Ioana-Dorina
  • 19-02-18

Beautiful yet annoying at the same time

The performance was great, the humor was good, the characters were like-able, but, and this is a big but, Jenny was poorly done.
She was supposed to be intelligent, with a stutter problem and a low self esteem problem , and in this book, because it’s the second one, she was supposed to have evolved.
The problem here is that besides her relapses into low self esteem, looks like her intellect went down to one of a 13 year old child...
There’s a difference between low self esteem and lack of intelligence and I think the author, trying to make a good portrayal of low self esteem, ended up lowering her intelligence instead...

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