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I was given a copy of this audiobook by the narrator in order to provide her with feedback about her 'scouse' accent but feel the urge to review the book itself as I absolutely loved it.
This is the story of Mavis, a single mum who follows her dream to become a police officer with hilarious results. The character of Mavis is beautifully written and she is warm, funny and three dimensional. Her interactions with her mother & daughter are touching and funny, she thinks on her feet on the job and gains the respect of colleagues and criminals alike. A really well rounded character, eminently likeable and hysterically funny at times.
The humour reminded me of home, lots of snot & fart jokes that had me crying with laughter. The scene in the court room where Mavis' buttons pop off nearly finished me off as I choked on my tea. There are many emotional moments too, the balance is well thought out and the scenes with Amy & her little family were terribly sad.
The narration was superb. Diana Croft is very talented and her portrayal of Mavis made the book for me. The scouse accent wasn't overdone so came across as believable, and Diana's range of voices for the various characters was excellent. I particularly liked how Ellie's voice changed with her age, I do like that attention to detail.
Overall, I thought this was a really lovely book, beautifully read. I will listen to it again as it's a real feel good tale of a feisty single mum overcoming her fears and living the dream.
If you think this book might be your cup of tea - grab the audiobook version. Diana Croft almost killed me off with the giggling fits this book gave me.
Mavis Upton is the author's alter ego who one day has an epiphany and decided to join the police and live her dream. She tells us about the training courses, initiations into her first station and some of the more memorable jobs of her early career from a uniquely female perspective. What I enjoyed is that this is a story of a woman who gives as good as she gets! She's a single mother to her very funny daughter Ellie, and daughter to an equally wicked mother. It's her perspective on everything as a woman that makes it so easy for me to relate to - mishaps with stockings that won't stay up, car seats that won't come far enough forward and the eternal struggle of making an ample bosom look smart in formalwear.
Most importantly, this book is insanely funny. It's possible the humour is a bit of an acquired taste but it's definitely one of mine! There is quite a lot of snot and other body secretions in this book, as well as some excellently timed fart jokes but it's important to see the funny side of absolutely everything when your work involves seeing the worst sides of absolutely everyone.
It's not all giggles though, there are some chapters that deal with the sadder aspects of Mavis' work and private life, Diana Croft had me holding back tears when she read these. That woman is GOOD. The whole story is in the voice of Mavis, with her funny and matter of fact voice with a Scouse (Liverpool) accent which is a tricky one to copy successfully but Croft nailed it - she clearly worships at the same altar of 'less is more' that I do when it comes to accents.
The book itself is beautifully written, every single word had its place in this book and had an impact on me. I'm not one for re-listening to audiobooks as a rule but this one will be my go-to forever.
The take away message of this book for me is that you'll never get out of the job alive if you can't laugh at yourself!
**I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest and unbiased review**