Various Pets Alive and Dead

  • by Marina Lewycka
  • Narrated by Siân Thomas
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Marcus and Doro were part of a left-wing commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, radical politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms, son Serge is pretending to his parents that is still doing a Maths Ph.d. at Cambridge, while in fact making loadsamoney in the City; third child Oolie Anna, who has Down's Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own. Once the truth starts breaking through, who knows what further secrets will be revealed about any of them? Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.


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I am in the last quarter of this book. I listen to books while walking the dog for about an hour each day. I have always enjoyed Marina Lewycka's books. The story jumps from one character to another and often back into the past when the characters were young. She is as funny an ever and sometimes people must wonder why I am laughing as I walk! Some books I can't wait to hear what happens next - but not with this book - it is what I call leisurely listening (reading). The narrator is excellent.
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- Adrienne Brown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios