The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole : Adrian Mole

  • by Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by Nicholas Barnes
  • Series: Adrian Mole
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Friday January 2nd. I felt rotten today. It’s my mother's fault for singing "My Way" at two o clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children's home..."
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 a hilarious and compelling listen.

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Hapless, clueless, and hysterically funny

The first few weeks of Adrian's diary may start out a little slowly. Don't stop reading, because soon you won't stop laughing. This is one of those rare books that made me laugh so hard, people kept asking me what I was listening to.

Adrian Mole writes himself an impressive list of New Year's resolutions, and he tries painfully hard to keep them. Unfortunately, his parents' marriage is crumbling, his best friend has gone punk, his dog keeps getting sick, and the BBC won't publish his poems. Then a distractingly pretty girl comes to school...

When I read Bridget Jones's Diary, I kept thinking how much it reminded me of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Both characters are desperately trying to be better people, to be taken seriously by the people around them, yet they continually land themselves in the most outrageous and ridiculous situations. Both are plagued by embarrassing parents, overly dramatic friends, money problems, and personal disappointments. Still, both Adrian and Bridget make us laugh over and over again. They say and do and think all the same things we do, but are too embarrassed to admit. If we don't recognize ourselves in Adrian, we certainly want him for a friend.

I particularly enjoyed Nicholas Barnes' narration. It takes a careful balance to portray how seriously Adrian takes himself and still show how hilarious the situations around him are.
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- Sheila "Always listening!"

a great book for a teen not for a child

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

This is a well narrated, well written book. Written in "Dear Diary" style it does cover more teen age and adult topic such as mentioning mom and dad's infidelities and body parts of a girlfriend. I loved it but I wouldn't buy it for a child though.I would say 13-14 years old or older


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- Books and Cats "I listen to audible with a pile of cats all over me. It's "FUR-tastic!""

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios