• Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?

  • By: Alan Parks
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-17-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Alan Parks
  • 4.3 (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? is the frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything to move to Spain to breed alpacas. Their intention is to make a living, but first they must negotiate their way through the Spanish property market, local characters, rogue builders and the worst weather Andalucía has seen for 100 years.
Alan and Lorna experience the joy, but also the heartbreak of alpaca breeding, picking up an assortment of stray animals on the way.
©2012 Alan Paks (P)2014 Alan Parks
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By elevena on 06-27-14

Enchanting Alpaca Adventure

What did you love best about Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca??

This was a wonderful, funny & touching story. A grand adventure by an English couple as they learn the ups & downs of becoming rural farmers in a new country. As an alpaca farmer myself, still in the beginning of my alpaca odyssey, I fully appreciated all the highs and lows of their tale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I so enjoyed hearing from the perspectives of the animals on the farm as well as the humans! Quite fun. But the people in this story are beautifully flawed, and willing to persevere through all their obstacles. And what obstacles!

What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

Well done. Clearly read.

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

Truly wished I could have! As it was I finished in just a couple of days.

Any additional comments?

I hope more audiobooks are forthcoming about these intrepid farmers!

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By Walda J. Letson on 11-28-15

Fun and interesting read

What made the experience of listening to Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? the most enjoyable?

I loved the story and the adventuresome spirit of the couple who raised the Alpacas. <br/>I also learned a lot about animals I knew nothing about. It is always fun to read (or listen in this case) and learn real facts at the same time. I love stories about animals because they are so real and interesting.

What other book might you compare Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? to and why?

No idea.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were so many and all involved the antics of the Alpacas.

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

Not necessarily. I enjoyed listening anytime and being able to pick it up. I looked forward to listening to it when life was quiet around me.

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By happycamperni on 07-13-14

Listened to it in one long wine induced sitting

Where does Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So far for me it was one of the best. Very interesting and entertaining. Thought the narration was really good.

What other book might you compare Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? to, and why?

Nothing in audio so far like it. Just some of the other travel memoirs.

Have you listened to any of Nigel Patterson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No this is the first one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Losing his baby alpacas. I really felt for him. How on earth do you go on?

Any additional comments?

My husband is blind and listens to alot of audio books. He really enjoyed this one and we both sat and listened to it together in one sitting drinking some nice wine. That is how much we enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next one to come out on audio.

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By Janet Hughes on 03-09-15

A genuinely good listen

Would you listen to Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? again? Why?

I would most certainly listen to "Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?" again, because it's the sort of audio-book that reels you in and then keeps you there. It kept me entertained right throughout an interminable journey through France.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca??

When Alan gets covered in alpaca spit, I nearly wet myself laughing!

Which character – as performed by Nigel Patterson – was your favourite?

Without a doubt Alan himself, I felt that by the end of the book, that I already knew Alan and Lorna.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh on multiple occasions,

Any additional comments?

A brilliant recondition of Alan Parks's already excellent memoir. Can't wait to listen to the other 2 books.

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By alison on 11-09-15

Delightful Tale

This is a lovely, heart warming, easy book - animal lovers will adore it, especially the animals own additions to the tale.
It's always uplifting to hear about people who have taken the bold step to follow their dreams, and I have to admit I'm a sucker for it everytime.
Yes, it's a little twee and cutesy in places, but it tells it all the highs and the lows, and all with a lovely sense of humour.
I engaged with all the characters, I truly felt like I was friend they were sharing their adventure with. Should there be a sequel I would probably read it.




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