Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the Audiobook of Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 2 by Nick Albert. I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to listen to this book. I loved it and want to share my thoughts with all of you.
Published June 11th 2018 by Ant Press, Audiobook – January 24, 2020
Genre: Memoirs, Humour
About the Book: Nick and Lesley’s desire for a better life in the countryside was a long-held dream. Unforeseen events and a leap of faith forced that dream into reality, but moving to rural Ireland was only the beginning of their story.
Foreigners in a foreign land, they set about making new friends, learning the culture and expanding their collection of chickens and unruly dogs. But their dream home was in desperate need of renovation, a mammoth task they attacked with the aid of a DIY manual, dwindling funds and incompetent enthusiasm. With defunct diggers, collapsing ladders, and shocking electrics, what could possibly go wrong?
Will their new life live up to expectations, or will the Irish weather, dangerous roads, and a cruel twist of fate turn this dream into a nightmare?
This is the second book in the Living the Dream in Rural Ireland series, but the first I read, and I loved it. I had no problem following this story, but I will definitely go back and read the first in the series. Have you ever wanted to chuck it all and move to a rural area, buy a rundown house and fix it up just the way you want? After a health scare, this is exactly what Nick and Lesley want to do, in the Irish Countryside.
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
In this book, English couple, Nick and Lesley are looking for a better life in the countryside and are able to purchase a fixer-upper in Ireland. Their plan is that they are going to do the work themselves. They are in a foreign land, need to learn the laws and regulations, make new friends, find equipment and materials and using their DIY manual, get to work. Well, that all sounds scary to me, but it makes for a wonderful and humorous story. I chuckled at times and guffawed out loud at others. Even with everything that went wrong, they still kept their sense of humour and humility. Several friends from home came over to soak up the history in Ireland, so Nick and Lesley shared local attractions several times with family and friends. With all the mistakes, accidents, equipment malfunctions and plans that go awry, this book had me stopping everything to listen to their antics. I definitely recommend this one for a change of pace, a humorous escape and even to learn a bit about Ireland.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Andy Stevenson. This is a new narrator for me, but I definitely enjoyed his performance. His expression, accents, voices and intonation were right on the money for me and he is definitely the voice of Nick Albert to me. I received a copy of this audiobook upon request from Rachel’s Random Resources. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Nick Albert was born in England and raised in a Royal Air Force family. After leaving College he worked in retail management for several years before moving into financial services where he quickly progressed through the ranks to become a training consultant. As a very passionate and reasonably talented sportsman, Nick had always wanted to use his training skills towards creating a parallel career, so in the mid 1980’s he qualified and began coaching sport professionally. After a health scare in 2003 and in search of a simpler life, he and his wife Lesley, cashed in their investments, sold their home and bought a rundown farmhouse in the rural west of Ireland – a country they had never before even visited. With little money or experience and armed only with a do-it-yourself manual, they set about renovating their new home, where they now live happily alongside a flock of chickens, two ducks and several unruly, but delightful dogs.
In 2017 Nick was signed to Ant Press to write a series of humorous memoirs about his life in rural Ireland. Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds (book one) was published in September 2017 and soon became an Amazon bestseller. Book two in the series was published on 1st June 2018 and book 3 in August 2019. Book four is due out in 2020.
Nick is also the author of the twisty thriller, Wrecking Crew, the first in a series of books featuring reluctant hero Eric Stone.