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
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.
"Enchanting Alpaca Adventure"
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.
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!
Well done. Clearly read.
Truly wished I could have! As it was I finished in just a couple of days.
I hope more audiobooks are forthcoming about these intrepid farmers!
"Fun and interesting read"
I loved the story and the adventuresome spirit of the couple who raised the Alpacas.
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.
There were so many and all involved the antics of the Alpacas.
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.
"Didn't even finish it"
I just did not like the story or performance. I don't even want to finish it.
Nigel Patterson, as always, does a great job as narrator. He makes this mildly interesting story quite entertaining.
"Seriously CUTE Essay"
I thought this audiobook was awesomely cute. I love the way Alan and Lorna decided to pick up from Brighton and move to Spain to raise alpacas. What a neat thing to do. This was also a fairly short listen. But adorable!
It was cute how they kept gathering animals and named two of their chickens Beyonce and Jay-Lo because of their butt wiggling. They lived in a town filled with mostly ex-pats and their Spanish was formal while the locals spoke slang making for somewhat of a language barrier.
Overall I would recommend giving this a listen as it was a neat glimpse into what it would be like to make such a huge decision as this. Along the way, the story goes over the trials they endure along with their always growing animal family.
Nigel Patterson did a wonderful job voicing this audiobook. He was perfect with great accents. I found it a relaxing and enjoyable listen. I hope to hear more from both him and Alan Parks.
Audiobook gifted in exchange for an unbiased review.
An interesting biography of moving from the UK to Spain and becoming farmers (no previous experience). I'm impressed with their fortitude!
It was a biography, but some of the farm animals told their side of the tale now and again.
When they dug in and spent the night with the new baby, feeding her for most of the night.
As a farmer's daughter, and being raised in a barn, I'm impressed with the success of their venture! Way to go!
"Very funny :)"
This is a light read and I recommend it for anyone who loves animals and humor. Lots of laugh out loud moments.
"Listened to it in one long wine induced sitting"
So far for me it was one of the best. Very interesting and entertaining. Thought the narration was really good.
Nothing in audio so far like it. Just some of the other travel memoirs.
No this is the first one.
Losing his baby alpacas. I really felt for him. How on earth do you go on?
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.
"A genuinely good listen"
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.
When Alan gets covered in alpaca spit, I nearly wet myself laughing!
Without a doubt Alan himself, I felt that by the end of the book, that I already knew Alan and Lorna.
It made me laugh on multiple occasions,
A brilliant recondition of Alan Parks's already excellent memoir. Can't wait to listen to the other 2 books.
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