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8 year old boy loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-2018

My son and I listened to the book in the car over a period of a couple of months. I didn’t particularly like the narrator and I was a bit annoyed with the story and stereotypical stubborn hero, but my son absolutely loved it and that’s really all that matters!

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Excellent narration of a well-told story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-2018

Travels with My Aunt is a humerous, touching, and very human account performed remarkably well by Tim Piggott-Smith! Reminds a bit of My Uncle Oswald, but it is so much better (in my opinion)

Good performance, fun story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-2017

I almost didn't get the audiobook because of the negative reviews about the narrator. Please ignore them, she does an excellent job! The story is good fun once it starts to focus - fun in the style of Hitchhiker's guide, and is likely to appeal to Rocky Horror fans too...

Timeless story, excellent narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

The whole family loved this audiobook, we listened to it at bedtime and our boys loved it!

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What a pity about the narrator

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-2017

I really looked forward to listening to a Paul Bowles book, but the narrator unfortunately spoiled it. He's really hard to listen to, making the book sound too much like a sermon. This is tedious, especially as the tone of the story is already a bit heavy/dramatic.

Tedious - not David Walliams best story

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-2017

Would you try another book written by David Walliams or narrated by the narrators?

Yes, we loved World's Worst Children

What could David Walliams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The scary/depressing start to the book lasts too long. My kids are 5 and 7, and got really bored because it just went on and on with the poor protagonist never having a win. And oh my goodness, all those lists are really tough going in an audiobook. Perhaps they work better in a physical book, but become groan-worthy in an audio version!
I'd love to know how the story ends, and we're close to the end, but my kids are just not interested anymore, the going has been too hard!

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

All the narrators are truly excellent!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Awful Auntie?

Probably at least half of the lists, and at least a third of the "bad luck" before the girl starts getting her own back.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't recommend this particular book as an audiobook, despite the narration being excellent, and David Walliams having other good books for kids this age (and suitable as audiobooks).

Excellent narrator for this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2016

Beautiful writing, beautiful words, and the narrator made it come to life. I loved it! A real family saga of ordinary people, with a hint of magic.