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An Irish Tail

A Hilarious Tale of an English Couple and Their Unruly Dogs, Searching for a New Life in Rural Ireland
Narrated by: Paul Douglass
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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Publisher's Summary

A hilarious tale of dogs, fogs, bogs and moving to Ireland. For many years, Nick and Lesley Albert had shared a dream of living far away from the stress of modern life, and when the opportunity arose, they jumped in with both feet. Almost overnight, they decided to move to beautiful County Clare, in the west of Ireland - a country they had never before visited.

With little experience or money they set about renovating a derelict farmhouse and building a new life together - hindered only by their lack of skill, 22 chickens, two ducks, and several unruly dogs. Bursting with comical anecdotes and witty observations, blended with occasional moments of exquisite sadness, this is a delightful true story of an English couple searching for a new life in the quiet solitude of rural Ireland. Marley and Me meets Around Ireland with a Fridge. If you love dogs, Ireland and life, then you will adore An Irish Tail.

©2015 Nick Albert (P)2015 Nick Albert

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An Irish Tail

Would you try another book written by Nick Albert or narrated by Paul Douglass?

Maybe, but the author needs to edit it better. Sometimes there is a slow ramble with too much detail. Wasn't that fussed with the narration, but I got used to it. It also showed up the editing that was needed.

What did you like best about this story?

It was easy listening when out walking. Didn't have to concentrate much. Took me a little bit to get into it as it wasn't as polished as other books. I am not sure I would call it hilarious but I did laugh out loud some times.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Douglass?

Probably would not seek the narrator out.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

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  • Jan
  • 23-02-2020

Laugh your sox off!

situational-humor, verbal-humor, laugh-riot, memoir, Ireland Ever tried home renovations? Ever moved out to a rural area? Either is crazy making. While reading this book I totally related it to my friends moving from the suburbs to upstate Nowheresville into a disaster of an old farmhouse solidly nestled into Amish country. Nearly the same problems including the dogs and chickens! Difference was that husband was adept and had only an ordinary sense of humor, and they remained in the same country. This family had so much more to adapt to, learn from, and laugh at! Reading this book is a laugh fest of the first order! He makes the most frustrating things hilarious! Absolutely loved it! Paul Douglass has the perfect delivery in his narration and it feels like he is the author!

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  • Beth
  • 05-05-2019

A thoroughly enjoying listen

Thank you for such a fun romp through your lives in County Clare. Having travelled there twice from Sunny Southern California in search of my own roots I enjoyed every minute of your adventures. Your mention of the McNamara Kelly house stopped me in my tracks as this is a family home of a great grand aunt twice removed. I look forward to hearing more of your adventures.

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  • Hope N.
  • 11-02-2016

Loved It!

I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of humor and heart-warming canine adventures. Will read it again.

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  • Rita Watson
  • 26-01-2016

Good book. Audio ruined it for me

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I should have read the Kindle edition because in my mind, I would have used Irish accent and slang to give the humorous antidotes some flavor. The narrator spoke in low monotone with a London accent using no inflection whatsoever.

What did you like best about this story?

The potential and the idea of downsizing one's life.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Douglass?

Anyone who could mimic English/Irish accents with some sort of heart.

Was An Irish Tail worth the listening time?

Painful to listen to as it had potential.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-2020

do not waste your credit on this book....

wat a load of ould tosh.... can't believe Audible allowed this to happen... it's an appraisal of the original book. wasted my credit on it as I thought it was book #2..... hugely disappointed.... DO NOT PURCHASE THIS .....

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  • Michael C.
  • 21-05-2017

A book for animal and nature lovers

I started off loving this book but for me it grew more tedious as it went on. I think the choice of narrator was terrible, it needed someone who was more animated. At times it sounded as though he was reading a shopping list.

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  • Kathryn Adams
  • 30-08-2020

A life I would wish for.

Again I loved listening to this book. I envy their lifestyle and applaud them for having the courage to step away from stress.

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  • Kate
  • 27-12-2015

Took a punt and paid off

While browsing the many titles available I came across An Irish Tail and decided to a punt and I'm really pleased I did. I really enjoyed it - if you love dogs and Ireland this is the book for you. It's a very easy listen and admire this couple for changing their lives and enjoyed listening to their journey and wish them every success in their new lives.