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Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga

A Not So Perfect Tree Change
Narrated by: Josh Brennan
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
4.6 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

'Once I was the poster boy for corporate success, but now I’m crashing through the bush in a storm in search of a missing pig. How the hell did we end up here?'  

Todd and Jeff have had enough of the city. Sick of the daily grind and workaday corporate shenanigans, they throw caution to the wind and buy 100 acres in the Hunter Valley, intent on living a golden bucolic life and building a fabulous B&B, where they can offer the joys of country life to heart-weary souls. Todd will cook; Jeff will renovate. They can make wine and grow their own food and live the dream. How hard can it be? 

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©2019 Todd Alexander (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“This joyously honest account will make you laugh till it hurts and shed more than a few tears while being captivated by Todd, Jeff and their menagerie of loveable animals.” (Bradley Trevor Greive Am, author of Penguin Bloom)

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Funny and interesting

In the beginning this book is laugh out loud funny. Till the vegan rant.

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Sweet and relatable story

I enjoyed this book way more than I expected. The author really does a good job of describing their experiences of their journey in a relatable and funny way. It is lovely to listen to them make their mistakes and feeling judged by their new community and how they deal with it by persisting to achieve their goal. It makes you want to go out and visit them! Just browsing through some of the reviews and everybody who whines about the “vegan rant”: wake up! This man is just explaining why HE decided to go vegan and what that has meant for him and his lifestyle. If you think this is a rant, you clearly have never been on the receiving end of a rant before! Just because he makes a solid argument and you can’t deal with it, doesn’t mean you have to put him and his book down.

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Fabulous fabulous fabulous

I loved this story, a relatable wonderful story of change, persistence and a lot of fun. well worth reading

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Thank you

What a wonderful story Was totally immersed into your tree change. So much so I would love to come to Block 8. Thank you for sharing your story Todd. Give Helga a hug

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Sight over Sound

A friend reccomended the hard cover to me, so thought I would Audible it. I can see the “laugh out loud” moments, but I really think you would get more entertainment by reading it yourself. When listening to certain situations in the book, I think an imaginative visual rather than the actual audio you hear..... Does that even make sense??? I just think it’s better hard cover than listening

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Fabulous read.

After hearing Todd on the ABC I thought I'd give this book a try. Having done a tree change myself I was curious. I definitely found certain elements in common (country town grapevine, living on the land and the rose drink off). My eyes usually roll far enough back in my head to hit my brain stem when people go on about their animals (& children, come to think of it). Not so, in this case. Todd was able to portray his absolute love for the animals in his and Jeff's care. So much so that I am questioning my carnivore ways! I'd love to visit Block 8 someday to see what sounds like a wonderful property. And two top blokey blokes.

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Great Naration

This started out well, quite funny and the narration was great .... then it turned into annoying self indulgent twaddle When the Vegan preaching started I stopped listening. As a species we are omnivores and while I abhore factory farming USA style I will always have some meat in my diet.

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Fearless Aussie characters

I'm addicted. Absolutely loved it. Couldn't stop listening. Narrated with amazing character. Another one please.

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Amazing and hilarious

Loved this book. So funny and heartwarming. Especially great if you’re looking at a tree change.

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A really terrific book!

Such a funny and well written story. I can't wait to go stay at their farm. The reading of the book was terrific as well. Such a pleasure to listen to.

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  • 01-08-2020

Great read and story

Absolutely loved this book. I recommend to any any reader and especially all those of you who loves adventure.

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  • Karen
  • 31-05-2019

Tears of joy

This book had me laughing quite a number of times. Really appreciated the recipe cookbook

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  • Leah
  • 25-04-2019

I wanted More!

Loved this book! Loved the narrator. I love how these guys love their pets. I hated that the book ended....I want more.

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  • Leonard
  • 21-07-2020

A feel good listen

A heart warming tale of a couple willing to leave the rat race and starting fresh on nothing but a dream.