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The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 19 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 July 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQ9IXE

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Format: Hardcover
I think the cricitism here is far too harsh. Yes, it's a shame about the continuity errors, but this IS a work of fiction. What is evident is that Sue Townsend's social/political satire remains spot-on. There are many laugh-out-loud moments. It's not a masterpiece ('Adrian Mole and the Weapons Of Mass Destruction' may well be, however), but it's a worthy addition to the Mole story. As for repeated plotlines, surely that's part of the point: Mole's life seems doomed to repeat itself (i.e. often ending up caring for elderly people, often falling for inappropriate women, taking on bizarre short-lived jobs, and so on). This is where much of the comedy comes from.

My only real criticism is Sue Townsend's annoying trick of inserting herself into the story. This looks like she's trying to be 'clever' for its own sake but it really falls flat. It's pointless and only undermines the brilliant creation that is Adrian Mole. Otherwise, this book is well worth a few happy hours of your life. If you have enjoyed the previous volumes you will like this one, too.
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Format: Paperback
Diaries lost in moving, originally published in The Guardian, and as Adrian said, they were stolen by fraud Sue Townsend, who for a too long time is living like a parasite on his behalf.

What we have, therefore, missed. Infinite hypochondriac Adrian greeted the new millennium obsessed with potential illnesses, fruitless search for his part of cake and immersed in always interesting reflections on life. He entered into the thirties, occasionally employed, eternally dependent on his parents, the father of two sons conceived with different women and still fascinated by Pandora.

Apparently, the situation over the years has not changed too much. However, Adrian's glorious career as a writer is richer for two published cookbooks (which, as we will learn, he has not written). These two works are waiting for another three completely failed attempts of novels that sit in his desk drawer waiting for a rush of inspiration.

On the emotional level, Adrian continues to lose and, despite his undying love for Pandora, he is in an unstable relationship with the social worker Pamela Pigg, who like the entire world successfully revolves Adrian around her little finger. The only thing where he didn’t fail was rising of his distinctive sons.

The specificity of ' The Lost Diaries' as always, lies in the brilliant observation that the author is not afraid to criticize British society wherever she can, as well as her character which, despite many years of companionship and the occasional argument, she does not protect the least. Even in adulthood, Adrian world walk with a draft in his head, seemingly resistant to many failures, and at times completely unaware of them.
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Format: Paperback
I realise that this is simply a rehash of the author's Guardian column, but the continuity errors therein are still completely baffling. The children's ages and Ivan's continued existence chief among the offenders, it reads in some places as if the character was stolen and written by a writer with a far lesser comedic touch. I'm not sure the lack of continuity between entries can be explained away solely by the fact she was writing for a column with space between each one - there's considerable space between the 'Secret Diaries' and 'Prostrate Years', is there not?

If the column entries aren't supposed to be canonical, then releasing them as a book was a mistake, for whatever reason - certainly lodging them deep within the canon via inclusion of Adrian's introduction was an error of judgement. And at the end of the day, it's just not hugely funny - the jokes fall flat, the satirical touches are a little too obvious and it's a long way from vintage Townsend. As much as I hate to say it, I think 'Mole' fans should give this one a miss.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I know that these have been previously published in newspapers. I know that there are continuity errors. I know that some people are not happy about this. I do not care. I love Adrian Albert Mole in much the same way that he loves Pandora Braithwaite and always have. I have grown up with him and he has been a continuous source of joy for me for over twenty years of my life. Any additional material is always welcome.

Townsend's writing still has the ability to make me howl with laughter and I devour the books in a single sitting like a guilty pleasure.

Here Adrian is living in a council estate with his two sons, Glen and William whilst attempting to find a woman who can satisfy him intellectually and not wear blue eye liner. His parents still continue to be an eternal source of shame and his fledgeling novels Sty and Larry Topper languish in the rejected pile.

Plus ca change, plus la meme chose, and thank goodness for that.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Love love love ALL the Adrian Mole series of books. Sue Townsend was a genius her writing is flawless, she manages to write from the perspective of a teenage boy then later a young then middle aged man, how she does this with such accuracy and humour is nothing short of amazing. I cannot praise these books high enough I have read and reread each one numerous times it is impossible to tire of them my only regret is that sadly there will be no more. If you have not yet read any Adrian Mole (hard to believe ) then do so I can guarantee you will enjoy it.
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