• Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds

  • Living the Dream in Rural Ireland
  • By: Nick Albert
  • Narrated by: Andy Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nick and Lesley Albert yearn to leave the noise, stress, and pollution of modern Britain and move to the countryside, where the living is good, the air sweet, with space for their dogs to run free. Suddenly out of work and soon to be homeless, they set off in search of a new life in Ireland, a country they had never visited. As their adventure began to unfold, not everything went according to plan. If finding their dream house was difficult, buying it seemed almost impossible. How would they cope with banks that didn’t want customers, builders who didn’t need work, or the complex issue of where to buy some chickens?

©Two Ant Press (P)2019 Nick Albert

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Part one

This is the first part of Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds. It does have an introductory feel and in fact includes a lot of travelogue type information as a prelude to the move. Perhaps the house renovation is covered in part 2, only hinted at in this volume.

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very good

Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! good overall

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A fun and funny short novel

The stress of your work life and the fun and stressful life of trying to set yourself up to retire. Nick and Lesley are living the dream most of us have. They moved to Ireland, bought a country property and made it a home for themselves and their dogs. This book is their hilarious journey and I can't wait to get to book 2!

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Thoroughly enjoyed 😉

loved this look into living the quiet Irish country dream. I am envious of the bravery it takes to leave modern living behind. look forward to the next in the series.

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The highs and lows of moving

A must read for anyone planning on buying a house abroad or somewhere quiter.
Also a must read for dog owners.
Finally a must read for people who love the ironic British humour

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Loved it, fun and entertaining listen

Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the writing and humor are excellent. Narrator perfect. I look forward to the next books in this series.

I received this book free for my honest review.

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interesting

This set of misadventures they called life would have been enough to give a lesser person a stroke. It seemed he had more stress in the life choices he made to decrease his stress, imo. Yeah for him and his spouse, because this would have put me six feet under. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job bringing it to life.

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Funny and entertaining

This is a delightful and humorous story of an English couple (Nick & Lesley) who decide to move to Ireland because of his doctor's advise. The author does a wonderful job of detailing their excursion! From their house hunting to finally moving in.
I found myself literally laughing out loud more than once over some of the descriptions of certain events. I loved this book and would gladly reread it in the future. I look forward to the rest of the series!
I was given this free review copy aidiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Relaxing and Entertaining

A relaxing , entertaining and amusing tale. Can't wait to hear part 2. I had listened to a dogs tail and thought this was a continuation but it is actually a more indepth version. I'm glad I bought it too.

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Delightful!

Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds is a delightful story looking at the vicissitudes of life through the lens of an English couple, Lesley and Nick, as they decide to leave behind city life and move to rural Ireland.

As the story opens, Nick’s doctor is giving him the grave news that if he doesn’t change his life and reduce his stress level he’ll be dead soon. Nick gives notice at his stressful job and he and his wife Lesley start looking for a rural farmhouse in Ireland that they can fix up and make their own. After looking at several possible houses, none of which seem right to them, they finally find the one they want - an isolated farmhouse, musty, dusty, and full of woodworm, that they fall in love with. It takes some doing to get everything in place to actually buy the property and the sale is uncertain until almost the last minute. Once they own the property, they realize they’re in a little deeper than expected since there’s more that needs to be done to the house than they had envisioned, and there are no workmen available that they can hire to do the work.

Nick’s writing style is chatty and engaging. In listening to this audiobook I was able to visualize every scene, often with a grin on my face, as Nick describes the ups and downs of their hunt for, and eventual possession of, their desired house.

The narrator was wonderful as well. Some narrators will take me out of the story because of odd pauses, strange pronunciations, or an unpleasant voice quality. Andy Stevenson’s narration does none of that, but instead makes an already enjoyable story even better. His pacing is just right, his voice his pleasant to listen to, and as an American, I love his accent.

I loved this story so much that as soon as I found out there was a sequel I jumped on the chance to get it, too. I’ve started listening to Still Living the Dream in Rural Ireland: Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds, Book 2, and I’m enjoying it just as much. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ann D
  • 11-26-19

Lovely, relaxing listen!

My usual genre is crime fiction. Sometimes I need a palette cleanser. This is perfect for that time when we just need a nice, well written book with nothing unpleasant in the story. It is often funny, sometimes moving and generally one of those comfort reads/listens. The narrator has the perfect voice and upbeat style for the story. He couldn’t produce a decent Irish accent to save his life, but somehow, this doesn’t detract too much.

I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author, via Bookboom, in exchange for an honest review. A second Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds is in the pipe line. I am looking forward to it.

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  • Caryl Spurdin
  • 11-04-19

Wonderful Story and Great Narration

This is such a well-written story and totally engaging. It has the “feel-good” factor, which I found refreshing. I was apprehensive at first as this was my first Audiobook, but I enjoyed being read to as I could multi-task! I listened at every opportunity as I was eager to know what happened next.
Through the excellent narration (very entertaining - so many different voices) I really feel that I know Nick and Lesley and have a clear picture in my mind of their daughter, dogs, chickens, house and surroundings; as well as the countryside. I’ve never been to Ireland, but I want to go and see for myself - it sounds idyllic.
Now I’ve finished; what happens in the next book? I hope volume 2 will be released soon - I can’t wait.

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  • Miss K Wilkinson
  • 10-16-20

True life easy listening

Very relatable story , keeping it real , humerus at times, narrated well
Gives good imagery for creating a picture in your mind

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  • JohnJenner
  • 07-01-20

now I want to live in Ireland;-)

I really enjoyed the journey from wanting to change to the selection of their idol

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-22

Fantastic inspiring funny

Omgoodness I have finished this treasure in 2 days! I have laughed, cried and been inspired...thank goodness there are sequels! A fantastic story fuelling my longing to revisit Ireland where I spent many happy months in my very early 20s .... you have captured the essence of Ireland beautifully . I just loved this book so much

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  • Greg Marks
  • 10-13-20

Instant Feelgood

This is my first experience of this format and it has highly exceeded my expectations. For me, "easy listening" would normally be a derogatory term for music I don't like, but this is easy to listen to in a brilliant way.

It's a heartwarming, feel-good, stirring, easy to follow and inspiring story. Fantastic narration and amazing that one person can bring different characters to life in many different ways.

I highly recommend this audio book - I'm now on the lookout for other books with this same narrator!

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  • graham sharpe
  • 08-14-20

Ireland here I come

What a fabulous account of re starting life in what is obviously God's own country. So enjoyable to hear the journey to a fabulous life.
Just what I would like to do.
So easy to listen too

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-28-20

"Green, clean and wonderfully quiet."

Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds might not capture the same taste of the exotic as the wonderful move to Andalusia described by Chris Stewart in Walking Over Lemons, but Nick Albert's tale of his and wife Lesley's, move to rural Ireland is charming, sometimes funny and a sheer pleasure to hear.Told by his doctor that stress was killing him, Nick applied for redundancy and started the search for somewhere they could live, debt and mortgage free, without the usual pressures of urban life. This book recounts the trials and tribulations discovered in their search for that new home and some pleasures encountered also; a second volume which follows will no doubt tell the reAders how well.they fared.

Narration is by Andy Stevenson, his use of intonation and pacing ensuring this as a pleasure to hear. A slightly suspect Irish accent on occasion but all character voicing are distinctive.: very good. I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds, at my request, from the rights holder via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. A very pleasant, enjoyable read and I look forward to book two.

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  • Trekker Girl
  • 02-28-20

The big move to Ireland

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Andy Stevenson does a great job of narrating, bringing to life the characters and adventures of Nick and his wife as they make a life changing decision to move to Ireland. I have a strong picture in my mind’s eye of where they now live and the dogs that share their rural home.
I can’t wait to hear more.

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  • Dinky
  • 08-14-22

Funniest book ever about relocating

I was given the codes for book 1 and book 2. This was a very smart move as I had to purchase books 3 and 4 after.
This makes me want to move to Ireland too. What a lovely couple they are with the cutest dogs, ducks and chickens. I cried when 1 dog never made it home.
Thank you for such an uplifting book x

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."