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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,415 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Parsons Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781461811794
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After Alfie Budd’s beloved wife dies, he returns to England to find his parents feuding and his grandmother’s health failing. Alfie’s ambitions to be a writer are fading as well. But when he begins tutoring a young single mother for her A level exams, his bewildering life is suddenly transformed.

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  • “A heartfelt, true-to-life look at a young man grappling with the death of his wife…filled with details and observations that are moving, painful, and compellingly true. Another winner from Parsons.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 2/9/2014

    " Not a bad book to read, half way through the book I started to like the people in the book and started to get into the book and enjoy it, I think the writer has written a lot about his personal life as its told from a typical man's point of view on life and I wonder how much of the story is about his life! I might be tempted to read another book by this writer at a later date but Im not in any hurry as I like to have a break and read something totally different after each book I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bri_laughs_a_lot. | 1/24/2014

    " Kind of boring. Decent plot, but definitely not the best read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari | 1/21/2014

    " Similar to Man and Boy but maybe better. These books are like candy and you can't put them down. To me that's a sign of a good author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 1/15/2014

    " I keep going back and forth about how I feel about this book. I despise the main character at times, and love him at other times. I think the bad feelings outweigh the good, though. The way he chooses to grieve and recover from his wife's death is just wrong, wrong, wrong, and I can't make myself like him a whole lot after that. I felt a little dirty being inside the head of this man, like I was kind of responsible for his messed up actions. Ugh. He sort of redeems himself through taking care of his Nan and helping a little girl navigate the minefields of adolescence, but it's just not enough for me. I love his Nan, his mom, Jackie and Plum, and, of course, the Changs. Great characterizations, very good storytelling. I might read a Parsons book again if someone recommended it to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally Chippendale | 1/13/2014

    " I adored Man & Boy, and Man & Wife. I only read half of this book though and was left feeling a little flat each time I picked it up. I think that at least one character has to be likeable for me to become attached to a book. Just one, and there wasn't one (for me) in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Brienza | 1/11/2014

    " I loved this book and was so relevant at a certain time in my life. Loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Ryder | 1/11/2014

    " Not as good as man and boy but worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Windi Hastuti | 1/10/2014

    " Tony Parson sangat pandai dalam menuangkan cerita dalam setiap kalimat, bikin penasaran. Membaca buku ini, sama aja belajar menggapai mimpi, bagaimana mempertahankan hidup dan cinta. Menjelajah setiap ruang-ruang yang disajikan Tony Parson membuat kita semakin betah berlama-lama membaca. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CynthiaA | 12/21/2013

    " I really liked this book. More than I expected to, actually. It was sweet without being treacly. It was sentimental without being trite. It was familiar without being obvious. It was observant and thoughtful without being preachy. It was, simply, a nice story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarinah Awal | 12/3/2013

    " Good book if you thinking what to read next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dita | 11/29/2013

    " Been curious about Parsons' work. Got this book as a second hand. Have only read 20 pages but I could tell that he is a good story teller. There is something in the way he arranged words that makes me feel touched. His tale has senses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 11/18/2013

    " My favourite Tony Parsons book - written in a witty and engaging fashion "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki | 11/1/2013

    " I feel the same way about this book as I did "Disgrace" except there were no redemptive qualities to it...I wanted to smack the main character. Although I can appreciate the depiction of his parents relationship and its dissolve (and his reaction to it as incomprehensible). Children of Esau. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasa Tovornik | 9/7/2013

    " Definitely not what I expected...but a nice read. A story about love and moving on, overcoming our beliefs and finding our home. Enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jakki Leonard | 8/12/2013

    " Good, easy read, enjoyable!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kez_70 | 1/6/2013

    " Mostly like Tony Parsons books, including this one. Its about an EFL teacher, who returns to London from Hong Kong. His new life back in London and teaching at an English language college, is effected by his old life back in Hong Kong. Nice, sympathetic characters and an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trio25 | 12/16/2012

    " Different but I enjoyed it, predictable but with just enough twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/10/2012

    " This book surprised me. It wasn't what I expected. Or rather, it was just what I expected - blokey, self-deprecating, sentimemtal - but what surprised me was that these were all postive things. A big-hearted, pie & chips kind of novel, and just what I needed after the Nobel-winning claptrap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Forbes | 5/10/2012

    " A nice little read, sad but quite funny in places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imelda | 12/23/2011

    " comparing this to his other books, i was a bit annoyed with the main character. sure he's a hopeless romantic, but i kind of wanted him to just grow up and move on. not my favorite story, but still entertaining enough to keep me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Borjana | 8/1/2011

    " Nice one to relax and occasionally think about the world we live in... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/29/2011

    " This book surprised me. It wasn't what I expected. Or rather, it was just what I expected - blokey, self-deprecating, sentimemtal - but what surprised me was that these were all postive things. A big-hearted, pie & chips kind of novel, and just what I needed after the Nobel-winning claptrap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CuteBadger | 5/8/2011

    " I quote liked this, but not as much as Tony Parsons' first novel "Man and Boy". It's very much written from a man's point of view and I didn't find the protagonist very sympathetic or someone I wanted to spend a lot of time with. Despite this, still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 4/4/2011

    " One for My Baby is a gentle tale about a guy who returns from Hong Kong following a tragedy and has to face life back home. It's a pleasant read with gentle humour and wry observations. I'll certainly be trying more of TP's work when I fancy an undemanding read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/18/2011

    " I loved this book and was so relevant at a certain time in my life. Loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarinah | 7/30/2010

    " Good book if you thinking what to read next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ria | 5/21/2010

    " First book i read by this author, it was brilliant.
    Full of humour, sadness, real life situations and emotions that touch us all.
    A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Windi | 4/8/2010

    " Tony Parson sangat pandai dalam menuangkan cerita dalam setiap kalimat, bikin penasaran. Membaca buku ini, sama aja belajar menggapai mimpi, bagaimana mempertahankan hidup dan cinta. Menjelajah setiap ruang-ruang yang disajikan Tony Parson membuat kita semakin betah berlama-lama membaca. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bri_laughs_a_lot. | 11/14/2009

    " Kind of boring. Decent plot, but definitely not the best read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imelda | 7/24/2009

    " comparing this to his other books, i was a bit annoyed with the main character. sure he's a hopeless romantic, but i kind of wanted him to just grow up and move on. not my favorite story, but still entertaining enough to keep me reading. "

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About the Author

Tony Parsons left school at sixteen and was working on the night shift at Gordon’s Gin Distillery in Islington when he was offered his first job in journalism on the New Musical Express. Since then he has become an award-winning journalist and bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into more than forty languages, most recently Vietnamese. His semiautobiographical novel Man and Boy won the Book of the Year prize.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, award-winning narrator, was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator, he has been awarded thirty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2006 for The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty.