Audiobook Review: ‘Chickens Eat Pasta’, by Clare Pedrik, narrated by Colleen MacMahon

I’ve not reviewed an audiobook here before, although I listen to them regularly I usually review an audiobook on Audible after I finish it. Rachel’s Random Resources as branched out though and I agreed to listen to this book.

Blurb

Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all… love.

Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy. 

“Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”

Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behaviour. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does. 

Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chickens-Eat-Pasta-Escape-Umbria-ebook/dp/B012GZXOPY

US – https://www.amazon.com/Chickens-Eat-Pasta-Escape-Umbria-ebook/dp/B012GZXOPY

UK Audiobook  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chickens-Eat-Pasta/dp/B07BYLZX3X

US Audiobook – https://www.amazon.com/Chickens-Eat-Pasta/dp/B07CBJRG9C

My Review

It’s sometime in the 1990s, the internet is a thing but it’s dial-up still. The Euro doesn’t yet exist and Berlusconi is just some up and coming business man. Clare, her parents lately dead and ex-boyfriend off with someone else, is bored of her Brighton Georgian house, and her safe career at a local newspaper. She sees an advert for a house in Umbria, Italy, and decides to take a look. And thus starts her adventures in renovating an old house in the hills of Italy, navigating confusing traditions, corruption and new love.

The story moves backwards and forwards in time as Clare reminisces, and without formatting cues found in a text it was initially difficult to work out what was happening but then once I realised it started to make sense. I enjoyed the narrative and storytelling, found the impressions, especially of Hercolino, amusing but not mocking, and the descriptions evocative. I started craving pasta in creamy sauces and a holiday in the sun.

Very entertaining and emotionally evocative listening.


About Clare Pedrick

Clare Pedrick is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.

You can follow Clare on her Facebook Book Page, her own Facebook page and on Twitter.

Read her blog about life in Umbria here

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