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Brought to you by Penguin. 

Veronica McCreedy returns in the delightfully feel-good new audiobook from the number one best-selling author of Away with the Penguins - sure to become a firm favourite with listeners!

Meet the heroine everyone's talking about....

Fiercely resilient and impeccably dressed, Veronica McCreedy has lived an incredible 87 years. Most of them alone, in her huge house by the sea.

But Veronica has recently discovered a late-life love for family and friendship, adventure and wildlife.

More specifically, a love for penguins!

And so when she's invited to co-present a wildlife documentary, far away in the southern hemisphere, she jumps at the chance.

Even though it will put her in the spotlight, just when she thought she would soon fade into the wings.

Perhaps it's never too late to shine?

©2021 Hazel Prior (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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A complete joy

Just as good as the first book. Thoroughly enjoyable. All the original characters plus a few new ones

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A sequel to the delightful Away with the Penguins

I enjoyed Away with the Penguins so much that I had to get this sequel. In her gentle story telling Hazel Prior throws all kinds of unlikely people together who are all passionate about the same thing: Penguins. Through Veronica she shows us that it’s never too late to have amazing adventures & romance in life; through little Daisy the healing power of wildlife & the natural environment. Several of the characters are dealing with deep grief that despite the passage of time still haunts them. But the Penguins draw them all together until they all find a way to express & share their grief & become happier for it. At the end there is a serious message to everyone about how harmful plastic is to the environment careless discarding of it floats in our oceans & kills birds in faraway places like that Falkland Islands. I also liked how the story is narrated from the point of view of the three main characters.

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Wonderful follow up book of Away With The Penguins.

Loved it. Great hearing the characters again & a fab story.
Can’t wait to see if Hazel does a book 3.

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Absolutely Fabulous

I adored this book, the sequel to Away with the Penguins. The characters are so lovely, the story follows on brilliantly, and I love the educational aspect about wildlife, penguins and plastic. There really is something for everyone, from a wonderfully mature and adventurous Veronica, to Patrick and Terry, and little Daisy. The themes explored are so resonant. I hope so much Hazel may write a third! Totally Recommend this wonderful story.

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Just one star removed because...

I didn't find this quite as engaging as the first novel about these characters. But I'm still glad I read it. I'm not quite sure I could say what was missing; maybe if I'd listened to it at another time I would have given it five stars. I don't know. But it was a sweet, easy book, and I did want to know how problems were resolved for Veronica and all the people she became fond of in the last book. And modern day issues were raised too, to make the reader think. Maybe that's what disappointed me? If so, that's me being shallow. They weren't overdone. I think I just wanted to lose myself in pure fantasy for a while. If you enjoyed the first book, you'll probably enjoy this one. If you haven't read the first penguin book, then definitely start with that. This could be read on its own, but you'd be missing a treasure. Maybe read both together, this one straight after the first, and then I'm sure you'd give them both five stars.

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Joanie

Great reading. As soon as I finished Away with the Penguins, I immediately ordered Call of the Penguins. Both superb.

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Worth reading but not listening to.

The narration is done by three actors. The narration of Mrs McCreedy is absolutely excellent but sadly the same is not true of the ones playing Patrick and Terry. Terry is particularly tedious consisting mainly of whining. The storyline is ok if a bit predictable especially at the end. I'd recommend you read it rather than buy on audible.

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I listened to the previous book largely because the narrator who voiced Veronica was very good. In this book she appears relatively little so can't offset the dreary monotone of Terri nor how very dull the story is. This is the first audiobook I have been unable to finish.

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Not as good as first book

I was really looking forward to this as I loved the first penguin book. But this had such a weak storyline and seemed to need more editing to me. I didn’t really care about any of the characters even though I’d liked them in the first book.

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A beautiful sequel

Another stunning tale of Veronica and her feathered friends. Thought provoking, funny, sweet. I do hope there will be a third installment!