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Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles.

Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn’t understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey - inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children.

Dora is about to hit the big 18... and about to hit anyone who annoys her, especially her precocious younger brother, Peter, who has a chronic Oscar Wilde fixation.

Then there’s Dad, who’s just, well, Dad.

This is the story of a modern family, all living in their own separate bubbles and lurching towards meltdown. It is for anyone who has ever shared a home with that weird group of strangers we call relations.

Oh, and there’s a dog. Called Poo.

©2010 Dawn French (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • rosie
  • 17/11/2010

A big bit marvellous.

This audio book is absolutely delightful. Centred on three members of the Buttle family, they each take turns giving us snippets from their diaries, revealing extraordinary tales of everyday life. The emotions, journeys and revelations are beautifully written and superbly narrated by Dawn French. You will become wrapped up in the characters eccentricities and learn to love them, faults and all. I laughed, cried and laughed a lot more. Well done Dawn; you certainly have given us a marvellous book.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jamie
  • 11/02/2011

Marvellous but a Tiny Bit Long

This book was exquisitely and expertly narrated by the author, the highly marvellous Dawn French (whose early comedy sketch with Jennifer Saunders of a disordered mother and daughter eventually led to Absolutely Fabulous).

The novel is told in the voices of four members of the Battle family -- 50 year old mom having a midlife crisis; still-rivers-run-deep dad; 16 year old son with an Oscar Wilde fixation; 18 year old daughter Dora always about to hyperventilate in absolute, outright, oh-my-actual-god indignation. The story came together powerfully well in the last chapters and the ending was highly satisfying.

However, I did find the first half of the book slow. Far too much reflection and exposition by the characters, not enough story. Except for Dora. Dawn French's characterization is so rich and funny that even Dora's most self-absorbed, outraged uptalk is a treat. I could listen to Dora talk about nothing all day long. In fact, I kind of miss her now.

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  • Gai Everett
  • 08/02/2012

More than a tiny bit marvellous

If you could sum up A Tiny Bit Marvellous in three words, what would they be?

Hilarious, narration was fantastic, story was entertaining, very enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tiny Bit Marvellous?

Laughing out loud several times whilst on the train going to work.

What does Dawn French bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Dawn's voice brings her characters to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughing out loud in public - several times.

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable, please write another Dawn!

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  • Gail
  • 13/12/2011

Very Very Marvellous

I loved the story, kept me interested. Dawn did a fantastic job with all the voices her tone was very enticing. Would highly recommend .this audio

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  • Ryan
  • 29/09/2011

Not for me unfortunately.

I was quite looking forward to listening to this but I just couldn't get past chapter 12. To be honest, I'm not sure how I got that far. Dawn French's performance is lively, if not a bit over the top. I was just not captivated and couldn't relate to, or stay interested in the ramblings.

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  • Isabella
  • 12/01/2017

very marvellous

loved it. cries buckets of happy tears last chapters. love her voice. best book by her so far.

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  • charlotte
  • 13/02/2014

Totally Marvellous would be a better description!

What made the experience of listening to A Tiny Bit Marvellous the most enjoyable?

I think I loved Oscar the most, being an eccentric myself I was drawn to Oscar. The story is very funny but very touching.

What does Dawn French bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dawn has amazing comic timing which makes this book laugh out loud funny, she is a true genius!

Any additional comments?

I really recommend this book, it was amazing and I really enjoyed it!

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  • Leisha
  • 18/01/2014

Really Enjoyable

Dawn French's narration was great - the story is very basic, mum, daughter, son and dad - no great highlights or lowlights just very enjoyable. Did make me laugh out loud in more than a few spots - I'd highly recommend it

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  • Susannah
  • 24/06/2013

Dawn French is a great author.

Where does A Tiny Bit Marvellous rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five!

What did you like best about this story?

Everything - narration, story, characters...Loved it!

What does Dawn French bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She IS the book...her narration is wonderful.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The scene when the daughter meets her internet friend...extreme reaction! Not saying why...it would spoil it...

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  • Sharon
  • 17/12/2012

Average

I love Dawn French and was looking forward to listening to this. Dawn read it well but the story is average and her performance suffers as a result. Buy it if you are a fan and have the credits available but otherwise you are going to be a bit disappointed. It won't have you rolling on the floor laughing.

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  • BiggiB
  • 01/09/2013

Der ganz normale Familienwahnsinn!

Ich habe teils Tränen gelacht.
Schon nachdem ich die Hörprobe gehört hatte, wusste ich, dass mir das Buch gefallen würde. Es ist aber auch sehr überzeugend gelesen.

Die Geschichte wird allein durch Tagebucheinträge erzählt, abwechselnd von der Mutter Mo und ihren zwei Kindern Dora (fast 18) und dem jüngeren Oscar. Jeder hat seine persönlichen Sichtweisen, die sich nicht decken - natürlich.
Mir hat auch die Handlung an sich gefallen. Unterhaltsam und nicht unbedingt vorhersehbar.
Hörenswert!