They were bored, broke, burned out, and turning 40, so when Ben and Dinah saw the advert looking for a husband and wife team with young kids to write a guidebook about family travel around Britain, they jumped at the chance. With naïve visions of staring moodily across Coniston Water and savouring Cornish pasties, they embark on a mad-cap five-month trip with daughter Phoebe, four, and son Charlie, two, embracing the freedom of the open road with a spirit of discovery and an industrial supply of baby wipes.
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By Sam Smith on 20-09-13
The author isn't very likeable, and I found myself getting wound-up listening to the story unfold as I had no sympathy him. I was hoping for some charming anecdotes along the lines of "The Tent The Bucket And Me" but the more I learned about him as the story unfolds the less I like him.
At one point he insists on keeping his car, and driving around CenterParcs, despite being asked not to. If you've stayed at CenterParcs you'll know this is akin to insisting on driving on a cycle lane. He also bothers his poorly father - despite his brother, who is there caring for him, asking him not to phone too often as it upsets his father and makes his condition worse. He apparently always has the last word in any disagreement, but given his lack of self-awareness this comes across as petty and vindictive revisionism.
To make matters worse, his incredibly tolerant and long-suffering wife is given a whining tone in her voice by the narrator, which makes the story appear misogynistic too.
I've listened to hundreds of audio books and this is the first one I've not finished. I got about three quarters of the way through and figured it was just making me cross listening to his selfish remembrances.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 19-01-16
How NOT to parent
Would you try another book written by Ben Hatch or narrated by Kris Dyer?
If you want a book to tell you how not to bring up your children this is the one! A wasted credit
What was most disappointing about Ben Hatch’s story?
It wasn't really about traveling.
What didn’t you like about Kris Dyer’s performance?
The female voice was irritating
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Toby on 30-10-12
Laugh, Learn and Cry a Bit
What did you love best about Are We Nearly There Yet??
I loved best the interaction between the author and his wife and his children. I loved the hilarity of the descriptions of the towns visited.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved Dinah, the wife.
Which scene was your favorite?
In the animal park with the lions. The world's largest pencil. The penthouse scene in Edinburgh.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
A family's car journey through Britain with two tots. Don't really know as I am not up on films.
Any additional comments?
The back story and account of the author's father's declining health and end was poignant, but not overdone. It read REAL. One felt as if present.