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How the Penguins Saved Veronica von Hazel…
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How the Penguins Saved Veronica (2020. Auflage)

von Hazel Prior (Autor)

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"A curmudgeonly but charming old woman, her estranged grandson, and a colony of penguins proves it's never too late to be the person you want to be in this rich, heartwarming story from the acclaimed author of Ellie and the Harpmaker. Eighty-five-year-old Veronica McCreedy is estranged from her family and wants to find a worthwhile cause to leave her fortune to. When she sees a documentary about penguins being studied in Antarctica, she tells the scientists she's coming to visit-and won't take no for an answer. Shortly after arriving, she convinces the reluctant team to rescue an orphaned baby penguin. He becomes part of life at the base, and Veronica's closed heart starts to open. Her grandson, Patrick, follows Veronica to Antarctica to make one last attempt to get to know his grandmother. Together, Veronica, Patrick, and even the scientists learn what family, love, and connection are all about"--… (mehr)
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Titel:How the Penguins Saved Veronica
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Away With the Penguins von Hazel Prior

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Digital audiobook performed by Helen Lloyd, Andrew Fallaize, and Mandy Williams.
3.5***

Veronica McCreedy is an eighty-five-year-old woman living alone in her large home in Ayrshire, Scotland. She’s estranged from her family, and has a testy relationship with her housekeeper Eileen. She’s set in her ways and feels entitled to live her life as she pleases. She’s recently discovered that she has a grandson, but when she decides to visit him, she finds him less than desirable; Patrick is mostly unemployed and a frequent marijuana smoker. Veronica is not about to leave her millions to a drug-addled bum! A documentary she sees about scientists’ efforts to save penguins in Antarctica captures her attention. So, she decides to visit the scientists and see their work up close and personal before leaving them her millions.

The plot is outlandish and unrealistic but completely engaging and heart-warming. Veronica reminds me of many other cranky, outspoken elderly main characters (Ove and Olive Kitteridge to name two). She’s not about to lie down and die, though she recognizes that her time is growing short, and she’ll damn well do whatever she pleases in the meantime. She’s opinionated, rigid, and without tact. But she’s also a caring person, whose maternal instincts – in this case – are stirred by a tiny orphan penguin chick she names Patrick (and later, Pip). I just fell in love with her and was cheering her on. I felt outrage on her behalf when learning about how she had been treated in her youth. No wonder she walled off her heart.

The experts in the Antarctic hardly know what to do with her, but they DO need that grant, and they try their best to shelter Veronica from the worst effects of the harsh conditions under which they work and live.

Everyone learns a lesson or two about cooperation and teamwork, and about opening one’s heart to the possibility of love.

The audiobook is performed by a trio of talented voice artists. The bring these characters to life.

The book was originally published in the United Kingdom under the title Away With the Penguins. ( )
  BookConcierge | Nov 24, 2021 |
Veronica McCready has always had a rather grim view of the other human beings on the planet and her nearly 86 years on the planet have done little to change her opinion. After a disastrous first meeting with her newly discovered grandson, Patrick, Veronica is even more convinced that no human deserves the rather large amount of money she's acquired in her lifetime. Instead, inspired by a nature documentary on television, she's decided to leave it to a penguin conservation project. But to make sure the project is deserving, Veronica has every intention of going to Antarctica to check out the scientists and, of course, the penguins. The scientists being pretty vehemently opposed to Veronica's idea, won't have any impact on her choice of course.

This is a sweet character study (with a bit of a save the planet streak) that if you're in the right mood will be an excellent read and if you're in the wrong one, may just rub you the wrong way. Veronica is the definition of curmudgeonly and her grandson, Patrick, who is the other first-person perspective we get to experience as readers, takes a bit to warm up to as well. However, I found the reading experience ultimately worth it - particularly the middle section where we discover what experiences made Veronica the way she is. Is the ending pretty unrealistic? Definitely. Did I enjoy it anyway? Absolutely. Plus, penguins! ( )
  MickyFine | Oct 31, 2021 |
I have to admit to being initially a little unsure what to expect from Away with the Penguins but I came away from it having experienced an absolutely lovely, uplifting and moving read. It's the story of Veronica McCreedy, 86 years old and living alone in a huge house in Ayrshire, Scotland. She's a little irascible and set in her ways, and her only company is Eileen, her cleaner, and Mr Perkins, her gardener. When Eileen finds a locked box in Veronica's house it brings back memories that lead her to search for family connections, and a chance change to the television schedules leads her eventually to Antarctica. This feisty lady is going to save the penguins!

What a gorgeous story. Veronica is one of those characters who you know from the outset has hidden depths. There's a lot more to her than meets the eye and even though she's a bit tricky at times I couldn’t help but love her. There are some fabulous supporting characters too, all of whom help Veronica to have the time of her life.

I particularly enjoyed the Antarctic setting. I'm always drawn to remote and inhospitable locations in books and it was fascinating to learn more about the South Shetland islands via the fictional Locket Island and the scientists at the field camp there. I also learnt a bit about penguins too!

Away with the Penguins is a delightfully quirky and unusual read. Although I could never have guessed where the story was heading, I found myself being drawn further and further in as it progressed and I just loved how it all worked out in the end. I'm thrilled to note there is a follow up book coming later this year. I can't wait to get back to Veronica and find out what she does next. ( )
  nicx27 | Aug 19, 2021 |
If you loved the book “A Man Called Ove”, the movie “Gran Torino”, adorable penguins, or just plain get a kick out of your crotchety, old neighbor or grandparent, then this book is for you! It’s the heartwarming tale of an octogenarian who realizes perhaps it’s not too late for her to make up for lost time.

Veronica McCreedy is set in her ways. She knocks about all alone in her giant mansion, getting mad at her daytime caregiver Eileen for doing the unthinkable, such as leaving doors open (Veronica hates unclosed doors) or questioning Veronica’s memory (she still remembers all of her Shakespeare from her school days, you see). However, she realizes that she much closer to the end of her life than the beginning, and wants to get her affairs in order. Not having any family to give her money to, except a grandson that she has only recently met for the first time, Veronica thrusts herself upon some penguin researchers in Antarctica, determined to, despite their objections over her visit, ascertain whether their cause is deserving of her millions.

Through the scientists, Veronica’s grandson, and a rescued penguin chick, a side of Veronica that has been closed off for decades upon decades opens up, to the surprise of everyone, including Veronica herself.

You’ll devour this playful, yet life-affirming, tale and come away smiling, and musing about what Veronica and her new penguin family get up to next. A summer must-read.

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  Desiree_Reads | Jul 9, 2021 |
This is an articulate example of a book with simple but still daunting topics, skilfully written that without hesitation takes you on an adventure that does not stop until you finish the reading.

I have to confess that I had to be so strong and stop crying every time I reached those unexpected and unavoidable moments that resolved in sad events which affected the character of those ones involved. I indeed accepted quite happily those moments that drew on my face a smile and some jiggles too.

I am very happy that I finally reached out this book and read it, because successfully it erased from my mind all those worries, unhappiness, and confusion of other books, that I have read lately, full of uncomfortable, confronting events in addition to the riddles and psychological puzzles that didn’t stop swirling around in my mind. Now, I have to say I have other worries less alarming but still important to think about.

Now I know that there is always going to be a book to be discovered and that will refresh my life. ( )
  AneG81 | Feb 6, 2021 |
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"A curmudgeonly but charming old woman, her estranged grandson, and a colony of penguins proves it's never too late to be the person you want to be in this rich, heartwarming story from the acclaimed author of Ellie and the Harpmaker. Eighty-five-year-old Veronica McCreedy is estranged from her family and wants to find a worthwhile cause to leave her fortune to. When she sees a documentary about penguins being studied in Antarctica, she tells the scientists she's coming to visit-and won't take no for an answer. Shortly after arriving, she convinces the reluctant team to rescue an orphaned baby penguin. He becomes part of life at the base, and Veronica's closed heart starts to open. Her grandson, Patrick, follows Veronica to Antarctica to make one last attempt to get to know his grandmother. Together, Veronica, Patrick, and even the scientists learn what family, love, and connection are all about"--

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