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Chart Throb Audiobook

Chart Throb

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Publisher's Summary

The ultimate pop quest. Ninety-five thousand hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. And that's Calvin Simms, the genius behind the show.

Calvin always wins, because Calvin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgement upon the mingers, clingers, and blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted 'search' for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The 'real' is about to be put back into 'reality' television, and Calvin and his fellow judges (the nation's favourite mum and the other bloke) are about to become ex-factors themselves.

Ben Elton, author of Popcorn and Dead Famous returns to blistering comic satire with a savagely hilarious deconstruction of the world of modern television talent shows. Chart Throb. One winner. A whole bunch of losers.

©2006 Ben Elton (P)2009 Random House Audio

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    Andy Thorpe Astley, Leics, United Kingdom 21/04/2010
    Andy Thorpe Astley, Leics, United Kingdom 21/04/2010 Member Since 2015
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    "I will never know if this is a good book"

    I have listened to all of Ben Elton's books and have really enjoyed most of them. Unfortunately I will never know if this is a good book or not, I found the narrators slow overly dramatic voice too much to even consider putting up with him for 15 long hours. I even tried listening at double speed on my ipod and that was just as bad. The speed and pauses were less of a problem but still present even at double speed but the dramatic poetry reading style just doesn't convey the story. What a shame, I was looking forward to this one as Ben Elton can be very insiteful with his social observations used for a basis of his novels.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adam London, United Kingdom 03/10/2011
    Adam London, United Kingdom 03/10/2011
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    "Really well done"

    Though I agree that the first 20 minutes of this is not his best work, as the reading continues, he really gets good, he has a brilliant array of voices for the major and supporting characters (in particular Beryl the transvestite super-judge and HRH The Prince of Wales) and I really found myself enjoying and being drawn into this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Tickles 16/08/2016
    Mr Tickles 16/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "top ten Ben again"

    loved it. Great fantasy story about real life TV as we know it everyone can relate to it. Excellent voices and reading too. Thoroughly recommended.

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    Ian Flanagan 12/07/2016
    Ian Flanagan 12/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "😊👍"

    Another good book from Ben Elton, and very well read by Glen McCready. Great characters, great characterisation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hazel 03/05/2016
    Hazel 03/05/2016 Member Since 2015

    tells it like it is

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    "Just what you think it will be"
    Would you try another book written by Ben Elton or narrated by Glen McCready?

    I love Ben Elton and have read all his books. This is the first I have listened to, I think maybe it is better to read his work.


    What will your next listen be?

    Something that doesn't try to be funny


    Which character – as performed by Glen McCready – was your favourite?

    The wannabe contestants


    Did Chart Throb inspire you to do anything?

    don't be silly, what an odd question!


    Any additional comments?

    When listening there is too much repetition, which would work being read, but not so much heard. Yes judges on these shows do say "you owned that", and it is as puerile here as it is on those shows, None of the characters are likeable, though some depth is given to some of them. I think comedy needs to be read not listened to, I love Ben Elton but I did not think much of Chart Throb. Too easy to mock

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    David Hart 16/01/2016
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    "Good luck"

    This started off slow then became interesting and fun but I had to give it up by chapter 7 as it just became suddenly boring to me.

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    Cat 01/12/2014
    Cat 01/12/2014 Member Since 2010
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    "Hilarious"

    Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend - it was witty, very insightful and clever and kept me hooked until the absolute end with a plot twist in the last 20 minutes.

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    20/07/10
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    "Ok, but bit a bit repetitive."

    I like most of Ben Elton's work, and this one is pleasant enough. However, I think it's a bit on the long side and lacking a bit of subtlety, with several similar bits in the middle. Perhaps this was the "cunning plan" to make it feel like we watching a reality TV show?
    The narrator was very good.
    I'm looking forwards to more unabridged Ben Elton audiobooks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
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    17/02/15
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    "As boring as the real show!"

    May have to return this. Am gritting my teeth to get through the last 2 hours. It's taking about as much determination as it does to get through a single episode of American Idol.

    I normally love Ben Elton books, I have never found one I disliked. He is normally SOOO funny, topical and sarcastic.

    With this book through, it is just repetitive. I got the point in the first hour. The show is a fake, reality TV is staged and all the celebs are self-serving egotists. OK, now repeat the above for next 11 hours, dissect every shot, every staged reaction, every scripted sound-bite and that is the book.

    In addition - there are no redeemable characters. Even the female lead is weak.

    Don't waste a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • gb
    08/07/15
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    "Not his best work"

    I have read this book before but this time i found it tedious and hard to kisten to attentuvely

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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