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Checking Out

Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Summary

What do you do when the doctor says you could die at any moment? Well...after you’ve made a cup of tea, of course.

Nathan James is young, successful and has the world at his feet. Unfortunately, he’s also about to die - which ruins things somewhat. And now he’s staring imminent death in the face, Nathan is having to rethink some of his life choices very hard.

This means embarking on a hectic journey of self-discovery that includes, amongst other things, losing his dignity to an inescapable bean bag, suffering screaming nightmares about a monstrous potato, and getting up close and very personal with a bipolar donkey.

All of which is fine, but then Nathan falls in love with a charming girl called Alison, which is a really stupid thing to do. Because how can you give your heart to someone when it might be about to stop?

From Nick Spalding, the bestselling author of Fat Chance, Bricking It and Mad Love, comes a comedy about dying - which is easy - and living, which is most certainly not.

©2018 Nick Spalding (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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great story and left me wanting more

Where does Checking Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

its not my favourite nick spalding but i still very much enjoyed it

What did you like best about this story?

it was a great story with lots of unpredictable twists and turns

What does Simon Mattacks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

his soft tones are a joy with excellent rhythm that made it a very easy listen

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no, i didn't find it a moving book nor a laugh out loud like some of nicks others but the story didn't lend its self to laugh out loud material,

Any additional comments?

the last chapter disappointing, i was left wanting more, i even think there is a sequel to be had for this story. i want to know more.... what happened next, tell me more about hiss cousin and her family. there was much more that could be explored. It did jump a little in places and a smoother transition would have helped the flow a little better but that is i was being super critical. As i say i did enjoy this book overall.

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brilliant!

humorous, insightful and entertaining. Nick has done it again and produced a masterpiece. looking forward to more from him.

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New to Nick Spalding

My wife’s favourite author so I thought I’d check him out.
What a treat. Funny, touching and incredibly well narrated by Simon Mattacks.
Im now off to search for more work by these two.

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  • Oz
  • 12-02-19

sad and hilarious in the warmest heartfelt way

this book is moving and entertaining in equal measure. can't recommend it enough, whether you're looking for a laugh or something a bit deeper and introspective there's something here for everyone.

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fantastic book

Great story had me laughing and crying I am now a big fan of Nick Spalding. But one complaint there should be more of your books on audible! Great performance from Simon Mattacks. this audio book is well worth the listen.

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Captivating story telling and narration!

This was such a great book to listen to. I loved that it combined such a serious and personal struggel with the universal experiences we all have, making it sad and funny and so easy to relate to.

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Brilliant performance and great story

Really enjoyed listening to this- finished it in 2 days. The performance is absolutely fantastic, probably one of the best!

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good read

good read and well spoken. found the story interesting and funny. would deffinetly recommend this book

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Disappointed to reach the end!

A story that you just don’t want to end. Laughed, cried and laughed again, brilliant!

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Had me in tears (of laughter!)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however the ending was rather blunt and got a little too much involved with the moral of the story... That aside, it makes a serious topic light hearted and funny

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-18

loved it

typical hilarity from Nick Spalding. No one can take a mortifying experience and humanize like Nick!!

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  • Carrie
  • 05-06-19

Gross & disgusting.

This book was gross and disgusting. I tried twice and had to quit - it was horrible.

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  • annamaria porto
  • 03-06-19

Trite, predictable and poor writing. Skip this

It’s supposed to be comedic while serious but it’s neither. Really bad, not sure how this ever got published

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  • Yvonne Knapton
  • 03-01-19

+too much sex and 4 letterwords<br />

could be a good story but the way it's written it's just trash constant sex and written language

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  • Dee
  • 26-10-18

I love Nick Spalding!

I've listened to a few Nick Spalding books and I am absolutely crushing on him. He is such a great writer!!! Spalding creates wonderful characters and puts them in situations where the absolute human comes out and he does so with comedic genius.

Nathan James is dying. That's not really a subject to take lightly but in the hands of Spalding, that is exactly what happened. And it was perfection!!! I even liked the ending.

As well-written as the book is, the narrator put it over the top! He was just too good.

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  • Paul K. Savage
  • 06-08-18

Entertaining

Another funny Nick Spalding book. Characters are funny and endearing. Happy ending where we see the protagonist have the lessons that are important to change him into a happier person.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-18

Fresh, Memorable

Nathan Nathan Nathan - a breath of fresh air - a fairly good guy if a bit shallow - Alison - who knew why she was still available - a perceptive, honest sweetheart. You give a guy a who has a terminal diagnosis, a cast of characters called the Foodies and a star performer - and you have a story that is fresh, vivid and extremely engaging. I could not put it down! This narrator Simon Mattacks will be a "go to" for me, especially in a story where Humor is involved! He was the perfect match for Nick's story, and excellent. I give him 7 Stars on this performance! If you want something entirely fresh and thoughtful, think about this book!

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  • Suzanne M. Garrison
  • 26-06-18

Unexpected! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I wasn’t expecting the body of this story to be as entertaining with laugh out loud moments. The premise is certainly dark, but the conclusion provide prospective and great insight. For such a short book it was well written and the performance was outstanding! Give it a go!

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  • Janice
  • 12-06-18

Very FUNNY

I enjoyed the humor of the story. If you find yourself worrying about death, listen to this story and feel better.

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  • Sharey
  • 01-06-18

Wonderful Fun as Always from Spalding!

I was so happy to discover a new book from Spalding, who is hilarious and entertaining beyond belief. This one did not disappoint. I loved it! Spalding is my favorite Audible author because who doesn't love cheeky, laugh-out-loud humor! This is British humor that's definitely universal so don't be hesitant.