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Dancing Queen

Narrated by: Stefanie Kay
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
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Summary

Every body can be a dancer's body!  

All her life, Fiona has dreamed of becoming a dancer, but she was always told dancing was not for “fat girls” like her. Now, at age 35, Fiona is again confronted with her weight issues when the HR department kindly encourages her and a coworker, Stu, to attend a support group for people with “health” issues. 

When quilting is suggested as a hobby to help with their totally opposite eating disorders (Fiona loves everything related to calories, Stu tries to avoid any), Stu insanely suggests they enter a local version of Dancing with the Stars instead....   

What follows is a fantastic journey with a lot of ups and downs, sore feet, self-doubt, sweat, and tears mixed in with ghosts from the past.  

Dancing Queen is a warmhearted and humorous story about self-doubt, dancing, friendship, and the courage to follow your dreams no matter what size you are.   

If you love fast-paced, feel-good stories with snappy dialogue, lots of humor, and heart, this is the audiobook for you.

©2016 Charlotte Roth (P)2018 Charlotte Roth

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Dancing Queen

This was the first non-romance book that I really really enjoyed in a long time. I loved the story, the characters, the narration. it was a great read/listen all the way through. Stefanie Kay did an amazing job!

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Finally

Almost every book seems to be about a skinny girl. So glad to finally listen to one that has a bigger gal. I love it! This book brought on an emotion Rollercoaster. From laughter to tears, to my own self doubt to encouragement, I enjoyed every bit of this book.

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What a refreshing story, no sex just pure entertainment with a plot that has a meaningful agenda.
Stephanie did a wonderful job narrating

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Dancing Queen

Fiona is a true hero, she has such inner strength and just rolls with life. Of course that is what she was pushed to think she had to do her entire life. This story is inspiring and heart warming. I love how little secrets can make huge impacts on how others see us. Fiona's sister was so cruel to her until she realized what made her the way she was. The story is so eyeopening. It makes you think and wonder what we all get too busy to look at and realize what is going on around us. Thanks audiobook obsession for the recommendation.

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Dancing Queen!

Dancing Queen by Charlotte Roth is a great listen with brutal honesty. As someone who is overweight, many things in this book hit home. The character of Fiona was so endearing. I really enjoyed this book. Stefanie Kay was great performing this book. Thank you Audiobook Obsession for this wonderful listen!

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Loved it and Hated it!

All her life, Fiona has dreamed of becoming a dancer but she was always told that dancing was not for “fat girls” like her. Now, at age thirty-five, Fiona is again confronted with her weight issues when the HR department kindly encourages her and a co-worker, Stu, to attend a support group for people with “health” issues. When quilting is suggested as a hobby to help with their total opposite eating disorders (Fiona loves everything calorie, Stu tries to avoid any), Stu insanely suggests they enter a local version of Dancing With the Stars instead…

What follows is a fantastic journey with a lot of ups and downs, sore feet, self-doubt, sweat and tears mixed in with ghosts from the past.

I loved this book and I hated too. Let me explain. I loved it because it showed an accurate portrayal of what it's like to be a "fat girl". It is so good to see our stories being told and told truthfully. I hated this story for the same reason. It was told so truthful and it was har to listen to but fun at the same time! I really think everyone should read or listen to this book!.

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Funny read/listen

This book was funny and has lots of humour for you. It’s refreshing reading / listening to characters that you can relate to. Great narration from Stefanie.

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Loved it!

Loved the storyline, loved the narration and most of all loved the message behind the story!

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Amazing layered story

I honestly don’t know where to start. I was blown away by Charlotte Roth’s Dancing Queen. Stephanie Kay did a fabulous job of bringing the book alive with her on point narration. I loved that Fiona and Stu were such believable engaging characters as were the secondary characters. The story made me laugh and at times cry with all its twists and turns. And the ending... just wow. I was fortunate to receive this audio via Audiobook Obsession.

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awesome storyline!

I absolutely loved this book!! It brought back memories for me of always being a bigger girl and being told I could not do certain things. Even now as an adult and still being bigger I am having a hard time believing in myself. this book has made me realize I should follow my dreams and not let being a bigger girls stop me!!
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  • Karl hill
  • 02-12-19

Sweet, Encouraging Story

Dancing Queen was an absolutely incredible listen!

I found the story was never slow and always felt fresh. It was never rushed either. I thought the overall idea for the story was well thought out, and I loved the minor story lines. All the minor story lines were well thought out and complete.

The characters were so relatable, and the cast was so diverse, I think everyone could see themselves as one of the characters. The family dynamics felt so real. I think that is what I enjoyed most about this story. It didn't feel cheesy, but it felt like this could be someone's real life story, and not some fictional overally happy ending book.

I saw the outcome of the dance competion coming, however, I did not see what followed after the dance competion coming. I thought it was a fabulous way to finish off this wonderful novel.

I will easily listen to something else by Charlotte Roth in the future. She is such an incredible story teller. I loved that while her work felt like a real story, it wasn't sad like so many, but it had such an encouraging and uplifitng message.

Stefanie Kay did a great job with the narration. I was able to tell who was talking, just based on the voices she performed. She also portrayed the emotions of the events and characters well.

I received a copy of this audibook at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

P.S. If you like Dancing with the Stars that is an added bonus.

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  • EC
  • 08-01-20

unexpected but loved it

Dancing Queen is not a genre I typically listen to but it was so good! I loved the story line and that the main character followed her dreams, stood up to her evil sister and her selfish mom to do something she had always dreamed of doing. I hate the premise of her work feeling like they need to intervene in her and Stuart's personal weight issues but in the story, it's what it took for her and Stuart to jump start into chasing and achieving her dreams. There were definitely some twists that were unexpected and lots of humor (the aunt and her "assistant" :) ). Loved it!

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  • Amanda S
  • 19-12-19

definitely worth a listen!

absolutely love this story! love the main character and the journey she takes in this story! definitely worth a listen - funny and feel good!
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  • Trisha C.
  • 18-12-19

Fun Quirky Listen

Dancing Queen is a fun, humorous , uplifting story. The message is to live your life, follow your childhood dreams and never give up. Fiona is comfortable being known as Fat Fiona. Her whole world is turned upside down, when Skinny Stu talks her into a Dancing competition. He shows her who she really is inside, pulls her out of her comfort zone, encourages her to be herself. Stu and Fiona are on a journey of self discovery together.
Stefanie Kay is an entertaining storyteller .She brings the characters to life, gives each their own voice and personality. It has fun,, humorous , laugh out loud moments. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer🎧

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  • Catrina P
  • 18-12-19

Fat Fiona and Skinny Stu...

I loved this story! The unlikely friendship that develops between Fiona and Stu, as they deal with their personal demons is heartwarming. The support they show each other is fantastic. Never give up on your hopes and dreams!

Charlotte Roth did s great job of incorporating humor, while still being serious. I found this story to be quite inspirational.

Great narration by Stefanie Kay. She brought out the characters emotions and kept things real.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 07-12-19

Fantastic Story!! 💜💜💜

I absolutely loved this book!
Struggling with obesity my whole life, this story really touched my heart. It deals with not only obesity but also other issues including dysfunctional family & the problems that follow.
It also tells about hopes & dreams and makes you believe that anything is possible.
The narration was really good, but a little slow, I adjusted speed according at it was perfect. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Pamela
  • 06-12-19

Fiona and Stu

This is a great story about triumph. This is an uplifting and inspiring story about overcoming your fears and dealing with body shaming, bullying and lack of support. This also includes learning to love who you are, embracing your life and your future. Dealing with family good and bad but let’s not forget all of the fun! I really enjoyed this story. Thank you to the author and narrator for an amazing listen. #audiobookobsession

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  • Audiophile
  • 29-11-19

Sweet and Sassy

I fell in love with Stu and Fiona in this very lovable and inspirational story. Hilarity abounds in this story after all laughter makes everything easier. I so enjoyed this book and can’t wait to discover more from this author. I really enjoyed the narration too which is an absolute plus when added to a great read.

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  • Paula M. Williams
  • 25-11-19

Cute

This was a cute story. Took a bit to get into it, but got better at the end!

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  • Lisa M.
  • 21-11-19

Loved this story!

This is the first book I have read or listened to that hasn't been romance in a very long time. I'm so happy I found it. The characters are way more than relatable. This story was funny, touching and so realistic I listened straight through. We all need a book that makes us feel better for not being perfect, or having our dreams hidden in a closet because someone said we weren't good enough or have the right appearance. I can recommend this enough. I have read and listened to around 1000 books and this has been added to my top 20 easily.