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Summary

From the bestselling author of Checking Out and Dry Hard comes a hilarious story about losing the love of your life, and finding yourself in the aftermath.

When Ollie Sweet is very publicly dumped by ‘The One’, his seemingly perfect world dissolves into misery, self-pity, and a bizarre rooftop meeting with a suicidal man in flip-flops. While most would seek out the support of loved ones at such a torrid time, natural-born journalist Ollie asks the subscribers of his website: how did they get over their failed relationships?

When Ollie follows some of their more extreme advice, chaos inevitably ensues, including accidentally exposing himself to some unsuspecting wildlife, jumping out of a perfectly serviceable aeroplane, and suffering from an extremely painful bottom, courtesy of a maniacal Scotsman.

Of course, all of this goes down a storm with his online following, and Ollie soon finds himself the centre of everyone’s attention - whether he likes it or not!

With his eclectic collection of supporters to guide him, can Ollie mend his broken heart, heal his broken bottom, and learn to find happiness again?

©2019 Nick Spalding (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A bit predictable but ok

Story was a bit predictable and I didn’t really get to love the lead character.

Generally an easy listen though and seeing it through to the end wasn’t a struggle. 😀

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Any slower it would be going backwards.

I had to give up. Slow? Dear goodness. Why use 10 words to describe a situation when you can use 1000. Describing an oom pah band song for over 3 minutes was it for me.
I would strongly suggest you don't bother.

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Hilarious

I laughed out load so many times while listening to this. Nike Spalding has a real way with words

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Okay, Actually

💛 A review of two halves here. Overall, enjoyed this very much. A good ol’ ex-relationships retrospective complete with lighthearted humour. What’s not to love, actually.

💚 The comedy elements were hit and miss. I’m a Spalding fan, but some of the humour was a bit too cringy. I can only say tent.
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🎧 According to my very unscientific Audible search, Steve West has tended towards narrating more dramatic audiobooks to date. Having heard him do humour, I hope he continues to bring the funny. He was great as Ollie, did well with accents (not easy pulling off an Aussie elephant) and was generally good fun to listen to.
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SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO…

There were, I believe, a shout out or two to Nick Hornby in this. I was also reminded of a little 2009 Matthew McConaughey vehicle by the name of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. And I am probably the only person who remembers it so....

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Funny in parts

If you can get past the anti white British, middle class, urban elite nonsense that oozes out of the writer there are some laugh out loud parts to the book. The book had a running love story of course but unfortunately the end missed that point also, so not quite sure the writer knew where he was going with the story. If you can ignore the jarring political points then the book is quite amusing.

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A Rib-tickling book. A Must Listen!

This is my very first book from Nick Spalding. I picked this book due to narrator Steve West and it was highly recommended by a lot of book friends. I really enjoyed listening to this book a lot. This book had me laughing and giggling throughout with Ollie’s antics. I don’t ever remember snort laughing so much listening to an audiobook. Kudos to Mr. West, his performance as Ollie and all the other characters were just phenomenal, he just brought all of them to life. A must listen especially in this current climate.

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I enjoyed book but I still wanted it to finish. It was too drawn out for me.

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Laugh out loud funny...

I loved most of the book except the ending. a bit predictable and cheesy but up until the end it is laugh out loud funny.

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I loved the journey of self discovery that we went on with Ollie as he sought to understand why his love life didn’t quite meet up with his perfect expectations.

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Promoting unethical practices

I found the authors views continually slotted in a bit patronising, pseudo attempt to promote feminism included. Given the propensity for lecturing the audience I wish some research into elephant welfare had been carried out. It is no longer acceptable to ride elephants at any reputable sanctuary and any literature promoting this and referencing it continually is offensive to me I am afraid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-20

The male version of Bridget Jones

I love Bridget Jones - I can relate to her internal dialogue on so many levels. This book felt the same to me - I think if I were a man, this might be me. As a woman, there were a few places that took me out of the story, but only because, like I said, I'm not a man. But that did not take away from the overall enjoyment of the writing. Nick Spalding does socially awkward normal people so well!

This is a bit of a raucous and wild ride and, like Bridget Jones' Diary, it's not for the sensitive reader. There are some rather racy bits, but written in a way that makes the situations so relatable.

Sex - Some, but almost always with some kind of awkward laugh-out-loud mishap involved (Bambi - hahahaha!)
Language - Some, but addressed in much the same way as the sex
Violence - Only the kind that happens to socially awkward normal people.

I will say that I space my Nick Spalding books out - they make me laugh, but I can only handle so much of his style in one sitting. I'm a fast listener - I typically listen to 3 or more audiobooks a week - but I rarely listen to more than one of his in a month. It would be like having sticky, nutty pecan pie for every meal instead of just at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Narration - Steve West handled Ollie Sweet's character with great skill! I totally believed he was telling his own story. May make it hard to look him in the eye if we ever meet face to face one day, but nicely done, Steve!

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  • Heather Maccartney
  • 25-07-19

literally laugh out loud funny

the book itself is hilarious, of course. the stories, the situations Ollie finds himself in, but the real hero of this audio book is the narrator. he's bloody brilliant (to steal a Britishism)! The character voices are perfect, and the delivery adds so much to the comedy. many occasions I found myself in tears laughing. well worth the listen or read!

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  • Kerry Stewart
  • 31-12-19

but, but, but

I couldn't get through this book. I found the amount of times he said the word but extremely annoying. the oh um er uh but was way over done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get my point? I also found the story kind of stupid. Would not recommend.

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  • Dee
  • 10-12-19

Definite laughs!

This wasn't non-stop laughter but there was some definite laugh out loud moments and a few smirks!

Whether the dumper or the dumpee, we can identify with the main character, Ollie/Oliver. He has a bit of a fantastical view of life and relationships so this book is sorta his journey of self-discovery. It was really well-written and well-narrated. Nick Spalding just has a way of creating real characters and finding the humor in the ordinary. The narrator was the perfect complement to that effort. Just an all-around great listen!

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  • Quinn
  • 29-12-19

Such fun!

Steve West’s performance of this very entertaining book is perfect in every way! Many laugh-out-loud moments in the life of Oliver Sweet! Definitely worth the listen, which I’m sure I’ll do again soon!

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  • Colleen L.
  • 26-09-19

Lol

I wasn’t sure about this book during the first couple of chapters, and then I was. A great, fun, lighthearted, read. Very relatable.

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  • B. Esser
  • 25-11-19

Hilarous!

I dont think I've ever listened to a book that had me constantly laughing out loud!

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  • M. A. G.
  • 29-08-19

This deserves 10 stars

This book is phenomenal. The writing is fantastic and i felt like i had a front row seat to a movie about Ollie's life!
The narrator is perfection and elevates the creative writing into something that cannot be explained by words.
This book deserves more than 5 stars!

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  • CAP1491
  • 10-08-19

Quite a journey

This book is a must-listen. It’s so good that I wish I could listen to it for the first time again. I savored every chapter, laughing until I cried more times than I can remember. It’s my first Nick Spalding book and I’m definitely checking out more of his work.

Steve West hits it out of the park in this performance. He vividly brings Ollie to life so well, if they make this into a film (they absolutely should) then Steve has to play Ollie. Some Audies better be coming his way for his work in this as he is superb.

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  • Sheila S
  • 31-12-19

What I dud!

I've enjoyed other books by Nick Spalding, but not this one. My sense is that the author is really trying to be witty and sophisticated here, but the product is not funny, cliche-ridden, and often just boring. Sorry, but a tale about a professional man in his 30's who is totally dismayed to learn that his parents' marriage isn't "perfect" just doesn't make it for me.

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