Listen free for 30 days

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Brian has arrived at university with a stronger desire than the acquisition of knowledge: he's going to be a star of TV's hottest quiz, University Challenge. But his progress on 'The Challenge' is somewhat stymied by his growing desire for the beguiling Alice Harbison, struggling to make her mark as an actress. And as obstacles impede their affair, Brian becomes more and more convinced that only overwhelming success on the quiz show will win her.

©2003 David Nicholls (P)2004 W F Howes Ltd

What listeners say about Starter for Ten

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    64
  • 4 Stars
    65
  • 3 Stars
    33
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    63
  • 4 Stars
    56
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    49
  • 4 Stars
    55
  • 3 Stars
    33
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

a good read

the young working class boy at university - a middle class girl, a classic scenario but well done and the way that the story hinges around University Challenge made it page turning and amusing.

Well read - it pushed all my empathy to the boy, even feeling his embarrassment in some of his more ridiculous predicaments

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

How did the Glaswegian accent get through??

Not a bad narration. But the Glaswegian accent is a real shocker. Really ought be rerecorded. My Scottish husband ran out of the room screaming with his fingers in his ears

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Confident and assured

A very assured piece of writing. Enjoyable and good to listen to. More uplifting than some of the other titles by DN. I'll look out for more.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

One Day, this is not, but a great read and fun

I loved One Day and so came to this with very high expectations. Yes I was a little disappointed but actually after I got over that it was a good fun story. Loved the underlying theme that holds the story together, the games show.

Story line is obvious and linear but actually all the better for that.

A pleasure to listen to and you do grow close to the small pool of key characters.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Never gets going

I didn't like the story of this audiobook. It just doesn't get very meaty and to be honest I struggled to care about the main character.
The narration was very good although he needs to work on his female voices.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Hard to read when you're constantly cringing

What disappointed you about Starter for Ten?

I expected the main character to evolve and demonstrate some redeeming qualities but he seemed to get more and more stupid and shallow as the book went on. There was just one gag running through the entire book - what is this idiot going to screw up next? I hung on in there, as I'd found One Day to be such a good read, but every time he, and the book, seemed about to turn a corner, he blew it again.
I found it unconvincing that the femme fatale character would at any point return his affections.
Maybe men can relate to this catalogue of woes better than me.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have taken a look at what other characters were experiencing rather than the one claustrophobic perspective.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator fitted the main character, but the relentless "cheeky chappie" style, no matter what pain he was going through, started to irritate me.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was interesting to relive a pre-digital world, with some good descriptive passages.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not his best

I have enjoyed Nicholls books, but this one didn't quite hit the mark for me.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Great Starter for David Nicholls

I adore David's writing - I read this novel years ago, just after I devoured 'One Day'. The audiobook is highly entertaining and really does capture the essence of that first year of university. Marvellous!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Loved it!

Really engaging story, lots of parallels with 'Sweet sorrow', but thoroughly enjoyed it, and brilliant narration.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Easy listen

Really liking David Nicholls - easy to listen to and well-rounded characters. This one very well narrated as well.