- Narrated by: Adam Godley
- Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-11-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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By Philip on 14-03-07
Book of the year! Humourous look at TV culture
Ben Elton's "Chart Throb" lashes out at the makers as well as viewers of pulp TV reality shows and (non) talent contests. Yep, we are implicitly talking about The Osbournes, X-Factor, Dancing on ice with the Stars. Ben Elton is asking (and answering) all the right questions in this entertaining novel: how many of the "spontaneous" moments are scripted? what is the objective of these shows.... to truly find talent or to make fun of well-meaning contestants? how far would you go as an individual to gain your 10 seconds of fame? Listening to "Chart Throb" provided me with four hours of suspense, fun, and a critical look at what's on current day telly. A definite eye opener. I would recommend it to anyone! If you enjoy Carl Hiaasen or Nick Hornby, then Ben Elton is certainly a writer you need to discover. I first came across his work with the excellent "Popcorn", and have by now read most of his other work (including the excellent Big Brother parody Dead Famous).
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By Sævar Ari Finnbogason on 31-07-08
This is an exellent book, whitt and humor ala Ben Elton. If you liked his works you'll like this one.