Chart Throb

  • by Ben Elton
  • Narrated by Glen McCready
  • 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The ultimate pop quest. Ninety-five thousand hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. And that's Calvin Simms, the genius behind the show.
Calvin always wins, because Calvin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgement upon the mingers, clingers, and blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted 'search' for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The 'real' is about to be put back into 'reality' television, and Calvin and his fellow judges (the nation's favourite mum and the other bloke) are about to become ex-factors themselves.
Ben Elton, author of Popcorn and Dead Famous returns to blistering comic satire with a savagely hilarious deconstruction of the world of modern television talent shows. Chart Throb. One winner. A whole bunch of losers.

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Really well done

Though I agree that the first 20 minutes of this is not his best work, as the reading continues, he really gets good, he has a brilliant array of voices for the major and supporting characters (in particular Beryl the transvestite super-judge and HRH The Prince of Wales) and I really found myself enjoying and being drawn into this story.
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- Adam

Sarcastic, cutting, and funny

Would you listen to Chart Throb again? Why?

I have listened to this story multiple times, with various time inbetween each listen. It takes the Pop Star format and 'exposes' it as the manipulated and manufactured commercial invention that it is, but in a way that makes you crack up with laughter at every twist and turn.


What other book might you compare Chart Throb to, and why?

Any of Ben Elton's books compare to this book. It has that sarcastic and brilliant commentary that makes his books stand out and keep you interested.


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

Glen brings the characters to life, and injects that extra level of drama and sarcasm that only an experienced narrator can bring, without getting in the way of the story.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are laughs and shocks around every corner of this story, right up to the final scene. You will find yourself thinking 'Of course, that is so spot on' when hearing the insights and 'behind the curtain' scenes that unpick the format of the 'find a popstar' genre.


Any additional comments?

This is not for everyone, i.e. if you are easily offended or a die-hard fan of pop-star tv shows, or are not a particular fan of bad language. However, a highly recommended listen for anyone else, it will put a smile on your dial.

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- Tyrone

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-04-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks