The Merde Factor

  • by Stephen Clarke
  • Narrated by Tom Allen
  • 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Englishman Paul West is living the Parisian dream, and doing his best not to annoy the French. But recently things have been going très wrong: His apartment is so small that he has to cut his baguettes in two to fit them in the kitchen. His research into authentic French cuisine is about to cause a national strike. His Parisian business partner is determined to close their tea-room. And thinks that sexually harassing his female employees is a basic human right. And Paul's gorgeous ex-girlfriend seems to be stalking him.
Threatened with eviction, unemployment and bankruptcy, Paul realises that his personal merde factor is about to hit the fan....

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What the Critics Say

"The tone is as ever gentle; the humour more hit than miss. It's lighter than a good millefeuille, and just as moreish." (FT)
"Some scenarios are so cringe worthy you suspect they may have happened in real life...Paul, the outsider in a deeply patriotic nation, is more than believable with his candour and humour." (Press Association )
"The prime reason to return to this series is that the books still make you laugh... this has a decent level of humour generally throughout... I liked Mr Clarke's books and sense of humour, and especially his intelligent whimsy, before now, and I found both in this latest volume. I must thank the publishers for my review copy." (The Bookbag)
"Like the best of Brit farce it all chuckles along to a hilarious but happy conclusion." (4 Stars, Weekend Sport)

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Customer Reviews

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Great book let down by the performance

Afraid Tom Allens performance doesn't seem to fit the character Paul unlike Michael Praed who read A Year in the Merde, so didn't enjoy Merde Factor as much, despite enjoying him on Radio 4. If you enjoyed A Year in the Merde, this is an extension of Paul West's adventures and mis-adventures in France this time often with Jake in tow. Read the book some years ago and remembering how much I enjoyed it thought I would get the audio to enjoy in the car.

An entertaining book especially as a holiday read, in this case a less so enjoyable read.
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- Richard

Pointless and not funny

Not funny, not evocative of Paris and full of painful stereotypes and unlikeable characters whilst being racist and clichéd towards the French.
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- Cat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-09-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks