The Penultimate Chance Saloon

  • by Simon Brett
  • Narrated by Simon Brett
  • 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Soul searching was an unfamiliar exercise to Bill Stratton, and he found it intriguing as well as painful. He hadn't had much occasion for it in his life, given that he was fairly shallow, but then, on the verge of his 60th birthday, his wife told him she was leaving him for another man. He'd been under the impression they had a happy marriage. She assured him that for nearly forty years - in fact, since the second week of their honeymoon - she'd known she was married to the wrong person. This all came as a bit of a shock to Bill. Hence the soul searching. Brought up to be a responsible sort of chap, and hitting young adulthood just the wrong side of the sixties, Bill had not had much experience of dating (or sex, for that matter) before he met and married Andrea. Post menopausal dating might be very different from dating in your 20s or 30s, but then, he didn't know much about either scene. Still, as a mildly famous television newsreader who'd managed to hold on to (most of) his looks, it seemed he was about to have plenty of opportunities to find out.

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What the Critics Say

"Brett has wit and compassion for his characters that makes him a pleasure to read." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Sex in the over sixties!

Warning: if you're offended by books in which sex and its pursuit is the main theme, then don't down-load this book! But for the rest of us Simon Brett's book is funny and most entertaining. It's read with verve by the author. It makes a change for the sex-lives of the over 60s to be the subject of a book and even more unusual to include women in that age group enjoying the experience. The story focuses on Bill Stratton, a minor TV celebrity, in his post-divorce flurry of one-night stands and eventual discovery of true love. My husband thought that the book would appeal more to men than women, but I enjoyed it, even though some of the attitudes and the behaviour of the women over 60 didn't quite ring true.
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- Kirstine

A great relaxing listen.

This is a typical Simon Brett book. Narrated by the author - he is one of those authors/narrators that I can pick up and trust to get an good listen. It has a subtle comic theme that makes me smile.


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- Jo. Thompson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2006
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books