• Chart Throb

  • By: Ben Elton
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-20-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (26 ratings)

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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.
©2006 Ben Elton (P)2009 Random House Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Hugh on 07-20-10

Ok, but bit a bit repetitive.

I like most of Ben Elton's work, and this one is pleasant enough. However, I think it's a bit on the long side and lacking a bit of subtlety, with several similar bits in the middle. Perhaps this was the "cunning plan" to make it feel like we watching a reality TV show?
The narrator was very good.
I'm looking forwards to more unabridged Ben Elton audiobooks.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 02-17-15

As boring as the real show!

May have to return this. Am gritting my teeth to get through the last 2 hours. It's taking about as much determination as it does to get through a single episode of American Idol.

I normally love Ben Elton books, I have never found one I disliked. He is normally SOOO funny, topical and sarcastic.

With this book through, it is just repetitive. I got the point in the first hour. The show is a fake, reality TV is staged and all the celebs are self-serving egotists. OK, now repeat the above for next 11 hours, dissect every shot, every staged reaction, every scripted sound-bite and that is the book.

In addition - there are no redeemable characters. Even the female lead is weak.

Don't waste a credit.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Adam on 10-03-11

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Hazel on 05-03-16

Just what you think it will be

Would you try another book written by Ben Elton or narrated by Glen McCready?

I love Ben Elton and have read all his books. This is the first I have listened to, I think maybe it is better to read his work.

What will your next listen be?

Something that doesn't try to be funny

Which character – as performed by Glen McCready – was your favourite?

The wannabe contestants

Did Chart Throb inspire you to do anything?

don't be silly, what an odd question!

Any additional comments?

When listening there is too much repetition, which would work being read, but not so much heard. Yes judges on these shows do say "you owned that", and it is as puerile here as it is on those shows, None of the characters are likeable, though some depth is given to some of them. I think comedy needs to be read not listened to, I love Ben Elton but I did not think much of Chart Throb. Too easy to mock

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2 out of 5 stars
By Olivia Ellis on 07-09-18

Chapters are wrong

This is a great book and I am really liking it, but the chapter marks are in the wrong place so the sleep mode doesn’t work to stop the story at the end of a chapter. It’s really annoying!
I would enjoy this book much more if this was fixed.

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