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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when the doctor says you could die at any moment? Well...after you’ve made a cup of tea, of course.
Nathan James is young, successful and has the world at his feet. Unfortunately, he’s also about to die - which ruins things somewhat. And now he’s staring imminent death in the face, Nathan is having to rethink some of his life choices very hard.
This means embarking on a hectic journey of self-discovery that includes, amongst other things, losing his dignity to an inescapable bean bag, suffering screaming nightmares about a monstrous potato, and getting up close and very personal with a bipolar donkey.
All of which is fine, but then Nathan falls in love with a charming girl called Alison, which is a really stupid thing to do. Because how can you give your heart to someone when it might be about to stop?
From Nick Spalding, the bestselling author of Fat Chance, Bricking It and Mad Love, comes a comedy about dying - which is easy - and living, which is most certainly not.
©2018 Nick Spalding (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
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5 out of 5 stars
By Victoria Lund on 04-17-18

Funny, entertaing easy read

What made the experience of listening to Checking Out the most enjoyable?

It was a serious subject about a young man who is diagnosed with a brain tumor but the book managed to make me laugh and not feel sad all the way through the book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Checking Out?

The chapter when his new girlfriend comes over and he drank an herbal concoction that did not agree with him.

Have you listened to any of Simon Mattacks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not but I loved the accents and felt he did a great job

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

Yes it made me laugh and cry.

Any additional comments?

I love books that make me laugh and forget my stressful job. A writer who can turn a story about a brain tumor into a book that made me laugh so hard is magic. He reminded me that my life isn't so bad and look for the humor. Laughter is the best medicine

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5 out of 5 stars
By Donna Smith McG on 04-11-18

I literally was LAUGHING OUT LOUD‼️

I knew right away I was going to love “Checking Out” because I’ve read & listened to ALL of Nick Spalding books. Sure I’m British too, so it helps with the ‘British Humor’ too. Yes it’s sad because it’s about our heroic character that has been diagnosed with a tumor in his brain, but he doesn’t just want to sit around and feel like he’s disappearing before his own eyes. He wants to do things, adventures, 😂😂😂 sex on bean bags😂😂😂, and the best line that I actually quoted in twitter was “I’m being molested by an Orange creature with a personality disorder. Now I know what it feels like to be a woman locked in a room with Donald Trump.”! OMG😂😂😂😂👏👏👏👏

I was listening in bed with my ear plugs and my husband thought I was laughing in my sleep! I actually had to stifle laughing in so many chapters!! It’s just that kind of book!

Of course there are sad parts, but Nick just makes dying that will happen to all of us one day, another day of exciting happenings. I loved it!!

Please read/ will never laugh so hard! And if you don’t laugh at a grief counselors ‘name’ you have no sense of humor🤣🤣 Recommended for all‼️‼️ 5+++++++stars 💋💋💋💋

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1 out of 5 stars
By Rose Bird on 04-07-18


This book wasn’t up to the standard of last 2 I listened to and had hoped for more of story but was very predictable and depressing

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5 out of 5 stars
By Miss L. Price on 04-03-18

great story and left me wanting more

Where does Checking Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

its not my favourite nick spalding but i still very much enjoyed it

What did you like best about this story?

it was a great story with lots of unpredictable twists and turns

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

his soft tones are a joy with excellent rhythm that made it a very easy listen

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no, i didn't find it a moving book nor a laugh out loud like some of nicks others but the story didn't lend its self to laugh out loud material,

Any additional comments?

the last chapter disappointing, i was left wanting more, i even think there is a sequel to be had for this story. i want to know more.... what happened next, tell me more about hiss cousin and her family. there was much more that could be explored. It did jump a little in places and a smoother transition would have helped the flow a little better but that is i was being super critical. As i say i did enjoy this book overall.

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