Wake Up Happy Every Day

  • by Stephen May
  • Narrated by Malk Williams
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nicky has always known Russell was rich, but he has no idea how astronomically rich Russell is until his friend drops dead, on his 50th birthday, in his San Francisco mansion, with Nicky as the only witness. For 40 years the two men have kept up their friendship, with Russell's birthday offering him an annual opportunity to remind Nicky of how much more successful Russell is, and how much further he has come since their English suburban childhood. And now Nicky has come up with an uncharacteristically daring plan.
If Nicky were to become Russell and leave his old life lying dead on the bathroom floor, then he, his wife Sarah and their daughter Scarlett could start again. Only with better clothes, better hair, better stuff and a better future: everything that money can buy. Especially happiness. But when the foundations of their glittering new existence start to crack, the impact of Nicky's hasty decision begins to be felt by all those around him: by his daughter; by his own distant, confused father; by a young English woman who has come to America in search of her father, and by the mysterious Catherine, an ex-soldier who seems to take an unhealthy interest in Nicky's movements....
Sharp, funny, warm and acutely observed, Wake Up Happy Every Day is a novel about dreams and delusions, family and friendship, and what happens if you do actually find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Just Not Good.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I just cant recommend this book to anyone. Its just not any good.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen May again?

Probably not.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Malk Williams?

narrator was okay. Its the material that is not any good.

What character would you cut from Wake Up Happy Every Day?

all of them.

Any additional comments?

I read a quick synopsis of this book, and bought the audible version. The premise is good - Man visits very wealthy friend, friend drops dead, man pretends to be dead friend to spend his money. Sounds good, but the story never catches, and it sadly never becomes interesting. May spends way too much time on numerous unrelated side roads, meanders from one dull topic to the next, then tries (but fails) to tie the various side roads together. Its just not good. I would have to give an overall thumbs down.

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- Patrick Weldon


Enjoyable story, plot and character development! Wondering if another book picks up where this one leaves off...I'm missing my friends already!
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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury