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3.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 5 3.12 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Elton Narrator: Glen McCready Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helene Harrison | 2/4/2014

    " I felt that Chart Throb was no where near as good as Dead Famous which I read before. I thought that everything happened too quickly and what I really wanted to know more about was the psyche of the game shows - what went on in people's heads as they auditioned. I thought the judge's angle could also have done with some more explanation. I thought the relationship between Emma and Calvin was secondary, and should have been less important, though I do think that Beryl's family dynamic was important and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie Van | 1/30/2014

    " Don't think I'll ever watch a reality show in quite the same way again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/13/2014

    " This book was pretty good - the satyrical comedy amused me, and at the time I bought and read this it was very topical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey | 1/7/2014

    " One of the many easy reading writer that I'll suggest if you want some sarcasm and cynical statements. Not the vest but very 'real'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Alley | 1/5/2014

    " Ben Elton does it again - I adore the way he looks at the world and quietly pokes fun at it while still giving you a plain old interesting and engaging story. Not too political, not too preachy but just right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 12/31/2013

    " A light racy read - but Ben Elton is spot on in nailing the vacuous and manipulative world of t.v. reality shows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 12/21/2013

    " Fairly predictable but entertaining all the same "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vered | 10/31/2013

    " so lame i just left it after 50 pages "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 10/27/2013

    " A fantastic look at what goes on behind the scenes of shows like X-Factor and Pop Idol. It's all rigged! As if you didn't know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oddmonster | 8/12/2013

    " A 400-page book I kept reading because a) I really liked Dead Famous and b) because I kept expecting it to get better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 2/10/2013

    " An entertaining look at "entertainment television" and "reality" shows! Enjoyed the twist at the end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith Walker | 8/1/2012

    " i had high expectations of this as a reality tv fan and having read Dead Famous. Loved the subject matter. Though i am a fan, let's face it, you would be a fool not to realise how manipulated reality tv really is. I found the language unnecessary at times though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/30/2012

    " I found the first couple chapters were really cheezy, until I caught on to Eltons hilarious and dry sense of humor. The British perception of a southern accent was particularly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 6/1/2012

    " Quite enjoyable trash - not sure I'll be able to watch the X Factor in the same naive way ever again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 10/5/2011

    " One of the funniest books I have ever read. A great holiday read. Its light, entertaining has a brilliant plot and makes some very clever observations of the absurdities of our society - brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 9/29/2011

    " An amusing parody from Ben Elton but it does have quite a bizarre ending!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sammie | 7/26/2011

    " Very clever and funny plot. I'd never really enjoyed the likes of X-Factor and this book is a great dig at shows like that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/3/2011

    " A funny joke but one that's dragged out WAY too long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 5/3/2011

    " Ben Elton does it again - I adore the way he looks at the world and quietly pokes fun at it while still giving you a plain old interesting and engaging story. Not too political, not too preachy but just right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 4/11/2011

    " This book was pretty good - the satyrical comedy amused me, and at the time I bought and read this it was very topical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rod | 3/20/2011

    " Ugh. Just so, so uninspired. Page after page of the same joke ("TV talent shows are manipulated by the producers LOLZ") with no character development or actual, y'know, *story*! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 3/11/2011

    " Very real protrayal of a behind the scenes view of a singing reality show. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 3/10/2011

    " One of the funniest books I have ever read. A great holiday read. Its light, entertaining has a brilliant plot and makes some very clever observations of the absurdities of our society - brilliant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth | 1/23/2011

    " Well, what a load of rot and drivel and although I like to think that I am liberal - hearing the swearing via the audio book was just too awful. Hated it and certianly not recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 9/30/2010

    " this is what you have to read when you are in Bali and all of the books are in Dutch except for Eat, Pray, Love which I already read...and didn't like! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/25/2010

    " Not a bad read. Kept me busy for a while :) "

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