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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,864 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Elton Narrator: Adam Godley Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Chart Throb: the ultimate pop quest, with 95,000 hopefuls, three judges, and just one winner. And that's Colin Simms, the genius behind the show. Colin always wins, because Colin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgement upon the mingers, clingers, and blingers 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 Colin 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 and a whole bunch of losers. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pol | 2/19/2014

    " Definitely made me realise how stupid people are who really believe the hype about reality shows, also very funny - great characters, lol in places! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Penny Blanch | 2/11/2014

    " Hilarious piss-take on the whole X Factor/Idol reality talent shows - everything is staged for popular entertainment! I have never been able to watch those shows in the same way since reading this! Singers,blingers,clingers & mingers - they're in every show and Ben Elton points that out in his very comical way! Satire at it's best - I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa Macon | 2/5/2014

    " I downloaded this book to my Kindle on the recommendation of my sister and her husband, who are huge Ben Elton fans. I must say that I really appreciated the sarcastic humor that Elton lays on like peanut butter. It's a lot of fun. I am a little disturbed when I think that American Idol and other competition shows like that are really run similarly to the way Chart Throb, the fictional talent competition that the story surrounds. I mean, really? Wow, if that's true, I'm never watching AI or SYTYCD again. Anyway, I guess I was in the mood for something more literary, but I do recommend this book based on the sarcastic humor. It's very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bernadette | 2/3/2014

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

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