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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: November 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Bernadette | 2/3/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/1/2014

    " A blackly comic look at the manipulative world of TV talent shows. Ben Elton does a good job of flattering the reader that he or she shares his insider knowledge of TV production, while maintaining a sense of outrage at how audiences and contestants are used and abused. Although the plot is fairly thin, with a twist that feels extremely artificial, the characters are engaging enough to make you want to find out what happens next - a bit like TV talent shows! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/31/2014

    " I borrowed this book from a British friend I met in Southern Africa. It's a sardonic look behind the scenes of an American Idol-type program and is absolutely hilarious. Elton borrows personalities from real life (Sharon Osborne, HRH Prince Charles, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, etc) and embellishes their behavior for the "fictional" characters he creates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kieran Nally | 1/21/2014

    " Read this and The X factor will never be the same again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 1/20/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Robb | 12/27/2013

    " Highly amusing take on the X-factor generation and how fake these reality shows really are - a friend of a frien once mad Boot Camp on X-Factor and this was how it was to the letter. 3 fictional judges who are so obvioulsy based on 3 people. Fizzed out a bit at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imogen Yeoman | 12/13/2013

    " Sharp easy reader with bundles of Elton wit. Read it as a result of friends reactions to the X Factor (I'm not a fan of the show!) and enjoyed the cynical comedy in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey | 9/25/2013

    " 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'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gill | 9/7/2013

    " As an X Factor viewer, this frequently made me chuckle, and also start to think about what goes into the making of such programmes. I can't decide if the ending was lazy and trite or a clever pastiche of the endless follow-up programmes that tidy all the loose ends away... You decide! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 8/30/2013

    " This was another supremely sarcastic but spot-on black comedy, this time about the Pop Idol type shows. His humour can be vicious but his characters get their just desserts... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Matthews | 7/24/2013

    " All too true, watching the x-factor has become far more interesting now!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 7/3/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amkd69 | 4/8/2013

    " This book made me laugh so much. It did help that I was watching the X factor at the time & could relate to all the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 2/27/2013

    " A rollicking good read. A piss-take of reality TV talent shows. Larger than live characters. Funny stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Stone | 10/8/2012

    " A savage attack on reality TV. A must read if you hate reality tv. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale Lane | 4/1/2012

    " Essentially a behind-the-scenes at X-Factor story. It's an interesting premise - that these programmes are largely fictional and manipulative. And it's quite persuasive - I'll certainly look at X Factor et al in a different light now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 11/30/2011

    " You will never look at reality shows the same again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 9/25/2011

    " 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. "

  • 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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