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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Nicholls Narrator: Tristan Layton Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9781598872408
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Stephen is convinced he deserves a brilliant acting career. He yearns for the role he's understudying <#150> and that actor's wife. Then Stephen stumbles on a secret that gives him considerable clout. Maybe now he'll get his big chance, but it involves l Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Holley | 2/2/2014

    " Good book. I enjoyed it. His next two books are better in my opinion but this is still a great romcom story. Definitely recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaza | 1/26/2014

    " T'was OK, not nearly as good as Starter for Ten though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Barr | 1/13/2014

    " couldn't finish as the main character had no gumption "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 12/22/2013

    " LOL British humor. Thoroughly enjoyed this easy, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yna Alberto | 12/10/2013

    " Stephen McQueen is a pretty interesting guy, just the right type of guy who unwillingly integrates his dramatic version of understanding with the realness of reality. In short, he freakin' daydreams! The story's very easy to take in but at the same time gives you an unusual perspective on what a hero actor should look like. I actually couldn't put the book down because I had to know what kind of atrocity McQueen would be conjuring. :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doreen | 12/4/2013

    " Good solid story-telling. Problem was, I had a hard time feeling sympathy for the narrator, who has a habit of lying whenever he thinks the truth will put him in an unflattering light. Worse, he blames "bad luck" for why he's such a sad sack, and has few redeeming characteristics otherwise. Some of the jokes and set-pieces were entirely too commonplace to be truly funny, and I thought it awfully convenient that he should walk into Number Twelve's dressing room that one scene, thereby finding a reason to absolve himself of guilt over being in love with the man's wife. Towards the end, he definitely proved himself a better person through his conduct towards Nora, and I did like how the ending wasn't as predictable as certain other parts of the book were. I did love how the book captured the pain of being a struggling actor. Overall, a good, if not life-changing, read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Garland | 12/2/2013

    " Very funny. Not as good as One Day though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 11/6/2013

    " Liked the backstage theatrical stuff but then it turned into a (not particularly good) rom com. And as for the ending.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 10/27/2013

    " This was a quick, fun read that feels similar to his earlier book One Day. A mix of quirky and cliched characters and nice dialogue with an interesting plot. A satisfying quick, summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Young | 10/20/2013

    " Not Nicholls best but an amusing and easy read nonetheless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Poole | 8/2/2013

    " I loved "One Day" and really liked "Starter for Ten", but this was not funny and instantly forgettable. The characters were all unlikeable and the plotline, for the most part, was painfully obvious. David Nicholls is a top notch writer though- I would just argue that this novel was a "blip". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Ellis | 3/31/2013

    " Enjoyed books but unlike the other titles ive read by him, D Nicholls makes his lead so pathetic that its hard to even feel sorry for him - worth a read but not one of his best 6/10 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kez_70 | 2/1/2013

    " Chick lit, written by a man, but with enough humour and interesting situations to make it worth (my) while reading. Inside cover says he also wrote for Cold Feet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cath | 10/26/2012

    " This story could have made an excellent short story. Unfortunately it turned out to be a rather tedious and boring repetitive novel. If you read the first thirty pages you know what to expect, it just keeps on going for another 350 or so... Very disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb Gascoyne | 8/19/2012

    " Easy read. Ok but nothing overly special "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 7/26/2012

    " I enjoy Nicholls, his humor is right up my alley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 4/1/2012

    " I loved One Day so I looked forward to reading this and saved it to read on holiday. I wasn't disappointed. David Nicholls writes a good, funny story. I'll definitely read more of his. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sofie | 1/26/2012

    " I found it a bit depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/12/2012

    " Better than One Day, that is for sure! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hildur Ingvason | 1/8/2012

    " This book was an OK reading, nothing that will stay in my mind for long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodie Priestley | 10/31/2011

    " Not "laugh out loud" funny AT ALL! Very disappointing read. Glad I only paid $1 for it at a book fair. Don't bother! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annukka | 10/23/2011

    " Not "laugh-out-loud" funny, but clever and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/1/2011

    " This book is totally hilarious. Every actor will laugh and cry while they read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 9/10/2011

    " Not exactly ground-breaking, but I enjoyed it! Sometimes all you need is a fun, happy, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James W. | 6/30/2011

    " Bright witty and funny writing. A pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genevieve | 6/27/2011

    " I got this book from goodreads. It was ok. I couldn't really relate to the main character and the story was a little boring, but I can see how someone else would enjoy it. It was well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian | 6/8/2011

    " If Nick Hornby ever stops writing, David Nicholls can step right up. This is the third book by him that I've read recently and I've really enjoyed them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 5/27/2011

    " It was entertaining but kind of sad. The main character was so pathetic and sad most of the time that it got a bit tiring trying to cheer him on. But overall it was a good enough book to read. Not at all as good as "One Day" or "Starter for 10". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cilla | 5/9/2011

    " I devoured this book in less than 3 days. I like David Nicholls' writing style, and I enjoyed experiencing the world through his character's eyes. Although towards the end of the book, I liked the main character less and less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 4/25/2011

    " Not as good as One Day, but quite entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 3/2/2011

    " David Nicholls writes contemporary British romance novels. Similar authors: Nick Hornby, Helen Fielding. Listen to the CD if you like British accents. "

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About the Author
Author David Nicholls

David Nicholls is one of England’s most highly respected and praised television writers. His credits include Bravo’s Cold Feet, I Saw You, and Rescue Me, which he also created. In addition, he cowrote the film Simpatico.

About the Narrator

Tristan Layton has performed in plays in London and New York and has served as a television host. He’s done voice work for documentaries as well as for television and radio commercials. His audiobook credits include reading Ross King’s The Judgment of Paris, Sebastian Faulks’ Devil May Care, and David Nicholls’ The Understudy. Known as “The Master of Accents,” Tristan currently lives in New York.