Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit.
Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry.
When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around. Fat Chance will pit six hefty couples against one another to see who can collectively lose the most weight and walk away with a £50,000 prize.
So begins six months of abject misery, tears, and frustration—that just might turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to them - in another laugh-out-loud look at the way we live now from bestselling author Nick Spalding.
©2014 Nick Spalding (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
SO funny!!!! This book was absolutely hilarious. It's one of my favorite books so far this year. I love the writing style, and the voices for both Zoe and Greg were perfect. At first I loved Zoe's part, but then after a few rounds of Greg, I decided his was funnier. There were times where I was doubled over in laughter, tears streaming down my face. The story was witty, sarcastic, poignant and had an overall terrific message. I totally recommend, especially if you like books that make you laugh out loud.
If you have ever wanted to lose weight, ever been on a diet or tried exercise to lose weight- and you have a sense of humor - listen to this book!
Fat Chance follows a married couple, Zoe and Greg, through a Biggest Loser type radio show. Written in journal style with both parties describing their experiences. Painfully honest at times, but so flipping hilarious that you can't help but laugh out loud.
Narration was excellent from both Heather Wilds and Napoleon Ryan, I would be hard pressed to chose a favorite.
This book also inspired me to get back out there and start exercising again, so it was definitely a win win picking this jem up while it was on sale.
Audiobook purchased by reviewer.
Extremely entertaining, narrator does an excellent job. Made me laugh purplish on many occasions. Reminded me of Bridget Jones Diary.
A story that got me to really think about how nice it would be to make the effort and not give up. Going to use this as the impetus to sticking with proper diet and exercise. A very good story too.
HYSTERICAL start that falls into a story that is not nearly so funny anymore but is still sweet to listen to through the end. I still recommend it, but that change in content was definitely disappointing. Will for sure check out other books by this author.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
You will be forgiven if you feel like you want to give up on Fat Chance somewhere during the first two chapters. Nick Spalding walks a fine line, trying to capture the pain of being obese while still trying to be funny. Rather, he doesn't walk such a fine line. There are numerous times during those two chapters where he strays uncomfortably off the line. Far enough that I was thinking of shutting it down.
But stick with it. I'm glad I did. The problem is in the trying to be funny part, not in disrespect for his characters. Spalding's sympathies lie squarely with his larger in life protagonists, a married couple who reluctantly enter a weight loss contest. They learn a lot about themselves in the process as they attempt exercise plans, try out various fad diets and weight loss gadgets, and are forced to parade the whole shebang in front of a rapt radio audience.
As their life improves over the course of the contest, their health (mental as well as physical) inevitable improving as they get back in shape, the comic vignettes become more palatable (cf. Greg's caffeine jag) even if they are still sometimes too sadistic (cf. the consequences of buying cheap sneakers). The messages are positive and the events are humorous enough. The ending is telegraphed, but I give Spalding credit for only suggesting rather than explicitly stating it.
The narrators go a long way toward keeping you listening when you start to think about bailing. They are both fabulous as the married couple, alternating chapters written in the first person of each character. I'm sure you will instantly envision the English actors who would play them as you listen to their voices.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
The two events that led to Zoe and Greg agreeing to sign up for a radio station weight loss contest are absolutely hilarious. These events, one for Zoe, one for Greg, are so memorable I could see myself re-listening to the book just to hear them again. Along with a bunch of other funny parts, this book is also serious and even a bit educational about losing weight.
But you won't be listening to Fat Chance to be educated. You will be listening because you need some laughs right now, you've wondered about the people who participate in these strange shows, you are wishing you could do something about your weight, or your curiosity got the better of you, like mine did. It is an easy and quick listen with good narrators. I particularly liked Napoleon Ryan. He seemed much more at ease doing comedy and was perfect for the part of Greg Milton.
You're got nothing to lose ( or maybe you do?), so give it a try. It's FUN!
The story had me commiserating with on all their weight loss adventurous and rolling with laughter nearly through the whole thing!The narrators were perfection!
I really enjoyed this read: light, quick, funny as all get out in places (I got tears in my eyes laughing when Zoe is trying on the green dress...) but based in a shared reality that anyone who has ever dieted will instantly recognize.
I'll check out more from Nick Spalding! I believe I'm a fan now.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
"Fat Chance" restored my belief in reading (listening) fun. This novel had me laughing out loud repeatedly as the author explores weight loss gimmicks and bizarre exercise programs combined with an inside look at a marriage, a work-world, family relationships and more. Nick Spalding delivers a story about a married couple who have decided that their weight gain has gotten out-of-hand. When the wife, Zoe, is offered a spot on a radio show that promises a large reward for the greatest weight loss, she gets her husband on-board and signs up. The story then proceeds to outline the most hilarious journey through the weight loss world that I could imagine. Most of the strange diets and exercise programs the couple tries are fads and programs that I have come across in one way or another. OMG. Hilarious. The narrators are flawless - perfect. I won't say that this couple are 100% credible but close enough to make the story a real treat. I highly recommend this fun and uplifting joyride. If you need a laugh, take a ride right here.
I listened to the end probably as I need to lose weight and I hoped it would inspire me. Maybe. What I didn't enjoy were the voices playing the leads. They didn't seem a good match to me and I found the female leads voice had weird intonations. The story was ok. Predictable I guess. I wouldn't recommend it.
The narration is awful. I found myself auguring with Ms Mills over how she be telling the story because her robotic, nasal voice was overwhelmingly irritating. The parts of the story I could focus on left me frustrated because of the writing. Nick Spalding talks of a curtain growling as it is pulled across; seriously? Growling? And uses narrative viewpoints that are impossible such as the woman in the changing room who's stuck in a dress so badly that she can only just see through the top of it but can somehow describe what the dress looks like round the waist. Just awful. I'm getting my money back. Avoid.
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Narration was awful, story line incredibly thin, didnt enjoy it at all. Funny in parts particularly the begining
no real plot
monotone, sounded like talking clocks....at the tone the time will be ........
thoroughly enjoyed this story. I found my favourite of his books is love on both side's.great story really connected with the characters
Brilliant book! Be aware if you are listening in a public place you will find yourself bursting out loud with laughter and trying not to snigger when the couple are regaling the listener with stories of their fad diets! Its a little predictable in the story line, however you do get washed away with the fun charascters. Fun book if you don't fancy listening to anything too heavy nduty
The stories of the fad diets they all try!!
"Well written and very funny!"
I don't tend to read or listen to a book again since there are 'so many books, so little time'. However, this a a cheerful, funny, easy read/listen, so maybe!
It was 'laugh out loud' funny at regular intervals, but at no time did it engage in the socially acceptable, but reprehensible, passtime of laughing at, and being judgemental and patronising to, fat people.
My favourite was probably Greg, but I loved Zoe too.
I was driving when listening to the chapter in which Greg had been drinking copious amounts of coffee as part of the Russian Airforce diet. It made me laugh so much that I fear I looked like a completely crazy women to other motorists!
Napoleon's narration was spot on. Heather Wild's was a bit wooden in style. I checked some of her narration in samples of other books. No problems there, so I think it was her interpretation of telling the story in diary exerts. However, some sentence breaks were just wrong and it did mar the listening experience a little. That said, she has a lovely voice and was pleasent to listen to.
Amusing, predictable, ok.
Quite liked the description of the dress incident at M&S although the staff response annoyed me as working there none of my colleagues would have reacted that way!
Narration absolutely appalling. Anyone else cast would probably have been better. Heather Wilds' voice was nothing like I imagined Zoe's to be and had an irritating lack of emotion and odd intonation.
Wouldn't listen to it again because of the narration but would like to read it on my kindle.
"nice easy listening"
well read and nice innocuous story. uplifting and funny. made me laugh walking around which earned me some odd looks. female reader put strange emphasis but wasn't offputting
I was very much looking forward to this book as a little light relief after reading some thrillers. The female narrator was terrible, like a robot with no emotion at all. The male narrator was better but still a bit stiff. The content of the novel was funny enough and i probably would have enjoyed reading it myself. There was a lot of fat-bashing though which was a bit off putting. Zoe calling her boss pig dog for example just made me cringe. A funny little read for those trying to lose a little weight in January, although if you are more than 5 pounds overweight it could leave a bitter taste in your mouth worse than a slimming shake.
Very irritating narration but the story will strike some familiar feelings to those who have tried to lose weight.
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