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The Dr. Pepper Prophecies: Chocoholic Series, Book 1 | [Jennifer Gilby Roberts]

The Dr. Pepper Prophecies: Chocoholic Series, Book 1

Twenty-five-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems: Her job is terrible. She's been dumped yet again. Her ex is now her boss. The one good thing in her life has always been her best friend, Will, who has seen her through every crisis from lost toys to pregnancy scares. But his girlfriend (who's prettier, better-dressed, more successful, and secretly evil) is determined to replace Mel as the woman in his life, and how is Mel supposed to compete?
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Publisher's Summary

A laugh-out-loud chick lit/romantic comedy novel. Written with dry wit and just a touch of insanity. If you're a fan of Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones's Diary), Marian Keyes, or Jane Costello, or just love your romcoms, you'll love this!

Twenty-five-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems:

  • Her job is terrible
  • She's been dumped yet again
  • Her ex is now her boss
  • Her parents think she's a loser compared to her perfect younger sister
  • All her efforts to improve her life seem doomed to failure
  • There just isn't enough chocolate in the world to make up for the above

The one good thing in her life has always been her best friend, Will, who has seen her through every crisis from lost toys to pregnancy scares. But his girlfriend (who's prettier, better-dressed, more successful, and secretly evil) is determined to replace Mel as the woman in his life, and how is Mel supposed to compete?

So what do you do when you've pretty much given up on your own life? Help others, of course!

After all, what's the worst that can happen?

©2002-2014 Jennifer Roberts (P)2014 Jennifer Roberts

What the Critics Say

"From the moment I started reading this story, I was hooked and I couldn't put it down. I was having a bad day and feeling a little depressed at the time, but this book made me laugh so hard!"(Meredith's Rambles & Babbles)

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    Renee 04-08-15
    Renee 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What's the worst that could happen?"
    Any additional comments?

    Dr Pepper had an add campaign with the theme "What's the worst that can happen", which is an ongoing theme in this book. Of course, whenever Mel, the main character, said "What's the worst that can happen" things tended to fall apart in a spectacularly hilarious fashion. The opening pages of this book had me laughing out loud at the ridiculous situation Mel got herself into inside an airplane toilet. This romantic comedy is full of pop culture references and had a best friend to boyfriend storyline. There were times when I wanted to shake Mel and tell her exactly how to sort her life out, but she got there in the end.

    I listened to the audiobook version, which I received free in exchange for an honest review. I often have to speed up the narration as I find it too slow, but I didn't need to with this book. The narrator used a Brittish accent for the majority of the book, which was not her natural accent, but I found it pleasant to listen to. She attempted an Australian accent for one of the characters, which made me cringe, but then I have never heard a non native Australian do an Australian accent that didn't make me cringe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mani 11-08-14
    mani 11-08-14
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    "Very funny"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This was soo funny in parts and brilliant which made such an easy listen Would love to listen more by this author if they are written as funny as this book. I like the narrator too.


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    Elizabeth L. Liberty, SC, United States 11-06-14
    Elizabeth L. Liberty, SC, United States 11-06-14
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    "Better than average Brti Chic Lit"
    Would you listen to The Dr. Pepper Prophecies again? Why?

    Yes! Ms. O'Connor is very talented and makes the book easy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that Mel stood up for herself with both Martin and her parents. I also liked that Will had her back and is a true friend. I also enjoyed the relationship between Mel and her flatmate Beth.


    What does Elan O'Connor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. O'Connor gave each character life. Her narration drew me into the story and kept me coming back for more.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was rooting for Mel to get what she wanted. She is very easy to like.


    Any additional comments?

    While at first this book may seem like just another Brit Chic Lit book, I found it to be more. Mel is the girl next door. That is if the girl next door has a bad track record with men, gets her ex a job as the boss at her job and tries to help others only to have it backfire.

    I would recommend this book to my friends who like a quirky but fun romance.

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    Kirsty 05-23-15
    Kirsty 05-23-15
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    "Well worth reading"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a bit predictable but still great.


    Which character – as performed by Elan O'Connor – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Beth. She had a few secrets that I never expected.


    Any additional comments?

    Mel has a few problems but hey who doesn't? Her ex is her boss, she doesn't much like her job and her family doesn't realise she exists. But... she has a best friend, she has a flat mate and she thinks she's a great matchmaker. What more do you need? This book covered a large number of anecdotes which are easily relatable. They are written well and the laughter came regularly. I don't know if I would read it again but it was worth listening to at least once. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    bec/audiothing 03-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of chocolate"

    British Chick Lit, so you know there will be chocolate. There is chocolate, tedious amounts of it. Mel is an annoying little whinger who constantly, well, whinges! This, like the chocolate becomes tedious. Her life is in a bit of a mess, a 25 year old woman (who holds a degree in administration) is working a poorly paid job where she deals with telephone complaints. She hates it of course, Then her workplace is made even less tolerable by her ex boyfriend, who due to a promotion, has become a pompous little prat overblown with self importance.
    Melanie decides to help others by straightening out their lives for them, she is not good at it, not good at all. Finding herself jobless, loveless, short of money and forlorn, her life just lurches from one disaster to another. Her bestest friend Will has a serious girlfriend and she wants Melanie out of his life. On realising that she wants more from Will than friendship Melanie's chocolate consumption reaches alarming proportions.
    I thought the story was well written and amusing in parts but it was too long, too many words, too many internet messaging conversations which may have worked better in print.
    It was nice though to be reminded of all the British chocolate bars, particularly Yorkie, with its trucker sized chunks. When I finish my review I will read a few others in the hope of discovering the reason for the "Dr. Pepper" in the title - I don't understand!
    If you like the modern "vaguely Jane Austin" format, you might like this.

    Narrator
    Elan O' Connor certainly sped the whole thing up, I thought I had mistakenly put the speed on to 1.25, but no, she just talks fast! Pleasant voice, good characterisations, she does an excellent pompous little prat voice. I'm not so sure that the Standard British accent she used is the one she was raised with though! If it's not, then she did a darned good job. Sound quality and editing are up to scratch. I'd certainly be happy to listen to more of Elans' work.
    This audiobook was gifted to me in return for this, my honest opinion
    I give Elan 5 stars and the story 3 stars

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    Callie 03-02-15
    Callie 03-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous and Fun!"

    The narration took the story to a whole new level of chick lit fun versus reading alone. Ms O'Connor's comedic timing and pitch perfect reading helped this Jane Austen inspired story land right in modern times. The perfect thing to listen to if you need a boost of romance, chocolate, and fun!

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    Val 02-05-15
    Val 02-05-15
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    "Wonderfully written and read!"
    If you could sum up The Dr. Pepper Prophecies in three words, what would they be?

    If I could sum up Dr. Pepper's Prophecies in three words, they would be: insightful, funny, and delightful!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since this story was told from Mel's point of view, I of course have to pick Mel. I loved the way her thought process worked.


    What about Elan O'Connor’s performance did you like?

    I loved how the narrator was able to embody every single character so well. Scottish, British, male, female, young, old - whatever! I instantly knew who was talking. It's like she has a bank of characters that she can just plug in at any time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When life gets you down, there's always chocolate.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely loved the audiobook! I highly recommend it!

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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 01-23-15
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Fun read, but not my style"

    This is a very Bridget Jones sort of read. If you loved that book, you will be into this as well.

    I liked the story, I just could not listen to the angst of the lead character. She spent most of the book hating her job, her ex, her family and her lack of love. While I Was entertained, I was also severely annoyed. Mel could be my kind of character, if she were not so whiny! I loved her sass and wished she were that way more often.

    It is all from her POV, which makes the narrative very narrow. You don't get to know other's thoughts until they tell her. It isn't tough to know what the supporting cast thinks, many are very one dimensional. I did love her BFFs, they all had a wonderful dynamic.

    This felt like a very long read, even though it is average length. I liked the chat portions and most of the other characters. It is difficult, because so many of the people around her are un-likeable.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Elan O'Connor, who does a great job. It is all done in a British accent, with great variety in the supporting characters and consistency with the lead. Her tone is just right, not to high or nasal, which happens with that accent at times. I enjoyed her read, it really was what kept me listening. Her pace really helps move along the slow action of the book.

    Overall, this was a good read, but not a great one for me. I know that there is an audience for it, who will adore it. I probably will not continue with the series.

    Disclosure - I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own.

    *** If you found this review at all helpful, please take a moment to let me know. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***

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    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 11-29-14
    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A delightfully witty tale of life & love!"

    Anything that can go wrong does in this story of young woman named Mel Parker. A delightfully witty tale about her life & love or lack of it. This story is comical & whimsy yet very fun. It made me laugh so many times, I lost count. Poor Mel who tries so hard to succeed. Even a job interview goes awry.
    Mel's boyfriend is suddenly her ex and her boss too. Since she had slept with him, he becomes the worst boss in the world to deal with! Eventually Me's boss ends up firing her. At the same time Me's parents are pressuring her for marriage & kids too. mel is proof that there is always hope!
    This is my first read by Author Jennifer Gilby Roberts. She did a great job writing this story & I found her sense of humor to be quite comical! The Narrator, Elan O'Connor did a great job reading the story to us complete with multiple voice (which I love) and authentic accents (I love to hear different accents in books)! A very entertaining book indeed!

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    karina Larson 11-16-14
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    "Loved it! Hooked 1/2 way through the 1st chapter!"
    If you could sum up The Dr. Pepper Prophecies in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious
    Quirky
    Relaxed


    Have you listened to any of Elan O'Connor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but i loved it! Wonderful performance!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the beginning when she was trying to tell if she was pregnant!


    Any additional comments?

    This was the funniest book I've listened to for a while! I enjoyed every min of it! Fun!

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    "Brilliant"

    Just brilliant! Funny and touching, wonderfully narrated. I loved every single minute of this story.

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  • mrsb2011
    9/27/14
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    "A funny story, narration was poor"
    If you could sum up The Dr. Pepper Prophecies in three words, what would they be?

    funny, real and chick lit


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dr. Pepper Prophecies?

    The moment in the toilet trying to see her cervix.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Elan O'Connor?

    I don't know who, but someone else.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was funny, especially the first half of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Story was funny and great for chick lit fans

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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