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Carol, Sarah, Samira and Mac were best friends at university. They were the bright young things who had the world on a string and shining futures ahead. Now, as they find themselves tipping into their 30-something lives of work, relationships and responsibilities, they meet up for a big reunion night out, ready to recapture their shared past. Because whilst things may not have worked out exactly to plan for any of them...at least they will always have the comfort of old friends whose lives are even more weird, skewed and off-centre than their own.

A razor sharp, witty character comedy with a warm heart which will appeal to anyone (female or male) who has ever had an awkward evening catching up after an age with old friends.

Please note: This audiobook contains explicit language.

©2015 Bronagh Fegan (P)2015 Audible Ltd.

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Good for short car trip

This is a 30min. story about old college friends who get together to visit and catch up. I'm not sure what the point of the whole story was, but I'm sure we could see ourselves in at least 1 of the characters and know people who are like the others. I like that there arr separate narrators for each of the characters and I like how there are background noises rather than just the narrator (background noise of the restaurant, music, ringing cell phone)...makes it sound like it was an actual tv show. I would listen to these funny ladies again in another story. I recommend to women who like Chick Lit. Thx!

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Decent enough to listen to while doing dishes

Not my favorite story. The performances were good, particularly The Waiter, and there were some funny bits. Overall, the story was pretty dry.

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Bad

There was nothing funny about this at all. Bad dialogue, dysfunctional women, no story. Truly worthless.

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Absolutely Hilarious!

This is a top notch production! Better than what I was expecting! I couldn't help but literally laugh out loud several times while listening to this! Outstanding!

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I had hoped this would be funnier

CATCHING UP WITH THE GIRLS: This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot

Author: Bronagh Fegan

Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged

Narrators: Louise Ford, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Carrie Quinlan, Grainne Maguire and Andy Goddard

Length: 30 minutes

Genre: Comedy

Release Date: June 11, 2015

Publisher: Audible Inc.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐

Audible has created a few short pilot episodes of various serials and offered them up as free downloads. People are needed to vote for the best one and that one will continue to be produced.

Carol has been living in New York for the past five years. She has just moved back to England and her old friends have set up a get together at a local Wine Bar.

This meeting devolves into a
"bitch-fest". There were a couple mildly funny parts, but I actually found this audiobook more annoying than entertaining.

This "serial pilot" warns listeners at the beginning that they should "buckle up" because they are entering "the United States of Hilarity". This is flat out untrue. This was not funny in the least.

The only redeeming feature is that the full cast of narrators are all very talented. They do a very good job with poor material.

I cannot rate this audiobook any higher than 2 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐

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Deadly Dull

What would have made Catching Up better?

Less whining.

What was most disappointing about Bronagh Fegan’s story?

There was nothing about any of the characters that made me care at all about them. The story line was dull and predictable.

What character would you cut from Catching Up?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

I was very glad when this came to an end. It it gets beyond the pilot stage, I won't be listening to it.

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Bitchingly Good

I really enjoyed this one. Very believable, very real comedy. Some of the outbursts/staning up for myself moments felt slightly forced (why is thos charactering snapping now, I would ask myself) but such is the limit of the 30 minute format. Definitetly want to hear more.

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  • thomas
  • 07-08-15

Fun stand alone play, but...

What did you like best about Catching Up? What did you like least?

The dialogue was funny without sounding forced (which is something some of the other pilots have suffered from), a lot of the humour growing organically out of the conversation between the characters (it helps that this play had one of the stronger casts, in my opinion). It didn't start all that promisingly, though, with the burning menu seeming a bit too 'trying to be funny', which didn't suit the rest of the play. That I give the 'story' a low score is not to say it's *bad*, more a reflection on the humour arising from *character* rather than *plot*.

Any additional comments?

My overall feeling is that while this is the pilot that made me laugh *loudest* out the 5 presented, I don't think it could sustain itself over the course of a series (its basic premise, the characters catching up after a long time apart having been fulfilled). So while I would be interested in hearing more from this particular writer, I have to place this as my 2nd favourite overall in this selection of pilots.

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  • Alex
  • 07-05-15

Too close to home!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Up to be better than the print version?

A strong cast with sensitive timing behind a powerful script helping ensure the audio edition is a winner!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Up?

For me, it was pretty powerful to be honest. Being male, I would have expected to have found it difficult to relate to the characters in the audio book; however, that was not the case.By sheer convenience, I also have three male friends from uni, with the four of us meeting up simply too seldom, not really due, as it was in this case, to georgraphic issue, but more due to life pressure and male-uselessness issues.Whenever we meet up, there are always politics doing the rounds which can be tiring. It is always an event to look forward to,

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I actually had the best chuckle at the very end, when Carole stated that Sara wouln't stop talking about herself, oblivious to what had really been experiened throughout.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A reunion after five years life experence post-Uni, these girls must surely have been able to make their mark and so share their success. But have they really grown up?

Any additional comments?

The book made it clear that everthing wasn't quite as rosey in the garden at it appearedby the end of sections which is an accurate life reflection in my opinion.

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  • Seb Gale
  • 07-02-15

Not good...

Would you try another book written by Bronagh Fegan or narrated by the narrators?

No, really disappointed. Gave it a chance - made it 2 minutes to the end, it nver improved.

What was most disappointing about Bronagh Fegan’s story?

Weak and really not funny.

How could the performance have been better?

Different script!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Felt like I've wasted my time.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother listening to it!

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  • Stephen Thresh and Jane Murphy-Thresh
  • 07-05-15

Unfunny.

Did not find this funny at all. The story and characterisations are really annoying rather than numerous. I stopped listening after 10 minutes.

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  • Janbo127
  • 02-26-18

Catching no

The writer set up the characters straight away, you know how these women came to be how they are. The performances were excellent. I gave a 3 star for the story and overall as I believe more of the same whining and backstabbing would become tedious.

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  • Susi Moffat
  • 12-31-17

Catching Up

Where does Catching Up rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Compared to other audiobooks I have listened to so far, Catching Up ranks highly; it is funny, lighthearted and enjoyable.

What other book might you compare Catching Up to, and why?

I'll be honest, this isn't the genre I'd usually purchase (I downloaded it because it was free). Because of this, I don't have other books to compare it to, but what I would say is that even if this isn't normally your type of story, it's still worth a listen.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I enjoyed the differing voices and the passion in the performances.

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

With the story being so short, I don't want to say what part I found particularly funny, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone else.

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  • John Kelly
  • 10-10-17

rubbish.

poor story, not funny at all. overall very poor. would not recommend. bad bad bad.

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  • Gary Robinson
  • 01-28-17

Very good

Very good gentle astute comedy with good characters excellent acting performances -good pace, good story

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  • The Piebald Princess
  • 03-11-16

Ok, for a quick, light listen

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, for a quick, light hearted listen.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

There were a number of narrators, none were terrible, none were great.

Was Catching Up worth the listening time?

Yes, it was only 30 mins ish

Any additional comments?

This is the second best listen out of this series. I doubt it could be extended beyond the 30 mins, unless it picked up the pace and had a better story line.

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  • M Full
  • 08-20-15

Not funny and not interesting

What disappointed you about Catching Up?

Not funny, boring story. But maybe I am not the target audience.

Has Catching Up put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Acting good

What character would you cut from Catching Up?

All

Any additional comments?

Sorry, not interesting or enjoyable