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Publisher's Summary

Does your life feel like a dress rehearsal? Do you long to enter the limelight and steal the show? But what do you do when you're playing second fiddle to an arrogant actor who barely knows your name? And, more importantly, what do you do when you find yourself falling in love with his wife?

©2005 David Nicholls (P)2006 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Rosalind
  • 12-02-14

Great funny Story

Would you listen to The Understudy again? Why?

Yes, very interested the whole way through and perfect for a tube book.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the acting culture and books that are based around things and places i know this was funny, witty and a good story to follow.

Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favourite?

Steve, very believable realistic and easy to follow. also i love under dog stories.

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

classic under dog story set against the hard life of a west end actor.

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  • Drew
  • 02-01-16

Disappointing

I became utterly bored with this and couldn't finish it.

It has a very good start - I liked the first person narrative, the initial premise was good and so was the narrator. I happily listened to a number of chapters before it became a hard slog to continue.

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  • Claire Schrader
  • 12-29-15

Really enjoyed this book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is an immensely warm hearted novel - and the narration is quite extraordinary. Paul Thornley hits just the right note with the voices he chooses - the downbeat Steve, and teh unruly Josh - but his voice for Nora is extraordinary - he makes her totally come to life - magical and fascinating and yet also with a very loveable integrity. Characters are multi dimensional and there are some extremely funny moments. I'm missing living with them already!

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  • J
  • 10-02-15

Not to be missed

This was my second David Nicholls audio book and I enjoyed this story of the under dog and understudy Stephen McQueen and his escapades even more than "US" which I also really enjoyed.
Great performance from the narrator too.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-11-15

Mad, bad and dangerous?

A life not going as intended made more poignant by contrast with the proximity of another's success, this is a story of failed acting ambition and a lost relationship as told from the perspective of the main protagonist, Stephen.
The character is captured well by the narrator, Paul Thornley, in an excellent reading and Mr. Nicholl's dialogue and text is, at times, both witty and just tinged with an equal quantity of hope and despair.
I did enjoy this book but am still uncertain if it has left me sad for the loss of the past or hopeful for life to come. Recommended.

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  • Genevieve
  • 01-26-15

Nice story but slow

It's nice to see the progression of he character but the ending is very deflating and also the story took a while to get going