Things Can Only Get Better

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Elderly churchwarden Arthur Calderbank receives unlikely help from a group of teenage girls as he tries to solve the mystery of who leaves flowers on his wife's grave.

Set during the 1990s, Things Can Only Get Better is an uplifting story about the power of a little kindness, friendship and community for listeners who enjoy Sue Townsend Ruth Hogan and Joanna Cannon.

©2019 David M. Barnett (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Mrs L N Timoney
  • 12-04-19

Absolutely brilliant!

Charming, funny, heartbreaking and quintessentially northern - a brilliant combination for a novel (and it comes with a ‘90’s playlist). I bloody loved it.

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  • lynnect
  • 11-19-19

Heart warming

I loved this book from start to finish. The storyline isn’t predictable and the narration is excellent. I would recommend this book to any age from 16 - 100. A beautiful, all round book that reminds you that kindness is free and goes a long way.

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  • Jen
  • 01-27-20

Enthusiastic Narrator!

An easy listen, with some likeable rogues as the main characters. David Thorpe was very good & evidently enjoyed recording this novel!

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  • Stevie Robinson @johnnyutah66
  • 11-20-19

Barnett is the Stephen King of Poignant

I rarely pre-order books. Look I have no idea of my finances from one day to the next , never mind if I’ll have £3.99 in my current account in six months time.

But I pre-ordered Things Can Only Get Better on Kindle and on Audible.

Purely on the basis that David M Barnett’s last two books, Calling Major Tom and the Growing Pains of Jennifer Ebert are among my all time favourites.

The wait has been agonising.

Was it worth it?

Things Can Only Get Better is his best book to date.

Barnett is the Stephen King of poignant.

His books, and this one in particular have an air of sadness and melancholy. Based in everyday experiences and emotions that the reader can fully understand and have experienced themselves. Barnett’s writing feels real. There is no better for way for me to describe it.

This sadness and melancholy is tempered with real laugh out loud humour and maybe more importantly and certainly more unusual for the books I usually read; Hope.

No other author I have ever read conveys as much beauty in regards to human relationships as Barnett.

He makes you ache for his characters, he makes you fall in love with them and really care about the events they find themselves in.

Set in the 90’s, the nostalgia for the decade I spent as a teenager, after reading this is palpable. I want to buy the clothes I had, I want to listen to the music I listened to and watch the TV watched. If my wife is reading this, I definitely do not want to date the girls I dated. Barnett took me back wholesale to the 90’s with this with his subtle weaving of pop culture references throughout the book allowing you to piece together exactly when it’s set, like a trivia nerds dream jigsaw puzzle.

That said, it’s a book very much rooted in the Britain of today and the lessons that can be learned are 100 percent relevant right now. I wish I could airdrop a copy of this book into every household before the general election.

It has it’s own soundtrack. No really. David M. Barnett compiled on one Spotify just for this novel, but even without it the book has its own track listing that plays in your head while you read it.

Things Can Only Get Better is a love story, its a mystery novel; it contains heartbreaking and completely unexpected war stories. It’s a beautiful, beautiful book about redemption and second chances. It made me laugh, it made me genuinely cry sitting in traffic, but mostly it made me impatient for the authors next book. If you see a title with David M. Barnett on the cover? Buy it you are in for a treat.

David Thorpe's performance in this audiobook is just amazing, it makes a brilliant book, even better.