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Fat Chance

Written by: Nick Spalding
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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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.

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  • Maria
  • Oscoda, MI, United States
  • 2014-10-20

I freakin loved this book!

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.

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  • jami
  • hiawatha, ia, United States
  • 2015-04-29

Absolutely hilarious

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.

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  • Gillian
  • 2015-06-28

Laughed out loud thru the entire book.

Extremely entertaining, narrator does an excellent job. Made me laugh purplish on many occasions. Reminded me of Bridget Jones Diary.

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  • Tony Carosella
  • 2015-05-20

Inspiration for those who try diets

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.

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  • Ashley
  • Kissimmee, FL
  • 2015-06-30

A fun, hilarious read!

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!

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  • samiam2029
  • 2015-06-26

Great book with an opening hour that is "MUST LISTEN"

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 2015-06-26

Lotsa Laughs--a Really Fun Listen!

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!

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 2015-08-14

Take a Chance

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.

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  • Sammi
  • 2018-01-07

Vulgar but Funny

This book is filled with some absolutely hysterical bits that had me laughing to the point of tears. I did find find the references to the sexual relationship between the characters over done. I think I would have preferred the radio appropriate family friendly version better. What I enjoyed more than anything was a book where a husband and wife of almost 20 years still enjoyed each other’s company. All too often, romantic fiction is just about the thrill of the chase. The world needs more books to remind us that love is choosing our significant other every day in spite of the challenges life throws at us and that we can have a good time along the way.

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  • Marie
  • Arlington, TN, United States
  • 2016-04-11

Entertaining - but....

What made the experience of listening to Fat Chance the most enjoyable?

I have been there, the cabbage soup, the exercise, the failing of the will power, but not the drama that surrounded our two dieters! It was an OK funny book, would have been so much better if it weren't for the famous "F" word in every other sentence, used by men and ladies alike. Do writers these days have such a bare arsenal of adjectives, that the only word that does come to mind, has to be this word?

What does Heather Wilds and Napoleon Ryan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narration was ok, nothing great

Who was the most memorable character of Fat Chance and why?

The husband Greg was pretty memorable

Any additional comments?

Funny, light read, yet certain adventures are somewhat unbelievable.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful