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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when the doctor says you could die at any moment? Well...after you’ve made a cup of tea, of course.

Nathan James is young, successful and has the world at his feet. Unfortunately, he’s also about to die - which ruins things somewhat. And now he’s staring imminent death in the face, Nathan is having to rethink some of his life choices very hard.

This means embarking on a hectic journey of self-discovery that includes, amongst other things, losing his dignity to an inescapable bean bag, suffering screaming nightmares about a monstrous potato, and getting up close and very personal with a bipolar donkey.

All of which is fine, but then Nathan falls in love with a charming girl called Alison, which is a really stupid thing to do. Because how can you give your heart to someone when it might be about to stop?

From Nick Spalding, the bestselling author of Fat Chance, Bricking It and Mad Love, comes a comedy about dying - which is easy - and living, which is most certainly not.

©2018 Nick Spalding (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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I love Nick Spalding!

I've listened to a few Nick Spalding books and I am absolutely crushing on him. He is such a great writer!!! Spalding creates wonderful characters and puts them in situations where the absolute human comes out and he does so with comedic genius.

Nathan James is dying. That's not really a subject to take lightly but in the hands of Spalding, that is exactly what happened. And it was perfection!!! I even liked the ending.

As well-written as the book is, the narrator put it over the top! He was just too good.

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Gross & disgusting.

This book was gross and disgusting. I tried twice and had to quit - it was horrible.

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+too much sex and 4 letterwords

could be a good story but the way it's written it's just trash constant sex and written language

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loved it

typical hilarity from Nick Spalding. No one can take a mortifying experience and humanize like Nick!!

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Funny, entertaing easy read

What made the experience of listening to Checking Out the most enjoyable?

It was a serious subject about a young man who is diagnosed with a brain tumor but the book managed to make me laugh and not feel sad all the way through the book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Checking Out?

The chapter when his new girlfriend comes over and he drank an herbal concoction that did not agree with him.

Have you listened to any of Simon Mattacks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not but I loved the accents and felt he did a great job

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

Yes it made me laugh and cry.

Any additional comments?

I love books that make me laugh and forget my stressful job. A writer who can turn a story about a brain tumor into a book that made me laugh so hard is magic. He reminded me that my life isn't so bad and look for the humor. Laughter is the best medicine

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I literally was LAUGHING OUT LOUD‼️

I knew right away I was going to love “Checking Out” because I’ve read & listened to ALL of Nick Spalding books. Sure I’m British too, so it helps with the ‘British Humor’ too. Yes it’s sad because it’s about our heroic character that has been diagnosed with a tumor in his brain, but he doesn’t just want to sit around and feel like he’s disappearing before his own eyes. He wants to do things, adventures, 😂😂😂 sex on bean bags😂😂😂, and the best line that I actually quoted in twitter was “I’m being molested by an Orange creature with a personality disorder. Now I know what it feels like to be a woman locked in a room with Donald Trump.”! OMG😂😂😂😂👏👏👏👏

I was listening in bed with my ear plugs and my husband thought I was laughing in my sleep! I actually had to stifle laughing in so many chapters!! It’s just that kind of book!

Of course there are sad parts, but Nick just makes dying that will happen to all of us one day, another day of exciting happenings. I loved it!!

Please read/listen...you will never laugh so hard! And if you don’t laugh at a grief counselors ‘name’ you have no sense of humor🤣🤣 Recommended for all‼️‼️ 5+++++++stars 💋💋💋💋

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the worst

I got as far as the donkey sex and deleted it. when I started I thought it was juvenile but it's worse than that, it's stupid juvenile!

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Unexpected

Honestly, I really thought I know how this one would end. It surprised me, though! And I’m glad of it! Nathan James takes quite a kidney. Some of it tears at your heart and some makes you laugh out loud. It all went by too quickly for me. I would have liked to connect with Ally a little more, but it was still a great story.

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great great great story and EXCELLENT NARRATION!

great great great story and EXCELLENT NARRATION! what a great find this book and nick Spalding's storytelling .. like a super funny sitcom... BRILLIANT!

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Trite, predictable and poor writing. Skip this

It’s supposed to be comedic while serious but it’s neither. Really bad, not sure how this ever got published

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  • Miss L. Price
  • 04-03-18

great story and left me wanting more

Where does Checking Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

its not my favourite nick spalding but i still very much enjoyed it

What did you like best about this story?

it was a great story with lots of unpredictable twists and turns

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

his soft tones are a joy with excellent rhythm that made it a very easy listen

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

no, i didn't find it a moving book nor a laugh out loud like some of nicks others but the story didn't lend its self to laugh out loud material,

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the last chapter disappointing, i was left wanting more, i even think there is a sequel to be had for this story. i want to know more.... what happened next, tell me more about hiss cousin and her family. there was much more that could be explored. It did jump a little in places and a smoother transition would have helped the flow a little better but that is i was being super critical. As i say i did enjoy this book overall.

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  • Dan McIntyre
  • 03-30-18

brilliant!

humorous, insightful and entertaining. Nick has done it again and produced a masterpiece. looking forward to more from him.

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  • Rose Bird
  • 04-07-18

Depressing

This book wasn’t up to the standard of last 2 I listened to and had hoped for more of story but was very predictable and depressing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-22

absolutely brilliant 👏

I always enjoy Nick spaldings books but this one is brilliant! I originally downloaded this title a few months ago and made the assumption that it would be depressing, I was very wrong!

This is an uplifting story of a young man discovering the true meaning of happiness. Each chapter is another exciting and hilarious story of his encounters along his journey with coming to tears with his diagnosis. I would very much recommend this story to anybody who wants something light-hearted and funny but with depth meaning.

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  • John
  • 08-27-21

Puerile Rubbish

5 chapters in and gave up. just a descipton of sex acts which are supposed toe funny and are not. Think comedians who rely on crudity and foul language to prise a laugh out of their audience and still fail in the attempt.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-17-20

What if you received bad news, how would you cope?

This story echoed with the news my friend recently received, so i was absolutely apprehensive, yet curious, to read it.
However,it was funny in a way typical to Nick Spalding's other words, vivid and descriptive, so that i couldn't be helped bursting into laughter. Ultimately it encourages us all to value each day, and appreciate now, and with a good measure of warmth.

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  • Maureen L.
  • 02-20-20

not for me

not for me, couldn't listen to first chapter. Just crass and full of crude comments

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  • Carol Herbert
  • 02-01-20

Thought provokingly funny

In true Spalding style he made me laugh out aloud at times. Surprisingly a happy(ish) ending i think but certainly thought provoking. Good read and narrated well.

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  • Sair0075
  • 11-26-19

Hilariously Outrageous

Really lovely, really funny. Heartfelt and good fun. My personal niggle is that sometimes I forgot the character was only 33 because the voice actor sounded older than this.

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  • Stuart
  • 09-05-19

New to Nick Spalding

My wife’s favourite author so I thought I’d check him out.
What a treat. Funny, touching and incredibly well narrated by Simon Mattacks.
Im now off to search for more work by these two.

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  • Miyooks
  • 11-13-19

Absolutely enjoyed it!

Very talented author I would say. The way he write is absolutely Hilarious! This book taught me a lot about life, relationships, and what really is important and what is not. It really was a beautiful book. Very heart warming.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-18

absolutely brilliant.

quite possibly the greatest story I've ever encountered. brilliant on every level
thank you, Nick for writing such an incredible novel!

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  • Annabelle
  • 08-30-18

Love - humorous

This was a great listen.... great narration- such a great sense of humour - really enjoyed it. Go ahead and download it

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  • Anne V. Hammond
  • 08-12-18

odd to have a happy ending when he's dying

I was seated...he was seated...they were sitting.. not was or were sat. sat grated constantly.

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