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The Satsuma Complex

By: Bob Mortimer
Narrated by: Sally Phillips,Bob Mortimer
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Publisher's Summary

My name is Gary. I’m a thirty-year-old legal assistant with a firm of solicitors in London. To describe me as anonymous would be unfair but to notice me other than in passing would be a rarity. I did make a good connection with a girl, but that blew up in my face and smacked my arse with a fish slice.

Gary Thorn goes for a pint with a work acquaintance called Brendan. When Brendan leaves early, Gary meets a girl in the pub. He doesn’t catch her name, but falls for her anyway. When she suddenly disappears without saying goodbye, all Gary has to remember her by is the book she was reading: The Satsuma Complex. But when Brendan goes missing, Gary needs to track down the girl he now calls Satsuma to get some answers.

And so begins Gary’s quest, through the estates and pie shops of South London, to finally bring some love and excitement into his unremarkable life...

An unstoppable story with a cast of unforgettable characters, The Satsuma Complex is the brilliantly funny first novel by bestselling author and comedian Bob Mortimer.

©2022 Bob Mortimer (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

"Funny, clever and sweet…there is a lot of Mortimer’s ridiculousness." (Sunday Times)

"The much loved comic proves adept at noirish fiction in a debut whose surrealist humour sets it apart." (Observer)

"Like Spike Milligan, Mortimer has managed to use a novel for his distinctive comedic voice." (The Telegraph)

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Entertaining book with great characters

Entertaining book with great characters. The story started off a bit slow, but got up to speed towards the end.

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great story from a comedy legend

Enjoyed the narration. The story was easy listening (in a good way), and moved at a good pace

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Couldn't Get into It

I love Bob Mortimer when I've seen him on comedy panels, and he does a good job narrating, but there's a lot of excessive swearing that is distracting and always makes me question how good a writer is when that's all they can think of to use for character development (though, sadly, people often do talk that way nowadays). Additionally, the plot takes forever to get going without using the time to create any tension or character interest and I lost interest. Even when the murder occurred things didn't pick up and we get a lot of unnecessary narration. Seems like this book was based on Mortimer's celebrity rather than the quality of the book.

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So Much Tension!

First, Sally Phillips is a dream. Second, so is Bob Mortimer. The story telling was fabulous.
I was so tense during so much of this--which I enjoyed because, although I assumed there'd be a favorable conclusion, I was never actually sure--a quality that keeps you in the present of a story. Highly enjoyed, highly recommend!

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Quite Pleased With What It Achieves

I was expecting to be amused, but I was surprised at how entertaining the entire story was. The plot was good, the characters engaging, and even though there are a minimum of duck references, I didn't feel short changed.

I was a little concerned when I saw two narrators on the audio version, but thankfully it wasn't done like a two-hander. The recording quality isn't uniform throughout and there's a stumble or two that didn't get edited out, but they in no way took away from the story.

I look forward to Mr. Mortimer's next book. And a slice of Battenburg.

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It got better as it went along.

I wound up liking this better than I thought when I first started listening. Bob Mortimer is a terrible narrator. His voice was mostly flat and sometimes didn't change from character to character, making it confusing as to who was talking. And while I love absurd humor, some of his fell flat. Sally Phillips came to the recuse with her great narration and the story, which started slowly, picked up speed during her part. Three stars is a compromise between the better and worse parts.

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Bob never disappoints.

Listened in one hit in a storm in Chile in front of a volcano and enjoyed every second.

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  • Ursula Mckenna
  • 10-29-22

Sorry Bob!

The first mistake was attempting to narrate your own story! I’m afraid Bob Mortimer is a lovely person but it was a drastic mistake to try to do this! You need to have someone who can do this professionally. I found it rather cringeworthy trying to listen to, what potentially is a great story, read in such an awkward and stilted way. It really spoiled my enjoyment and I could have turned off there and then. However I’m giving it a go a bit longer! But please Bob don’t try to do this again!!!

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  • Chris
  • 10-28-22

Not what I expected !!!

This is a crime thriller !! And then Bob has got into it and added his genius mind . It is full of re spawned characters from Athletico Mince and some new ones . Bob as has not disappointed……” he looked at me as if I were an advert for a donkey sanctuary “ This is probably better on audio as you have the joy of Bob and Sally reading the story . 10/10

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  • C. J. Ralph
  • 11-04-22

Awful Narration

I know he wrote it but please get another narrator to read this book! Bob Mortimer knows his book so well that his reading is just a fast drone. Yes, he does the voices but all in a dull drone. But more importantly, he is so nasal and the sniff/snort/hawk at the end of each long sentence made me feel nauseous. Surely, he could be taught to read without this nasty gasp of air at the end. It was a relief to hear Sally Phillips narrate some of the chapters, but in the middle she made a mistake, said “bollocks” and then reread that sentence. That was quite startling. I have now purchased the book, as it seems a fun read, and hopefully Bob’s sniffy hawks have left my brain and memory so I can properly enjoy it.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 10-30-22

Terrible recording

This book is brilliant but the audit book has been poorly edited and desperately requires review, there are a number of bloopers in the final “edit” and this detracts from the book

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-05-22

Refund please?

I couldn't listen to this. The narration was poor , so stopped listening after chapter 1. It stopped me from engaging with the character or storyline. Really disappointed.

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  • Lisa Duke
  • 10-28-22

It’s perfect Bob!!

If you love Bob and his sense of humour then you’ll love this. Had to get the audio version so I could hear it in his voice and it didn’t disappoint. Lots of laugh out loud, spit my coffee out moments. Love it.

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  • John Hutchinson
  • 10-27-22

outstanding!!

mint!!Cheers Bob👏🖖..need 15 words tho..pie pie pie pie pie pie pie pie pie and more pies

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  • Pip
  • 11-13-22

Not an audio book, a Bob Mortimer play, amazing.

I read a review of the book and the reviewer mentioned imagining Bob Mortimers voice in character while reading, no need to imagine, here it is, so much more than an audio book, loved the characters, the voices, especially the squirrel, sad i have finished it, might have to give it another go in a few weeks.

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  • kevin Jackson
  • 10-30-22

Love the Ducks

Great storytelling, with twist and turns. Love when Sally says bollox after a mistake

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  • Simon Lees
  • 10-29-22

A good, fun listen.

A surprisingly good and addictive story. Voices from Bob instantly recognisable from the Athletico Mince podcasts. Initially had problems with the prominent deep breaths from Sally but this was all forgiven when I heard her swearing after making a reading error. This was either missed or left in on purpose but certainly made me smile.

Great descriptions of characters but I personally couldn't picture anyone other than Bob - not a bad thing. Recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-22

Bliddy love it!

I couldn't stop listening, and now I'm gutted I've finished it!
Absolutely true Bob Mortimer... I hope you're writing the next one now Bob 👌

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  • Obileekenobi
  • 11-09-22

If you enjoy bob, its for you

An entertaining and LOL story written with all the imagination you'd expect, mid way through my second time and picking up moments that I missed.

Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-22

Classic Bob

what a lovely little story. I don't often "laugh out loud" while listening through headphones at work but I chuckled all the way through this.

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  • C N.
  • 11-01-22

fan bloody teastic

Bob & Sally take you on a wonderfully narrated, amusingly written murder mystery.
finished it in one go, now just thinking around it.