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Checking Out

Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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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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  • Dee
  • 26-10-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2018

loved it

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

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 11-04-2018

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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  • Kristyn Rose
  • 17-04-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-2020

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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  • Paul K. Savage
  • 06-08-2018

Entertaining

Another funny Nick Spalding book. Characters are funny and endearing. Happy ending where we see the protagonist have the lessons that are important to change him into a happier person.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-07-2018

Fresh, Memorable

Nathan Nathan Nathan - a breath of fresh air - a fairly good guy if a bit shallow - Alison - who knew why she was still available - a perceptive, honest sweetheart. You give a guy a who has a terminal diagnosis, a cast of characters called the Foodies and a star performer - and you have a story that is fresh, vivid and extremely engaging. I could not put it down! This narrator Simon Mattacks will be a "go to" for me, especially in a story where Humor is involved! He was the perfect match for Nick's story, and excellent. I give him 7 Stars on this performance! If you want something entirely fresh and thoughtful, think about this book!

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  • Suzanne M. Garrison
  • 26-06-2018

Unexpected! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I wasn’t expecting the body of this story to be as entertaining with laugh out loud moments. The premise is certainly dark, but the conclusion provide prospective and great insight. For such a short book it was well written and the performance was outstanding! Give it a go!

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  • Janice
  • 12-06-2018

Very FUNNY

I enjoyed the humor of the story. If you find yourself worrying about death, listen to this story and feel better.

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  • Sharey
  • 01-06-2018

Wonderful Fun as Always from Spalding!

I was so happy to discover a new book from Spalding, who is hilarious and entertaining beyond belief. This one did not disappoint. I loved it! Spalding is my favorite Audible author because who doesn't love cheeky, laugh-out-loud humor! This is British humor that's definitely universal so don't be hesitant.

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  • Miss L. Price
  • 03-04-2018

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
  • 30-03-2018

brilliant!

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-06-2020

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.
  • 20-02-2020

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
  • 01-02-2020

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
  • 26-11-2019

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
  • 05-09-2019

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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  • Oz
  • 12-02-2019

sad and hilarious in the warmest heartfelt way

this book is moving and entertaining in equal measure. can't recommend it enough, whether you're looking for a laugh or something a bit deeper and introspective there's something here for everyone.

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  • C Hall
  • 25-01-2019

fantastic book

Great story had me laughing and crying I am now a big fan of Nick Spalding. But one complaint there should be more of your books on audible! Great performance from Simon Mattacks. this audio book is well worth the listen.

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  • Jeanine Heismann
  • 10-01-2019

Captivating story telling and narration!

This was such a great book to listen to. I loved that it combined such a serious and personal struggel with the universal experiences we all have, making it sad and funny and so easy to relate to.