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Mad Love

Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Can two people who have never met make a marriage work? Popular dating site Sociality thinks so, and is marrying London lad Adam to California girl Jessica to prove it.

What better way to show that your 'love algorithms' work than to put two complete strangers together in an expensive publicity stunt? But, as livewire Jess and lazybones Adam quickly discover, just because a computer says you're the perfect match, it doesn't make it so!

Two million Sociality subscribers and the media are following the happy couple's progress, and they have to make a go of it or they'll lose everything, look like idiots, and destroy Sociality's reputation. But can the mismatched pair, who seem to be constantly at each other's throats, put their differences aside and work their way into each other's hearts?

Nick Spalding, bestselling author of Fat Chance and Bricking It, will make you cry with laughter at this story of marital warfare - complete with sinking boats, badly aimed flatulence, well aimed tennis balls, and some very suggestive pastry.

©2016 Nick Spalding. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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brilliant

another amazing from Nick Spalding.
loved every minute, wish it hadn't finished!
loved it! loved it

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not one of Spalding's better ones

I enjoy the back and forth-diary format of Spalding's books and he does well to continue it, however the characters in this latest story are so unlikeable until the final chapters that it was a pain to get through. I'm not entirely sure why I finished listening to this one as everything about them made me angry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-12-2016

real bummer

struggled to finish it. about half way thru, i finally laughed out loud and it did get somewhat better from there. i have read or listened to nearly all of nick spaldings Love books. i have loved every one....until this one. the male narrator was good but the female narrator was lacking all emotion but irritation. also at the beginning there are multiple scenes that have no bearing on the actual plot and seem to go on for ever. overall, it was a big disappointment. the story and the comedy just werent there.

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  • Amanda
  • 24-12-2016

Boring. Boring. Boring.

I absolutely loved Fat Chance and Bricking It so I was so looking forward to this book ! I was so disappointed. I've gotten so used to Nick Spalding's funny situations/characters but this book had none of that. I listened to the very end hoping it got better and it didn't. Pass on this one.

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  • Sharey
  • 17-12-2016

Always Good Fun

You can't go wrong with Nick Spaulding. I have all of his comedic relationship books and love them all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-2020

Love the humor.

I loved the humor and the fun characters. Good performances. Enjoyed the story. A nice distraction.

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  • Muggle Mom
  • 26-12-2019

Well....

It felt like 2 people wrote this book....and only one part was funny (Adam character)! It's a lighthearted read and I was all prepared to be entertained by Nick Spalding (he does serve up a slap happy fete). This novel had an especially good turn - the highly improbable love-at-first-reality-tv-story,

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it went wonky when it came to Jess's character.

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  • Kendra Maynard
  • 23-04-2019

Love this author!

I love every single book this author has written! He’s great and the performances are just as good! Highly recommend when u want a good story and a great laugh!

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  • Momtoga
  • 03-02-2019

Another very funny story by Nick Spalding

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think it would make a fantastic romantic comedy movie! I hope Nick Spalding or someone is currently working on a screenplay adaptation.

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  • Dubi
  • 09-05-2018

Married at First Sight

Buttoned up English video game reviewer Adam and transplanted Californian graduate student Jessica are the dubious winners of a contest on an online dating site in which they agree to marry despite having never met before. Comic hi-jinks ensue as the couple decide whether they really want to be married.

The formula is now familiar to a four-time reader of Nick Spalding: a contrived situation brings two people together to deal with each other and the humorous fall-out of their predicament, told in first person in chapters alternating between the two points of view (in audio, narrated by two different people).

Whether this works depends wholly on how fresh Spalding can make these familiar situations. In Mad Love, the set pieces have all been done before -- drunk vicar presiding at their wedding, head stuck in a railing, valuable car rolling driverless down a hill toward its destruction, etc. You've heard all these jokes. What sets it apart, what makes it worthwhile, are the characters, which (almost miraculously) are well drawn, sympathetic despite their ceaseless bickering, and worth rooting for (the narrators deserve a lot of credit for this).

Three of the four Spalding titles I've read have been entertaining, one fell flat, the latter because the characters were unsympathetic. Whether you feel the same way will depend on which way you react to Adam and Jessica. I liked them, so I liked this book.

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  • Amanda L
  • 29-11-2017

Funny but not the best

I enjoy this author immensely but this is not my favorite book of his. Not as many LOL moments.

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  • Megan P.
  • 14-08-2017

Spalding Never Disappoints

A cute, funny, and completely mad joyride. I can't say that this was as uproariously hilarious as some of his other novels, but I still laughed aloud and fell in love with his kooky, delightfully flawed characters.

My favorite thing about Spalding's stories isn't that they're just hilarious, which they are, but that they're hilarious and human. That holds true in Mad Love, too. No matter how ridiculous the scenario, the humanity always shines through and elevates the story from simply amusing to memorable and, at times, even moving.

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the delightful performances by the narrators. Evers-Swindell and Landon bring the entire crazy cast to life. Listening to them was a pleasure.

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  • B
  • 26-02-2017

Fun and Frothy, ideal holiday reading/listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A special offer meant for the first time I tried a book as an audio and written version. Great idea, I loved the fact that I could still listen to the story when busy doing things and couldn't read. However, the narration was rather annoying. Why are they employing an actor from New Zealand to voice a British man - are there not enough Brits available?? He wasn't unpleasant to listen to but just not right. the were occasional tinges of his real accent and the English accent he used was just too posh for the character. The American accent of the female character was just too, twangy. All in all I enjoyed the book much more when reading it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mad Love?

No hugely memorable bits but there were several funny parts which made me giggle.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes, sorry Guys, it wasn't you, just that you didn't fit my perception of the voices for these characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

not necessarily.

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  • Ewen
  • 31-01-2017

Pretty dreary all round

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who doesn't place much value on intrigue or entertainment

What could Nick Spalding have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was quite a struggle to make it all the way through to the end of this , slightly dreary and contrived, tale. I bought the audiobook and the quality of the narration didn’t help. The narrators’ strained impersonations of the other characters, with bad accents and speech like people with golf-balls stuffed in their mouth, didn’t help. The tale is packed with clichés and strained humour, none of which is actually very funny, but it is ultimately ruined by the way every event is telegraphed with such transparency that nothing is ever a surprise when it actually happens. The writer’s style is maybe more suited to teenage fiction as it is a bit simplistic and explanatory, rather than fluent and engaging. The twists in the tale fail to save the story as they are so obviously trailed, and I was left thinking there must have been many better ways I could have spent 8 hours of my life. It’s not a book that is going to stimulate any strong emotions one way to the other; the best one-word description would be ‘bland’.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Silly acccents

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  • AEle
  • 25-01-2017

Wonderfully funny

This is my third Nick Spalding book and I laughed from the beginning to the end. It was absolutely fantastic! The characters, the story line...I couldnt stop the teary laughs that escaped most times...I would recommend to anyone looking for a good funny read.

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  • C watson
  • 21-05-2020

Another fantastic contribution from Nick Spalding

Great story ... funny as! Not too keen on the performances strange false accents but didn’t spoil the story. Keep it up Nick!

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  • Leanne Rothwell
  • 20-05-2020

Love it

Yes he has done it again. Well done Nick Spalding. Funny. Sad. Audio in the car and just in case I haven’t missed any I’ve ordered the book too. Think I need the full collection of Nicks books.

Great story

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  • Nhrainey79
  • 14-03-2020

A painful listen

I listened to it all but it was painful. The woman’s English accents were terrible. The story was predictable and ridiculous at the same time.

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  • Susi Moffat
  • 05-01-2020

A Great Listen

An enjoyable, lighthearted story by Nick Spalding. The premise is simple; two strangers win a contest for free rent of a great apartment for a year, they just have to get married to each other and stay together for a year. Who knew married life could be so funny.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-2019

Love it!!!!

Great read! I do love a good rom com. My wife tells me I should try something else, but I say hell no. I want to laugh, cry and feel good at the end. Nick Spalding is awesome. (So is Matt Dunn 😜)

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  • Andrew S.
  • 16-05-2019

How a narrator can ruin a good story.

A brilliant story that will be heading to the screens as a great RomCom I’m sure. Nico E-S narration was brilliant, liked that the story was from each of the main characters perspective, however Amy Landon grated on me and will not be downloading any books she narrates.

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  • J Hobson
  • 06-05-2019

Hilarious!

I haven't laughed this much at a book in forever! I absolutely loved the story of Jess and Adam. This is my first Nick Spalding book and won't be my last.