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- File Size: 760 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00492CQ2K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #397,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much (and I did enjoy it). It's a modern fairytale, really. Not wanting to give the plot away, just to say that I've never read a book about the musical event at the end of this story before.
One day all that changes when he is made redundant at the age of 42. He knows at his age it will not be easy to find another job. He takes on the role of looking after the girls whilst job hunting. As he sits at home all day searching the internet for that elusive dream job, his dreams of being a pop star resurface.
Michael picks up his guitar and the old talent stirs. He plays a few 'gigs' in a local bistro just to reignite the passion. Just as Michael hits rock bottom in the unemployable stakes, one of his 'gigs' brings the opportunity to have one of his own songs entered into the Eurovision Song Contest.
Simon Lipson gives Michael a very honest, if sometimes a little 'too much info', narrative. Michael's highs and lows really do come through in the writing and I felt those moods. I laughed out loud at the very dry British humour and I rolled my eyes at his 'bloke' behaviour.
This fly on the wall tale of domestic life and marriage is a real page turner that will have readers laughing out loud.
There is adult humour so if you are easily offended this may not be the book for you.
4.5 out of 5 for me!
Review copy. This did not influence my review in any way.
Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Every emotion is explored and laid bare. Laughter and tears in equal measure. A man whose career is on the rocks. Married to a career high flyer who wafts him to one side when he doesn't meet her expectations. But she wants him back so she can share his limelight when fame comes from an unexpected change in his fortunes. Thinking he still loves his wife, even after he finds out she is having an affair, but it's really his perceived route for the hearts and minds of his two young daughters.
Some great characters and quite a few twists and turns made this book a real page turner. One which I had difficulty putting down because I was so keen to find out what happened next. Song In The Wrong Key was just right for me. If it wasn't for the all too often "word challenge" I would have given it 5 stars.
From the start Simon Lipson's book is enjoyable and captivating, drawing you in to the point where you end up reaching for your Kindle whenever you have a spare couple of minutes. I completely agree with another reviewer who said this could be the next British film - it has all the hallmarks of a great movie: laughs, cries, and a central character who you can relate to in an instant.
Most of the phrases and descriptive language that Lipson uses will have you laughing out loud, as you read about the ups and downs of Mike Kenton. He takes time to develop his characters so that they are completely believable, and you feel real empathy with Kenton as he negotiates a turbulent family life and whirlwind career.
I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family, and look forward to Simon's future offerings.
I liked the easy flowing style and the slick humorous asides, but I don't know where the author dug some of those words up from, fortunately i read it on my Kindle so my dictionary was at hand, and I needed it, i felt that it distracted from the story somewhat.
However, I enjoyed the story, especially the first two thirds and there were some real belly laughs, but once it got involved in the Euro contest I felt it lost it a bit.
I would certainly read another of this author's books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wanted to submit a rating (stars) but to do that have to write some words, these are those words.Published 22 months ago by Bob W
I found this book after trawling through the kindle lists, the reviews tempted me as did the subject matter. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2013 by louis g
I've read a couple of similar mid life crisis books recently, it works well and the Eurovision bits are very interesting, but I couldn't root for the lead character .Published on 14 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was a well-written and most entertaining read. Even the corny and predictable twists were handled well enough to keep me interested.Published on 21 Oct. 2012 by Arkie Bennett
This is definitely a book for people who like to laugh at characters as they slide down to rock-bottom, hitting painful obstacles all the way down. Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by R. King
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