"funniest book ever"
Michael... you kill me. this was so funny but also emotional. you got a great balance. thank you for entertaining me so well.
"Sorry, but was very disappointed"
I came to Life and Laughing after listening to Michael's "Hello Wembley" and another autobiography (Rob Lowe's). I found "Hello Wembley" genuinely hilarious but even a glimmer of a smile hardly passed my face when listening to Life and Laughing. It's odd how the different genres produced totally different responses from me, but Michael McIntyre's material in his "memoir" is no way near as funny, in fact or in delivery, as his stage shows. Whilst I do not want to undermine how Michael is, without doubt, my favourite stand-up comedian, it goes to show how being a master of one spoken word does not necessarily make you master of another. Plus, I'm afraid to say that there was not very much interesting in Michael's life nor does Michael share many personal insights, certainly not when compared to the kind of material presented by Rob Lowe in his autobiography.
I was also disappointed by the way in which Michael read the book. At the beginning he is actually breaking his teeth over some of the words and most of the time he sounds like he is reading a book, unfamiliar to him, for the first time, rather than telling his own story. Other than some humorous impressions his stumbling over the words is embarrassing at times and I'm not sure what the audio editor was doing at times - perhaps he had difficulty keeping awake like I did?
Overall I'm afraid to say that I found the book, surprisingly, very disappointed, Give this one a miss.
"Funny, but shocking"
When I purchased this audiobook, it was because I was a major Michael McIntyre fan, as would be expected. For the first few chapters, I was sat there laughing my head off as it was hilarious. Then it got seriously rude. I was sat there guffawing, completely disappointed by this turn of events. I was really disgusted and I couldn't listen any longer. I know it sounds awful, but it was actually disgusting, so I deleted it off my iPod and didn't listen any further. Apparently it gets better, but I didn't like it, so, if you are happy with it being rude, by all means, buy this audio book, but it is not for me
Wasn't all that impressed tbh. Enjoy the stage show, and some of that style comes out in the book. Bit slow and dull in places trying to make the mundane sound funny. So-so.
"Wonderful - I genuinely laughed out loud"
This was a fantastic book made all the better by narration by Michael himself. I think reading it wouldn't have had the same impact. As other reviewers have said the accents are superb and very funny. Its such an interesting story and I really felt for him at every stage. Michael McIntyre has much more too him than people would assume based on first impressions, he's not necessarily the posh boy everyone thinks he is. I can't recommend this highly enough, I've read many other autobiographies by comics (Dawn French, Stephen Fry Alan Carr..) and this was by far the best. On a side note: Do not read Stephen Fry's autobiography the first 5 hours are painfully dull, Alan Carr's however is very good. Buy Life and Laughing you won't regret it, I laughed out loud on the tube and blinked back tears.
"An excellent download"
This book is one of the best autobiographies I've listened to. It is touching, clever and absolutely hilarious. Driving down the M1 with tears running down your face probably isn't totally safe - but is certainly a lot more enjoyable than normal. Get this book!
Played this audiobook in the car, once a week, for an hour round trip in the dark winter evenings, till sadly the audiobook finished this month (Feb 2011). Had just the best laugh to myself listening to Michael telling the story of his life to date. Enjoyed Michael on TV but now that I've listened to how he got there, how he grew up, I'm going to listen to all his live shows on audible. This was so much better to hear him telling his story than reading it and imagining him telling it. I would say it's the best happy distraction to driving on a dark night that anyone could have. I am now a greater fan of Michael and would 100% recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh (and occasionally cry) at the antics of growing up a McIntyre and how he got to where he is now. I'm a few years older than Michael but I could relate to almost everything he told (I'm a mum so some of it was news to me but I have a son so will always knock before I enter the room..... thanks for that tip!). Brilliant! Fab! Excellent!
"Very funny heartwarming story"
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It held my attention from start to finish and made me laugh out loud countless times.
Michael is so easy to listen to and his genuine warmth and natural humour make this a joy throughout.
"If you only read one more book in your life,"
Make it this one👌Make it this one👌Make it this one👌Make it this one👌Make it this one👌. Thank you Michael.
"Very funny, very warm, very fast"
Being able to lower the speed on the Audible app to 85%
The chapter on adolescent behaviour. Listeners (or readers) will know which one.
How lowering the speed on the Audible app to 85% not only made it possible to understand McIntyre's rapid-fire delivery but also made him sound like a cross between David Baddiel and Steve Punt, albeit funnier than either of those two.
All He Wanted Was A Snog
This has brightened up many a car journey, even with McIntyre's exhortations to people listening to his recording while driving.