"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!
"Hilarious story of perseverance and belief"
Not being English I wasn't sure what this book would be like, but Michael is an amazing storyteller, an amazing character and his life is a fantastic collection of anecdotes showing the power of belief and self improvement. Hats off to a legend!
"Great guy, great read"
I expected this book to be funny, I was anxious that he would try to steer away from his comedy but he didn't disappoint. What was better was that you can feel the pain in some of the moments he recollects now with humour and you really get a sense of his story. I loved the listen, I found it human, and his performance was funny and entertaining.
"funny, touching and engaging"
A fabulous insight into Michael's meteorological rise to stardom. Every word had me hooked from beginning to end. laugh out loud is an understatement.