"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.
"EXACTLY AS EXPECTED"
With Michael McIntyre you get exactly what it says on the tin. Perfectly enjoyable few hours in his company - nothing more, nothing less.
"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!
"Awesome - You got me hooked"
This was my first ever Audio Book, ever! I loved it so much as I am writing this (Late Review) I have now gone on to download and listen (Read lol) to well over 200....
I love them, but this one was so good and made even better as MM actually narrates himself!
His ad-libbing, made this so much funnier and of course you wouldn't have got that with the book...
Since the start of my relationship with Audible the app has grown & grown and is now one of the simplest apps to use, can wait until I can purchase my next new book via the app and it will then be complete!
"Best book ever"
I listen to this book every night and I recommend this one million times over you have got to read this if you like comedy. I love everything about this book and it is NOT edited which means it sounds natural
"Michael McIntyre on demand!"
I love Michael McIntyre and I go back to his shows and this book a lot of times and when I need cheering up. He is like a balm for a depressed soul!
He makes me laugh so much I cant stop:) If you like his comedy, this is a book for you.
I think the fact that Michael is narrating it makes it even better. It's like having Michael ' on demand' in your pocket!