I loved listening to Miranda's stories. She was brutally, painfully honest about some of the most mortifying situations and I found myself chuckling throughout the entire book. She is an engaging, warm person with a gift for telling it like it is. I definitely will listen to this one again.
I would 100% recommend the audio edition of Is It Just Me. Miranda Hart narrating as her current self and as her younger self give all the quirky stories a sense of affability and warmth.
I would compare this book to Tyler Oakley's 'Binge'. Both Miranda and Tyler narrate their own books, so it is much more personable for the listener/reader. They both tell stories about their life before fame and also their life after their successes. The comedic tone of Binge and Is It Just Me has you gasping for air in between the laughs, and the motivational themes explain to the reader/listener that it is okay to be different and anything can happen if you work hard and believe in yourself.
Miranda does not have any other audiobooks out, however, her semi-autobiographical TV series 'Miranda' is a pretty good comparison. In both the Miranda and Is It Just Me, Miranda directly speaks to the audience as if they are in the same room as her. The both has hilariously embarrassing yet humbling stories and the tone of the show carries through the tone of the audiobook.
The moments when present Miranda and younger Miranda interact are the moments that moved me the most. We all wish we could give our younger selves some advice from our future selves, and in this book that is exactly what Miranda does. She does it in a way that reassures her audience that it is okay to make mistakes, it is okay to embarrass yourself and it always okay to be 100% authentically you. She lets us know that you are not alone and most of the time it is not just you.
I always enjoy Miranda Hart's wit and it isn't just confined to her television appearances as this book proves. I could not have imagined it being read by anybody else other than Miranda herself. It was like sitting in a coffee shop with her while she told her funny anecdotes (except I was in my car and the coffee was from my local drive-thru). I laughed out loud to the stories she had to tell, which made for some funny glances when stopped at traffic lights. A thoroughly enjoyable listen and I would recommend it to anyone who has a sense of humour.
I wouldn't, and it PAINS me to say that. I absolutely adore Miranda Hart--Miranda is one of my all-time favorite TV shows and I look up to her as a person--but this book just didn't do it for me. I went in expecting to break a rib laughing, and I found that it was... well... sort of boring. A lot of the jokes were repeats from her comedy appearances and the TV show, and I found it very hard to hear even when blasting it in my car.
I haven't listened to any of her performances before, but I have watched her television show religiously and repeatedly. I love her, but I didn't love the book.
It's better to have heard this book narrated by the comedic brilliance herself than having to read it. It made my face and stomach hurt.
There were many lessons to be learnt.
chapter 20 - Christmas
The book reads like the punchlines to Miranda's self-titled show. She describes scenarios in which she makes a fool of herself in some relatable to the reader. We sympathize with her, yet the book didn't go beyond the scenarios. I wanted to hear back story and her rise to fame. I wanted a Tina Fey version of Miranda's story, yet I felt like I was reading a script from one of Miranda's episodes without it being funny at all. I had to turn it off.
I enjoy Miranda Hart's humor and so was glad to find her book on Audible. There were a few laugh out loud moments but pretty much smiled through the whole book. I can't say I totally agree with all her philosophies of life but still enjoyed hearing her point of view. Glad I listened.