You may not laugh out loud frequently, but this book will have you chuckling fairly frequently. At the very least, you will be smiling consistently. That being said, the last two chapters are unbearably soppy (and unfortunately, bereft of humor). Still, you won't regret this purchase. Pick it up and enjoy the story of a somewhat awkward, but undeniably humorous, human being.
Of the few audiobooks I have listened to, I have found this to be by far the greatest.Mitchell's honestly and openess, in combination with his dry humour makes this book an treat to listen to.For the price of a round of drinks you would do well to take on the life lessons of people like Mitchell.
Say something about yourself!
Yes, and in fact I have already listened to it twice, it is very enjoyable. I find David Mitchell to be a fascinating and humorous person, and I have greatly enjoyed listening to him tell the story of his life.
I think he has related the story of his life very well and made it very funny.
it's all good
where he talks about how he met Victoria and they got together it was very lovely.
This book is very funny and enjoyable and I would highly recommend to anyone.
Hearing David Mitchell tell his own life story is a real bonus. He's wry, modest, occasionally ranty, and hilarious.
It's good to hear the voice of the person who has written a memoir.
"A memoir, a map, a weight loss manual."
It's an extremely funny read and very easy to read!
It made me laugh out loud!
I have absolutely no idea whether it would be better to have the print version of back story as I only have the audiobook, and it's great. I'm not sure if it's because I'm already a fan of That Mitchell and Webb Sound/Look; David Mitchell's Soapbox/newspaper columns/appearances on panel shows or what, but listening to David Mitchell the comedian (not David Mitchell the author) read his own book - which makes him an author - brings this story to life. I think it helps that David and I are the same age and went to the same sort of schools, and have the same sorts of interests - theatre, history, beer etc. So when he talks of the world he grew up in I find it all very relatable in a completely hilarious way.David Mitchell is the sort of person who you like to think you'd probably get on rather well with if you met at a party and you both weren't too embarrassed to say anything at all.
I would compare this book to the book you wish you could write yourself and have people you don't know wish they could be your friends. I'm not sure this is helpful.
Yes I have. Very well
Yes, yes there was.
I can only listen in bursts of 15 mins or so, though not due to tedium, but rather fear (at my advancing age) of dying of laughter. And considering that I live alone must risk the neighbors thinking I have perhaps gone over the edge. I have read the hard copy of this, but hearing DM tell it, puts it on another level entirely. Humor and brilliance don't often arrive together.
I think David Mitchell is extremely intelligent, clever and quick. I like him! I love his BBC radio and talk show pieces. But this book was just drudgery. Sometimes we meet a friend for coffee or a drink and we listen to some mildly amusing banter about what happened when they emptied the dishwasher. We listen because we have a relationship to support - that's whatcha gotta do. But why am I paying for this with David Mitchell? After really trying to hold out for some content worth chewing on, I decided I'd rather call my Mom if I have to put this kind of obligation into something.
I'm a huge fan of David Mitchell so hearing his "back story" was interesting but not necessarily surprising. He comes across as a genuinely nice person who understands what a privilege he's got. He worked his ass off but that's not always enough.