"Tedious name dropping"
struggled to finish.
lacks humanity, comedy and originality.
Truly David has spent his life pursuing his acting and comedy career, as a result his bio is extremely one dimensional and surprisingly boring.
you end up feeling a bit sorry for the guy.
for such comic genius in talk shows and in peep show, I was soundly disappointed.
I love listening to David Mitchell on radio quiz shows and watching his TV shows but reading whole chapters, he just isn't a narrator of this amount of text. Content seemed flimsy as well, not really a book more thin sketches
not in book form
struggling to think of one
"Peaks early, first 1/3 is the best."
Yes, I like his sense of humour and the narration was good.
I don't know yet.
I have not heard anything else by David.
Absolutely not; it seemed to lose steam after about half way. Unless some amazing things happen to David he can probably leave it for now.
Not sure what I was expecting with this book but I left it feeling a little underwhelmed.
Quite sweary so do not listen if you would be offended otherwise a great read well read by a nice sounding guy
Listened to this on the strength of the reviews, didn't know too much about DM apart from HIGNFY and Ms Coren. Funny (of course), well-structured (as he walks through London) and, as with all show-biz memoirs, it's the before-they're famous part that's the most interesting by far. As Mr Fry's last episode confirms.
"If the Devil and Al Qaeda invented a sound."
I enjoyed peep show and Mitchell's performance...obviously your exposure to his vocal quirk is watered down by the very fact there are others in the show. He's not constantly talking.
If the Devil and Al Qaeda through a joint venture decided to create a new musical note that would piss off / bore / anger / make feel unwell / anger again.Then Mitchell's voice is what it would sound like. Out with the delivery the story-(ies) within are on the mild side. Mildly entertaining stories a plenty, his geeky youth-constant reminders that he wasn't a "spoilt bastard", his bad back? I had had enough and turned off at the end of a mammoth tale regarding a lobster.
No thanks. No thank you. Nope!
"A Charming Stroll"
David Mitchell is a likeable man with a very honest take on how his comfortable middle class life has not exactly held him back. He writes well and by reading his own words he gains a star from me. He loses one though for the last 45 minutes or so in which he seems to lose some of the momentum built up by the rest of the book.
I was thoroughly engaged for the most part and laughed quite a few times. The structure of the book, supposedly based on a walk around the area his live in North London to relieve chronic back pain, is clever and works very well.
"Likeable celeb bio"
David Mitchell is a likeable, middle-class, small c conservative British comedian. I enjoyed his book, in no small part because it's read by the author and I find his voice reassuring (I usually find middle class British accents reassuring, a fact that I find strangely disconcerting.)
Mitchell grows up the eldest son of two former hoteliers turned polytech lecturers, goes to a small independent school, is accepted to Cambridge, joins footlights, puts in some hard work and becomes a moderately successful and well know comedian. That's the story. It's not very interesting. Mitchell tells it well and I've spent a pleasant weekend listening to it. There.
The second to last chapter concerns his relationship with Victoria Coren (his then fiancée, now wife). This chapter it has to be said is quite lovely and occasionally adorable.
I cannot imagine that anyone who doesn't already like David Mitchell would read this book. But if you do, and haven't got anything else on, your expectations will probably be pleasantly met.(
This is a good book, as you would expect from a famous author, I was hoping for more details about all the books that David Mitchell writes. Anyway it entertained me on my commute to Swindon, and much better than the Economics book I had listened to the week before.
"Well written and read well"
Very nice, I have read this twice and enjoyed it very much both times. I'm very happy the author wrote this and was willing to share