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.
"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.(
"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!
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.
"very British very funny"
loved it. very very funny in a British way. I'm hoping there will be more material from David Mitchell
"Nice little insight into David Mitchell's life"
I had just read two of Stephen Fry's biographical books, and I was looking for more of the same sort. Of course it is unfair to compare it to Stephen Fry as he has had a more crazy life, and maybe is a bit more honest about it. But if you want to make the comparison, this book is not much compared to Fry's books. It's shorter, less informative and more conservative about what it shares. Maybe much like it's author.
This book sort of tells you what you already know about David Mitchell. As expected, some parts are very funny and some parts are merely slightly interesting. But as a fan of him I think this was a nice book to listen to. Not very deep and in depth, but still good to have read it.
The narrating is perhaps a bit fast, so the timing is a bit off some places, but I still laughed where I was supposed to (I think). I think he has a pleasant reading voice, so it was good to listen to both for driving and before falling asleep.
"Highly entertaining and honest"
Brilliantly written and performed - so good to hear David tell his story himself. Excellent book.
"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.
"Funny and Insightful"
If you're a fan of the comical works of David Mitchell this book is sure to tickle your funny bone over and over again.