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.
"Brilliant & Awesome"
From the beginning to the end, this audio book kept me entertained. Very good indeed!
"The new Stephen Fry...!"
Funny stuff. He's got an amusing way with words. Only lapses in to Alan Partridge style self-regard on a couple of occasions...
"Earnest and funny-how refreshing"
Tired of overly slick, polished, lifelike/but not really representations of the life of a well known person? This is for you.
Self deprecating memoirs that are really funny are rare. Feeling a bond with another human via a book is not rare but I hold the theory that this author and I would have very little in common - yet he achieves that magical thing. He speaks in an authentic voice, so you believe and understand.
And I guess that is why he is so very funny in his public appearances.
I agree with other reviewers that his recounting of how he finally found the partner he wanted so badly is suffused with so much kindness that my iPad glowed hot. Hurrah for a gentle story in a troubled time.
"Wonderfully written. Very entertaining and funny"
Very funny. His take on situations and events and his observations on things with life are well observed and funny.
"very British very funny"
loved it. very very funny in a British way. I'm hoping there will be more material from David Mitchell