"I Loved it"
Everything I'd hoped it would be and more. David Mitchell's angry logic is throughout this honestly told autobiography.
"An extraordinary ordinary chap."
Yes it was very entertaining. A frank and funny portrayal of a intelligent, thinking man's life.
"Funny and well read"
incredibly funny, reminded me of Alan Partridges autobiography somewhat.
"...in contrast we were very slightly amusing. Not so as to be entertaining in any other context, but like a donkey's fart in a vacuum, we were the nearest thing the judges got to a breath of fresh air."
"One of the best audiobooks I've done"
A largely unremarkable life (pre-fame, any road) is brilliantly told, having been beautifully written. Way exceeded high expectations. A bit glum that it's finished, really.
Laugh out loud hilarious - witty and entertaining and expertly read by the author himself! Everything I could have hoped for!
Whilst there are no 'shock-horror' surprises or revelations in DM's Back Story, it is a charming listen and is to his credit. Interesting, funny, sometimes poignant, it is jolly enjoyable. And DM, if you're reading this, then you are far less c*nty than you give yourself credit for. (Had to add the *. Not sure if Audible would cope otherwise, despite this being your word..) :)
V good, but went into too much detail about Cambridge university. As people's names who weren't that relevant. It just gets confusing.
"Hard to make an uninteresting life interesting."
I bought this book as a fan of David Mitchell's brand of angry, logical, non-conformist humour. I suppose that I was mildly curious to learn about his life and experiences and although I enjoyed the style of juxtaposing his life into a walk around North-west London I confess I found it a little bit dull. The narrative is executed with his usual wit but nothing sparkles. There isn't much to dwell on. At the end of the day I suppose it's because his life story so far is, by his own admission, a bit dull. Almost predictable. On the plus side his voice did lull me to sleep very effectively over several nights. Cheers for that!
Yes. It’s a book by THAT David Mitchell, the real David Mitchell, the one who has not previously written any books but what a great book it was. This was one of the best memoirs that I have read, or rather listened to – it has to be said I haven’t listened to many but this was a good one that I will be making others listen to parts of.
Just imagine David, on a rant on say Would I Lie To You (I love that show, if you haven’t watched it seriously have a gander on YouTube) and make it a 9 hour long episode of just him. Occasionally it lulls a bit, is more about him (as you would expect from an autobiography) and it’s not as entertaining but there are interludes of him going off tangent and for me these were some of the best parts. It read more like a novel in some respects as every chapter is started by a thought he has had on a walk and it just gets further and further off topic in parts.
Like any memoir, this goes in to his childhood, how he struggled at school, his despair when he didn't get in to Oxford university (he ended up at Cambridge, he became president of Footlights and that role was his goal), how his career in comedy really took off. There are exploits with many well known people, I particularly loved the insights in to his friendship with Olivia Colman, or Colly as she’s known to her friends.
For me though, the shining light has to be the penultimate chapter – his relationship with Victoria Coren (or rather Victoria Coren Mitchell as she now is). That woman is glorious, anyone can see it, and they are just so adorable together it makes me happy. This chapter filled me with a lot of warm fuzzies. The whole book is worth it for that chapter alone. It is pretty out of character, so to speak, it reads completely differently to the rest of the book but I think it’s a nice way to round it off.
Overall this was a great insight in to a hilarious man's life. I loved it.
The book is a gem. A rallying cry for normality delivered with understated mastery. Can anyone besides David Mitchell be rallying and understated in the same sentence?