"Good start good end - middle yawn!"
as long as it wasn't an autobiography.
The start was very good, the last few chapters were compelling but my life what a conceited man! you were president of Footlights....and???!!! the endless chapters about this era of his life (all very love me, love me - yawn) ..I really liked him as a comedian before reading this...he did redeem himself in the last few chapters which were beautifully written and full of emotion
Always loved this man - always will.
David Niven - but perhaps a bit more honest !
his honesty, excitability and frankness is charming
"Laughing like a loon on the tube"
I loved this book. David's perspective on life and situations is probably close to everyone else's. However he tells it so well and in a manner we all wish we could.
This made me laugh for days of commutes to work.
"Funny so funny"
Funny, observational, clever
Colly, she's human & funny
I liked his story about Olivia Coleman (Colly) peeing herself laughing.
"A bit too early to write memoirs, perhaps?"
Mitchell joined the crowd of those who start writing autobiographies straight after people begin recognising them on the street. Too bad there's not that much to write about: twenty or so years of utterly unremarkable middle-class growing up, and then a load of details about how three or four TV shows were shot. Splendid.
To make it even worse, the interludes about London are really neither here, nor there.
"Charming easy listener."
David Mitchell (the comedian not the author, though now technically he is an author), narrates his autobiography wonderfully. It is well thought out, and the stories he tells are very entertaining. Very comforting and I would recommend this for car journeys, house work and before bed.
"Not enough to go on"
David Mitchell is an engaging writer and narrator but this is thin stuff - his experiences are just not rich enough for a memoir. Interesting on comedy and getting into comedy writing and performing, but nobody really wants to hear about anybody's childhood, school and university life, especially not that as mundane as Mitchell's. He makes a lot of the fact that he tended to spend quite a bit of time in the pub when he was at university. Well. And his descriptions of paltry domestic escapades in his digs could have come straight out of Alan Partridge. By the end we are hearing his voice hushed with trembling emotion as he tells us about his girlfriend. Compare this with Danny Baker's recent autobiog/audiobook - THERE's an eventful, lively and funny memoir by somebody who has really seen enough to write one.
"Everything you would expect from this intelligent,"
Oh gosh, difficult one!!
Better than James Cordon's book, as it comes from a whole different angle from the 'this is my life, to date'
Much better than Miranda's, who tried to do a different autobiography and ended up being a sort of re-hash of her TV series, which I found totally unfunny without the visuals and, in fact, returned it unread.
If you are looking for a funny book - this has to be up there with the Stephen Fry titles.
Stephen Fry's autobiographies - it is funny, witty, written by an obviously intelligent man
Hearing his voice telling his own story really made it come alive. Although I could have 'heard' his voice, it would not have been the same read by anyone else.
I really related to his back problems, having had some myself.
"A history of David Mitchell in anecdotes and rants"
If you enjoy the David Mitchell that rants on Soapbox and TV this is an excellent listen. The first box particularly is almost entirely funny stories and rants about small issues.
The second half of the book has more detail on his theatrical background and non-comedy experiences but I was surprised how interesting I found it.
In the end I listened to the whole audio book in about 3 days and loved it all. However I suspect I could enjoy the man reading just about anything.
This is a well written and funny biographic book that is told in an original and thoughtful way.