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Nerd Do Well Audiobook

Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid

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Publisher's Summary

The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Star Trek.

Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having landed on the U.S. movie scene in the surprise cult hit Shaun of the Dead, his enduring appeal and rise to movie star with a dedicated following has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.

From his childhood (and subsequently adult) obsession with science fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand-up comedy that began with his regular Monday morning slot in front of his 12-year-old classmates, Simon has always had a severe and dangerous case of the funnies. Whether recounting his experience working as a lifeguard at the city pool, going to Comic-Con for the first time and confessing to Carrie Fisher that he used to kiss her picture every night before he went to sleep, or meeting and working with heroes that include Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino, Pegg offers a hilarious look at the journey to becoming an international superstar, dotted with a cast of memorable characters, and you're rooting for him all the way.

©2011 Simon Pegg (P)2011 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"How did a geeky kid with a love of Star Wars end up a cult film hero working with Steven Spielberg? Simon Pegg reveals much more." (The Observer Magazine (UK)

"Self-confessed geek turned Brit Hollywood hero Simon Pegg opens the book on his nine-to-five." (GQ (UK)

"Nerd Do Well, does the necessary job of telling Pegg's story, but does so in an intimate manner." (The Times)

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    Diana 08-31-13
    Diana 08-31-13 Member Since 2011

    The Faithful Traveler

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    "WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE ABRIDGED?!"

    I love Simon Pegg, and nearly every movie he's been in. This audiobook is fantastic--his reading is awesome, the stories are fun. BUT WHY is it abridged?! I didn't realize that (I know, I wasn't paying attention in my excitement in getting this book) until AFTER I'd listened to it, then started reading some interviews about it, and thought, "Hey, that wasn't in the book!" Now, what? I have to buy the book itself and REREAD it to get the missing bits?!

    BOO Randomhouse. Boo.

    Who wants to buy half a book? Seriously? BOO.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne J. Hamilton 09-18-11

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    "AWESOME."

    A friend introduced me to the world of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost a few years back and I became an instant fan of both. In Nerd Do Well, Simon has this way of viewing the world that is slightly askew and innocent at the same time. Love, loved this book. I like that he doesn't take himself too seriously and like that he added a 'sci-fi' story element. I laughed out loud, I smiled, I'm a fan. Excellent book. I definitely recommend this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Abridgement found wanting"

    What content there is never ceases to entertain, but the abridgement felt skimpy and haphazard. Pegg doesn't disappoint in writing or performance, but his publishers/editors (or whoever made the cuts) did him a disservice.

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    Ben F. 09-14-15
    Ben F. 09-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Big Pegg fan, wanted a bit more."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nerd Do Well to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, but it was read incredibly well by Pegg.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wish he had covered more, in more detail. His childhood tales are really engaging, colorfully told, and they are just the right length. However, once we get to more present-day, he doesn't divulge a heck of a lot, it's more broad strokes detail and some anecdotes. The fictional side-story of the book was ambitious and risky, but it mostly pays off.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You Have Him Pegged


    Any additional comments?

    Wish this was at least 8 hours! Pegg is a top notch narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 04-22-16
    Laura 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Simon Pegg"
    If you could sum up Nerd Do Well in three words, what would they be?

    It was really great to have a brief glimpse of one of my favorite celebrites. He usually is very private and I loved the personal stories. Also, loved the 'hidden' story! Ha. I love Peggy!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nerd Do Well?

    I enjoyed the comments about how our, seemingly small, decisions can take us where we are meant to go.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Pegg – was your favorite?

    Loved Cantabury


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Did I tell you my dog likes to eat socks?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blythe California 02-27-16
    Blythe California 02-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Definitely best enjoyed in Audiobook form!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like Pegg, they will enjoy this - and specifically the audiobook, since it's read by him.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Pegg's autobiography in audiobook form is narrated by himself; as a result it's funny and entertaining, and comes across like a 4 hour long stand up comedy monologue. I see a lot of mixed reviews and I can imagine it might not be as coherent on printed paper, since so much of the tone comes from Pegg's delivery.

    It's part autobiography, and part complete fantasy as he imagines his present self as some kind of Janes Bond-esque type translated into pulp sci form,with a robot butler and all. Strange, funny, sometimes confusing, and a bit too short, but still very entertaining at least in audiobook form.

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    Amazon Customer 02-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful!"

    Absolutely loved it! Funny and interesting! Once I started listening to it, I couldn't stop!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Sydney, Australia 10-10-15
    Sam Sydney, Australia 10-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Bless"

    A well adjusted nerd. Probably particularly lovable if you're a seventies kid born and raised in England.

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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-28-13
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2015

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "Fun"

    Not really a straight forward bio but entertaining all the same. If you enjoy SP then you should like this one. Lost a star for the short length.

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    Christopher Bowman 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "vague"

    Not much of a memoir. Quite vague and you can tell he didn't want to write it. It seems to skip over a lot of detail and ends abruptly. If you love Simon Pegg or Nick Frost; buy Nick Frost's memoir. You can see Nick's passion in writing his story and sharing his journey with us.

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