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Nerd Do Well Audiobook

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

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.
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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.

    15 of 16 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Irene 01-12-16
    Irene 01-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Simon Peggy should join your commute!"

    loved it, especially Simon's voice! nice combo of memoir and science fiction fantasy. great for a subway commute.

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    Sam Sydney, Australia 10-10-15
    Sam Sydney, Australia 10-10-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Quinn 04-19-15
    Kyle Quinn 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect."

    Very funny insight to one funny man's life. worth every second. everyone should read this.

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    Kevin Wyoming, Michigan, United States 10-22-14
    Kevin Wyoming, Michigan, United States 10-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Scientist, Atheist, Humanist, and Historian. I don't know everything, but I know enough to know if you're full of it!

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    ""Don't Cross The Streams!""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nerd Do Well to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, though I imagine that the audio version blows the print version out of the water!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Canterbury the metro-sexual android was my favorite character simply because who wouldn't like a robot with tits painted on its chest plate?!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Pegg's description of the making of Shawn of the Dead.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not particularly, but I don't think it was supposed to be a moving book.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon needs to stop being a twat and write another book! I would love to read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Ocoee, FL 07-26-14
    Melody Ocoee, FL 07-26-14 Member Since 2016

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed Simon's autobiography - but I also enjoyed his short story. I love his imagination and creative flair, but he is down to earth and funny. Didn't realize that this was abridged version - so somewhat disappointed by that.

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    Michelle South Bend, IN, United States 07-05-14
    Michelle South Bend, IN, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Nerd Do Well?

    I loved Simon Pegg's performance and enthusiasm in telling is own story. I was a semi-fan before listening to this book, now I am a true fan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pegg. His failures and triumphs make a wonderful story.


    What does Simon Pegg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His story told in his own voice, complete with the corresponding emotional experiences.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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