We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
A Life in Questions Audiobook

A Life in Questions

Regular Price:$14.34
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The witty, incisive and frank memoir of the best-selling author of The Victorians, Jeremy Paxman, whose career at the BBC included 25 years as the uncompromising presenter of Newsnight.

Covering insights on politicians of every stamp over the last half century, reporting from war zones, the state of the BBC, the role of journalism in our political system and much more, Jeremy Paxman's long-awaited and candid memoir is packed with opinions and good humour on every page.

©2016 Jeremy Paxman (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

Praise for Jeremy Paxman: "Intelligent, well-written, informative and funny.... A book to chew on, dip into, quote from and exploit in arguments." (Andrew Marr, Observer)
"He writes with wit and penetration, and every page of Empire can be read with relaxed pleasure." (Spectator)
"Paxman is witty, incisive, acerbic and opinionated.... In short, he carries the whole thing off with panache bordering on effrontery." (Sunday Times)
"A very engaging account...with a good sprinkling of jokes, funny nicknames and sexual references. Paxman makes some very sharp points and writes well." (Guardian)
"Bursting with good things." (Daily Telegraph)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

5.0 (5 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.3 (4 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
5.0 (4 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance


There are no reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • Kevin Kirkland
    10/21/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worthy listen"

    I can't say I'm the biggest fan of Jeremy paxman but thought it might be good as he's quite outspoken and it certainly didn't disappoint plus I enjoy listening if the writer actually reads it. Lots of interest and good humour got me through this is double quick time. I'd highly recommend it

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    10/18/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An unexpcted gem!"
    What about Jeremy Paxman’s performance did you like?

    He read it beautifully and the audio experience was definitely enhanced by him reading his biography himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Prior to reading this, I wasn't particularly keen on Paxman. However, I am always interested in the backstory of politics and journalism. Therefore, curiosity got the better of me and here we are. This is an excellent book. Yes, Paxman's somewhat pompous style is there, but I learned that he would probably agree if that accusation was put to him. He is actually quite self aware, and is open about his weaknesses. Much emphasis has been placed by the media on his exploration of his relationship with his father. That is here of course, but he also covers a range of other subjects, from the expected political interviews, to the unexpected account of why fishing is more that simply standing there with a rod (which was surprisingly engaging). I have found with many biographies that I am just becoming very interested in an account of something, when the author moves on. Not so here. Paxman shows an ability to spend the optimum time on each issue, enough to satisfy, but never bores. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe Dawes
    Cumbria
    10/15/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Like the BBC: informative, educational and entertaining"

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Jeremy Paxman tell his own story. Fascinating insight into a journalist' and TV presenter's world. He even manages to make politics interesting. It's not exactly an auto-biography as he once he reaches post-university days he seldom refers to his personal life i.e. marriage etc. (He does explain that he won't be discussing family life at the start of the book.)

    It's mainly about his time at the BBC as a journalist and presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge. Riveting stuff, with a fair sprinkling of Paxman brio and at times rather unconvincing dash of humility. The book goes to Post-Brexit and ends on an upbeat note about his life and times. Loved every minute.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lifelong Student
    UK
    11/20/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outstanding listen!"

    It's so good that this is narrated by the author and is a superb listen. I enjoyed it so much that l'm now starting again from the beginning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    11/17/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Really good"

    Excellent book about a very interesting individual. Having Paxman himself read it added to it greatly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • richard
    11/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "."

    Great book that hetld my interest throughout. Paxman is genuine and honest man that says it how it is!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Giles
    Wyton, Huntingdon, United Kingdom
    11/1/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Paxman on Paxman, what's not to love?"

    Jeremy Paxman brings his journalistic and analytical skills to his own life and the world around him as he has seen it so far. This is filled with many wild stories of a man who has travelled to many parts of the world and witnessed key moments in history as they were happening.

    To each main story or segment he brings a refreshingly honest portrayal of the event and an analysis of the industry that has made up his life. If you are looking for a life "in the media", this autobiography will debunk any beliefs of the supposed glamour that goes with the job.

    Paxman's dry wit and wonderful humour are peppered throughout the book, and many times I was awash with laughter whilst listening on my walk to work. Marks & Spencer's "underwear revenge" is one story that I certainly won't forget in a hurry, amongst others!

    I find autobiographies read by the author themselves to be so much more satisfying than ones that get a "voice" in to do it for them. And Paxman has a wonderful voice, and a fantastic style with words... there really is no-one better at reading the book about his life than him.

    I would have given the Story 4 stars as I wasn't a fan of the first couple of chapters dealing with his early life... I wanted to get to the "interesting" bit where he entered the media; however these chapters also deal with the environment he grew up in and the relationships he had with his direct relatives - something that he turns back to as a coda to the biography. His analysis of his father, coupled with his life and the lives of so many post-war babies made those first chapters worthwhile.

    It is one of those books that seemed to be over all too quickly. Jeremy accompanied me for roughly 25 walks spanning a 12-13 day period, and I'm going to massively miss his company. Brilliant, funny, erudite, insightful, analytical, thoughtful, wonderful, un-put-downable (if you can describe an audiobook in such a way...).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AM
    10/11/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "If you like frank and honest accounts this is 4U"
    What made the experience of listening to A Life in Questions the most enjoyable?

    Brutal honesty about his life and relationships with his father and colleagues. It is no great surprise to me that Mr Paxman would tell his storey his way; and that while his account is obviously from his point of view it appears balanced.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • S. B. Hall
    11/24/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Paxman's Narration lets this down"

    Paxman sounds as if reading his book is a chore, and that he'd prefer to be doing something else. This made me feel the same!

    I can't understand the high ratings from others. Perhaps it works well if you want to be lulled to sleep!

    Overall - Disappointing. Sorry Jeremy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DR SCOTT COOPER
    11/15/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Touching"

    An autobiography that was informative helping me to increase my understanding of the world. Written and read by a man who is a great asset to journalism and the British Nation. Mr Paxman has demonstrated in his life a talent for creating dissonance that most of us can only dream of attaining. He gives great insights and opportunities for reflection on human decision making and maintains humour throughout. His final sentences brought a real tear to my eye as he talks around his dad - I am sure his father would be very proud!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.