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Bonkers: My Life in Laughs | [Jennifer Saunders]

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.
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Publisher's Summary

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery.

Bonkers is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn. There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination. As she admits, "There has never been a Plan. Everything has been fairly random, happened by accident or just fallen into place. I'm off now, to do some sweeping..." Prepare to chuckle, whoop, and go bonkers.

©2013 Jennifer Saunders (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Ms. J. J. White
    Somerset, England
    1/8/15
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    "very entertaining"

    Jennifer narrates her book using the most descriptive of words. loved it. her recall of events is astonishing. we can all identify with some of her recollections on life and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    1/3/15
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    "Boring"

    OK - so I haven't watched many episodes of Ab Fab and consider JS as the annoying and less talented half of French and Saunders. This book was tedious and only made me wonder why she is paid for the 'work' she does. Buy if you like JS but don't expect to be converted if you are on the fence or don't find her entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H
    Bampton, United Kingdom
    12/12/14
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    "Really interesting listen. Brilliantly told."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. Jennifer's life makes for a really interesting listen and loved hearing about how she got started with Dawn French and then went on to do Ab Fab.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She has had some tough times in her life too and it is great to hear her pragmatic approach to life which is very inspirational.


    What about Jennifer Saunders’s performance did you like?

    Jennifer has a great voice to listen to which really pulls you in and is never dull.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    12/7/14
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    "Brilliantly Bonkers!!"
    Where does Bonkers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favourite audiobook - and I've been listening/reading for some time. Firstly, Jennifer Saunders delivers it perfectly. Its just her. Secondly, the stories are moving, funny and keep you listening. I loved it!


    What about Jennifer Saunders’s performance did you like?

    Her performance is perfect. She is an excellent actress, of course, but this is more than performance - you get a picture of the real Jennifer Saunders, hearing everything in her voice, her timing, her pace and tone.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, this book made by laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    It says something that I've listened to this book twice, and know I will return to it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
    12/3/14
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    "More than funny"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bonkers to be better than the print version?

    I rarely buy autobiographies of any kind as they have never live up to their hype or my expectations. They have previously made the celebrity or sports personalities appear become self absorbed, attention seeking and vain as well as boring. However I had grown up with French & Saunders and thought that I would give it ago as I wanted to hear the comedian tell the story of her life and my childhood. Listening to Jennifer joyfully retell her the highlights from her early life to the end of her successful career was a joy and no way a hardship. This would have been lost in print and it is therefore unlikely that I would have bought the printed version.


    What other book might you compare Bonkers to, and why?

    I have yet to listen to a better autobiography


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Saunders – was your favourite?

    Fairy Godmother in DreamWorks' animated Shrek 2.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Funnier by half


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • wellness pharmacist
    swansea, United Kingdom
    11/24/14
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    "Great for a Long Road Trip!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fantastic listen that makes you snort out loud at times! We listened to this on a very long road trip in USA and quite frankly it kept us going for mile after mile,of desert! Thankyou Jennifer, I bet you never thought your book would do that!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bonkers?

    her recollections of Ab Fab moments and Joanna Lumley impressions


    What about Jennifer Saunders’s performance did you like?

    Whats not to like? she is so much herself , you feel there's nothing left out or highly edited just an honest recollection of an amazing life!


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

    I Was moved mostly by her modesty and also her descriptions of friendship and family


    Any additional comments?

    BUY THIS AUDIO BOOK!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skyekr
    United Kingdom
    10/17/14
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    "Def bonkers"
    Would you listen to Bonkers again? Why?

    Yes, Jennifer Saunders.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bonkers?

    Most of it.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of it.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't, she would. "That happened?"


    Any additional comments?

    N/a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PPod
    PENRYN, United Kingdom
    9/1/14
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    "Does what it says on the tin (cover)"
    What did you like most about Bonkers?

    The book is fun. Jennifer Saunders manages to stay away from a chronicle style, and instead starts each section with a short statement about where she is and why. Its a bit different and sets the scene well.


    What aspect of Jennifer Saunders’s performance might you have changed?

    Sometimes JS got a bit excited and while entertaining the rants sometimes got a bit "loud"!


    Any additional comments?

    I am new to biographies and enjoyed this one - I will certainly be reading more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karin Engebretsen
    Oslo
    8/12/14
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    "Truly bonkers."
    If you could sum up Bonkers in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, warm and funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uhm....Jennifer...ofc and because...ehhh..ofc.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I laughed...got sentimental and curious and laughed some more.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the letters and faxes between Saunders and Lumley.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Clare Mead
    Kent
    8/8/14
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    "Brilliant, Moving, funny and honest"
    What did you like most about Bonkers?

    All of the book was very enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Jennifer was talking about her family


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

    No i enjoy listening to books over time, I have 4 children lol


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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