Narrated by the author, and featuring an interview with Jeremy Front. Sometimes things are more ordinary than you think. And sometimes they're a whole lot odder than you can possibly imagine.
Rebecca Front has always drawn on experiences from her life in her award-winning acting and comic writing. In her debut book, she reveals herself as a master storyteller: sharp, witty, honest and highly attuned to the absurdities of life and the oddities of human nature.
By turns poignant, comic, and uplifting, Curious is a book of stories, all of them true, though sometimes perhaps a little bent out of shape in the telling. We learn, among other things, why a Mexican wave is a symbol of oppression, how to navigate a conversational cul-de-sac with a French vegan train driver, and why keeping a pet rabbit on a lead is perfectly normal.
This is a beguiling celebration of the curiosities of everyday life, and of what it is to be curious - in every sense of the word.
©2014 Rebecca Front (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
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"Rebecca Front...who knew?"
I'm a lover of autobiography's, dramatic, historical, scientific and occasionally from my other love...Comedians. The problem I find is 95% of Comedians, especially any who have earned fame at one time or another in Stand-Up, tend to follow the "Gag" a minute route, attempting to exaggerate, and "expand" on reality to gain a laugh...and this just comes across as fiction, which in an autobiography doesn't work for me. There have been a few exceptions, and this book is one. I didn't know Rebecca Front by name, I recognised her from the cover and the memories of her excellent on screen personalities. Rebecca, a funny lady in her own right though has a real story to tell about her journey from childhood and her many neuroses. Listening to "Curious" gave an odd sense of being the fly on the wall, almost voyeuristic, yet compelling to hear.I tried before I bought listening in to a minute or so...and I'm happy to say Rebecca's a great reader of her own work. Genuine, conversational, and read with emotion and depth of character. And Funny where it should be...never forced.Well done Rebecca. 5 stars for effort and content. I hope to bump into you on some stairs some day.
Genuine, conversational, and read with emotion and depth of character.And Funny where it should be...never forced.
Laugh, on occasion out loud if your own description of "lol" includes the kind of "guru-mph" noise you make in a car whilst listening.
I feel fitter as I take the stairs more often.
It's a choice thing with me though :-)
"Brilliant, funny, perceptive, delightful."
The wonderful Rebecca Front's take on bits of life - one of my favourite ever audiobooks.
"Fascinating and amusing"
Rebecca Front's reading of her book is excellent. Her on-screen persona is one of a calm and 'centred' woman, so it came as a surprise to find that she is as full of questions and doubt as the rest of us ! This is a fascinating book in which you can benefit from her insight and life-lessons which are both amusing and moving.
No. It was just too light weight. Not enough to hold your attention.
I liked the story of the visitor that took over the house. The other anecdotes were less interesting.
As she is the writer and it is about her life, she of course brought an extra dimension.
"Curious is a good title"
Interesting, Honest and Different
Rebecca Front reads about stories and incidents from her life and for me, anything of a biographical nature is best read by the person being written about.
I loved her honesty regarding her anxiety and riding on trains. It struck home with me having experienced very similar feelings myself.
I bought this book knowing a little about the author from TV and the radio. Her naturally humour is based around a common-sense attitude was often amusing and laugh out loud funny too. The book isn't exactly a biography and I did find myself wondering what spark had started it all off.
A good read and I would definitely read anything else she writes / has written
"A curious but very enjoyable listen"
I like Rebecca Front and enjoy her gentle humour. Like her, this book cannot be put into any pidgeon hole, it is something a little bit different. Part autobiography, part grumpy old women, part something else entirely. Yes I would have liked more of the 'stories' that prompted her various trains of thought and I did feel that her views on various subjects did eclipse these somewhat, particularly as the book went on. It did however very much keep my attention and I listened to this very happily over the course of 2 days as I went about my business. Good news that she narrates this herself, no-one else would have done to have got over her thoughts in the right way. Certainly worth a listen.
what a listen!
this book justifies the old adage about comedy "its funny cos its true" because I related to 99% of the stories
and lets face it Ms Fronts voice is gorgeous to listen too and her accents are spot on
dont muck about BUY IT NOW!
"Oyful and Joyless: avoid"
I was expecting to enjoy this: I tend to enjoy celeb bios, but not this one.
It opens with a tedious 'oy are we' that Jennifer Saunders or David Niven could have condensed into an amusing paragraph, but a story about a houseguest is tortured into a chilling chapter.
Ms Front does have an occasional lovely turn-of-phrase that kept me from giving up, or giving this a one-star review, but that and her narration are the only bright bits in this depressing autobio-as-therapy about unconquered anxiety. Hopefully she'll turn her talents to non-thinly-disguised-autobio fiction.
Now go order Saunders or Niven.
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