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Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections | [Rebecca Front]

Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections

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.

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Steve
    7/7/14
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    "Rebecca Front...who knew?"
    Would you listen to Curious again? Why?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing


    What about Rebecca Front’s performance did you like?

    Genuine, conversational, and read with emotion and depth of character.And Funny where it should be...never forced.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel fitter as I take the stairs more often.
    It's a choice thing with me though :-)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Helga
    Aviemore, United Kingdom
    6/13/14
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    "Brilliant, funny, perceptive, delightful."

    The wonderful Rebecca Front's take on bits of life - one of my favourite ever audiobooks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    7/21/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Baronessnewt
    11/18/14
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    "Too light"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It was just too light weight. Not enough to hold your attention.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the story of the visitor that took over the house. The other anecdotes were less interesting.


    What does Rebecca Front bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As she is the writer and it is about her life, she of course brought an extra dimension.


    Was Curious worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PPod
    PENRYN, United Kingdom
    9/19/14
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    "Curious is a good title"
    If you could sum up Curious in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Honest and Different


    What does Rebecca Front bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


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

    I loved her honesty regarding her anxiety and riding on trains. It struck home with me having experienced very similar feelings myself.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    8/30/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mat
    Farnham, United Kingdom
    8/24/14
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    "undertated brilliance"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dub
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    7/14/14
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    "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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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