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
I could listen to Rebecca Front speak all day long. Loved this audiobook! She's witty, engaging, and speaks quite frankly about life and some of those uncomfortable quirks many of us have but are kind of embarrassed to own up to. It's just kind of refreshing to listen to someone so warm, and ridiculously funny, be so matter of fact about it all. and for someone who is, admittedly, not so thrilled with the idea of travel, she takes you on a most wonderful journey. Well done!
"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.
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!
"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.
"Could do so much better"
First of all I would like to say that I am a huge fan of Rebecca Front. I think she is a hugely talented comedian and one of the best things on British TV. Unfortunately my high regard does not extend to this book which I thought was hugely disappointing. I was expecting a cornucopia of witty and entertaining tales but instead I found this was a self absorbed account of not very interesting events and her own personal neuroses. There were parts that were mildly amusing but it was like she was holding back in case she whipped her readers into a dangerous frenzy. I'm afraid her account of her 'inspirational' teacher even made me feel slightly nauseous. I think Rebecca possibly has got a good book inside her but it isn't this.
"Not so entertaining"
I love Rebecca Front as a comedian and an actress. I more specifically like her in the Psycho Bitches series on Sky Arts, where she is a brilliant psychotherapist. I regret to say that I found this book quite boring, and not so entertaining at all. The stories are 'half-baked', perhaps a bit too ''appropriate'' and too carefully retold so if to spare any embarrassment and avoid all risk to offend (perhaps members of the family), so there was not much poking fun there, neither there was a great morale of the story, or something different, exceptional, mysterious or remarkable, just a lot of babble.
"Witty and surprisingly reflective"
Front has lovely diction and weaves a series of thoroughly good yarns.
Whilst often laugh out loud amusing, this book causes one to look reflectively at life and it's foibles, coming to a neat and satisfying conclusion.
Front's work in literature is as pleasing as her work on screen.
I'm afraid this book was boring for me. The author seemed to spend far too much time on her phobias and problems. None of them of sufficient importance as far as I could see to warrant writing about. Still maybe that's just me.
"A lovely flit through some very funny stories"
A lovely flit through some very funny stories wonderfully told by the author. really enjoyed it
A funny (and sometimes emotional) glimpse into the life of a semi-famous actor, through a series of anecdotes.
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