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David Mitchell: Back Story Audiobook

David Mitchell: Back Story

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Publisher's Summary

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

As well as giving a specific account of every single time he's scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details:

  • The singular, pit bull-infested charm of the FRP (‘Flat Roofed Pub’)
  • The curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm
  • Why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink
  • The pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds
  • The satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide
  • How doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica
  • Trying to pretend he isn’t a total **** at Robert Webb’s wedding
  • That he has fallen in love a LOT, but rarely done anything about it
  • Why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday
  • That he’s not David Mitchell the novelist, despite what David Miliband might think

©2012 David Mitchell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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    Steve Gibb Maplewood, NJ United States 03-30-16
    Steve Gibb Maplewood, NJ United States 03-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Honest and funny."
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    I had moved from the UK to the US back in 2000 so relied on relations back home to keep me up to date on 'newer' comics on TV there. One mentioned 'Peep Show' to me a while back and after finding a few episodes on YouTube I started to look into Mitchell and Webb a bit more as I enjoyed their brand of humour. David Mitchell is a regular on the panel TV show "Would I Lie To You" where his brilliant and eloquent wit is on full display and along with Lee Mack and Rob Brydon make this show required viewing.
    So browsing Audible I came across David Mitchell's memoir. It is a very honest and engaging listen. Serious at times, beautifully written and extremely funny with many laugh-out-loud moments. Highly recommended!

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    Trevor 03-10-16
    Trevor 03-10-16
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    "Witty and enjoyable read from a great natural writer"

    You don't necessarily expect a memoir of a celebrity to be beautifully written. You don't expect necessarily to find a truly great writer to emerge through the smog. I don't know anything about the other author David Mitchell but this one is a born writer. I really hope he catches the writing bug from this. I'd love to be able to read more from him.

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    Karmel Denver, Colorado 02-17-16
    Karmel Denver, Colorado 02-17-16 Member Since 2009
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    "If you like Mark, You'll love David."

    I am a middle aged woman who lives in Colorado and draws horses for a living (the western kind....with saddles and stuff). I'm just telling you this so that you can grasp the idea that someone like me can be so pleased with my purchase even though I am probably as far away from the ideal target demographic of this book can be (geographically and otherwise).

    I first became aware of David Mitchell from BBC America's running of the Peep Show series. It is, to this day, the funniest show I've ever seen. I once wrote on an online dating website that if you'd ever even HEARD of Peep Show, then yes, I would marry you. (Surprisingly, I got quite a few responses) So, I had high expectations that this book would be wonderful and I was right. I've been to London a few times, but I didn't know who a lot of the people he talked about were, nor had I heard of some of the shows he's been on besides Peep Show, but it doesn't matter. He's funny and smart and that's why I like him as an entertainer.

    An excellent listen by a brilliant and funny man.

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    Andy Fulton 02-17-16
    Andy Fulton 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Must-Listen for Any David Mitchell Fan"

    An engaging and interesting look into the mind of one of modern comedy's best minds. Learn about the man beyond his panel show persona.

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    claire Fayetteville, Ga United States 10-17-15
    claire Fayetteville, Ga United States 10-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful"

    David Mitchell has an amazing insight into himself he shares with the reader. You will forever feel aquainted with him.

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    Kristin 07-01-15
    Kristin 07-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "All the feels"

    Cheers to late bloomers! I adored book. I enjoyed David's take on the world and found his discoveries, throughout life, insightful and hopeful. It's what you love from David and more.

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    Justin Rovers 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    I'm a huge fan and Mitchell tells a fantastic story! Heart warming and funny! Great listen

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    R2u 04-30-15
    R2u 04-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "After the book was over, I missed him."
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    I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I suppose since I have watched all over Peep show, and loved watching him on "panel shows" such as Would I lie to you" and QI, it felt as if I was sitting down with him and listening to all the "back stories". At times I listened when I was walking. Today I walked with out listening...and actually missed him as if he had been walking along with me chatting.

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    Helen The Dog Lady Las Vegas 04-07-15
    Helen The Dog Lady Las Vegas 04-07-15
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    "Entertaining"

    Not usually one for autobiographies, I really liked this book. Was over way too fast

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    Becky Dodd 03-12-14
    Becky Dodd 03-12-14
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    "David Mitchell's Back Story"

    I loved this audiobook....but I'll admit that I'm biased, because I love David Mitchell in every exposure that I've had to him. He's witty, clever, engaging and has a turn of phrase in his book that make the entire audiobook compelling. The last chapter in particular made me tear-up and restored some of my faith in life and love. There is still hope for all of us.

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  • Jørgen
    7/18/16
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    "Nice little insight into David Mitchell's life"

    I had just read two of Stephen Fry's biographical books, and I was looking for more of the same sort. Of course it is unfair to compare it to Stephen Fry as he has had a more crazy life, and maybe is a bit more honest about it. But if you want to make the comparison, this book is not much compared to Fry's books. It's shorter, less informative and more conservative about what it shares. Maybe much like it's author.

    This book sort of tells you what you already know about David Mitchell. As expected, some parts are very funny and some parts are merely slightly interesting. But as a fan of him I think this was a nice book to listen to. Not very deep and in depth, but still good to have read it.

    The narrating is perhaps a bit fast, so the timing is a bit off some places, but I still laughed where I was supposed to (I think). I think he has a pleasant reading voice, so it was good to listen to both for driving and before falling asleep.

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  • Miss
    7/13/16
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    "Highly entertaining and honest"

    Brilliantly written and performed - so good to hear David tell his story himself. Excellent book.

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  • Miss E Taylor
    7/3/16
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    "Tedious name dropping"

    struggled to finish.
    lacks humanity, comedy and originality.
    Truly David has spent his life pursuing his acting and comedy career, as a result his bio is extremely one dimensional and surprisingly boring.
    you end up feeling a bit sorry for the guy.
    for such comic genius in talk shows and in peep show, I was soundly disappointed.

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  • Ryan Barrie
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    7/1/16
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    "Funny and Insightful"

    If you're a fan of the comical works of David Mitchell this book is sure to tickle your funny bone over and over again.

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  • Rhett
    6/29/16
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    "I'm sure you'll enjoy it"

    Not a 'page turner' but it a very pleasant stroll with an old friend you had wished you'd made.

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  • Amazon Customer
    6/14/16
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    "everything you want it to be and more"

    if you're a fan of the man this is a no brainer. it's exactly what you want it to be, with his trademark humour and delivery, interesting stories and a good insight into his life.

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  • Gordon O'Neill
    6/9/16
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    "brilliant. poignant and funny in equal measure."

    thoroughly enjoyable listen, great insight inyo what it takes to make a career in comedy

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  • Robert H.
    6/5/16
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    "Fantastic insight into his life"

    Funny and honest account of David's life. If you love watching him on TV it adds another perspective on his career and his background. chapter 34 is a beautiful piece and I can relate to it. Thank you David :)

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  • M. Griffiths
    6/4/16
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    "Annoyingly good"

    I like DM, but I think that he has written a really good and clever book. I would like to have written a book like this but it wouldn't have been nearly as good - b*gger!

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  • Galadriel
    5/23/16
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    "Excellent"

    Funny, interesting and poignant. I'm going to miss listening to David Mitchell talk about his life and hope for a sequel.

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