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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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    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
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    "After the book was over, I missed him."
    Any additional comments?

    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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    toni 11-20-12
    toni 11-20-12
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    "So disappointed"
    What disappointed you about David Mitchell: Back Story?

    I looked forward to buying this book for ages. Unfortunately it did not live up to expectations, not even close. Boring, not funny, self indulgent.


    What didn’t you like about David Mitchell’s performance?

    His voice is pretty unpleasant in long stretches


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed


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  • mr
    5/21/16
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    "Top Notch"

    Open, genuine and honest. The app says I must write more words to Make 20.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    5/17/16
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    "Entertaining and honest."

    A good book that was humorous and honest. The ending was quite sudden but that could be because another book is on the horizon?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    5/11/16
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    "thoroughly enjoyable!"

    been a fan of david mitchell from peep show and various panel shows with his appearances as team captain on 'would i lie to you'

    really liked the book and funny throughout regardless of whats being talked about. Recommended!

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  • Mr H.
    4/20/16
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    "Funny. I wasn't expecting to be even remotely moved by parts, but was."

    If you're a fan of David Mitchell the comedic actor, writer and quiz show panellist, you'll like this. If, on the other hand, you are a fan of the other David Mitchell, it may prove less fulfilling. Then again, maybe not.

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  • leepy
    3/30/16
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    "Brilliant"

    I love peep show and that mitchell and Webb look so of course I wanted to hear this story -
    Interesting in its own right as an autobiography and informative for fans in equal measure.
    Chapter 34 about Victoria would almost bring a tear to a statue.

    Please keep on with your work David ,you are entirely correct to say that comedy is important.

    Bless you -

    Lee :-)

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  • Claire
    3/16/16
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    "Awful"
    What disappointed you about David Mitchell: Back Story?

    I love listening to David Mitchell on radio quiz shows and watching his TV shows but reading whole chapters, he just isn't a narrator of this amount of text. Content seemed flimsy as well, not really a book more thin sketches


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Mitchell again?

    not in book form


    What didn’t you like about David Mitchell’s performance?

    monotone


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    struggling to think of one


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • smssms
    3/10/16
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    "Peaks early, first 1/3 is the best."
    Would you try another book written by David Mitchell or narrated by David Mitchell?

    Yes, I like his sense of humour and the narration was good.


    What will your next listen be?

    I don't know yet.


    Have you listened to any of David Mitchell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard anything else by David.


    Do you think David Mitchell: Back Story needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not; it seemed to lose steam after about half way. Unless some amazing things happen to David he can probably leave it for now.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure what I was expecting with this book but I left it feeling a little underwhelmed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • colleen
    3/10/16
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    "A pleasure!"

    Fantastically written. Autobiographical, but not narcissistic like so many 'did I mention I'm amazing' texts written today. David's words were genuine, honest and laugh out loud funny throughout. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on his wife, which was heartfelt, touching and introduced you to an unknown part of David Mitchell. Thoroughly enjoyed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nixy
    UK
    3/1/16
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    "Made me LOL in places"
    Would you try another book written by David Mitchell or narrated by David Mitchell?

    Probably not. I enjoyed it - however there are more gripping tales out there and I find his voice slightly nasally - sorry David


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well it's an autobiography so there's pretty much one main character - Audible, what's with the silly questions?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Could you see David Mitchell: Back Story being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The more celeb autobiogs I listen to the less interested I am in them. He did a credible job and managed to wrest a few out loud laughs from me - interesting when you're walking through town with your headphones on

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    2/23/16
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    "Funny"

    Fabulous insight into the life of a normal boy made good. Mitchell is stunningly funny and made many a dull commute tolerable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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