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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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    Amazon Customer 11-03-16
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    "Jokes delivered by the author"

    In the past 2 years I have grown to love David. And I find books narrated by the author, especially comedians, are essential. It's funny and witty and has a very pleasant ending.

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    Kathryn 09-19-16
    Kathryn 09-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic!"

    funny and entertaining from start to finish. Though now I'm wondering if I may be someone's humourless Canadian cousin...

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    Paul 07-18-16
    Paul 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "surprisingly brilliant! Average guy, amazing life :-)"

    David Michel's folks should be proud, he's a decent man telling an amazing story. With all his fun, sometimes biting rants there's always an element of kindness👣

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    M. Van Buijtene Den Haag, Netherlands 06-17-16
    M. Van Buijtene Den Haag, Netherlands 06-17-16 Listener Since 2008

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    "Great listen during walks"

    A must for fans of British comedy and wonderful how his voice softens when he finds love, in the end.

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    timbawolf 05-22-16
    timbawolf 05-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "David Mitchell Being David Mitchell"

    I'm not sure if this audiobook would have worked if Mitchell hadn't narrated it himself. Fortunately, he did, ensuring that his trademark ranting, griping, arrogance, and self-depricating humor came through in every chapter. The personal anecdotes are both amusing and insightful, although some of the rants are recycled from Mitchell's numerous TV appearances. Overall, a fun and funny autobiography.

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    Steve Gibb Maplewood, NJ United States 03-30-16
    Steve Gibb Maplewood, NJ United States 03-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Honest and funny."
    Any additional comments?

    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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  • Rob in UK
    1/5/17
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    "Refund requested"

    Not his biggest fan but I like him and his humour. I made it over a 1/3 of the way in and called it a day. His style may suit a TV programme but not hours of listening to just his voice in the car.

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  • Neil
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    11/28/16
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    "It's another Oxbridge comedian story..."

    Comedians reading their own autobiographies make good company. They tend to write funny and read the funny stuff well. This is another good example.

    However, as with the myriad of similar books, this contains nothing hugely revealing.

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  • Erin M
    11/2/16
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    "Surprising but painful"

    I was on the fence about David Mitchell. I neither adore nor dislike him. He's a nice enough chap and doesn't look like he's going to be surrounded by Sunday paper headlines. I'm not really sure why I bought this audio book. He was a bit of a posh prat.

    However this book was surprising. It tells of his hard working parents, his lack of educational commitment, uni and meeting Webb, struggling to get work and his eventual success.

    He isn't a posh prat. He's a likeable man..He isn't grandiose or pompous. He's a genuinely nice chap. The book was lovely and I enjoyed it. The end chapter was my favourite. Very thought provoking.

    The only struggle I had was the fact he narrated it. His voice can be a little hard to listen to for a length of time. But bear with it and you will get used to it.

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  • Paul
    10/26/16
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    "Laugh out loud"

    David has a special way with words and I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions, I did get the impression that there is more to tell about his close relationship with Rob Webb, i.e. Friction at times, but that didn't detract one bit from the overall feel of the book. I suppose we've got to wait 20 years for the next instalment. I, for one will look forward to that.

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  • Jizzy Mann
    10/19/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    I'm a big fan of David Mitchell's so I was fairly sure I would enjoy this book, and I did.
    They were very funny bits, very touching bits and I think I'll probably listen to it again at some point.
    If you enjoy the work of David Mitchell's I highly recommend this book.

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  • Lewis
    10/19/16
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    "Amusing, heartfelt and thoughtful"

    A wonderful autobiography that deftly tells an enjoyable story in an amusing way. While not exactly the most thrilling or action packed audiobook, the narrative is well presented, with the framing device allowing for more flexibility in chronology and subject than a standard life story might. Full of good chuckles and occasionally touching moments, it's exactly the kind of audiobook that accompanies a cup of tea and a biscuit.

    David Mitchell also lends this audiobook version a great deal of character, and his performance makes me glad I opted to listen to this rather than read it.

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  • jokerz13
    9/20/16
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    "Brilliant & Awesome"

    From the beginning to the end, this audio book kept me entertained. Very good indeed!

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  • Mr R.
    8/11/16
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    "The new Stephen Fry...!"

    Funny stuff. He's got an amusing way with words. Only lapses in to Alan Partridge style self-regard on a couple of occasions...

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  • Earnest
    8/2/16
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    "Earnest and funny-how refreshing"

    Tired of overly slick, polished, lifelike/but not really representations of the life of a well known person? This is for you.
    Self deprecating memoirs that are really funny are rare. Feeling a bond with another human via a book is not rare but I hold the theory that this author and I would have very little in common - yet he achieves that magical thing. He speaks in an authentic voice, so you believe and understand.
    And I guess that is why he is so very funny in his public appearances.
    I agree with other reviewers that his recounting of how he finally found the partner he wanted so badly is suffused with so much kindness that my iPad glowed hot. Hurrah for a gentle story in a troubled time.

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  • kuium
    london, United Kingdom
    7/29/16
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    "Wonderfully written. Very entertaining and funny"

    Very funny. His take on situations and events and his observations on things with life are well observed and funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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