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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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  • Joseph
    9/27/15
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    "Amazing"

    Such passion... Such story. highly recommend this book. Also probably wouldn't be as funny if he hadn't read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart A. McIntosh
    9/9/15
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    "Phew, take a breath and chill out"
    Where does David Mitchell: Back Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not particularly high as his life has been fairly straightforward and not as multi faceted as some


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not sure I really know his formative years or about him as a person, but I guess I understand how he got where he is


    Did David Mitchell do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    To be honest I found David a bit one dimensional. In snippets his machine gun rattling of negative observations are spot on and funny, but when it goes on, and on, and on, and on...you kind of think you should say: "phew, take a breath and chill out"


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you thought life was bad let me tell you it's worse


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • esther
    9/5/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    Really enjoyed this. Interesting & hilarious :-) I have read the book before but listening to it in his voice was even funnier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    8/31/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    I cannot recommend this highly enough. A perfect example of when an autobiography is made infinitely more enjoyable and effective through narration by the author. It was hilarious and interesting, and struck the perfect balance between stories from childhood/career with interesting or silly side notes. He has written it very cleverly, as it is chronological but interspersed with other little stories of side notes (the walking around london setting is brilliant) so it doesn't read like a tedious listing of events. Loved every minute of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    8/28/15
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    "Fabulous!"

    Loved every word of this fantastically narrated book. Buy it. Go on. Just buy it!

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  • Flovenn
    7/4/15
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    "i loved it"

    The honesty, amusing as it definitely is, seems to cut right through you and I've never read a love story as touching as this - worth waiting for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ronan
    7/1/15
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    "FRP's"

    The Britannia
    The Albion

    Just started watching Peep Show and it's brilliant stuff.

    If it all caves in David can always do walking tours of London.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ricki
    6/2/15
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    "Funny and more"

    I was a fan of David Mitchell before listening to this, an now I am an even bigger fan.
    I would recommend this to anyone, genuinely funny and surprisingly emotional

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RICHARD FARLEY
    5/12/15
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    "Mitchell is brilliant."

    Just finished listening to it through for a second time, and it's even better than I remember. So funny, warming and genuinely entertaining throughout. Mitchell is of course brilliant at narration too, as you'll know from TV, or from his Soapbox on YouTube. Unmissable audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • matt123
    4/26/15
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    "Enjoyable and funny"

    A very enjoyable listen. You have too love David Mitchell. The way he thinks about things makes I can relate too and he tells it all in an amusing way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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