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David Mitchell: Back Story Audiobook

David Mitchell: Back Story

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.
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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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  • Darrin Howe
    2/25/15
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    "Good Listen"

    Really liked the book - very amusing. Even better for me that the author read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KevQuoi
    Emsworth
    2/13/15
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    "Engrossing read"

    I was a fan prior to this read (listen?) but after this excellent insight into David's world I respect and admire the chap more so. I wish I could be so candid, honest and eloquent. Regrettably I am none of these things. Thank you for sharing Mr Webb, you're a good man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    2/1/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Heart warming, funny, sincere. Amazing insight into the world of showbiz. Makes me want to be Davids friend. Good work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jake
    1/5/15
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    "everything you'd hope"

    David Mitchell is just as witty as you'd hope. But surprisingly more like you and me and less a robot than you'd expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • luke crocker
    Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom
    12/2/14
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    "entertaining - its no cloud Atlas"

    As he himself explains right at the start of the book - he is that Davis Mitchell off the TV not the novelist and then as expected ties himself into a knot as clearly this is a book. Mitchell has a defined style that is present in virtually all he has done. If you enjoy the persona he portrays on screen then this walk through his childhood will entertain you as much as it did me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    N. Yorks
    9/17/14
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    "Very funny and well written"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David Mitchell: Back Story to be better than the print version?

    Yes, David made the book come alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Defiantly David as he seems to bare all and tell the truth no matter how unbearable or embarrassing.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The Caravan and the Lobster or equally his student years.


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

    Who me? A snap shot of David Mitchell


    Any additional comments?

    Very funny and well written. The book based on his walk around London, genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. J. Fish
    london
    8/6/14
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    "Similar topics to Fry, but better (sorry Stephen)."
    Any additional comments?

    This is such a great Audiobook. I also listened to Stephen Fry's, but this is much better. They both discuss similar things in life, and travel a similar path: Not being cool, not wanting to be cool, Cambridge university, footlights, becoming famous, finding love etc.David Mitchell is far more comfortable with expressing his opinions about things - why he hates a certain part of society, for example. Stephen is far more eager to please, or keen not to offend anybody, and this seems to restrict how well you get to know him. The Fry books are still great, and Stephen is such a great man, but it was amazing to hear the two books back-to-back - how similar, but how different in their approach. David is very far from offensive, he just seems to be more comfortable with writing about what he thinks and feels, whilst making it funny at the same time. The funny bits never seem forced or part of a pretense, he is just a funny man. I listened to it twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gunna
    Iceland
    7/7/14
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    "Entertaining and insightful memoir"
    If you could sum up David Mitchell: Back Story in three words, what would they be?

    Funny insightful soulsearching


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a memoir so David Mitchell himself as other people in his life feature only as supporting cast


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, David narrated himself so it was read as it was written, literally in the same voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His pining over his now wife Victoria and how they finally got together and are happy. Also a oddly moving childhood memory of his parents cooking a lobster in a trailer in France.


    Any additional comments?

    Much recommended listen. Interesting how the author challenges the views and feelings he had at various points in his life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr S Marsden
    4/2/14
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    "Embarrassingly funny"
    Where does David Mitchell: Back Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    His honestly


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I listened to it over the course of probably 2 weeks


    Any additional comments?

    It was embarrassingly funny especially while listening to it on a crowded train, at times I found it very difficult not to laugh out loud, very funny and I enjoyed his delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    london, United Kingdom
    12/24/13
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    "A Life in a Walk"
    If you could sum up David Mitchell: Back Story in three words, what would they be?

    Nerd gets girl


    Which character – as performed by David Mitchell – was your favourite?

    He played himself very well


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    When you review an autobiography you are really saying what you think of the subject. Well David Mitchell is funny. He has worked hard to be funny. He is quite self aware i.e. he knows that celebrity is a nothing, but not as self aware as he thinks he is.

    The walk he describes is actually quite a long walk and would probably take about four hours to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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