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I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan Audiobook

I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

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Publisher's Summary

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma?

Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile at St. Luke’s Hospital in Norwich. After replacing Peter Flint as the presenter of Scout About, he entered the top 8 of BBC sports presenters.But Alan’s big break came with his primetime BBC chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You. Sadly, the show battled against poor scheduling, having been put up against News at Ten, then in its heyday. Due to declining ratings, a single catastrophic hitch (the killing of a guest on air) and the dumbing down of network TV, Alan’s show was cancelled. Not to be dissuaded, he embraced this opportunity to wind up his production company, leave London and fulfil a lifelong ambition to return to his roots in local radio.

Now single, Alan is an intensely private man but he opens up, for the second time, in this candid, entertaining, often deeply emotional – and of course compelling – memoir, written entirely in his own words. (Alan quickly dispelled the idea of using a ghost writer. With a grade B English Language O-Level, he knew he was up to the task.)

He speaks touchingly about his tragic Toblerone addiction, and the painful moment when unsold copies of his first autobiography, Bouncing Back, were pulped like ‘word porridge’. He reveals all about his relationship with his ex-Ukrainian girlfriend, Sonja, with whom he had sex at least twice a day, and the truth about the thick people who make key decisions at the BBC.

A literary tour de force, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan charts the incredible journey of one of our greatest broadcasters.

©2011 Alan Partridge (P)2011 HarperCollins

What the Critics Say

"Legendary." (The Guardian)

"Some of the UK’s finest comedy." (The Telegraph)

"Coogan’s greatest creation." (Daily Mail)

“I’m a massive Alan Partridge fan, and this is without a doubt the funniest book I’ve ever read. You’ll be laughing at something on every single page. Its worth downloading the audiobook, though, so you can listen to Alan reading it to you.” (Greg James, Heat Magazine)

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    John Hong Kong 06-20-12
    John Hong Kong 06-20-12
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    "An Anglican giant among pygmies"
    If you could sum up I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan in three words, what would they be?

    black belt chat


    What other book might you compare I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan to and why?

    The Bible, Great Expectations, The Story of My Experiments with Truth - Mahatma Gandhi, My Early Life: A Roving Commission - Winston Churchill, Poptastic: My Life in Radio - Tony Blackburn


    What does Alan Partridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Alan's personal reading of the book lends the words a rich timbre which, combined with his signature rhythm and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones can lead to tears, laughter or literally incontinence all over the very same page.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sorry I should have read this question first as I explained my laughter, tears and urine expulsion in the previous question.


    Any additional comments?

    It makes the lives of Richard Madeley and Alan Titmarsh look positively tame.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Irvine, CA, United States 06-15-12
    Mike Irvine, CA, United States 06-15-12
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    "Even Better Than "Bouncing Back!""
    Would you listen to I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan again? Why?

    Yes, until Alan gets his much deserved second series, this is the best way to enjoy more Partridge.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan?

    Learning about Alan's heroic return after his crippling addiction to Toblerones.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Partridge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Refreshing to hear Alan's version of his life, instead of that impostor Steve Coogan's.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed so hard that the other train riders thought I was a sexual deviant.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Dawes Sydney, NSW Australia 12-01-15
    Matthew Dawes Sydney, NSW Australia 12-01-15
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    "A Welcome Return of Cooghan's best Character."

    Steve Cooghan has, once again, demonstrated his comedic wizardry in this timely revival of his most wonderful and popular character, the obnoxious, shallow and 'cringeworthy' Alan Partridge. The book is an excellent tie-up to the splendid television series. T'is a small pity that Partridge's long-suffering and terribly exploited assistant Lynne does not receive more mention. This is only a very minor criticism of a work destined to join the very best parts of the Alan Partridge canon. Absolutely splendid and most highly recommended. Pure Partridge!

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    Lachlen 05-10-15
    Lachlen 05-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    aha aha aha aha aha aha aha aha aha aha aha aha aha aha aha ahhaa ahhaa is very good and shit

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    Sharon Pittaway 01-17-15
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    "Entertaining in a British way"

    It was funny and well-read. I laughed out loud, which was quite embarrassing when I was on the train.

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    scott brisky 08-21-12
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    "Everything you wanted to know about Alan."

    Steve really did a great job covering the whole Alan story. Extremely funny, dry and consistent with the Alan character. Will listen to this again at some point.

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    J Blandford Forum, United Kingdom 03-28-12
    J Blandford Forum, United Kingdom 03-28-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A classic! Throughly enjoyed something different. This will be listened to many times I'm sure.


    Any additional comments?

    The only way to 'read' this is Audible. Honestly, sitting there with a hardback trying to do an

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Redondo Beach, CA, United States 03-19-12
    Justin Redondo Beach, CA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Partridge is amazing!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan the most enjoyable?

    It made me laugh so much my drink came out my nose.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about his childhood.


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    Katie Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-29-12
    Katie Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-29-12
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    "Best on TV I think...Sorry Steve"
    What did you like best about I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan? What did you like least?

    Steve Cougan can do no wrong in my eyes...From the Calf twins to AP, The Trip to his astonishing work on the Leveson enquiry, his comic genius is assured its place in British comedy history. I read I, Partridge and found it a little dry and was therefore drawn to the audio book read by the great man in order to get a real sense of the Partri-nesque quality that we admire so much. The listen was better than the read but I was still left with an empty feeling without seeing those quintessential AP mannerisms. I subsequently watched the AP BBC series again and realised that you really do need to see the man perform in order to give it true meaning.


    Would you recommend I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, watch it instead


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His university tales are very funny


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, Ca, United States 11-02-11
    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, Ca, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Return of the Partridge"

    As a fan of the various Alan Partridge series on the BBC, I was excited to hear Coogan and Co. were writing an Alan Partridge book, and when I found out Coogan would be narrating the audiobook as Alan Partridge, I knew that would definitely be the version to get. The reading does not disappoint. Alan's deadpan buffoonish style is just as funny as ever, and I found myself laughing out loud in the car many times while listening. The writing style is fun and fresh, actively calling attention to the book-writing process, as Alan tries to meet his publisher's minimum word count. My only complaint is that book covers a lot of material from the KMKY and I'm Alan Partridge, so some of the jokes/situations are recycled. Even still the writing makes them fresh. If you haven't seen all those series as many times as I have, obviously that's not a problem. Even if you have, if you're a fan of the Partridge, it's definitely worth a listen, but you probably knew that already.

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    11/17/16
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    "Highly entertaining"

    Take a mental break from life and enjoy this audiobook wherever you are! Always eager to get back to listening to the next chaptet!

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  • MR
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    "so many sound bites"

    in keeping with the Partridge persona through out there was a vast array of alans tailored word play which had me literally laughing out loud on many occasions

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  • superjohnmcginlay
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    11/15/16
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    "First Class"

    Great listening. Coogan has created the best character of the past 30 years and this is a fantastic format to hear from AGP.

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  • Daniel B.
    11/10/16
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    "ruddy good"

    laugh after laugh, from repeating " I AM YOUR PATROL LEADER " to remembering " you can stay anytime you want " and using it as a direct invitation ! Partridge at his best !

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  • Amazon Customer
    11/9/16
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    "Highly entertaining but...."

    Nothing new, aka the audiobook version of the TV programmes. Let's just say a trip down memory lane with a great proformance from Alan.

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  • mike swingewood
    11/8/16
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    "monkey tennis"

    great love the partridge definitely worth a listen you've got to hand it to Alan he's legend

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  • Amazon Customer
    11/8/16
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    "Quality Coogan great listen had me in stitches.."

    Nando's

    great intelligence and observation very talented guy. god I hate him.... must read .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr dm whitby
    11/6/16
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    "very very very very very very very very very ha ah"

    very very very very very very very very very very very very very ha ah it's great Alan for president apart from some of the characters views lol

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  • G-Man
    London
    11/6/16
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    "Partridge being Partridge...."

    You feel you know him and his life and he pulls you into his backstory. Funny and compelling listening from Coogan.

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  • Mr K.
    11/2/16
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    "The best autobiography by a Norfolk-based author"

    since Ruth Madoc's "Hi-de-High - My Battle with Heroin: Needles to Say I Took Drugs"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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