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I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan Audiobook

I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

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....
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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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  • Adam
    Deeside, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "My personal thoughts on the audiobook."

    This is my review for "I, Partridge : We need to talk about Alan".



    I feel that this audiobook is excellent in capturing the audience from the start. This is achieved by having Steve Coogan (who created and portrays Alan Partridge) narrating. Now although this would seem like a fool-proof win for the creators of the audiobook, I feel that this is not the case.



    If you are a fan of Alan Partridge (Like myself) then you will be aware of the original TV series. These featured Alan attempting to get a second series for his TV show and Radio show by trying to find publishers. Now, while not sounding like it on first glace, the TV show is incredibly original and funny. That is that.



    Recently, Alan Partidge had a spin off TV show based around his radio show but I felt that it lacked originality and was very mediocre and bland. This wasn't the Alan Partidge that I found funny.



    This being the case, I feel that that book suffers the same as the newest series of his show. It just isn't as funny! In the original TV show, I laughed at the very first time Alan was on screen! and which should mean that I should need stiches after listening to JUST him for 7 hours or so! Sadly, this is not the case.



    So in summary, If you enjoyed Alan's latest TV series then there is a great chance that you will enjoy this audiobook but I found, personally that it wasn't to my taste.



    Adam out!!

    Stay fresh, yo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cathal
    Ireland
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "This could well be the best thing ever."

    If you've seen some lad uncomfortably struggling hold in laughter on a Dublin Bus over the last two years, chances are it probably was me. And (more often than not) I was listening to this audiobook.



    For all members of AGP, this is just exceptional listening. (Not-so-Accidental Partridge alert!)



    Coogan's - sorry, Alan's - narration is a joy, showing him at his most delusional. Yet somehow, the character remains completely believable. I don't know how many times I've listened to this - audiocover to audiocover - since downloading it (10+), but it still astounds me just what a wonderfully well-rounded and fleshed-out character Alan Partridge is. Not just because of Toblerones.



    His descriptions of his early years - snap (my highlight)

    Break up with Carol - boom.

    His own perspective of events from his various series - bingo.



    On the whole - 10 on 10. Well, 5 stars.



    Just brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Pontyclun, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "If you love Alan, you'll love this!"

    This is an excellent audiobook that had me laughing out loud from start to finish. I'm a huge Alan partridge fan and if you love Partridge then you'll absolutely love this audiobook! All I can say is ..... Back of the net!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Watched the tv series?"

    If like me you watched the Alan Partridge tv shows then you will love this book. I listen to my audiobook in bed with headphones, and I am regularly laughing out loud! Being read by Steve Coogan is a real plus, as his Partridge voice really makes this audiobook come to life! This really feels like the autobiography of Alan Partridge. I loved it and cannot wait to download my next audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farva
    Shrewsbury
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Better Than Reading!"

    I, Partridge is the finest example of an audiobook. Having Steve Coogan read it as Alan Partridge is the only way it could work, and he does it so well that i would regularly have to rewind it because i was laughing so hard. An absolute must-have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Des
    Dorking, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Quality Alan"

    Quality Alan following his life from birth (literally!!) up to present day. It helps if you have seen and listened to all of Alan's shows as you can see how his memory is slightly distorted!! Having Alan as the narrator makes the Audio book as you can hear the inflections in his voice. Well worth it. I've listened to it twice already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ian
    Marlborough, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Tis Partridge"

    Smelly Alan Fartridge... This book links together the interviews and TV and aspects of Alans life for fans. Its very enjoyable. I would say 'back of the net"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR A ARSHAD
    Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "My ears have never been so spoilt !!!"

    After struggling with paper books whilst on the treadmill , I decided to venture into the world of audio books. I couldn't have made a better choice than "I, Partridge...". The narration by Steve Coogan whilst in character is brilliant. This is the funniest book I've "heard" in ages and couple of times had me flying of the treadmill in giggles. This audio book is a must but be warned, it can lead to serious injuries whilst listened to on gym equipment. But if you are that unfortunate and end up in hospital, then what better audio book to read than "I, Partridge..." to make your stay an enjoyable one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Couper
    Norwich, UK
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Jackanackanory"

    I was excited for this book once I heard it was being written, and once I found out Steve Coogan was narrating the audio version in character I decided it was time to try audible for the first time. I wasn't disappointed, the writing is equal if not superior to the TV show but feels much less dated, no annoying canned laughter and a more modern writing style. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the show, or enjoys cringe comedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    JERSEY, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Aha..."

    I am a big fan of Alan and Steve Coogan generally. I bought the book and thought it amusing. I saw Mr Coogan reading an excerpt on YouTube and it made my laugh hard which led me to the Audio book. The fact it is the mighty SC reading the book brings it to life. A top audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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