Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: Is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination, and sometimes unexplained nudity that accompanied childhood and adolescence? Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures - surely it's plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me?
I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path. Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let's call it, because it's fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.
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Miranda Hart writes well and performs well, so this is a delight. I have used an extract in my sixth form English classroom as a comparison to Cold Comfort Farm. Its satirical take on the life a young single English woman, whilst rooted in middle class observations, has a universality which had students sputtering. Thoroughly recommend it.
"Funny but irritating"
I usually love Miranda Hart and was really looking forward to this. I felt that it would be more enjoyable as an audio book because she was reading her own material. But I am afraid that I found her more shrill than on the television and actually quite annoying at times. It was funny in places but, sorry and I hate to have to say it but I think it would have been better as a book!
"Laugh out loud"
I listen to books via audible whilst working, I could not help myself from laughing out loud loads - needless to say my colleagues wanted to know why, excellent book which I have recommended to friends and colleagues.
"Laughed out loud"
This book is great- and no Miranda it's not just you I recognised some of the incidents very well. I laughed out loud especially your tales of being a tall women - I have had many similar comments and experiences.
I didn't like so much the way the story was told to Miranda's younger self. However the funny stories make up for it...how I wish I worked in an office with you it would be 'such fun'.
"Tiresome and self-conscious"
I'm sorry but I can't take much of this. I love Miranda in her sitcom and as a serious actress as a midwife. However this is painful stuff, and the device of the 18-year-old self truly awful. If you enjoy the blurb you will probably enjoy the rest, it is much in the same vein. For seven hours.
This was my first audiobook, and it was great. A real must read, and hilarious to boot.
"It's not just you."
This is an amazing audiobook. I was wanting the book itself, but decided to download the audiobook so I could listen to it while driving. This may be the best decision I have ever made. Miranda reading it, just makes the book even funnier, especially her impressions of her younger self. I don't want to give away her jokes/her life. But it made me smile at times when I didn't think smiling was possible and filled with genuine laugh out loud moments. If you are listening to it in a car, beware that you may get funny looks from people when stuck in traffic jams as you chuckle to yourself!
Before I begin it must be known that I am great lover of the comedienne Miranda Hart, from her sitcom work to her more serious drama work. However, the book is another story. I thought it was perfect that the author is the narrator, as the book needed Miranda's tone of voice and sarcastic twang to get across the stories in the way intended. But and this is the thing, the stories themselves weren't up to my expectations. They were lacking somewhat, I continued to listen in the hope they would get better. Don't get me wrong, there are some laugh out loud moments but in my opinion not enough of them. If you like this style and humour of book however, I thoroughly recommend Michael McIntyre's autobiography, especially as that too is narrated by himself.
No ! No it's really not just you Miranda . When you listen to this book don't just get comfortable get yourself as near to the bathroom as possible because you will very likely laugh so much you will need tissues for crying with laughter and quite possibly wet yourself too .Miranda is funny and intelligent and still manages to make us believe she is a clumsy bumbling mess. I love the way she argues with her own younger self and shows us how she thought life was going to be as well as how it is. its like two books really. Knowing how she is on tv is great for when reading a book but having it read by Miranda herself is just brilliant in every way ..
I definitely enjoyed this audiobook. I like the author even if I am not a huge fan of her but this didn't prevent me from liking the audiobook. It is funny, witty and If you are a woman in your late 30'/early 40' you will probably find yourself in some of the situations Miranda Hart describes. I recommend this book if yout want something light hearted to spend your spare hours.
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