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Is It Just Me? | [Miranda Hart]

Is It Just Me?

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? 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.
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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.

©2012 KingMaker Productions Ltd (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Lily Totnes Valley, Australia 10-26-12
    Lily Totnes Valley, Australia 10-26-12 Member Since 2011

    unschooled, audiobook lover.

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    What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

    I sat with my 10 year old daughter over 4 or 5 nights and together we enjoyed the rollicking tales Miranda Hart spun for us . Both of us are mad fans of Miranda's show and were thoroughly excited to learn more about this comic goddess. We here pleased to hear catchphrases from her show, insights into life and silly banter between her present self and her younger self.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was Ms Harts' ability to make herself the joke simply to make us happy. It is so refreshing in this day and age when humour and comedy is all about pulling others down and laughing at their expense that Miranda is willing to make herself the butt of the joke (often literally!). I am sure my daughter most enjoyed the tales of catastrophe and of course the 'poo' stories.


    What about Miranda Hart’s performance did you like?

    It was well delivered with equal measures of gusto and grace. Miranda knows how to perform and there was often (but not always) a clear delineation between her present self and her younger self. Actually I found that my daughter and I would talk to each other with Miranda's plum in the mouth middle class British accent which was hilarious in itself as we are ocker Aussies from the Oz bush!


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

    We would have loved to knock this book off in one sitting, however 7 hours was a little too adventurous for us.


    Any additional comments?

    Although there were some moments where our interest waned, I would highly recommend anyone listen to 'Is It Just Me' rather than read it. Miranda is a right scream and we had a nice time - it was almost like watching a whole series of Miranda. Such fun!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ann United States 01-01-13
    Ann United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2009

    Wonderwife, Supermom

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    "An Absolute Delight"
    Would you listen to Is It Just Me? again? Why?

    After finishing listening to Miranda Hart's "Is It Just Me?", I thought to myself: "I'm going to listen to this again in a year or so." It's quite a funny book and had me laughing out loud quite often, but I want to listen again for another reason. Underneath the laughs the book has something wonderful to say about happiness. I think nearly all women sometimes feel that they don't fit the ideal that society, or perhaps they themselves, have set up. I think nearly all women feel some anguish about their inability to measure up from time to time. Beneath all of the laughing and silly stories and absurditiy, Ms. Hart has done a marvelous job of encouraging women to accept themselves, love themselves, enjoy life, and be happy. I was entertained, certainly. But I also came away from the book feeling a bit moved. And happy. And my own version of beautiful. So thank you, Ms. Hart!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Metung, Australia 01-29-13
    Steve Metung, Australia 01-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "too much talking in her 18 year old voice"

    I like Miranda and her story, but not her constant discussion with her 18 year old self using 2 voices. There was just too much of it and I only lasted a couple of hours before it all wore a bit thin.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Manly, NSW, Australia 11-12-12
    Colin Manly, NSW, Australia 11-12-12 Member Since 2003

    Live in Sydney, Australia. South African heritage. Love audio books. Constant company on my non-stop business travels.

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    "Miranda is just delightful..."

    Miranda played on Australian TV a couple of years ago. Miranda Hart simply demands attention... her quirkyness, her authentic playfulness, her relish in being herself. All of this is found in "Is it just me?"

    A romp. And genuine fun. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Laredo, TX, United States 10-25-12
    Victoria Laredo, TX, United States 10-25-12
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    "Miranda Hart is truly one of a kind!"
    What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

    So being from the U.S. I am not able to actually purchase Miranda's book at a bookstore, but thanks to audible I heard the story straight from the amazing and hilarious mind of Miranda Hart! I highly recommend anyone to buy this book, her stories of how she converses with her 18 year old self and her memories are more memorable than her just as amazing show! Love you Miranda!!! :D


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything!


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

    I have seen her show, and she is brilliantly funny in the show, and in her book she continues to bring the funny to the ears of her readers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    SUCH FUN!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read the book, but I say listen to it! It's even better!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanine Galloway, OH, United States 04-24-13
    Jeanine Galloway, OH, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

    I could listen to her talk all day long.


    Any additional comments?

    Pure enjoyment through and through, I look forward to her next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Almada paso del rey, Argentina 12-11-12
    Almada paso del rey, Argentina 12-11-12
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    "A round of applause for Miranda Hart!!!"
    If you could sum up Is It Just Me? in three words, what would they be?

    It's about life and the various difficulties that are bound to come up and how humour helps us if not overcome them, at least endure them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is It Just Me??

    When she wonders about those moments in life which are like milestones, and which have no explanation. Life, eh?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Peggie and Miranda's dialogue, or any scene with her eighteen-year-old self.


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

    Yes, it was. However, I decided not to do so since I wanted to enjoy every single sentence, and Miranda's wonderful reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be missed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "No, not just her but ME too : )"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Is It Just Me? to be better than the print version?

    Hearing the "disaster on legs" reading the book makes this a fab listen - her voice and her singing lends the humour and also the simpicity to the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    16 year old Miranda is so full of dreams that its hilarious!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a female or have a clumsy/awkward/different Daughter I recommend this book - just dont read it in public - people will stare when you start to hold your sides while crying with laughter!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Orange, Australia 11-25-13
    Sharon Orange, Australia 11-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Love, love, love this lady"
    If you could sum up Is It Just Me? in three words, what would they be?

    Hart's heartfelt humour


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is It Just Me??

    So many - the Dirty Dancing anecdote struck home


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

    No


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

    Not especially - I wanted it to last!


    Any additional comments?

    This book rings especially true for me as Ms Hart and I are of similar age. Very funny and eminently relateable-to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Sydney, Australia 04-23-13
    Caroline Sydney, Australia 04-23-13
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    "MORE MIRANDA!"
    Would you listen to Is It Just Me? again? Why?

    Yes I will listen to this delightful book again, it simple wonderful. Laugh out loud funny and heartwarming familiar, Miranda takes us through a journey of the keys of life. Great! Made even better by Miranda herself reading it.


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

    Very much wished to listen to this book in one sitting and never wanting it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyable- highly recommended!

    Now we just need MORE MIRANDA!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • kay
    ipswich, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Mirandaland heaven!"

    This is Miranda at her very best, with all her awkwardness, continuously finding herself in hilarious situations. Narrated in her soft, apologetic tone, she relays her life story in a way that makes you want to laugh out loud and cringe with embarrassment on her behalf. Had all these mishaps happened to anyone else, they would perhaps seem far fetched and unbelievable but not in this case. 18 year old Miranda is a lovely addition and her outbursts of disgust and horror at the way her 38 year old self has turned out is priceless.

    Having listened to this book twice over, I dip into it constantly when I feel the need for a Miranda fix. Gentle, laugh out loud, slapstick brilliance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meg Plummer
    West Yorkshire, UK
    1/24/14
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    "Only in Bitesize Pieces"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line, more character differentiation and a fraction of the time


    Would you ever listen to anything by Miranda Hart again?

    I would certainly give it a try


    Would you be willing to try another one of Miranda Hart’s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Is It Just Me??

    A bit of everything


    Any additional comments?

    Miranda in bite size pieces can be quite amusing, But after 30 minutes I seemed to have had a Miranda humour bypass. Some clever ideas, eg LIttle M, but too much and too samey in story and in voice. Sorry Miranda but you have done far funnier and superior stuff

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Well narrated and the story was generally alright"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As someone who has not seen the TV program it was not what I was expecting.

    It is more a story about someone moaning about being slightly different rather than a story.

    It is well narrated and great tone throughout. It was more a bit of a giggle rather than a real belly laugh. This may be more because I have not seen Miranda before.


    What will your next listen be?

    How to Fall in Love - Cecelia Shern


    What about Miranda Hart’s performance did you like?

    Great enthusiasm with the narration


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    HAYLING ISLAND, United Kingdom
    11/12/13
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    "Fun if a little too 'Miranda' for me, at times!"
    Would you try another book written by Miranda Hart or narrated by Miranda Hart?

    Possibly but it did verge on too much silliness for me


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Miranda's nuances were great but sometimes I felt a little irritated by those nuances too!


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

    Probably not


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • callum
    Chester, United Kingdom
    11/3/13
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    "great read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Is It Just Me? to be better than the print version?

    Is a great read had a good giggle at the same time. Love this women.


    Any additional comments?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mona
    manchester, United Kingdom
    8/1/13
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    "A very, what I call, fun listen..."
    Would you listen to Is It Just Me? again? Why?

    This audiobook is narrated by the author. It is a fun listen, if you like Miss Hart (which I do), and even if you don't.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not a autobiography, but more an insight into Miranda's perspective on her life, as it is now, and how it was at 18. Such fun, for anyone who reflects on an awkward teenage phase and had to readjust their expectations of "adult" life in response to what that life has presented them with.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Slipping off bar stools and ejecting poo's from windows.


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

    No. It was a great driving companion that I could dip in and out of.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne
    London, United Kingdom
    5/1/13
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    "Underwhelmed."

    I know nothing about Miranda Hart and bought this book based on countless good reviews, (which is what compelled me to write this review) however I was bitterly disappointed. I can see how the humor would work in stand up but comes across contrived and unintelligent in book form. I wish I had something good to say but I couldn't even finish the book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "A Brilliant Read"

    A light-hearted and thoroughly entertaining read, Miranda Hart's book offers an insight into her thoughts and past experiences, utilising this through the roleplay of another, 18 year old Miranda who pops up sometimes in the book. I would say it is just as funny as the Miranda sitcom, albeit a little predictable in some places - but this doesn't make it any less funny. Would definitely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sue
    bristol, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Made me chuckle!"

    I really enjoyed this book. Manageable chapters for the menopausal woman with poor concentration such as myself!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vicente Garcia De Fernando
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Born to be an Audiobook writer."

    This audiobook is simply fantastic.



    I got it because I had a 8hr flight ahead of me and thought it would be a good way to kill some time.



    I had only heard one audiobook before and I had been very disappointed about it, but I thought I should give it another try, so I choose this one.



    I choose it because I figure it would be easy and light to hear over the long hours ahead, and it was. Of course if your familiar with the author you know she's meant to make you laugh, but hearing her through the pages just made it a wonderful experience. Like having your own personal stand up comedy show playing over the headphones.



    One fair waring tho; it might draw some attention to you, as you will be very likely end up laughing about all her nonsense and you might as well end up shouting some random answers to her questions.



    If you are in the edge of trying an audiobook this is the way to go. It will make you love the whole experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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