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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unschooled, audiobook lover.
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 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.
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!
We would have loved to knock this book off in one sitting, however 7 hours was a little too adventurous for us.
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!
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!
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.
Live in Sydney, Australia. South African heritage. Love audio books. Constant company on my non-stop business travels.
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.
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
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.
Everyone should read the book, but I say listen to it! It's even better!
I wanted to like it but it just wasn't very funny to me.
Somewhat amusing, but not anything that really stood out as hilarious.
I could have done without even listening to it.
Those of the UK audience may relate to it more?
I read about the reviews saying the young Miranda voice was annoying and decided to still give it a try and then also thought it became annoying.
I could listen to her talk all day long.
Pure enjoyment through and through, I look forward to her next book.
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.
When she wonders about those moments in life which are like milestones, and which have no explanation. Life, eh?
Peggie and Miranda's dialogue, or any scene with her eighteen-year-old self.
Yes, it was. However, I decided not to do so since I wanted to enjoy every single sentence, and Miranda's wonderful reading.
Not to be missed.
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.
16 year old Miranda is so full of dreams that its hilarious!
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!
"The best for a very serious mind"
I have always been a serious, almost humor-less person. I am aware of it and I have to admit that fairy tales and comic reads amuse me more than anything. They shift my thoughts from one of melancholy and cynical into one of life and sheer vibrancy. Miranda is hilarious and I like the existence of the young Miranda in her work because it gave me the chance to reflect and laugh, as against feeling humiliated, at my follies of years ago.
if you enjoy the series its just like it.
I listened when whilst out with the dogs I must of looked a right wally giggleing whilst walking down the street!!
I'm a big fan of Miranda so maybe this review is a bit biased. But nevermind, I really loved this book, it was such fun!
And Miranda narrating it was superb, she is SO GOOD. It seemed as if she was really enjoying reading her book.
I loved this book, every minute of it.
well what can I say. I think you need to listen to this book rather than read it to get the full Miranda effect. loved it.
This was my first foray into audio books and I purchased it to listen to after an operation. It was fab - easy to dip in and out of and great for light entertainment when I was feeling rough. Miranda has a wonderful way of describing the world in a way we can all relate to and I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys her show.
If you don't like the Miranda TV serires - then you wont like this. If you do - then you will. Over 7 hours of Miranda madness. Such fun!!
Lovely to listen too Miranda Hart read her own book! Great to listen to didn't want it to end. Very funny too.
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.
"Not what I expected"
I was a bit confused by this book as I was expecting a normal autobiography, it's not. Miranda tells stories about her childhood and when she is a bit older but she interrupts herself by talking in a childish voice pretending to be her younger self who asks questions. I watch Miranda tv programme and now understand that she must be exactly like that in real life. I'm not sure if I liked this book I, did'nt not like it but I did'nt love it.
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.
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