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Life and Laughing Audiobook

Life and Laughing: My Story

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.
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Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

But how did he get there? Michael reveals all and gives a hilarious performance in this audio edition of his remarkably honest autobiography. His showbiz roots, his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, his fish-out-of-water move from public to state school, and his astonishing journey from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to selling half a million tickets on his last tour - all are revealed. Michael’s story is riveting, poignant, romantic, and above all, very, very funny.

©2010 Michael McIntyre (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd

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    Ann Janabiyah, Bahrain 01-07-11
    Ann Janabiyah, Bahrain 01-07-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertaining and engaging"

    I expected an interesting story with some funny bits. I think this is better than reading the book yourself as you get to listen to Micheal himself. While the book covers some sad and hard times in his life it is not depressing but very funny. He is also able to convey his feelings and emotions for both the sad and happy times to give you an idea of how he felt and what he was going through. The book had me in tears frequently, some tears off sadness but mostly tears of laughter. Fortunately I was home alone listening so no problem for the times when I just couldn't hold the laughter in.
    He also gives the rest of us an idea of how hard it is to become a success in comedy, you don't just walk into a club and start telling jokes and bingo your famous. I've often thought that people in showbiz must all have big egos just to get up on stage and assume people want to see / hear them. I've never considered that they want to make us happy by performing or that their disapointment at lack of success might not be purely financially motivated.
    I hope Micheal has many more years of entertaining ahead of him and that he has plans for further books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Metung, Australia 03-17-12
    Steve Metung, Australia 03-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "hilarious"

    He is a very funny man and if you have seen him on tv and like him then you will love his autobiography. His narration is brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Redcliffe, Australia 02-14-12
    Laura Redcliffe, Australia 02-14-12
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    "Some laughs and some tears, a good listen"

    I loved this audiobook. Have become a fan of Michael McIntyres comedy and found it a really interesting story of how he got to where he is today. It is not a book of all laughs, I had tears at times, but was an inspirational story by someone who has faced a lot to get his success. Read brilliantly by Michael himself. Would recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barboza Muscat, Oman 01-26-14
    Barboza Muscat, Oman 01-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great fun"
    What did you love best about Life and Laughing?

    Was great fun. I found his experiences to be very interesting and found his outlook to life refreshing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life and Laughing?

    His teenage years and his start in the standup circuit....


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

    I started following Michael Mcintyre after this performance.


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

    Laugh out loud !!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    longwayfromhome washington, DC, United States 10-30-13
    longwayfromhome washington, DC, United States 10-30-13
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    "BEST Narration of any audiobook...ever!"
    Would you listen to Life and Laughing again? Why?

    Absolutely would listen to this again. The author/narrator has such a wonderful outlook on life, he can find humor even in hard times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life and Laughing?

    I love how McIntyre opens the first few chapters by chiding the listener for being "too lazy" to read the book for themselves; there are other comments that he makes while reading that seem to be spontaneous as well. The delivery is so natural, so fresh and authentic.


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

    I listened to almost half in one sitting, then the rest the following day.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Stanley Australia 10-17-13
    Julie Stanley Australia 10-17-13 Member Since 2007

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    "If you like Michael McIntyre you'll love this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who likes Michael McIntyre will enjoy his wry view of growing up and the starting of his career. It's told with with warmth, truth and humour.


    What about Michael McIntyre’s performance did you like?

    He told the story with humour and the same sort of observations which make his shows so funny.


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

    You'll leave laughing and uplifted.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dee 05-22-13
    Dee 05-22-13
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    "I laughed out loud!! several times!!!"
    Would you listen to Life and Laughing again? Why?

    Yes, ive already listened to it twice. you always pick up funny parts you may have missed the first time!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His grandmother


    Which scene was your favorite?

    so many....when his grandmother was telling his wife he takes massive sh**


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 06-24-15
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    "Brilliant"

    Great Book. It is very well read, shows a lot of personality. I highly recommend it!

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    Siegfried Australia 08-18-14
    Siegfried Australia 08-18-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Recording Quality 2nd class, unfortnatly"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    The usual gentle McIntyre humour.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael McIntyre?

    Michael seems to have recorded this at his home office using a desk mike without a professional sound studio. The sound volume annoyingly fades in and out as Michael seems to change distance from the mike.


    Was Life and Laughing worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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    Kathy ST IVES, Australia 03-17-13
    Kathy ST IVES, Australia 03-17-13
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    "Headline book by a headline act"
    If you could sum up Life and Laughing in three words, what would they be?

    A fabulous funny and honest story of Micheal's life and made personal by his own narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty


    Which character – as performed by Michael McIntyre – was your favorite?

    himself


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he was at the limit of financial disaster and his luck turned with the Royal Variety Performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone would like this bio, particularly those who have seen Michael McIntyre shows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • anirban
    Harlow, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "best"

    This was my first introduction to Michael McIntyre. It was soooo funny. Had me in stitches soo many time. It was hard to control reactions on the public transport.



    I have listened to it twice now, and would really recommend it to uplift anyones mood.



    It was very engrossing, right from the word go. It was really good to be narrated by the author, because he was able to really emphasise some points and give his lines the added punch required.

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  • steve
    NANTWICH, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Entertaining and good insight into his upbringing"

    A good listen and one where I looked forward to listening to the next chapter, very open about his upbringing and tribulations of childhood in a separated family. Also good to be given the insight into how difficult it is to get into mainstream standup and the financial cost that I'm sure many never recover from. Amusing stories told very much in his comedy style

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  • Lady Driver
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    12/24/12
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    "Loved it, Loved it, Loved it........"

    Michael McIntyre reading this makes it a fantastic audio book. It is written in his own inimitable style, it made me laugh out loud, cry and not stop my ipod until the end of the book. It is the only book I've EVER read/listened to twice (I'm in my forties) and I loved it just as much second time around. I'm trying to get the rest of the family to listen to it as none of them have had an audio book before and I know they will all love this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Herbal
    12/23/12
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    "The best way to experience this book"

    Sometimes I feel like I am cheating or missing out on part of the reading experience when I listen to a book rather than read it, but with Life and Laughing read by Michael McIntyre himself it is definitely the reader who is missing out on the experience available from the audiobook. Michael McIntyre gives his highly entertaining autobiography the full flavour of a great stand-up performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita BN
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Laugh out loud funny"

    I really enjoyed this audio book, it had me in stitches most of the time. I think the fact that Michael McIntyre actually narrates it himself makes it all the funnier and it helps you connect with him throughout his story even more (and he adds a few funny extras, which is a bonus!). Would definitely recommend this to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becky
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A brilliant Memoir"

    This is the first memior (autobiography) I have read, and am pleased it is! It is excellently written, and brilliantly read.



    Like his shows Michael was able to turn every day life into a comedy extravaganza.



    A must read/listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Vandome
    Birmingham, UK
    12/23/12
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    "Great for a giggle"

    I loved this book, especially because it was narrated by Michael himself. It was interesting to hear about his background and the fact that it wasn't easy for him to begin his comedy career. I keep listening to this over and over again on my lunch break :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Margo Noo
    BROMLEY, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Hilarious."

    I have found that audiobooks narrated by the author are fantastic. Michael is very funny and honest about how difficult he could be as a teen and when he was trying to make ends meet. I loved the part where he was a student in Edinburgh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    winsford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "hilarious"

    dont really like the guy on TV but have to say this book is hilarious and you will laugh for hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "life and laughing"

    Very good book and very funny . Liked Michael before but like him even more now . Audio book was very good as well listening to it when driving my truck very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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