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Life and Laughing Audiobook

Life and Laughing: My Story

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    Adam Deeside, United Kingdom 02-07-13
    Adam Deeside, United Kingdom 02-07-13
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    "What an experience!"
    Would you listen to Life and Laughing again? Why?

    I found this audiobook to be tremediously entertaining. Firstly, Micheal himself is reading, simply adding to the comedy value from the book. He tells stories as if he's on stage performing to a crowd.

    Excellent Book.


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

    Although being sad, around Chapters 15 - 22, while Micheal's becoming more and more in debt and his struggles to pay everything gets more and more demanding. He adds a funny touch to this stressfull situation.


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    Marc Claregalway, Ireland 01-21-13
    Marc Claregalway, Ireland 01-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Laugh"

    Having Michael himself read the book makes it all the better and just makes the stories from his life even funnier. Very enjoyable.

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    Kathryn Australia 12-24-12
    Kathryn Australia 12-24-12
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    "Laugh out loud funny"
    Would you listen to Life and Laughing again? Why?

    Like listening to awesome stand up comedy. Seriously interesting story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Him!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His descriptions of early days


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

    You'll laugh until you cry


    Any additional comments?

    A great book written and read by a supremely talented and genuinely funny man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cape Towwn, South Africa 05-06-12
    Michael Cape Towwn, South Africa 05-06-12
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes this is extremely funny in places, it's Michael McIntyre, that comes with the territory. It is also an inspiring story of a man who literally worked his way to the top. I couldn't put it down...no wait that's not it.... but I did take the very long way home and became the worlds most courteous driver, to hear the end of this audio book. It was beautifully told by the man himself. It was an emotional journey which I truely enjoyed!


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

    This was in some ways better than his DVD's as this is not a performance but a window into the humour of the man himslef.


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    PachiMachi 04-30-12
    PachiMachi 04-30-12
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    "had fun :)"
    If you could sum up Life and Laughing in three words, what would they be?

    good clean fun :)


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

    mcintyre father
    grandma
    uncle in Hungary


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

    Story behind the laughs


    Any additional comments?

    wish there could have been more stuff... more of the exagerated stuff by mike

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    Louise 11-09-11
    Louise 11-09-11
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    "very entertaining"

    This is a great biography from a wonderfully funny man. There were points during this book where I was crying with laughter. Remember that it is a biography and not a comedy performance. A wonderful insight into his life so far.

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    J. P. Doran Hamilton, New Zealand 06-13-11
    J. P. Doran Hamilton, New Zealand 06-13-11

    JED ENZED

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    "So much better than reading the book"

    This is thus far, the best audio book that I have listened to. Full stop.

    Having Michael tell you his story makes you feel like you're making a lifelong friend as you experience his journey with him. The sad parts are crushing, the funny parts, uproariously hilarious. During those, and everywhere in between, you get a genuine feel for the man behind the story and how the people and events of his life have shaped him.

    The opportunity afforded to the writer in narrating his own story is gloriously exploited with countless off-script ad-libs which enhance the experience immeasurably.

    A genuine, unpretentious, modest and thoroughly entertaining insight into a national treasure of Britain. Bravo!

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    MR RH LEONARD 05-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not funny"

    I expected a laugh a minute. There wasn't one. A nice little autobiography, but not a lot of laughs. Perhaps it's the way he tells it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Michael
    6/16/14
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    "Sorry, but was very disappointed"

    I came to Life and Laughing after listening to Michael's "Hello Wembley" and another autobiography (Rob Lowe's). I found "Hello Wembley" genuinely hilarious but even a glimmer of a smile hardly passed my face when listening to Life and Laughing. It's odd how the different genres produced totally different responses from me, but Michael McIntyre's material in his "memoir" is no way near as funny, in fact or in delivery, as his stage shows. Whilst I do not want to undermine how Michael is, without doubt, my favourite stand-up comedian, it goes to show how being a master of one spoken word does not necessarily make you master of another. Plus, I'm afraid to say that there was not very much interesting in Michael's life nor does Michael share many personal insights, certainly not when compared to the kind of material presented by Rob Lowe in his autobiography.

    I was also disappointed by the way in which Michael read the book. At the beginning he is actually breaking his teeth over some of the words and most of the time he sounds like he is reading a book, unfamiliar to him, for the first time, rather than telling his own story. Other than some humorous impressions his stumbling over the words is embarrassing at times and I'm not sure what the audio editor was doing at times - perhaps he had difficulty keeping awake like I did?

    Overall I'm afraid to say that I found the book, surprisingly, very disappointed, Give this one a miss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reluctant Mermaid
    Denmark
    4/13/14
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    "EXACTLY AS EXPECTED"
    Any additional comments?

    With Michael McIntyre you get exactly what it says on the tin. Perfectly enjoyable few hours in his company - nothing more, nothing less.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Funny, but shocking"

    When I purchased this audiobook, it was because I was a major Michael McIntyre fan, as would be expected. For the first few chapters, I was sat there laughing my head off as it was hilarious. Then it got seriously rude. I was sat there guffawing, completely disappointed by this turn of events. I was really disgusted and I couldn't listen any longer. I know it sounds awful, but it was actually disgusting, so I deleted it off my iPod and didn't listen any further. Apparently it gets better, but I didn't like it, so, if you are happy with it being rude, by all means, buy this audio book, but it is not for me

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. G. Perrins
    Cardiff
    12/23/12
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    "Some Laughing"

    Wasn't all that impressed tbh. Enjoy the stage show, and some of that style comes out in the book. Bit slow and dull in places trying to make the mundane sound funny. So-so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay Kay Caddy
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    7/24/12
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    "Wonderful - I genuinely laughed out loud"

    This was a fantastic book made all the better by narration by Michael himself. I think reading it wouldn't have had the same impact. As other reviewers have said the accents are superb and very funny. Its such an interesting story and I really felt for him at every stage. Michael McIntyre has much more too him than people would assume based on first impressions, he's not necessarily the posh boy everyone thinks he is. I can't recommend this highly enough, I've read many other autobiographies by comics (Dawn French, Stephen Fry Alan Carr..) and this was by far the best. On a side note: Do not read Stephen Fry's autobiography the first 5 hours are painfully dull, Alan Carr's however is very good. Buy Life and Laughing you won't regret it, I laughed out loud on the tube and blinked back tears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce
    Abbots LangleyUnited Kingdom
    12/14/10
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    "An excellent download"

    This book is one of the best autobiographies I've listened to. It is touching, clever and absolutely hilarious. Driving down the M1 with tears running down your face probably isn't totally safe - but is certainly a lot more enjoyable than normal. Get this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, United Kingdom
    2/10/11
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    "Excellent"

    Played this audiobook in the car, once a week, for an hour round trip in the dark winter evenings, till sadly the audiobook finished this month (Feb 2011). Had just the best laugh to myself listening to Michael telling the story of his life to date. Enjoyed Michael on TV but now that I've listened to how he got there, how he grew up, I'm going to listen to all his live shows on audible. This was so much better to hear him telling his story than reading it and imagining him telling it. I would say it's the best happy distraction to driving on a dark night that anyone could have. I am now a greater fan of Michael and would 100% recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh (and occasionally cry) at the antics of growing up a McIntyre and how he got to where he is now. I'm a few years older than Michael but I could relate to almost everything he told (I'm a mum so some of it was news to me but I have a son so will always knock before I enter the room..... thanks for that tip!). Brilliant! Fab! Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Dog Lane, Kelsall, United Kingdom
    1/16/17
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    "Awesome - You got me hooked"
    Any additional comments?

    This was my first ever Audio Book, ever! I loved it so much as I am writing this (Late Review) I have now gone on to download and listen (Read lol) to well over 200....

    I love them, but this one was so good and made even better as MM actually narrates himself!

    His ad-libbing, made this so much funnier and of course you wouldn't have got that with the book...

    Since the start of my relationship with Audible the app has grown & grown and is now one of the simplest apps to use, can wait until I can purchase my next new book via the app and it will then be complete!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • thereallybadhousewife
    United Kingdom
    1/12/17
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    "Best book ever"

    I listen to this book every night and I recommend this one million times over you have got to read this if you like comedy. I love everything about this book and it is NOT edited which means it sounds natural

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gonia
    1/11/17
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    "Michael McIntyre on demand!"
    What did you like most about Life and Laughing?

    I love Michael McIntyre and I go back to his shows and this book a lot of times and when I need cheering up. He is like a balm for a depressed soul!
    He makes me laugh so much I cant stop:) If you like his comedy, this is a book for you.


    What does Michael McIntyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I think the fact that Michael is narrating it makes it even better. It's like having Michael ' on demand' in your pocket!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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