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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"Lovely and funny!"
Lovely and funny just like Michael! Such an enjoyable listen and so interesting to hear about his journey to success in his own words. Also very funny! But I wouldn't expect anything less! Great book!
"Totally likeable if a little short on analysis"
If you like Michael McIntyre on stage you're likely to enjoy his reading of his autobiography. It's full of his humour, his anecdotes, obviously it's his story.
What might have been quite nice would have been some effort to analyse what makes him funny, why he feels the need to make people laugh; he's not much respected by other comedians and apparently feels strongly about that (understandably) but there was nothing on this in the book.
Maybe that would be best left to other people. Maybe a more mature McIntyre will write another book in 20 years. In the meantime this is a thoroughly enjoyable. on-the-surface type romp through his life so far. I just think there's more to tell.
I decided to download this book after my husband read it. His constant giggles and incessant reading out of extracts which in turn made me laugh too encouraged me to read the book myself. Rather than wait for him to finish I downloaded it and found this was far better. When a book is read by the author you hear the story from their point of view and Mchael often adds extra bits to the story line adding to it beyond the book. This I'd highly recommend this book, even if you have read the paper version before.
"Michael at his best!"
I absolutely loved this book, I laughed from start to finish. There were sad parts in the book but it was so well told. I think he has a wonderful relationship with his sister and a very odd one with his grandma.
Michael has struggled to get where he is today but the story behind it is hysterical. I can't wait for the next book I'm sure there are plenty of comics who have had their jokes stolen by many more celebrities well done Michael you deserve all you have achieved, I would have liked to have seen you wearing the overcoat and seen your spotty face in person but hearing the reading of the book I felt I was there!
you have to read this book wherter your a fan or not because it's dead funny and down to earth you can just imagine Michael doing all the things he talks about right from when he was little to now. you can also feel his sadness when he talks about things and also his happiness at other times. I am so glad i got it and i will have the plasure of reading it again.
V entertaining book! The book is brilliant but made even funnier by Michael's narration. Kept me amused on my train journeys
"Definitely his life and I was definitely laughing."
If I'm honest I never technically 'purchased' the audio book, I got it with the free credit I received for signing up but never the less, it was the first one I bought and I enjoyed all 7 and a half hours of it. I love the fact that it is narrated by Mr McIntyre himself. He talks very lovingly about his family and with fond memories from his childhood. He also goes off in little tangents and I find people looking at me on the bus when I'm chuckling away to myself about little tidbits of his life. There's a lot if surprising things in the book. I'm a big fan of McIntyre but I didn't realise how much if his life I was oblivious too, he likes to do impressions of his foreign family members and makes little characters of their habits like his wealthy grandma who was always threatening to cut everyone from her will. There's a few sad moments as well when he talks about some of the downs of his life an some of the struggles he faced as a child and a grown man. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of this man as the book is a delight to listen to and entertaining start to finish. A well deserved 5 stars.
"Narration make this audio book better than reading"
We listened to this audio book as a family on a long journey to France and we all enjoyed it to the point I was only allowed to listen to it whilst we were together in the car! The book talks about his early career struggles and shows how hard it is to be a successful comedian. The author's narration is particularly funny making listening to the audio book more enjoyable than reading the book.
"This will put a smile on your face"
Michael Mcintyre is brutally honest with himself and with his family and it is
what makes this narration hilarious. The fact that it is read by the author is the real genius of this recording. No body else can could have in.the same time describee his famy laugh about it and do all.the voices and accents. Pure joy!
Great book, will give you a good laugh and insight into the guy! Its a must read/listen, you have have a good chuckle :)
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