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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"OK but not great."
This book was light-hearted, funny and made me want to keep listening. At times I laughed out loud...I was moved by the story of Michael's father but, when it was finished, I was left with a bit of an unsatisfied feeling that I couldn't put my finger on.
I think it's because Michael hasn't yet had enough experiences or enough of a 'career' to fill an autobiography so you're left at the end thinking 'what was the point in writing that'. At times the book felt more like a stand up routine than a story because Michael seemed to be 'filling'space left vacant by a lack of experiences. Yes it was funny but it doesn't have the same resonance as say Michael Caine.
"I was laughing on the train."
If you're looking to avoid weird looks on the train, this audiobook isn't for you. I'm a huge fan of stand up comedy, and having Michael himself read the book was just like listening to one of his gigs, i thoroughly enjoyed it, i think it's possibly better as an audio, his impressions of his family and friends are particularly enjoyable. I definetly recomend it.
Loved this. Was really funny. Shame when it finished. I highly recommend it.
This is a frank, but light-hearted book and had me laughing-out-loud at times. I especially loved his description of his early childhood and school-life, and the heart-rendering discription of the relationship with his parents and father's death - I had a tear in my eye!
Therefore this is a rollercoaster of a listen - highs and lows - surprisingly honest and thoroughly enjoyable.
I've listened to over eighty books on audible and this is the first time that I've ever felt the need to write a review. Michael McIntyre 'Life and Laughing' is superb! I have loved every minute ! It not only made me laugh it also made me cry....It is simply a pleasure to listen too from start to finish and is brilliantly read by Michael McIntyre!
An amazing life story, this man was a legend in my eyes through what he does on stage, that was before I read this book!!
He is now a hero, someone to look up, his story is a fun yet serious one that covered a lot of family areas close to my heart.
Mr McIntyre I salute you!!
"Book or comedy routine?"
I thoroughly enjoyed this - his family background is interesting and as you would expect everything is narrated in a very humourous way. His description of the courting of his wife is genuinely moving, and makes you keep listening to find out what happens next.
I found the tales of his teenage years the most entertaining, and surprisingly the least interesting bit is his climb up the ladder of being a successful comedian - perhaps because we know what happens.
Michael clearly has one major problem with the audiobook. As he makes clear in describing his career development, he is much better at improvisation than at sticking to a script. It seems to me that he would be more comfortable treating the audiobook as a standup routine rather than being constrained to the words of the book. My advice to him would be - next time do the audiobook first and then get it transcribed into a book afterwards. That would free him up much more.
That's really minor criticism - if you like Michael McIntyre as a performer you will definitely enjoy this audiobook.
This is the first audio biography that I have bought, and I really enjoyed it. Having Michael McIntyre read his own story felt special, as he put a lot of feeling and humour into the narrative - afterall, it is his story!
I must confess that I am a McIntyre fan, and having Michael himself tell me his life story has only reinforced my admiration for him.
Well done Audible!
"Side slitting, geniune, compelling listening."
Fab listening. I loved this book! Made more funny by the fact it is narrated by McIntyre himself. Do not listen to it at bedtime!! It won't happen - I tried it and got booted from my bed because I couldn't stop laughing. I would say listening to it in the car should also carry a health warning.
On a more serious note it really was a a great listen. It was light, thoughtful and a giggle was never far off even during the sad times.
"Great comedian, boring book, could not wait for it"
I am a fan of Michael McIntyre but simply found this to be bland and uninteresting. The more colourful characters are his parents and grand mother but still not enough to save this banal work. I don't give up on books so stuck it through but Micheal there was not material enough in here to justify a book. I'd give it a miss.
Having listened to the audio book he was fixed that people would be listening in a car rather than for some other reason. People listen because they have multifaceted reasons for so doing. .I felt that he seemed to think that listening was somewhat less valid than reading the book.
He was the correct narrator for his own book, problem is that it simply was not that interesting apart from his relationship with his dad and his colourful relatives.
I'd have waited another 20 years and then written a real life story.
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