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
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.
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.
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.
Was great fun. I found his experiences to be very interesting and found his outlook to life refreshing.
His teenage years and his start in the standup circuit....
I started following Michael Mcintyre after this performance.
Laugh out loud !!
Absolutely would listen to this again. The author/narrator has such a wonderful outlook on life, he can find humor even in hard times.
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.
I listened to almost half in one sitting, then the rest the following day.
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.
He told the story with humour and the same sort of observations which make his shows so funny.
You'll leave laughing and uplifted.
Yes, ive already listened to it twice. you always pick up funny parts you may have missed the first time!!
so many....when his grandmother was telling his wife he takes massive sh**
I read the book when it was first released and so couldn't wait to listen to the audio version. Michael brings the book to life and if you're anything like me, he'll have you laughing and crying in no time at all.
The story is excellent
The usual gentle McIntyre humour.
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.
"like listening to an entertaining friend!"
Like the man - strangely endearing, effortlessly chatty and leaves you feeling like you've been in the company of a kind and funny man - now can we have his wife's version please? Now THAT would be interesting!
"A very pleasant and at times very funny experience"
I think Michael McIntyre could read me a phone book out loud and I'd enjoy it: his voice is so friendly, you can often times practically see the smile on his face when you hear him talk, and I love to listen to him because of it.
In this audio book he tells the story of how he became who he is now: what he experienced as a child, as a teenager, as a young adult. The story has its ups and downs, serious and funny moments, and it was easy to follow if you listen to it in shorter pieces on the go (like I did). Once I reached the end I started to listen to it immediately for the second time, that's how much I liked it.
Summa summarum: A fun book worth to hear!
Ps. Michael, not all of us listen to audio books because we're too lazy to read... and I doubt I would have enjoyed this book half as much as I did if I hadn't had you to read it out loud to me!
"It's not so easy being funny"
If you like Michael McIntyre, you'll like this book. I found that for the first 5 or 6 chapters he was trying to hard to make jokes of every part of his early life, but after that it settled down. His early years were quite a story though with divorces, step brothers and having Kenny Everett as a surrogate father.
It also shows he put in the hard graft of many years on the comedy circuit before becoming famous. It want given to him on a plate.
I'd recommend this book if you want to see how a funny an got funny.
"Funny, and nice too"
There appears to be massively exceptional about McIntyre's life (except that he becomes one of the nations leading comedians, of course, but do you see what I mean? He's a bloke, loving family, plenty of cash, has a career, gets a girlfriend . . . you know) but he manages to see the funny side of everything he does which is really very appealing. Apart from the bit about middle managers. As a middle manager, that stung a little. I thought this was a brilliant book, I loved pretty much every minute.
Ilove Michael Mcintire and this was not a dissapointment.
Very funny and I got some peculiar looks as I strted laughing loudly while listening to the book on my ipod.
A great listen
"Not my cup of tea"
I am a great MM fan but really didn't enjoy listening to this book. Not sure how it would come over in paper format but in audio was very formulaic and contrived and appeared to be extremely self serving. Really struggled to keep listening and didn't make it quite to the end
"seriously don't bother"
i am a huge michael mcintyre fan and after hearing his desert island disks show thought this audio book would be excellent. it wasn't. the stories he tells are so weak and the writing so poor you can't believe its from the same creative mind that does such good stand up. his reading of the audio book seems very rushed and unpolished as if he didn't really want to do. and the text that he is reading is bland, not particularly funny and rather boring. i was very disappointed.
"audible version is better than the written version"
I have never been able to say that the spoken version is better than the written version, but this has to be it. The humour of the book as read by McIntyre, the expressions and emphasis of his words, the impressionist voice of his grandmother, and another I have not heard before - his mistakes.
Normally mistakes are edited out of the final version. Not in this case. He stumbles over a word, and then in a typical McIntyre manner, he makes a joke out of his stumble enriching the audible version in a way that the written version cannot match.
I totally disagree with his opening statement about getting the book. The audible version is MUCH better.
This is a very funny and honest autobiography narrated by MM himself. A talented chap.
I only bought this book because it had so many five star reviews. I don't normally buy autobiographies, and I don't particularly have an interest in Michael McIntyre, so it was a rather risky purchase.
However, I absolutely loved this book.I'm really glad I got the audio version, as I think the narration of the author really adds to the product. It is very, very funny and I laughed a lot listening to it.
I was a bit worried about the amount of content given his age, but there are loads of fantastic stories both of him growing up and trying to make it on the stand up circuit.
The book is really well written, not just from a comedy standpoint, but also from the point of view of telling the story. At many points of the book, whether it be the death of his father, his struggles to make it in comedy or the meeting of his future wife is it impossible not to completely empathise with him and to be entirely drawn into the moment and the feelings he was experiencing.
I couldn't stop listening to this book from start to finish, and I was really sad for it to come to an end. The whole book is of the highest quality, even down to the last sentence, which made me laugh so much. I just wish there was more of it!
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