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May I Have Your Attention Please? | [James Corden]

May I Have Your Attention Please?

As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister’s christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him. Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London....
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As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister’s christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him. Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London, getting closer and closer to landing a gig, only to be told ‘No’ at the last stage. But he never gave up and soon found his whole life turned upside down and inside out by his experience as one Alan Bennett’s History Boys. From that moment forth, he’s never looked back.

May I Have Your Attention Please? is the warm, cheeky, surprisingly honest and hilarious story of one of our most popular comedy talents. From his antics as one of the founding players of his high-school’s first ever rugby team to gaining recognition in the West End, to nationwide fame as the loveably loud Smithy in the award-winning Gavin and Stacey, this is a tenderly told story of what it’s like to try, try and try again and - happily - get there in the end.

©2011 James Corden (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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    Sharon Pittaway 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Deeply moving at times"

    I wondered about reading an autobiography of someone so young but surprised myself by quite enjoying it in the end.

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    Youri Loedts Belgium 08-19-12
    Youri Loedts Belgium 08-19-12

    Loves stories that keep him entertained in gridlock

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    "Nice stories, but he's a bit young to have a bio"
    Would you listen to May I Have Your Attention Please? again? Why?

    Sure, it's a sweet and involving story of a young man making his dreams come true...


    What about James Corden’s performance did you like?

    He's just very nice and funny...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I laughed out loud frequently...


    Any additional comments?

    A tad on the light side that's all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jason
    Reading, United Kingdom
    5/23/13
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    "Narration declination"

    I love James Corden from his many shows especially Fat Friends. This is a frank and open autobiography of his early life looking for purpose until his eventual acceptance into the world of theatre and films. An slightly enjoyable listen until around half way. Gradually but perceptibly the tone of narration becomes rhythmic to the point of annoyance until around the second half it becomes almost unbearable. I've never heard an author do this before, and I've listened to many on Audible. Every sentence from thereafter starts in monotone and ends in a slight increase in pitch followed by an almost sigh at the end. Forgivable for one or two odd sentences but almost the entire second half of the reading is like this. It ends up really grating. Coupled with the less frequent funny stories (and there aren't many funny stories in this book, even Corden himself freely admits he is no comedian) makes this a rather depressing and excruciating listen towards the end. If Corden had a more interesting life to fill with interesting stories ( eating coco pops in his pants lets face it isn't that interesting or funny ) and a better narration style then I would be more enthusiastic about this book. I would recommend instead many more laugh out loud books -Jason Manford, Jack Dee, and Michael McIntyre. Im sure James in his own painfully and embarrassing self loathing way would agree.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    uk
    4/8/13
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    "Funny But"

    A very funny read James Corden tells his story so far in his own humorous way but I found the book a bit of a struggle towards the end and a bit boring

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JUDITH
    lytham, United Kingdom
    11/9/11
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    "Absolutely EXCELLENT ***"

    James does not disappoint in this WONDERFUL piece of work. He writes from his heart narrating his story with real warmth and whilst listening I felt he was reading just to me. I listened avidly to his exploits at school, his early adventures securing parts in the plays or films. It was hysterically funny in places and brought tears to my eyes in others. James takes time to describe the characters he has encountered throughout the book he acknowledges all those who have made an impression upon him. I learned a lot about the ways of a thespian and I discovered a side to his personality I had not previously seen. He is not just a very clever very funny man able to hold an audience in the palm of his hand, he is humble , a serious family man warm and loveable. He is keen to please, rather like a labrador puppy who keeps coming back for more opportunities to play. Well done Mr Corden , you certainly had my attention for the whole book. This is an excellent book, buy the download you will not be disapointed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Philippa Stokes
    1/10/15
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    "Self Indulgent but funny in places"
    What did you like best about May I Have Your Attention Please?? What did you like least?

    Best: His funny anecdotes
    Least: The fact that everyone he name-drops, he idolizes to a sickening degree.


    What was most disappointing about James Corden’s story?

    It appeared very self indulgent. A book he will, I think, regret writing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not particularly. James' narration was, at times, exhausting. He always appears to be running out of breath!


    Do you think May I Have Your Attention Please? needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, not at all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mazza
    7/9/14
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    "Axe grinding"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had a lot of time for this actor but his bitter rant about one of his teachers (who was named by the way) made him seem like a petulant child. Superficially written, it seemed to be a cash cow. Real pity as I loved Gavin and Stacey


    What did you like best about this story?

    When he talks of his time at the National Theatre and working with Mike Leigh


    What about James Corden’s performance did you like?

    Not much


    What character would you cut from May I Have Your Attention Please??

    I would edit his sulky description of his education


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    4/27/14
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    "Pleasantly surprised - an excellent autobiography"
    Where does May I Have Your Attention Please? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better autobiographies I have listened to - with a lively pace. Honest and amusing life story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author is very honest and amusing - he reads his book very well.


    Have you listened to any of James Corden’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have enjoyed James Corden in Gavin & Stacy on TV - to my shame, I didn't realise (until reading this book) that he was the co-writer of that series, which I enjoyed a great deal.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is lighthearted but always honest, genuine and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Lincln, United Kingdom
    2/28/14
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    "A little disappointing."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A little disappointing, but you feel compelled to keep on listening after paying for it. Some parts of his life were interesting, but he really paints a picture of himself being a bit lad'ish or as a funny man and not an actor/writer/comic etc.


    What will your next listen be?

    The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins


    What didn’t you like about James Corden’s performance?

    It's always good to have the Author red the book.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Welshwonder
    6/18/15
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    "Wow, just a great and interesting listen."

    James is an interesting guy. We see home on the TV and build a perception of the guy and his perfect life. However this book he really shares the reality of it all. Both good, bad and ugly and surprisingly unbiased. Well done James! You should be very proud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • adam
    6/9/15
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    "awesome!!!!"

    listened to it over three days. Brilliant story and read really well. Felt like I was there with him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    5/15/15
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    "Loved it."

    Honest and refreshing. I identified a lot of my own traits with cordon and that kept me on the hook even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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