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
I really only knew James Corden from presenting the Late Late Show, I knew he was funny and thought this book might be interesting... I was wrong it was fantastic!
Not only does James have an incredible reading voice (I believe he could read the telephone directory and make it interesting... If we had them anymore).
He is honest throughout the book and you truly feel as though you have gone on this incredible journey with him.
I'm now watching everything he has ever done and falling more in love with him with each passing moment.
I recommend this book to James's fans... You will adore this...And to people like myself who have only just discovered him... You will become an instant fan!
I didn't want the book to end, thank you James.
I know what books I would not compare it to. I was expecting a book in the vein of the humorous memoirs/autobiographies of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, etc. However, this book was much more serious, thoughtful, and autobiographical, which was refreshing. James Corden provides a complete narrative of this point in his life, messes and all. I only hope that he adds a few chapters or writes another book in light of his increasing fame.
I think the author should have waited a few years - it doesn't cover any of his American success - mostly just childhood and his drinking 20s.
I'll be much more interested iin the sequel iif there is one!
As an English girl living abroad I could relate to all the school scenes.
I feel he poured his heart and soul into this autobiography and was very honest .
Well done James xx
That's what it should be titled James! Haha
In all seriousness, it's a great read (Listen). Having the Author tell their own story is the way it should be. Yes, admittedly he'd have more to tell now and more to tell in 10years from now.
It is always a constant reminder that "over night successes" in showbiz are a 10 to 20 year slog. I'm reminded of Malcolm Gladwell's 10000 hour proclamation... It always rings true!
Loved hearing James tell his life story through such an honest portrayal. I only became a fan of his around the time he came to the States, and he provided an intimate tale of his journey with lots of laughs and entertaining stories and antidotes about how he became the man and bright star he is today. If you are a Corden fan, this is a must listen or read. I want to watch everything he's ever done. Excellent!
I lived in England for a bit, so I "knew" James from various TV programs. I didn't know about his history in theater. He is a true inspiration for people who have ever been told they don't look "right". I'm glad I got to know him better through this book.
That said... I got the Audible version, and his voice drove me nuts. There is a British habit in customer service to speak in a soft, high pitched voice when working with customers. In America this would be reserved for children and dogs. He uses this voice all through the book. Soft, slightly high pitched, often ending on a high note (like a potential question. ) It is my lone complaint. He's a cool dude, and I would love to buy another work of his in the future.
I've never read the print edition, so I can't comment on it. I can say that the narrator/author brings a delightful tone to the experience of this book.
For me the most memorable moment was listening to the author recount his own horrific behavior at a British awards ceremony. He does not excuse his own behavior and takes responsibility for it, which is refreshing.
He sings, he jokes, and there are asides that appear to be exclusive to the audiobook. He is a very expressive speaker, a good thing.
Class clown makes good.
You will not regret listening to this book however you may regret the amount of money you're going to spend when you hear about all of the amazing productions he was a part of and decide to go buy versions of all of them
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.
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
"Self Indulgent but funny in places"
Best: His funny anecdotes
Least: The fact that everyone he name-drops, he idolizes to a sickening degree.
It appeared very self indulgent. A book he will, I think, regret writing.
Not particularly. James' narration was, at times, exhausting. He always appears to be running out of breath!
No, not at all.
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
When he talks of his time at the National Theatre and working with Mike Leigh
I would edit his sulky description of his education
"Pleasantly surprised - an excellent autobiography"
This is one of the better autobiographies I have listened to - with a lively pace. Honest and amusing life story.
The author is very honest and amusing - he reads his book very well.
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.
It is lighthearted but always honest, genuine and interesting.
Would recommend to anyone.
"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.
"A little disappointing."
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.
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It's always good to have the Author red the book.
"Always liked him, NOW? A whole new respect. What a Gent!"
James, I just have to say, now that you are VERY, car karaoke & Major chat show host style, famous always stay as beautifully humble, grounded and respectful as you are when telling this story.
You are hard working, diligent and such a delight.
If you love truth, humility and comedy you will LOVE this book.
Can't wait for another 10+ years when you write your first USA memoires :)
"An amazing journey"
The Story of James Corden's life is heart warming and inspirational, James Corden reading it makes it even better, I would recommend.
James Corden reading it
"My I have your attention please"
Well what an incredible young man and is a credit to his family good luck
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