Who is the man behind the many voices of Rob Brydon? Read by the man himself, this audiobook memoir will reveal the warm heart behind one of Britain's favourite impressionists.
A multi-award-winning actor, writer, comedian and presenter known for his warmth, humour and inspired impressions, Rob Brydon has quickly become one of our very favourite entertainers. But there was a time when it looked like all we'd hear of Rob was his gifted voice.
Growing up in South Wales, Rob had a passion for radio and soon the Welsh airwaves resounded to his hearty burr. However, these were followed by years of misadventure and struggle, before, in the TV series Marion and Geoff and Gavin and Stacey, Rob at last tickled the nation's funny bone. The rest, as they say, is history. Or in his case autobiography.
A Small Man in a Book is a funny, heartfelt, honest, sometimes sad, but mainly funny, memoir of how a young man from Wales very, very slowly became an overnight success.
©2011 Rob Brydon (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited
I would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour and perhaps knowing who Rob Brydon is might help. The story is both interesting and funny - not fits of laughter funny but warm chuckle funny. His reading and narration style is conversational and friendly and you feel like he's sitting talking to you - I don't think anyone else could have narrated his book. There are lots of things that you can relate to and have empathy for Rob. It is also a book I'd recommend to many people because it doesn't contain a lot of swearing or indecent jokes - he's classier than that.
It felt natural and honest.
Yes, but time didn't permit. It was fine listening to it in pieces - we were travelling in the car on a holiday.
Congratulations to Mr Brydon on a lovely book.
Avid "reader" of history - military and with a more British slant the past few years. Rarely read novels but Anthony Powell's DTMoTime zomg
Certainly, because I had the time to.
The foundations of a successful comedian/actor's career....the hard work, persistence and luck involved.
I got a bit bogged down in some of the details prior to his breakthrough as I did not know many of the other persons he worked with as I live in North America.
Brydon's delivery was...well, Brydon and being a relatively new fan of his work I enjoyed getting to know him better through him.
Loves stories that keep him entertained in gridlock
Not really, it has its moments but it's not a book I love.
Great, little hard to understand in the beginning, but once you get used to the accent, he has a lovely voice...
I just couldn't keep listening, Robs life although I'm sure very interesting doesn't share very well and just comes across slow and boring.
I've always enjoyed Rob Brydon's work, he's a great writer and a funny man... but wow, was this boring. Far too much detail of his early life, un-funny anecdotes and a very, very great need for editing!! The last hour, when we got more up to date, was by far the most interesting section with some useful insights, but even that was laboured in parts. Half the length would have been better... and quite appropriate given his fixation on his height. Or lack of...
I absolutely love Rob Brydon so was excited to get listening to him narrate his own book. Unfortunately I did find it a little boring but maybe that's because I had high expectations to begin with perhaps. It still was enjoyable and entertaining to listen to but maybe wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
"Stick to comedy and acting"
Started well but goes on too long. I love rob Bryson but found him boring as a writer
I'm sorry - I just didn't find this very good at all - compared with the books I've recently listened to by Jack Dee and (even funnier) Michael McIntyre. I was almost falling asleep at the wheel. Maybe it was just Rob's voice I don't know. It wasn't for me. I stopped listening after 90 minutes.
"Interesting look behind the scenes"
Yes. It is the sort of book that benefits from the narration: it is an easy listen.
I was interested in the process by which Brydon and Davis developed 'Human Remains'.
"Laugh a lot"
Superb book, made even better by Rob reading it. His impressions are superb and will really make you chuckle. A great read to see how he has made it when a lot of people would have given up. Highly recommend.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written and brilliantly read by Rob Brydon. Capturing everything funny and insightful in his life conveyed with sincerity and humour you'd expect from him.
"Intresting if you like Rob or Wales"
This is a nice biography its not all giggles and laughs but a honest and interesting tale about boy from Wales. I enjoyed it thoroughly, especially since it was read by the author, which always gives it that little bit extra. There are even some songs ;)
"Persevere; it does improve...."
This story is a slow burn. It's hard to imagine many famous people with a more uneventful life from age 1 to 14.
Nevertheless, Rob Brydon has one of the most pleasing voices to listen to regardless of content.
Everything picks up in pace and interest at the half way mark and from then on I was captivated right to the end. Well done, Rob!
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