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Stalin Ate My Homework | [Alexei Sayle]

Stalin Ate My Homework

Very funny and (almost) stranger than Alexei's fiction....Alexei knew he was doomed to be different the day he was taken to see Sergei Eisentein's Alexander Nevsky instead of Walt Disney's Bambi. Born on the day that egg rationing came to an end, Alexei grew up with his parents and the Soviet Weekly. Each year they holidayed in Eastern Europe, where they were shown round locomotive factories and the sites of Nazi atrocities.
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Publisher's Summary

Alexei knew he was doomed to be different the day he was taken to see Sergei Eisentein's Alexander Nevsky instead of Walt Disney's Bambi. Born on the day that egg rationing came to an end, Alexei grew up with his parents and the Soviet Weekly. Each year they holidayed in Eastern Europe, where they were shown round locomotive factories and the sites of Nazi atrocities.

Very funny and (almost) stranger than Alexei's fiction, this is a memoir about how Liverpool, Communism, and a mother that his teachers were frightened of, made him want to leave home and make people laugh.

©2010 Alexei Sayle (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Viviane Dunedin, New Zealand 08-11-12
    Viviane Dunedin, New Zealand 08-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining with a fair dollop of self criticism"

    He ticks all the boxes: Vivid memory, healthy disregard for convention paired with acute attention to detail, not to forget having a good laugh at oneself. In this instance, having the author read it himself is a great advantage. Recommended.

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    Steve Metung, Australia 03-17-12
    Steve Metung, Australia 03-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "unusual, interesting and funny"

    His story mainly deals with his very young and early life growing up with his communist parents and his holidays in eastern europe. I was hoping that he would talk about his later life on tv etc but perhaps that will come in a later book. Notwithstanding that I enjoyed the book, his narration and his very very unusual young lfe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Markopoulo, Greece 06-10-11
    Rob Markopoulo, Greece 06-10-11 Member Since 2001
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    This is really funny. I was born about the same time as Alexei, and know what was going on at the time. So it really is an extraordinary story, full of humour. I highly recommend this book

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  • John
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    9/24/10
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    "Punchy, Delightful"

    Alexei Sayle delivers a very accessible autobiography of his early life up to the age of 17. Using a very punchy writing style that doesn't dawdle or drag out stories, but rather packs in a series of coherent anecdotes that sometimes leave you wanting to know more, but certainly not getting lost in unnecessary detail and self indulgence. He is dry, honest, and self-effacing in his observations about himself. As such, I felt the book was packed full of pathos, and was often sad and touching. That said, I have rarely laughed out loud so much on the two long train journeys over which I listened to his captivating naration. Although he is at times quite ascorbic in his observations of his nearest and dearest, he is never cruel or bitter, except perhaps in the admissions of his own failings.
    Full of the stuff that an ordinary flawed life is full of, and giving some account of how he would become such a unique anti-hero of the modern entertainment world. A wry and guilty pleasure. Not something I would normally listen to. So glad I did.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dom
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    5/14/11
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    "Top stuff"

    Great stories from an unconventional childhood. Lovely writing, amazing characters, great narration. Had me in stitches on several occasions, looking forward to the next instalment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Declan
    Tervuren, Belgium
    4/20/11
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    "Excellent comic tale of a unique upbringing"

    Great book that is wonderfully read by Alexei himself, from start to finish you are in tears of laughter while hanging on his work to hear what happens next,you don't have to be a fan of Mr Sayle's stand up or TV work (or even his odd hit single) to enjoy the beautiful tale of growing up in Liverpool with looney left parents.

    Most biographies of comedians are not as funny as the comics material, this is the exception, it's funnier.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Rubringer
    Stoke On Trent, UK
    6/17/14
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    "Brilliantly funny memoir"
    What did you like most about Stalin Ate My Homework?

    Alexei Sayle has always been a funny man and his presentation of this book is no exception. I suspect I would find the written version just as funny, but having the book read by the man who lived it seems to add something in this case. A very interesting life he has led.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alexei obviously because it would be pointless to buy an autobiographical book about someone you are not interested in.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliantly funny if you like Alexei Sayle...if not then go away and stop wasting your life looking up stuff you don't like online.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
    dublin, Ireland
    5/18/13
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    "A Real Treat."

    If you are familiar with Alexei Sayles work as a ground-breaking comedian, being both original and exceptionally honed in his craft, and thought to yourself, how did he get like that? Well, this book explains it all (ish).
    The book is touching and endearingly well written and with Alexei reading it, it is probably the best way of experiencing the story. Did I mention that it is also extremely funny too. Alexei Sayle comes across as a really nice man from a wonderfully loving and interesting family.
    Enjoy, I certainly did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sasho Bogoevski
    London
    7/10/14
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    "Love it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Alexei has so much depth and thought about a childhood of living with a left wing family. Very well told story of life up north.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alexei and his mum.


    Which character – as performed by Alexei Sayle – was your favourite?

    Alexei.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life up north in the 60's.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • patrick joscelyne
    7/10/14
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    "Brilliant and eye opening"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first 3/4 of the book was excellent and enjoyable in its pace, description of The Party, his amazing holidays and Liverpool. Alexei reads his book fantastically and I cannot believe his early life, it's so incrediblel. Unfortunately it slows, gets bogged down and gets stuck for an ending.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alexei Sayle before, how does this one compare?

    Nope, first one.


    What three words best describe Alexei Sayle’s voice?

    Excitable, multilayered, odd


    Do you think Stalin Ate My Homework needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. I want to know what came next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bozz
    UK
    6/17/14
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    "Mad as a box of frogs"
    If you could sum up Stalin Ate My Homework in three words, what would they be?

    Bonkers, Individual, Honest.


    Which character – as performed by Alexei Sayle – was your favourite?

    His mother, Molly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking to find out why Alexei turned out to be the individual that he is then this book explains his formative years. It is not a consistently funny book but one that will make you laugh regularly at the absurdity of his upbringing. It also provides an insight into the life of a political agitator, through both of his parents and himself. It is excruciatingly honest when dealing with his feelings. I came away feeling that i could finally understand, on some level, a previously baffling person.
    My only complaints are:
    1. It ends when he leaves school and further education (so around 16-17). I would like to see another book that continues his life story.
    2. His narration style means that he often ends a sentence in a lowering tone and volume, which made it difficult to listen to in a noisy environment (I work in a factory).
    Other than that i recommend this book as a funny and honest insight into a very complicated and intelligent person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patch
    Staffordshire
    3/16/14
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    "Brilliant and not at all what I was expecting"
    Any additional comments?

    This was an intelligent and surprising book. Alexei is not who you might think he is. The story of his family and upbringing was fascinating. Not a book about a celebrity career, but a story of how a fascinating character was formed. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • colin
    LITTLEBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    1/19/14
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    "any chance I could get my money back?"
    What disappointed you about Stalin Ate My Homework?

    I always liked Alexei when he was on the TV, but this book really didn't do it for me, it was just dull. I had three goes at listening to it, I got about 3/4 of the way through it and just gave up. NEXT


    What will your next listen be?

    Not sure yet


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Alexei Sayle?

    The problem wasn't the narrator, it was the content


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stalin Ate My Homework?

    That's a tough one, I think someone beat me to it and edited out all of the funny stuff


    Any additional comments?

    None needed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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