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Thanks for Nothing | [Jack Dee]

Thanks for Nothing

For the first time, comedian Jack Dee reveals the highs and lows of his early life and disastrous day jobs. You don't just wake up jaundiced and bitter; it's taken Jack years of dedication and commitment to brew his unique cocktail of disillusionment and bile. What turned this once optimistic young man into a grumpy middle-aged git? Was it working in an artificial-leg factory?
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For the first time, comedian Jack Dee reveals the highs and lows of his early life and disastrous day jobs.

You don't just wake up jaundiced and bitter; it's taken Jack years of dedication and commitment to brew his unique cocktail of disillusionment and bile. What turned this once optimistic young man into a grumpy middle-aged git? Was it working in an artificial-leg factory? Or delivering incontinence pads for the NHS? Or was it the time when he was shunned by his peers for daring to thrash a one-armed man at tennis?

In this hilariously frank account of his life, Jack finally answers the question, 'So how did you get started in comedy then?' Along the way, he shares his blatantly unreasonable views on everything from personal trainers to boutique hotels, from the overrated moon landing to 'people who hold their cutlery the wrong way'.

Once you've listened to this book, you'll never think of Jack Dee as a smiling, happy-go-lucky, friendly face again.

©2009 Jack Dee; (P)2009 Random House Audio

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    Avi Dolev, Israel 01-17-10
    Avi Dolev, Israel 01-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great!"

    Intelligent and Funny. Jack Dee is one of the funniest comedians around today. Although the book has a few slow parts, it is more than made up for by the rest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Shane
    DRIFFIELD, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    11/10/09
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    "Thanks For Everything Jack"

    As a visuallly impaired persoon audio books are my preferred format and really helps one get into a good book.I really enjoyed this Jack Dee title and found it a most interesting listen, and which kept with a sense of humour, that we know Jack Dee has acclaimed to.It delivers his often straight but dry-cut awareness to the realities faced in his early life.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Phuoc Tan CommuneViet Nam
    11/10/09
    Overall
    "Different, but well worth it"

    This is one of those autobiographies that you have to persevere with, but it's all the more worthwhile for doing so. It doesn't follow any of the patterns you might expect and begins very much as a set of even drier and harder comments on life than you'd expect from his standup, but read in the same deadpan style. For the first few hours, there is precious little in the way of his life story. It's a much harder listen than say Frank Skinner or Chris Evans. But, little by little the picture emerges, snippets here and there and gradually, all the strands come together. Well worth it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Poole, United Kingdom
    12/27/09
    Overall
    "Slow start perhaps but storming finish"

    I've listened to a few life stories from comedians and often felt that they have shipped them out in a lunchtime knowing they will sell based only on their reputation.
    I will agree that this one was slow to get going with not many "laughs" to start but I enjoyed the latter half immensely. I was left feeling that a lot of the ground work was needed to make the end come to life as it did.
    Jack Dee clearly has put effort into this book, ok you won't be rolling about throughout but its a great story. For me the memory about the Brighton B&B was worth the cost alone. But hey I don't blow dry my hair or use a man bag so perhaps I am just in the niche of Jack's target audience?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marvin
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    3/31/11
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    "Nice one Jack!"

    really enjoyed this autobiography. I think the fact that Jack is a big fan of audio books himself made listening to it very entertaining.

    As for the content, I was surprised how tough he'd at it until he made the big time. It was also refreshing to hear how much a celebrity is devoted to his wife who went through a lot for him.

    Recommended to all fans of comedy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • judith
    canary wharf, United Kingdom
    3/22/11
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    "More autobiography than laughs"

    An intimate and touching account from dropping out at school to finding his feet on stage. Although it only rarely made me laugh out loud - and there were long anecdotes, e.g. about burglary, that could have been edited out - this is a book that leaves you feeling glad you spent 8 hours in the company of its author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A
    Nelson, United Kingdom
    9/30/11
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    "Great deadpan narration by the man himself"

    This is a very enjoyable story of Jack's life before he became well known in comedy. Dee fans will love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    London, United Kingdom
    9/17/11
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    "Brilliant"

    One of the best I have read, I would re-read this without question. . . . . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    11/8/10
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    "an excellent listen"

    Whilst not a big fan of Jack Dee I laughed out loud at this well written and very dry humour delivered by the man himself. It tells us about his early years through to his ascent into fame. I think this is better 'heard' rather than read due to his unique delivery. There is a bit of bad language but not enough to stop you laughing. I loved this audio book and made the miles of dreary driving pass very quickly - I couldn't wait to get back in the car just to listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terence
    Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    2/16/10
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    "Thanks indeed"

    Once you realise that the (many) chapters are sometimes cross-referencing each other or the recollection has noting to do with it, you will enjoy this open and honest autobiography, from his school days onto the first jobs Jack had right up to how he got into comedy and became the brilliant performer he is today. You may even get close to shedding a tear (of joy and pain) in the final few chapters. It's not all a laugh, but don't let thet put you off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bella
    Rochford, United Kingdom
    8/27/14
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    "Brilliantly funny"
    What did you like most about Thanks for Nothing?

    Jack Dee's observations of himself and other characters and situations he describes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Dee


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

    laughed out loud throughout the book


    Any additional comments?

    now searching for more Jack Dee books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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