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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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  • rachel
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    8/20/13
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    "Couldn't believe it"

    Excellent book by Dee. Slow to start, but hang in there, trust me, well worth it. I thought, I was a mad depressive who took years to fit into society. However, Jack Dee beats me hands down. He has the skill of making you laugh, while he tells his story of finding his calling in life. Brilliant thanks Dee

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Askell
    UK Newcastle
    8/19/13
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    "I tried, but this is terrible"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Jacks Agent, maybe Jack himself...after that, i struggle to think who...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Dee again?

    Only if i was thinking of ending my own life, or held by a middle east group who wanted to extract information from me, they would get it within 30 seconds in that case


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jack Dee?

    Michael McIntyre, reading his own bio, that is the only way anyone would want to buy this, get Jack to forget it and just leave it to Michael. Really!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, in buckets. At one point Jack starts to tell you about his desk at home, and the order of the plugs! For god sake. It was like a little briton sketch of the old lady writing a book, and to fill the 20,000 word she adds " we played on the swing, weee weeeweee weeeweee weeeweee weeeweee weee" just to fll the gaps...this book is that, but for real.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Jack Dee, but not this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Reading, United Kingdom
    4/24/13
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    "Thanks for Nothing"

    Very very funny, with Jacks droll dry wit, it will have you laughing out loud

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Davidson
    Luton, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
    Overall
    "Jack Deer at his deadpan best"

    I really enjoyed this book, so much that I have listened to it twice in fairly quick succession. He says a lot of things that we all feel, but don't dare to mention. I love his petty prejudices, and I must confess to agreeing with several of them, especially men who blow dry their hair! It is also nice to find someone who has had more crap jobs than I have!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Milford Haven, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "A brief history of Jack"

    A good book well worth a listen. If you are looking for a laugh out loud book, then this possibly isn't for you, if you are looking for a very interesting book detailing Jacks early life and the hard work he put in to get to where he is today, then I strongly recommend it. I was a bit disappointed that Jacks character didn't really come out in the book, at times it seemed almost biographical as opposed to autobiographical, but having said that, I can recommend it as a good read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B
    Dhoon, United Kingdom
    1/4/13
    Overall
    "Great book"

    Great Book Funny Man. Great story of how he got to where he is today .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom
    5/1/12
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    "boring"

    Boring boring boring, My advice to all is miss the first 12 chapters, totally boring. The next few are mildly interesting, then back to tedium again for a few chapters then the book finishes quite strongly. I was hoping that his life may have reflected the hilarious Jack we all see on stage...........No such luck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    4/19/12
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    "Wonderfully delivery of a worthwhile read"

    I toyed with some heading such as “Comedy genius” but that misses the point. What I wanted to say is:

    1) there has either been a great deal of work put into the formation of the script or Jack Dee is a poetic literary expert, but given that he earns his living through a medium other than literature/poetry I suspect it comes down to hard work;

    2) if my grandmother - God rest her - had read me some of this text (instead of Jack) and ask me who the source was, I would like to think that I might guess Jack Dee (after less than 10 attempts). The phrases are so Jack Dee and so specifically crafted to reflect both what he is saying and also what he is consciously not saying but leaving to me to understand. Having Jack Dee read it just puts icing on the cake.

    3) he makes us laugh and does this so often within this autobiography, so he must be a comedian. But his work is largely a reflection on life, and people and life, and people and people that I suspect somewhere we are laughing for reasons that go beyond simple comedic values.

    ... but that is all way too long for the caption.

    From start to finish the quality of the writing and reading and laughter is maintained and I was always left me wanting more and more. Well done (without exclamation marks). Now what I need to read is Jane’s autobiography ... any news on that anyone?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    United Kingdom
    2/15/12
    Overall
    "honest and inspiring"

    I was totally blown away by his frank and honest journey to comedy legend - made me get off my arse anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ioan
    Wrexham, United Kingdom
    12/10/11
    Overall
    "It's alright"

    had a few chuckles but couldn't finish it. Up till now, the most disappointing comedy audiobook i've downloaded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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