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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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  • 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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
  • ellen
    London, United Kingdom
    10/25/11
    Overall
    "Stand Out"

    Coruscatingly honest, entertaining and bloody funny. Going to bed with Jack every night has been a pleasure, an education and a real entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Devon, AB, Canada
    8/30/10
    Overall
    "Strangely disappointing"

    I have to say that I found this recording surprisingly disappointing. You would have thought that somebody as articulate as Jack Dee reading his own book would be extremely enjoyable, but I wish he'd got someone else to read it. He is just a bit too deadpan, which of course works wonderfully in his stand-up, but when reading his own book he just sounds bored. Maybe he was, maybe he found reading his own jokes and anecdotes into a tape recorder a bit too much of a chore, even though the book itself is great and I have looked forward to reading it since first noticing it on the bookstore shelf.
    The bizarre thing about it is that I can tell from the content that if were to read the actual book it would be his voice I would be hearing in my head, with the difference that I would enjoy it a whole lot more. Does that make sense?
    Sorry Jack. Perhaps you had to find time for this in the middle of a busy schedule and recorded it in a bit of a rush, or maybe having spent a long time writing and re-writing until you were happy with it you lost a bit of enthusiasm for the final product. Congratulations on writing an excellent and extremely entertaining book, but you should think about employing someone else to record the next one onto audio.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • William
    dunfermlineUnited Kingdom
    1/25/10
    Overall
    "slow"

    Takes a long time to warm up but when it does its not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    bunclodyIreland
    11/16/09
    Overall
    "God Love Us !!!"

    Love Jack Dee as a stand up BUT!
    Boring beyond belief and without an ounce of humour.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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