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Ayoade on Top

Narrated by: Richard Ayoade
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Radio & TV, Entertainment
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At last, the definitive audiobook about perhaps the best cabin crew dramedy ever filmed: View from the Top starring Gwyneth Paltrow. 

In Ayoade on Top, Richard Ayoade, perhaps one of the most 'insubstantial' people of our age, takes us on a journey from Peckham to Paris by way of Nevada and other places we don't care about. It's a journey deep within, in a way that's respectful and non-invasive; a journey for which we will all pay a heavy price, even if you've waited for the smaller paperback edition. 

Ayoade argues for the canonisation of this brutal masterpiece, a film that celebrates capitalism in all its victimless glory; one we might imagine Donald Trump himself half-watching on his private jet's gold-plated flat screen while his other puffy eye scans the cabin for fresh, young prey.

©2019 Richard Ayoade (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Unbelievably witty

You don't need to have seen the movie. Highly recommend the audiobook, as Ayoade's delivery is key to the humor.

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If you love Ayoade, this is a must.

Listened to this in the span of a day. I’ve never seen View from the Top and I never plan to watch it. I feel like I understand it better than any other movie after listening to this book though, and I feel like I understand Richard Ayoade as well as myself.

Seriously though, I was laughing out loud at some of the parts in this book. The entire premise is ridiculous and entirely too much time, energy, research, and introspection went into writing a book about a truly mediocre 89 minute movie that no one remembers or saw at time of release. But that’s why we love Richard Ayoade and that’s why this audiobook is so great.

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Very nice and fun reading from Richard Ayoade

Couldn't keep myself from listening through this in two sittings. Very humorous and enough segways to keep you guessing and entertained.

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A delightful listen

An utterly delightful critique of an odd early 00’s film. Add in tidbits of Ayoade’s life and background and you’ve got a joyous and, at certain points, a laugh out loud read. I will now go purchase a physical copy to keep for always. Ayoade fan for life!

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Only Richard Ayoade could pull this off...

I usually wouldn’t be compelled to buy a 4+ hour dissertation on Veiw from the Top and it’s personal cinematic and cultural/social significance...but Richard Ayoade...so I actually pre ordered this...and was more than pleasantly surprised. I remember the movie and it’s strange semi ensemble cast(lots of cameos and big names in bit parts) but never read so much into it now. Richard does a wonderful job of making you question both his taste level and your own while doing a great job at making his case and convincing you by the end that this movie truly was under-rated and you must watch it, while still taking the absolute piss out of the whole thing, (especially Gwyneth and Goop). mMaking you thankful that Richard is not political because the man could get some truly ridiculous things to pass if he put his mind to it. Brilliant, odd and thoroughly entertaining

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Hilarious and quintessentially Richard Ayoade

Never seen the film, but it’s a wonderful book about so much more than just a GP film.

Definitely enjoyed listening to it and any fan of Richard Ayoade would enjoy the glimpse inside his head that this book provides

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The Story Audio Books Were Made For

A reading of a book about a movie that no one has seen. Loved it.

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Just buy it and let it wash over you.

Richard Ayoade at his best. Gentle truths. There are no more words apart from this o

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  • Murmansk, Murmansk Oblast, RU
  • 10-11-19

Absolutely delightful

Definitely worth being judged for giggling by myself on the public transport, 10 out 10 would recommend to my friends.

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A toilet book about a film no one’s seen

I could’ve read Steinbeck, Hemingway or literally anything else I might discuss with friends over coffee, but instead I chose to spend 6 hours watching Top and listening to Ayoade’s critique of it (peppered with bits about him to make up the page count), acquiring a new set of references I won’t be able to exchange with anyone. Top’s bad but not in a ‘so bad it’s good’ way, more like ‘so mediocre I want it to end’, so quite an audacious move by the author to require such gruelling pre-work for a toilet book. Giving five stars to encourage more people to watch Top just in case it’s the next The Room and I’m too frustrated to realise it yet.

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  • ellefinn2308
  • 09-07-19

Wonderfully unique, just like its author/narrator

I love this so much. Ostensibly a scholarly critique of the 2003 Gwyneth Paltrow film A View from the Top, it's actually so much more, touching on many and diverse subjects such as hair height and Happy Eaters. It's masterfully read by the sublime Mr Ayoade and be warned if you are listening to this in a public place - you WILL laugh out loud. A lot.

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  • Alison Smith
  • 09-06-19

Brilliantly read and performed

This quirky, earnest and hilarious study of the film "View from the Top" is amazing, as only Richard Ayoade could present. Pleasure to see him interviewed by Adam Buxton at The RFH last night (5.09.19) to launch it and I binge-listened to it in one day! It's not a Tolstoy, as he points out! Recommended to anyone who loves bantering during a sub-standard film and who'd love to be nearly as funny as Richard.

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  • L. northover
  • 09-10-19

You don’t need to have watched the film

Brilliant, loved it , was reluctant as I do t know the film but it doesn’t matter, I know all about it now.

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  • jeremy John
  • 09-10-19

up lifting , nice one Top one

I haven't laughed out loud for time and it tickled every funny box. Brilliant & original

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  • G Spicer
  • 10-07-19

Perfect bedtime listening

Admittedly listened to this more times than necessary but Ayoade's voice has a way of lulling you to sleep. I've come to rely on this as a means of nodding off. Somehow Ayoade is the only person who could pull off a book all about a film no one has heard of and at the same time interweave hilarious and adorable anecdotes of his childhood.

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  • RebeccaL
  • 09-15-19

Funny and endearing

Master of the overly complex joke, if you like Ayoade’s style and humour you’ll be sorry this is so short. A lot of fun!

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  • Miss L E Turvey
  • 09-17-19

and so I watched View from the top

Richard reading this made it for me. Very funny in places and the digressions into his own life stories are fab. His observations on GP's career along the way are also hilarious, if cutting. Hadn't seen the film, but he makes you want to, and yep, it's really bad.

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  • melbopp
  • 10-22-19

what the hell is this?

Got this because of his good morning interview that was strange and flirty, but plugging this book . At first I did not feel intellectually adept enough appreciate this book. But as time went on I found myself being entertained and towards the end .laughing out loud .So entertaining... surprise...

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  • kyle
  • 10-15-19

brilliantly funny

Ayoade is brilliant reading, funniest audiobook I have ever listened to.
His other books need to be put on here now!

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  • Adam
  • 09-24-19

Perplexing

I would pay to hear this author read a shopping list. At times that wasn't far away from my experience of listening to this book. The plot of an obscure Gwyneth Paltrow film acts as a strange framing device for snatches of autobiography and reflections on the world. I nearly choked with laughter on more than one occasion, but also frequently found myself losing the thread of what was going on. I might watch the film before trying again (although it sounds terrible).

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  • Craig
  • 09-24-19

Ayoade is a flippin' genuis

You can't possibly understand the subtle genuis of this complicated book as well as I do. Go and read Geoffrey Archer. That's what you deserve.

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  • dimensioneer
  • 09-22-19

Almost made me want to watch the movie... almost.

Genius! What more need I say. I've not had the 'pleasure' of watching the seminal classic View From The Top and now I never have to. Mr Ayoade's attention to detail and nuance have made for a beyond entertaining, in-depth review of what I daresay would ordinarily be referred to as 85 odd minutes of cinematic tripe.
The author's turn of phrase and ever-so-dry delivery made this a fantastic listen. Highly recommend this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-19

Brilliant

I got the recommendation for this book from Russell Brand’s podcast interview of Richard Ayoade which is hilarious. The book had me laughing out loud to myself in my car. A wonderful review of the amount of self deception required to believe Gwyneth Paltrow as a blue collar worker, at the lack of confidence in the intellect of the general public. You will enjoy it!

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  • Malachy
  • 09-13-19

Ayoade at the Top of his game

This is an amazing experience that everyone needs to witness with their eyes and ears.