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David Mitchell: Back Story Audiobook

David Mitchell: Back Story

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Publisher's Summary

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

As well as giving a specific account of every single time he's scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details:

  • The singular, pit bull-infested charm of the FRP (‘Flat Roofed Pub’)
  • The curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm
  • Why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink
  • The pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds
  • The satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide
  • How doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica
  • Trying to pretend he isn’t a total **** at Robert Webb’s wedding
  • That he has fallen in love a LOT, but rarely done anything about it
  • Why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday
  • That he’s not David Mitchell the novelist, despite what David Miliband might think

©2012 David Mitchell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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    J. A. Kennedy 11-27-14
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    "Charming, witty, and genuinely funny."
    What made the experience of listening to David Mitchell: Back Story the most enjoyable?

    You may not laugh out loud frequently, but this book will have you chuckling fairly frequently. At the very least, you will be smiling consistently. That being said, the last two chapters are unbearably soppy (and unfortunately, bereft of humor). Still, you won't regret this purchase. Pick it up and enjoy the story of a somewhat awkward, but undeniably humorous, human being.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mano London 10-19-14
    Mano London 10-19-14
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    "Brilliant"
    Where does David Mitchell: Back Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of the few audiobooks I have listened to, I have found this to be by far the greatest.Mitchell's honestly and openess, in combination with his dry humour makes this book an treat to listen to.For the price of a round of drinks you would do well to take on the life lessons of people like Mitchell.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charlotte christchurch, New Zealand 04-09-14
    charlotte christchurch, New Zealand 04-09-14

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    "One of the best books I've have read all year!"
    Would you listen to David Mitchell: Back Story again? Why?

    Yes, and in fact I have already listened to it twice, it is very enjoyable. I find David Mitchell to be a fascinating and humorous person, and I have greatly enjoyed listening to him tell the story of his life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think he has related the story of his life very well and made it very funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    it's all good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    where he talks about how he met Victoria and they got together it was very lovely.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very funny and enjoyable and I would highly recommend to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Brockie NZ 03-20-13
    K. Brockie NZ 03-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Honest and very funny"
    What made the experience of listening to David Mitchell: Back Story the most enjoyable?

    Hearing David Mitchell tell his own life story is a real bonus. He's wry, modest, occasionally ranty, and hilarious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Mitchell!


    What does David Mitchell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's good to hear the voice of the person who has written a memoir.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "A memoir, a map, a weight loss manual."


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    Philip ATHENS, Greece 03-11-13
    Philip ATHENS, Greece 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Never a dull moment, a barrel of laughs"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's an extremely funny read and very easy to read!



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

    It made me laugh out loud!


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    mb Dalveen, Australia 11-22-12
    mb Dalveen, Australia 11-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I wish we were friends"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David Mitchell: Back Story to be better than the print version?

    I have absolutely no idea whether it would be better to have the print version of back story as I only have the audiobook, and it's great. I'm not sure if it's because I'm already a fan of That Mitchell and Webb Sound/Look; David Mitchell's Soapbox/newspaper columns/appearances on panel shows or what, but listening to David Mitchell the comedian (not David Mitchell the author) read his own book - which makes him an author - brings this story to life. I think it helps that David and I are the same age and went to the same sort of schools, and have the same sorts of interests - theatre, history, beer etc. So when he talks of the world he grew up in I find it all very relatable in a completely hilarious way.David Mitchell is the sort of person who you like to think you'd probably get on rather well with if you met at a party and you both weren't too embarrassed to say anything at all.


    What other book might you compare David Mitchell: Back Story to and why?

    I would compare this book to the book you wish you could write yourself and have people you don't know wish they could be your friends. I'm not sure this is helpful.


    Have you listened to any of David Mitchell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have. Very well


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, yes there was.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauri 05-09-17
    Lauri 05-09-17 Member Since 2013
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    "David as I hoped he would be!"

    if you love David Mitchell, a listen to this will leave you genuinely liking David Mitchell. The emotions come through to the end, where we are happy for him but still wanting more.

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    SophieBird 02-07-17
    SophieBird 02-07-17
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    "Great of course."

    I can only listen in bursts of 15 mins or so, though not due to tedium, but rather fear (at my advancing age) of dying of laughter. And considering that I live alone must risk the neighbors thinking I have perhaps gone over the edge. I have read the hard copy of this, but hearing DM tell it, puts it on another level entirely. Humor and brilliance don't often arrive together.

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    LMB 01-26-17
    LMB 01-26-17 Member Since 2015

    LMB

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    "Meaningless & Unentertaining"

    I think David Mitchell is extremely intelligent, clever and quick. I like him! I love his BBC radio and talk show pieces. But this book was just drudgery. Sometimes we meet a friend for coffee or a drink and we listen to some mildly amusing banter about what happened when they emptied the dishwasher. We listen because we have a relationship to support - that's whatcha gotta do. But why am I paying for this with David Mitchell? After really trying to hold out for some content worth chewing on, I decided I'd rather call my Mom if I have to put this kind of obligation into something.

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    Niklas Wahlberg 01-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Mitchell's great as always"

    A lovely story about one man's path to fame with a great ending. Narration's great.

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  • Miss E Taylor
    7/3/16
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    "Tedious name dropping"

    struggled to finish.
    lacks humanity, comedy and originality.
    Truly David has spent his life pursuing his acting and comedy career, as a result his bio is extremely one dimensional and surprisingly boring.
    you end up feeling a bit sorry for the guy.
    for such comic genius in talk shows and in peep show, I was soundly disappointed.

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  • Claire
    3/16/16
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    "Awful"
    What disappointed you about David Mitchell: Back Story?

    I love listening to David Mitchell on radio quiz shows and watching his TV shows but reading whole chapters, he just isn't a narrator of this amount of text. Content seemed flimsy as well, not really a book more thin sketches


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Mitchell again?

    not in book form


    What didn’t you like about David Mitchell’s performance?

    monotone


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    struggling to think of one


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  • smssms
    3/10/16
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    "Peaks early, first 1/3 is the best."
    Would you try another book written by David Mitchell or narrated by David Mitchell?

    Yes, I like his sense of humour and the narration was good.


    What will your next listen be?

    I don't know yet.


    Have you listened to any of David Mitchell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard anything else by David.


    Do you think David Mitchell: Back Story needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not; it seemed to lose steam after about half way. Unless some amazing things happen to David he can probably leave it for now.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure what I was expecting with this book but I left it feeling a little underwhelmed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M R
    Swindon Wiltshire UK
    11/16/15
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    "Good"

    Quite sweary so do not listen if you would be offended otherwise a great read well read by a nice sounding guy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Burford, United Kingdom
    4/5/15
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    "Reviews Work"

    Listened to this on the strength of the reviews, didn't know too much about DM apart from HIGNFY and Ms Coren. Funny (of course), well-structured (as he walks through London) and, as with all show-biz memoirs, it's the before-they're famous part that's the most interesting by far. As Mr Fry's last episode confirms.

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  • Mark
    11/25/15
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    "If the Devil and Al Qaeda invented a sound."

    I enjoyed peep show and Mitchell's performance...obviously your exposure to his vocal quirk is watered down by the very fact there are others in the show. He's not constantly talking.
    If the Devil and Al Qaeda through a joint venture decided to create a new musical note that would piss off / bore / anger / make feel unwell / anger again.Then Mitchell's voice is what it would sound like. Out with the delivery the story-(ies) within are on the mild side. Mildly entertaining stories a plenty, his geeky youth-constant reminders that he wasn't a "spoilt bastard", his bad back? I had had enough and turned off at the end of a mammoth tale regarding a lobster.

    No thanks. No thank you. Nope!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Skipton, United Kingdom
    1/27/13
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    "A Charming Stroll"

    David Mitchell is a likeable man with a very honest take on how his comfortable middle class life has not exactly held him back. He writes well and by reading his own words he gains a star from me. He loses one though for the last 45 minutes or so in which he seems to lose some of the momentum built up by the rest of the book.



    I was thoroughly engaged for the most part and laughed quite a few times. The structure of the book, supposedly based on a walk around the area his live in North London to relieve chronic back pain, is clever and works very well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Dublin 2, Ireland
    12/23/12
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    "Likeable celeb bio"

    David Mitchell is a likeable, middle-class, small c conservative British comedian. I enjoyed his book, in no small part because it's read by the author and I find his voice reassuring (I usually find middle class British accents reassuring, a fact that I find strangely disconcerting.)



    Mitchell grows up the eldest son of two former hoteliers turned polytech lecturers, goes to a small independent school, is accepted to Cambridge, joins footlights, puts in some hard work and becomes a moderately successful and well know comedian. That's the story. It's not very interesting. Mitchell tells it well and I've spent a pleasant weekend listening to it. There.



    The second to last chapter concerns his relationship with Victoria Coren (his then fiancée, now wife). This chapter it has to be said is quite lovely and occasionally adorable.



    I cannot imagine that anyone who doesn't already like David Mitchell would read this book. But if you do, and haven't got anything else on, your expectations will probably be pleasantly met.(

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "well done"

    This is a good book, as you would expect from a famous author, I was hoping for more details about all the books that David Mitchell writes. Anyway it entertained me on my commute to Swindon, and much better than the Economics book I had listened to the week before.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • SilentSinger
    London
    5/24/17
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    "David Mitchell: Back Story"

    This was a truly excellent book, made even more enjoyable by the author's rendition of his own work. Entertaining, insightful and touching in equal measure, it's everything a great autobiography should be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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