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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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    Kindle Customer 01-04-17
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    "Original and delightful"

    I'm a huge fan of David Mitchell so hearing his "back story" was interesting but not necessarily surprising. He comes across as a genuinely nice person who understands what a privilege he's got. He worked his ass off but that's not always enough.

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    Gillian H. 12-02-16
    Gillian H. 12-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If you love David Mitchell, you'll love this."

    Very funny and enjoyable to listen to. I'm curious as to how he's handling having a kid now. Maybe someday he'll write "Further Back Story".

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    Hallam Auckland, New Zealand 11-16-16
    Hallam Auckland, New Zealand 11-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A must if you're a fan"

    Back story, absolutely. Loved hearing the inner machinations of a truly talented and entertaining bloke.

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    Amazon Customer 11-03-16
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    "Jokes delivered by the author"

    In the past 2 years I have grown to love David. And I find books narrated by the author, especially comedians, are essential. It's funny and witty and has a very pleasant ending.

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    Kathryn 09-19-16
    Kathryn 09-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic!"

    funny and entertaining from start to finish. Though now I'm wondering if I may be someone's humourless Canadian cousin...

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    Paul 07-18-16
    Paul 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "surprisingly brilliant! Average guy, amazing life :-)"

    David Michel's folks should be proud, he's a decent man telling an amazing story. With all his fun, sometimes biting rants there's always an element of kindness👣

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    M. Van Buijtene Den Haag, Netherlands 06-17-16
    M. Van Buijtene Den Haag, Netherlands 06-17-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Great listen during walks"

    A must for fans of British comedy and wonderful how his voice softens when he finds love, in the end.

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    timbawolf 05-22-16
    timbawolf 05-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "David Mitchell Being David Mitchell"

    I'm not sure if this audiobook would have worked if Mitchell hadn't narrated it himself. Fortunately, he did, ensuring that his trademark ranting, griping, arrogance, and self-depricating humor came through in every chapter. The personal anecdotes are both amusing and insightful, although some of the rants are recycled from Mitchell's numerous TV appearances. Overall, a fun and funny autobiography.

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    Steve Gibb Maplewood, NJ United States 03-30-16
    Steve Gibb Maplewood, NJ United States 03-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Honest and funny."
    Any additional comments?

    I had moved from the UK to the US back in 2000 so relied on relations back home to keep me up to date on 'newer' comics on TV there. One mentioned 'Peep Show' to me a while back and after finding a few episodes on YouTube I started to look into Mitchell and Webb a bit more as I enjoyed their brand of humour. David Mitchell is a regular on the panel TV show "Would I Lie To You" where his brilliant and eloquent wit is on full display and along with Lee Mack and Rob Brydon make this show required viewing.
    So browsing Audible I came across David Mitchell's memoir. It is a very honest and engaging listen. Serious at times, beautifully written and extremely funny with many laugh-out-loud moments. Highly recommended!

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    Trevor 03-10-16
    Trevor 03-10-16
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    "Witty and enjoyable read from a great natural writer"

    You don't necessarily expect a memoir of a celebrity to be beautifully written. You don't expect necessarily to find a truly great writer to emerge through the smog. I don't know anything about the other author David Mitchell but this one is a born writer. I really hope he catches the writing bug from this. I'd love to be able to read more from him.

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    5/16/17
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    "good listen"

    I really enjoyed this audio book Mitchell is superb at telling stories he make a everything sound Interesting.

    I am a big fan of peep show but even if you aren't it's a good story.

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  • Dr
    5/11/17
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    "Fantastic performance"

    Brilliantly read by a charismatic guy. Funny and a good eye opener into his life, hopes and aspirations.

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  • Mr Gareth
    4/27/17
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    "Really great listen!!"

    Really glad David Mitchell is narrating this himself.. just as funny as on TV and gives you a really good look into how he has got to where he is now. What a legend!!

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    4/21/17
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    "Most amusing and insightful"

    An honest, sometimes painfully honest, recounting of a relatively ordinary life, highlighting the ridiculousness we all encounter in everyday life. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Michael Hazley
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    4/19/17
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    "Exactly as I expected, only funnier!"

    Aside from the awful singing voice (which only comes out a few times), I found all of this listen to be pretty darn good. Very insightful and interesting. Very funny and witty. Definitely grew a better understanding of David and who he is. I would obviously recommend this to all fans of Peep Show, panel shows and autobiographies.

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  • Mr.
    4/14/17
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    "Witty and whimsical"

    Last section is a little sentimental for what you look for from Mitchell but the rest is delightful

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  • ulla
    4/4/17
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    "I may be committed and it might've been worth it."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book in a day. And while I am an excellent binger of stories, listening to an entire 9,5 hour book in a day pays a huge compliment to the author (And I even went for a run, which was barely painful at all since I was distracted by one of David's very funny recountings but I think I startled some other people on the track by laughing alound at apparently nothing. Oh dear.)


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  • landoners
    3/23/17
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    "Hilarious"

    David Mitchell's narration of his own book is amazing, makes it even more hilarious
    And also easy to connect to personally as he makes it so

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  • Jose Elan
    Bolton, UK.
    3/14/17
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    "It's David Mitchell"

    If you like David Mitchell and want to know more about him this is for you. It's very funny to boot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Morris
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    3/6/17
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    "A seething mess of insecurity wonderfully narrated"

    This book kept me entertained during my commute to work. Glad it was the man himself reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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