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Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant: Modern Life as Interpreted By Someone Who Is Reasonably Bad at Living It

Narrated by: Joel Golby
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A collection of full-throated appreciations, withering assessments and hard-won lessons by the popular journalist.

There are a few things you need to know about Joel Golby. Both his parents are dead. His dad was an alcoholic. He himself has a complicated relationship with alcohol. He once went to karaoke three times in five days. He will always beat you at Monopoly, and he will always cheat.

Joel makes a name for himself as a journalist who brings us distinguished articles such as 'A Man Shits on a Plane So Hard It Has to Turn Around and Come Back Again', but that says more about us than him. In his first book, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant, Joel writes about important stuff (death, alcohol, loss, friendship) and unimportant stuff (Saudi Arabian camel pageants, a watertight ranking of the Rocky films, Monopoly), always with the soft punch of a lesson tucked within.

Golby's sharp, evocative prose thrives on reality and honesty that is gut-wrenchingly close to the bone and laced with a copious dose of dark humour. Who is this book for? It is for everyone, but mainly people who are as lost and confused as Joel and just want to have a good laugh about it.

©2019 Joel Golby (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Eleanor Howse
  • 02-23-19

Really should've got someone else to read it

I was really looking forward to this and there are some very good essays in here but, unfortunately, overall I felt that it was ruined by the author reading it himself. It adds nothing to the writing, and the despondent, nasal tone with jarring vocal fry made it really difficult to stick with.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-19

Found it really boring and quite weird

Felt like he just wrote what random things came to mind. At one point he ponders whether m&ms are gangsters or have sex. Very strange

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  • 03-06-19

better editor required

30% very hilarious and well written
70% narcissistic rant or you had to be there

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-19

A fantastic voice on the absurdity of life!

Fantastic! Golby’s voice brings to life the absurdity of life with his anecdotes covering heart breaking sadness to care free moments of pure joy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-19

Simply Breathtaking

Earth moving gear from start to finish. He’s a much better writer than he is a footballer.

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