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Gotta Get Theroux This

My Life and Strange Times on Television
Narrated by: Louis Theroux
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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In 1994, fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore’s TV Nation, presenting a segment on apocalyptic religious sects. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he’d always been drawn to offbeat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn’t.... 

In his book, Louis takes the listener on a joyous journey through his life and unexpectedly successful career. Nervously accepting the BBC’s offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in worlds as diverse as racist US militias and secretive pro wrestlers, the violent gangs of Johannesburg and extreme drinkers in London. Arguably his biggest challenge was corralling celebrities in his When Louis Met series, with Jimmy Savile proving most elusive. Blindsided when the revelations about Savile came to light, Louis was to reflect again on the nature of evil he had spent decades uncovering. 

Filled with wry observation, larger-than-life characters, and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his insightful and honest best. 

©2019 Louis Theroux (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Kate Pennington
  • 09-21-19

Great book

I could not recommend this book more. I listen to a lot of audio books when I am going to sleep. With this book, not only do I get to hear the interesting stories, I get to hear them told by Louis! What better way to end your day!

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  • Peter Meredith
  • 09-26-19

I got Theroux it very quickly!

I absolutely loved this audiobook. I have always been fascinated by Louis and have been watching his documentaries long before it was age appropriate for me to do so and this book is a great companion to his series giving a greater insight into the real life beyond the camera.

I have always enjoyed listening to Louis since his book 'The Call of the Weird' and my only criticism is I would have liked to heard more from the one off episodes such as 'gambling' and 'hunting' however I'm aware that more people are interested in Louis' relationship with Jimmy Saville.

Overall though a fantastic book and I recommend it to anyone who has or has ever had an interest in his documentaries.

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  • John
  • 09-26-19

Therouxly Enjoyable

loved it, would have liked more behind the scenes insight though. Louis is the best

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  • Jessica
  • 09-29-19

Was pretty much a rehash of all shows - him reading it made it worthwhile

I was hoping for more “off-screen” Louis Theroux. If you’re familiar with his TV shows this will be a familiar re-hashing of these shows in his own words. I felt it was too focused on Saville - for international audiences (or young millennials) who didn’t know this guy, it will probably feel like he spends too much time talking about him. It’s clear he’s trying to make sense of having had this particular person in his life, but his best works had nothing to do with this person. Louis lets the shadow of Saville dominate this book’s content too much - hopefully this means his next book won’t mention him at all. Louis has done so many great documentaries for TV - the other works deserved more discussion. I would have enjoyed hearing more about his thoughts on life vs verbal replay of what I can watch on Netflix. Looking forward to future works nonetheless.

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  • Katja Frisinger
  • 09-26-19

Honest and fun read from an honest and fun guy

Really enjoyed this honest and entertaining summary of the path Louis has taken to get to where he is now. Very funny at times (loved all the commentary regarding the gap year!) but also deeply honest and relatable. It's kinda nice to know Louis is pretty much what you'd expect him to be like... although a bit more pretentious. You definitely sympathise and feel for the guy, but in the same way you feel bad for one of your really talented friends who can't see their own brilliance. He manages to tell his story without ever feeling self-indulgent or bragging.

My only issue was the at best embarrassing, and at worst, offensive, attempts at other people's accents in the book. Otherwise, excellent book.

I had fallen out of love with my audible account and had let my credits gather a bit, but this got me right back into it. Thank you very much Louis for this fun and interesting read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-19

A must read/listen

Excellent content and story of louis' work, career and personal life. Although I have watched the majority of Louis' documentries, I found myself going back to and watching a fresh some as I made my way through the book for more context.

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  • Seb Elliott
  • 09-25-19

Theroux the looking glass

Incredibly honest and telling story, delving deeper into his many great documentaries. Very well written and read. Especially the accents! I think there's a voice over job waiting for you Louis somewhere out there. Would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Combat Johnny
  • 09-23-19

A good retrospective of Louis' Career

I found this book much more enjoyable than Mr Theroux's previous book. If you are a fan of his documentaries then I would high recommend it.

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  • P. Morriss
  • 09-26-19

Interesting but focused on a few subjects

I am a huge fan of Louis Theroux’s documentaries so was very excited about this book.

The overall story is interesting but he does focus a large amount of time on the Jimmy Saville story with the rest being very short passages. I would have liked to hear more about the kookie characters he met.

This is a good book and well written as one would expect from a consummate profession such as him, although his voice got a little monotonous at times and monotone.

Overall well worth a read/listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-26-19

5* as expected

Simply a brilliant storyteller. Great insight into his life and his inner feelings around the stories he’s presented over the years.

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  • Joseph Ryan
  • 09-28-19

Louis Theroux: Everythings weird

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A thematic, emotional and somewhat carthartic work of art, Louis retrospectively explores the intricacies of the human condition by recalling his experiences in documentary film making. Whilst many contributors from these programs are mentioned, one in particular is prominent and has clearly had an impact on Louis: Jimmy Savile. Louis relationship with Jimmy touches on these psychological and social complexities through a truly honest yet compassionate retelling. What I love most however, is the honesty in which he looks back onto his life; the things he felt, thought and did in all those years of working. His anxiety, self-doubt and other psychological relatabilities are heartwarming and his openness about marriage, its highs and lows and the lessons learned as a result warrant nothing but respect. Whilst I wish the Westboro baptist church chapter wasnt omitted, I too hope to one day look at my past Theroux the same honest and self-compassionate lens that Louis has done here. In fact, I may as well start now

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-19

Not bad, but I really wanted to love it

I'm not really sure what I expected. I enjoyed the stories... no buts. I just thought Louis would be more likeable.

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  • anthony
  • 10-17-19

Loved it

A great book, loved listening to the life of Louis Theroux. He really writes so well, it was a joy to listen to.

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  • David Eaton
  • 10-11-19

Behind the scenes with Louis

Louis tells about his work in the context of his life. He talks about how his observational approach to life, which is the basis of his work, means he feels more a watcher than player in the game of life. I enjoyed this book and Louis's presentation of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-19

honest

I've enjoyed Louis Theroux documentaries for a long time and it was very interesting to get some context to what was going on in his life. very honest and self reflective. great audio book

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  • Thomas
  • 10-09-19

A very interesting read.

Great to listen to a book read by the author. Louis paints a very interesting tale of the luck bestowed upon him by fate.

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  • MJI
  • 10-03-19

A great read Theroux and Theroux

Really well written and referenced book. Very enjoyable. So insightful to know not only what Louis was thinking while filming, but also the trials and tribulations of putting the programmes together and his own personal journey. I selfishly hoped he would cover more of his programmes but I understand that this would have been prohibitive given preciousness of time and editorial limits. Was also pleasantly surprised that Louis’ voice when pronouncing “a series” is sufficiently close to mine saying “hey siri” and thereby triggering a response from my iphone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-19

Great for the daily commute

Louis Theroux is an enigmatic figure and if you hope to glean any deep character insights you will be disappointed. It was interesting to learn, though, how much he has had to hustle in his career and how strategic he has been. Some stories (calling an old documentary subject just so you can say in an upcoming interview that you are still in touch, for example) are unflattering and very much at odds with the innocent abroad character we see on TV, which I found intriguing. Some of what Louis covers is old territory for fans who have seen his shows but I enjoyed those stories and this was an entertaining listen for my drive to and from work. I felt there was too much about Jimmy Saville (like, let it go already!) but maybe that's because I'm not from the UK and didn't grow up with him as a media fixture. Recommended for all fans of Louis.