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Following his hugely popular account of the previous 2000 years, John O'Farrell now comes bang up to date with a hilarious modern history asking 'How the hell did we end up here?'

An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain informs, elucidates and laughs at all the bizarre events, ridiculous characters and stupid decisions that have shaped Britain's story since 1945; leaving the 21st century reader feeling fantastically smug for having the benefit of hindsight.
©2009 John O'Farrell; (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Ian
  • 11-14-09

Excellent Listen

An excellent listen and a worthy follow up to the previous book. Well read (by the authour) with both witty and passionate delivery. Definatialy worth going for the unabridged version as you will miss so many little bits of triva with the abridged. Unless you were a 1980's Conservative MP you will love this book!

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  • Colin
  • 02-09-10

An engaging, if somewhat biased, potted history

I found this book fascinating, and delivered in a very engaging manner by the author. For non-history buffs like me, this gallop across the key highlights of the past 60 years in Britain was both informative and very interesting throughout.

Downside? My old history teacher always maintained that "History is written by the Victors" and so it is here. In fairness the author makes it clear from the very start that he is a staunch Labour supporter and he's aware this colours his outlook, but there were a few times when his "Labour Good, Conservative Bad" mantra tended to put too obvious a spin on the events of the times.

This was most evident in book 2 and his views on Margaret Thatcher's years in No10. Also whilst I agree that the odd lighter note can really aid understanding, attempting to make light of the events surrounding Bobby Sands may not have been the best idea.

Overall though I'd still recommend this as a good listen, and a reminder of how the events in the news today have all happened before, and will again, probably with the same outcome.

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  • Nicola
  • 01-27-10

Excellent fun

This book is well written and well read by the author. I agree with the other reviewer, the unabridged version is so much better. Well worth the money for this funny and irreverent look at our modern history.

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  • Anna
  • 12-09-13

informative and funny!

Where does An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high. It is an excelent book and a very enjoyable way to learn English history. I've read the earlier book (Utterly Exasperated History...) which was excelent, so I knew I will enjoy this one. However, if you treat it as a history lesson, be careful. The author cannot (and I guess does not want to) hide his political views, which might be slightly irritating (especially for the Conservatives, he is so obviously pro-Labour) and misleading. Still, the facts are all there and presented in an easy-to-stomach way.

What did you like best about this story?

it is very funny. I actually burst out laughing quite a few times while listening to it, so beware you don't listen to it in public!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

there are no scenes, it is a history book! Silly form.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I cannot handle too much history in one go, as I do not remember it properly later.

Any additional comments?

Very, very nice!

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  • steve
  • 07-08-13

witty and insightful

A pretty good summary of the last 60 years. Witty and insightful. I reccomend this book.

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  • Henry
  • 04-07-13

Good

It's a brilliant bit writing and even better reading by John O'Farrell. He reads it exactly how he intended to write it, something that may not come across so easily in the book, but does miss some major parts of recent history and is, to be frank, very biased, but a good listen to anyway.

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  • Graham
  • 08-26-10

Not as good as the last one

Good but not as good as the last book which was a little disappointing, however it was certainly still both entertaining and informative.

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  • Mrs`Anna
  • 04-21-15

Very political

What would have made An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain better?

Made a mistake buying this book. Very left wing in its views of the mistakes made in the last 60 years. Every left wing discussion was apologised for and every conservative decision was slated, with the special target of Margaret Thatcher.


Would you ever listen to anything by John O'Farrell again?

Never

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John O'Farrell?

Lenin

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

Mildly amusing at times

Any additional comments?

If you are very left wing in your views you would probably enjoy this book, in the same way as a right wing christian fundermentalist would enjoy Fox News. If you are however moderate in your views and view massive mistakes being made on both sides of the political divide, do not buy this book.

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