• Bit of a Blur

  • By: Alex James
  • Narrated by: Alex James
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 06-19-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Success catapulted Alex James from a slug-infested squat in Camberwell to a world of private jets and world-class restaurants. As "the second drunkest member of the world's drunkest band" life was always chaotic, but Alex James retained a boundless enthusiasm and curiosity at odds with his hedonistic lifestyle. In Bit of a Blur he recounts his experiences living through the madness of Britpop, detailing both the pleasures and perils of fame. From nights in the Groucho with Damien Hirst, to dancing to Sister Sledge with Bjork, to being bitten on the nose by the lead singer of Iron Maiden, he offers a fascinating and hilarious insight into the world of celebrity.
Alex James is the perfect chronicler of his generation: witty, observant, frank, and brimming with joie de vivre. Bit of a Blur is as charming, funny, and deliciously disreputable as its author.
©2007 Alex James (P)2007 Hachette Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By JustThisGuyYouKnow on 12-11-07

Good stuff

Very funny perspective from a guy too smart for the music business but just drunk enough to indulge anyway.
Captures a weird and wonderful time in British music when every band proclaimed themselves to be ordained by God as the greatest....and some of them were pretty close.
Great cast of famous characters in precarious situations...I'm sure the author made lots of enemies with this one.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Heidi on 01-20-13

Surprised at my disappoinment

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I love Alex James, and I love his voice. I have this book in paperback, but when I saw it on audible and that it was narrated by him I had to get it. Thus my audible gold membership happened (and I'm now enjoying so many books!)
I was disappointed however, I knew the book was abridged, but I thought really good parts were left out, but the most shocking fact however was Alex James as a narrator.
I had always pictured he'd nail it - narrating a book, and especially his own, but I found myself getting annoyed at the pace and the straight forward narration. I'm sorry, I adore you Alex, but this surprised me.
It has a bit of fan value I guess, other than that, I'd go for the paperback.

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5 out of 5 stars
By PP Merge on 07-25-07

Britpop to voxpop

It took a little while to get used to Alex James' narration (and it sounded like it took him a while to get into reading without sounding self-conscious) but about 20 minutes in I started enjoying this very much.

While there is a smattering of cliche and purple prose there is much genuine humour (of the laugh outloud kind). It's an amazing insight into the kind of lifestyle 99.9% of us will never experience but can now enjoy by proxy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve K on 05-17-12

Surprisingly Good

Just had credits to use up and as I was in my 20's during the 90's thought this would be worth a listen to, which it was. Would recommend

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