Nerd Do Well

  • by Simon Pegg
  • Narrated by Simon Pegg
  • 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Star Trek.
Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having landed on the U.S. movie scene in the surprise cult hit Shaun of the Dead, his enduring appeal and rise to movie star with a dedicated following has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.
From his childhood (and subsequently adult) obsession with science fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand-up comedy that began with his regular Monday morning slot in front of his 12-year-old classmates, Simon has always had a severe and dangerous case of the funnies. Whether recounting his experience working as a lifeguard at the city pool, going to Comic-Con for the first time and confessing to Carrie Fisher that he used to kiss her picture every night before he went to sleep, or meeting and working with heroes that include Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino, Pegg offers a hilarious look at the journey to becoming an international superstar, dotted with a cast of memorable characters, and you're rooting for him all the way.

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What the Critics Say

"How did a geeky kid with a love of Star Wars end up a cult film hero working with Steven Spielberg? Simon Pegg reveals much more." (The Observer Magazine (UK)
"Self-confessed geek turned Brit Hollywood hero Simon Pegg opens the book on his nine-to-five." (GQ (UK)
"Nerd Do Well, does the necessary job of telling Pegg's story, but does so in an intimate manner." (The Times)

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Customer Reviews

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WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE ABRIDGED?!

I love Simon Pegg, and nearly every movie he's been in. This audiobook is fantastic--his reading is awesome, the stories are fun. BUT WHY is it abridged?! I didn't realize that (I know, I wasn't paying attention in my excitement in getting this book) until AFTER I'd listened to it, then started reading some interviews about it, and thought, "Hey, that wasn't in the book!" Now, what? I have to buy the book itself and REREAD it to get the missing bits?!

BOO Randomhouse. Boo.

Who wants to buy half a book? Seriously? BOO.
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- Weedarkone

Abridgement found wanting

What content there is never ceases to entertain, but the abridgement felt skimpy and haphazard. Pegg doesn't disappoint in writing or performance, but his publishers/editors (or whoever made the cuts) did him a disservice.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio