• I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-30-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.7 (365 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma?
Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile at St. Luke’s Hospital in Norwich. After replacing Peter Flint as the presenter of Scout About, he entered the top 8 of BBC sports presenters.But Alan’s big break came with his primetime BBC chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You. Sadly, the show battled against poor scheduling, having been put up against News at Ten, then in its heyday. Due to declining ratings, a single catastrophic hitch (the killing of a guest on air) and the dumbing down of network TV, Alan’s show was cancelled. Not to be dissuaded, he embraced this opportunity to wind up his production company, leave London and fulfil a lifelong ambition to return to his roots in local radio.
Now single, Alan is an intensely private man but he opens up, for the second time, in this candid, entertaining, often deeply emotional – and of course compelling – memoir, written entirely in his own words. (Alan quickly dispelled the idea of using a ghost writer. With a grade B English Language O-Level, he knew he was up to the task.)
He speaks touchingly about his tragic Toblerone addiction, and the painful moment when unsold copies of his first autobiography, Bouncing Back, were pulped like ‘word porridge’. He reveals all about his relationship with his ex-Ukrainian girlfriend, Sonja, with whom he had sex at least twice a day, and the truth about the thick people who make key decisions at the BBC.
A literary tour de force, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan charts the incredible journey of one of our greatest broadcasters.
©2011 Alan Partridge (P)2011 HarperCollins
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Critic Reviews

"Legendary." (The Guardian)
"Some of the UK’s finest comedy." (The Telegraph)
"Coogan’s greatest creation." (Daily Mail)
“I’m a massive Alan Partridge fan, and this is without a doubt the funniest book I’ve ever read. You’ll be laughing at something on every single page. Its worth downloading the audiobook, though, so you can listen to Alan reading it to you.” (Greg James, Heat Magazine)
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By John on 06-20-12

An Anglican giant among pygmies

If you could sum up I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan in three words, what would they be?

black belt chat

What other book might you compare I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan to and why?

The Bible, Great Expectations, The Story of My Experiments with Truth - Mahatma Gandhi, My Early Life: A Roving Commission - Winston Churchill, Poptastic: My Life in Radio - Tony Blackburn

What does Alan Partridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Alan's personal reading of the book lends the words a rich timbre which, combined with his signature rhythm and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones can lead to tears, laughter or literally incontinence all over the very same page.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sorry I should have read this question first as I explained my laughter, tears and urine expulsion in the previous question.

Any additional comments?

It makes the lives of Richard Madeley and Alan Titmarsh look positively tame.

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By Mike on 06-15-12

Even Better Than "Bouncing Back!"

Would you listen to I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan again? Why?

Yes, until Alan gets his much deserved second series, this is the best way to enjoy more Partridge.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan?

Learning about Alan's heroic return after his crippling addiction to Toblerones.

Have you listened to any of Alan Partridge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Refreshing to hear Alan's version of his life, instead of that impostor Steve Coogan's.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed so hard that the other train riders thought I was a sexual deviant.

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By ico on 10-06-11

You get what you pay for

I'm a big fan of the great AP and if you are you'll love this audio book. This is the first audio book I've bought and while I was apprehensive about whether I'd like the format for novels and fiction I was confident that I'd appreciate AGPs memoirs read by the man himself. It's great fun and while not laugh-out-loud all the way through there were a number of bit that had me chuckling away on a crowded train.

Some of the material is rehashed (or should I say reworked) from the TV shows but it's done in such a way that it represents Alan's personal view of the situation which is not always quite as accurate as the fly on the wall material we witnessed back in the day so it's funny to hear Alan's versions of chinese whispers when he remembers some of his most shame-faced moments in a way that makes him feel good about himself.

I managed to listen to it over about 4 days on my commute to and from work and like the TV shows I've no doubt it will be something I come back to, AP is such a good creation and while I think Coogan and co sometimes push the boundaries too far silliness-wise (Jed Maxwell episode on TV, I'm looking at you) you can forgive them beacuse the character is written so well. The only real sadness I had was that Lynn never gets a name check (purposefully) but some of the stories about her having to fend for herself are great.

All in all I great book and an even better audiobook that's well worth a listen. It's just a shame that Bouncing Back (Alan's first memoirs) never got to see the audio book treatment.....(still this one would well suit a drive to Dundee in your bare feet...)

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By ShabadooGMan on 10-07-11

Jurassic Park

Best audiobook I've ever listened to. By a distance.

Huge advantage over the book version is Coogan's narration; the voice is such a key component of the Partridge persona.

Cannot recommend it enough.

Three downsides:

1) a bloke in Holborn shot me daggers yesterday because it looked like I was laughing directly at him, rather than listening to it on my headphones. You'll also look an epic tit lauging loudly to yourself on the tube/train/bus.
2) You'll be genuinely sorry once it's finished.
3) After seven hours of solid Partridge, you'll find yourself talking a bit like him in real life. Which is odd.

All in all, it's awesome.

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By Simon A Newman on 01-09-15

Back of the net!

One of the few occasions that the audiobook is better than the paperback. Coogan reading it makes it so ruddy ruddy ruddy good...

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful


By Ryan on 06-29-17

The greatest book ever written

Sincerely. This book is perfect. I've listened to it many, many, many many many times.

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