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If you could sum up I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan in three words, what would they be?
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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.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Steve Cooghan has, once again, demonstrated his comedic wizardry in this timely revival of his most wonderful and popular character, the obnoxious, shallow and 'cringeworthy' Alan Partridge. The book is an excellent tie-up to the splendid television series. T'is a small pity that Partridge's long-suffering and terribly exploited assistant Lynne does not receive more mention. This is only a very minor criticism of a work destined to join the very best parts of the Alan Partridge canon. Absolutely splendid and most highly recommended. Pure Partridge!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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...)
27 of 27 people found this review helpful
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.
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.
83 of 86 people found this review helpful
One of the few occasions that the audiobook is better than the paperback. Coogan reading it makes it so ruddy ruddy ruddy good...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Absolutely loved every second of this. An astoundingly funny satirical masterpiece that had me laughing out loud while walking and/or on all major forms of public transport.
Coogan is a comic genius. And with help from the likes of Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It, Veep), this is an hilarious deep dive into Alan Partridge you'll want to revisit regularly!