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Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.
But how did he get there? Michael reveals all and gives a hilarious performance in this audio edition of his remarkably honest autobiography. His showbiz roots, his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, his fish-out-of-water move from public to state school, and his astonishing journey from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to selling half a million tickets on his last tour - all are revealed. Michael’s story is riveting, poignant, romantic, and above all, very, very funny.
©2010 Michael McIntyre (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd
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By Ann on 01-07-11

Entertaining and engaging

I expected an interesting story with some funny bits. I think this is better than reading the book yourself as you get to listen to Micheal himself. While the book covers some sad and hard times in his life it is not depressing but very funny. He is also able to convey his feelings and emotions for both the sad and happy times to give you an idea of how he felt and what he was going through. The book had me in tears frequently, some tears off sadness but mostly tears of laughter. Fortunately I was home alone listening so no problem for the times when I just couldn't hold the laughter in.
He also gives the rest of us an idea of how hard it is to become a success in comedy, you don't just walk into a club and start telling jokes and bingo your famous. I've often thought that people in showbiz must all have big egos just to get up on stage and assume people want to see / hear them. I've never considered that they want to make us happy by performing or that their disapointment at lack of success might not be purely financially motivated.
I hope Micheal has many more years of entertaining ahead of him and that he has plans for further books.

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By Steve on 03-17-12

hilarious

He is a very funny man and if you have seen him on tv and like him then you will love his autobiography. His narration is brilliant.

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By David on 10-30-10

A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

Having seen this guy a couple of times on the TV I was expecting a few giggles in this book. I got chortles, gaffaws and down right pant wetting moments! Some people read audiobooks very well. Some people are very funny, but it doesn't come over in this format. This book is a hilarious exeption. Michael McIntyre performs his book so well that I have to give him 5 stars. This is one of the best performances of his life - he should be very proud :)

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By John on 04-28-11

An absolute pleasure from start to finish

Listening to Michael MacIntyre's autobiography as an audio book is by far and away the best way to enjoy his life story. His voice is so wonderfully engaging that I found myself smiling just listening to the subtle laughter in his speech, and he has the most wonderful ability to mimic the various voices from his past, which he uses to the full. Everytime I heard the grandmother's 'Hello Darling' in her Hungarian accent I started to smile, and his version of a pseudo-Jackie Mason when he was doing his Jewish accent is worthy of a BAFTA.
This is the sort of book that can embarrass the reader if listening on a train or bus as explosions of laughter will erupt without warning. I had a quiet spot at work and listened to the chapter about his mother adopting other people's accents and had to pretend I had a choking fit when his mother went into the shop run by a Rasterfarian.
It is also deeply touching, and the section about his father's death had me in tears. Altogether a masterpiece of comedic writing and as in the title, an absolute pleasure from start to finish.

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By Atreides on 10-31-14

Heart warming, not funny.

At first I was disappointed by this book because if you like Michael McIntyre then you are usually accustomed to laughing uncontrollably. This book is much more an autobiography than a comedy book. Michael's reading is much more sedate than his usual larger than life stage appearances. However if you accept that this is more of a life story book then it becomes more enjoyable. Michael's story (especially near the end) is heart-warming, and told in an amusing (if not laugh-out-loud) manner.

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By Gerlinde on 10-10-17

So Open and entertaining

Being a staunch true crime fan, I only just recently and inadvertently downloaded Alec Baldwin's memoir - which I loved..... so on a roll downloaded Michael's memoir as he just makes me laugh with his natural day to day; true to real life experiences that really makes me laugh out loud no matter how many times I hear/see it.... his memoir is just the same. Totally entertaining and made me laugh, unfortunately as I was listening while painting, caused me to have to correct some detail on my canvas. What a hoot he is. He strikes me as a really loveable human being with an innate ability to make humour out of everyday living. (I just wonder what his wife thinks of him using her in his material : ) I'd love to invite this man and his sweet wife to my house for dinner.

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