• Spectacles

  • By: Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by: Sue Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-17-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spectacles, the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins.
When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say, 'Why is our house full of this s--t?'
Sadly, a recycling incident destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, dear listener, you will never get to see countless drawings of wizards, read a poem about corn on the cob, or marvel at the kilos of brown flowers I so lovingly pressed as a child.
Secondly, it's left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself.
This, my first ever title, will answer questions such as: is Mary Berry real? Is it true you wear a surgical truss, and is a nonspherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?
Most of this audiobook is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me. Thank you for listening.

©2015 Sue Perkins (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jess Hearts Books on 01-18-16

What's not to love?

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Sue Perkins is one of my favourite celebrities. She comes across as intelligent, funny, kind and like someone who has endless fascinating stories to share. I’m not usually interested in celebrity memoirs or autobiographies but was sold on the audiobook version of this with it being narrated by Sue Perkins herself.

Sue’s narration brings this audiobook to life. Listening to her stories is like going to the pub with an old friend for a catch up. I listened to this audiobook whilst doing chores and getting ready in the mornings and it made those mundane tasks so much more bearable. Not many people can make me laugh out loud at 7am on a Monday morning but Sue Perkins did. Not many people can make me cry whilst putting my mascara on but Sue Perkins did.

This book covers cake, travel, dogs, lesbianism, comedy, friendship, family and feminism all delivered in Sue's trademark humorous, warm and intelligent narrative. What's not to love?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeannette on 01-31-16

I loved this book

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I really enjoyed this book - it was a bit of a chance download,not being in the realms of my usual choice of listening, but I have to say how much I liked it. It is narrated by Sue herself (very well). I usually go to sleep listening to my audiobooks but I had to turn this one off to get some! She has such a great way with words and comes across as witty, clever, humble, thoughtful, honest and fallible. Only trouble is, it made me feel like I wanted her to be my friend! (oh dear that sounds sad). I don't usually write reviews, but had to say how much I loved this particular one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By V T SPILLANE on 02-01-17

Very entertaining 'read'

Where does Spectacles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High up in the autobiographical group

What did you like best about this story?

Sue Perkins is very amusing and self-deprecatory - she is a laugh!

Have you listened to any of Sue Perkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?


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

It made me laugh - a lot!

Any additional comments?

Go on, get to know this author!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-16-17

Love love love

Thank you Sue Perkins. As always you are warm and funny and thank you for explaining beautiful the horrible disease that afflicts so many

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