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Sue McW

Sue McW UK Member Since 2012

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  • "Informative and entertaining read"

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    If you enjoy Hugh Dennis' laid-back approach and the light-hearted tone to his voice, then this is the audiobook for you. You will learn a lot of surprising information about Britain and its people through history, and the present day. The clearly defined subjects for each chapter mean you can dip in and out if you so wish. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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    Britty Britty Bang Bang: One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Hugh Dennis
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    Mock the Week and Outnumbered's Hugh Dennis with an hilarious and insightful exploration of the changing image of Britain and Britishness.

    Hugh Dennis has secretly been worrying about what being "British" meant for nearly a decade, ever since his friend Ardal O'Hanlon had told him in passing that he was the most British person he had ever met. Hugh was unclear whether he was being praised, teased, vaguely insulted, or possibly all three - because it has always been very difficult to know how to feel about being British.

    Sue McW says: "Informative and entertaining read"
  • "Wonderful man, wonderful book"

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    This book is so well written, you can hear David Jason's voice behind every word. A blend of honest integrity with quick-witted humour. Like other reviewers, I was initially disappointed that David only reads the introduction - however Michael Fenton Stevens does such an admirable job of narrating and captures all the liveliness of David's story. I would recommend this to anyone - it is one of those rare books that you don't want to end.

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    David Jason: My Life

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    • By David Jason
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
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    The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

    Sue McW says: "Wonderful man, wonderful book"
  • "What a unique and refreshing change !"

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    At last, a book that is written and narrated with humour and intelligence. The interplay between Jack and his father is entertaining largely because they are equally matched. Such a refreshing idea to have a memoir told from the perspectives of two generations. I already knew of Jack's comedic abilities from his TV appearances but knew nothing about father, Michael Whitehall - who is a wonderful character with a very droll delivery and a wealth of ancedotes. I hope they will consider writing another book together - and might include chapters from Jack's mother and siblings and even some of the celebrities that Micheal has managed over the years. Nigel Havers.... what a additional treat that would be !

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    Him & Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
    • Narrated By Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
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    Jack and Michael Whitehall perform their laugh-out-loud autobiography Him & Me as a unique dual-voiced comedy audiobook, filled with ad-libs, asides, and comic dialogue to create a uniquely funny listen. Jack and Michael open up the rich and plentiful family lore archives on topics such as Jack's nanny's enormous feet, Michael's lifetime touchline ban from Jack's prep-school and the Whitehall collection of downright weird and eccentric relatives.

    Jane says: "The most fun you can have with your clothes on!"
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