His adventures on the road are by turns funny and moving as he meditates on growing older, the terrors and joys of trying to be funny in front of a live audience, and on the nature of comedy itself. He interweaves stories of his former laddish behavior and also tells a love story about a girl he had a brief fling with years ago who comes back into his life while he is touring. At the age of 50, Frank Skinner asks himself: Is it time to grow up?
©2008 Frank Skinner; (P)2008 Random House Audiobooks
I have long been a fan of Frank Skinner. Recently I purchased a couple of his live stand up sets from Audible and was dismayed by their expensiveness and poor sound quality, not to mention all that the listener misses out on by not being able to see what Frank is doing.
I have read his autobiography (with my actual eyes) and was very impressed. However, by this audio book, I was blown away!
It?s unfortunately abridged, but not so heavily that it seems more like a synopsis than a credible book.
It provides a contemporary and honest look at Frank?s life, centring on his recent return to stand up with some old stories thrown in for good measure.
I was laughing out loud in places; Frank uniquely balances fine and fowl language with equal articulacy.
Someone reading the actual book would definitely be missing out on this occasion, with Frank falling into his stand up routines with practiced tone and timing that of course would be missing from the written word.
On a couple of occasions he actually plays an instrument and sings, I can only assume readers got the lyrics.
So this is definitely a good purchase for any Skinner fans, and in my opinion one of the best recorded and involving audio books available.
Wicked. Narrated by Frank himself, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the ups and downs of his recent Tour. There were plenty of stand up one-liners to whet my appetite for more. The tears just rolled from laughter in many places.
Based on this, if there was a tour venue near me, I'd be there!
A smashing audiobook giving us an honest glimpse into the deepest recesses of this most talented man. And a lot of big laughs. The stuff about granny porn was particularly welcome as well as the George Formby <i>de nos jours </i>.
Audible - commuter 'reading' for education & inspiration - my book time loved and well spent.
I am an avid fan of Frank Skinner's radio show on Absolute, waiting in anticipation each weekend for the podcast to download and listen to repeatedly during the week till the next is available. Also love his current TV shows, and remember Fantasy Football, the 3 Lions and much of his earlier TV success solo and with David Baddiel.
Due to all the above this was my first chosen download from 'Audible', and some of it is hilarious - all of it is honest, sometimes poignant and touching, but some of it just too close to the mark for me. I didn't consider myself a prude, but some of the graphic detail on encounters and the repeated swearing I found difficult to 'listen' to. I emphasise 'listen' because I'm not so sure I would have felt the same way 'reading' it, so maybe it is more down to my own sensibilities (however they've been formed).
If you know Frank Skinner of old, have been to his live stand up (sadly haven't had the pleasure) then I have no doubt you will love this. If like me you're more attuned to the TV & radio Frank, then you too may have to open your mind, and keep this for adult only listening.
This is a very clever, very funny and very honest man - and you get all those attributes in this book, just be sure the audience is appropriate. I will be downloading his other books (just not sure in which format) and laughing out loud with the man who I believe is a 'National Treasure'.
A hugely enjoyably listen thanks to Frank's honesty and his willingness to tell you the whole story about his life on the road, whether you like it or not. Really funny in places, particularly his horrible retelling of his first encounter with a prostitute.
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