Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. Read unabridged by the man himself, the audiobook edition of The Life of Lee is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography, charting his ups and downs on the way to the top. Lee takes us on a darkly humorous journey through his childhood spent running wild on a Bristol housing estate and his unconventional school days, when he was publicly derided as 'a failure' by a sadistic teacher.
In this brilliantly entertaining and engaging tale, he also guides us through a grim teenage period of numerous dead-end jobs. When he was cleaning toilets and plucking turkeys, he could never have imagined that one day he would be playing to thousands of adoring fans at the O2 Arena. The reading also reveals how as a boy Lee got his first taste of showbiz, living out of a suitcase and accompanying his entertainer father around the smoky, rowdy, unforgiving working-men's club and theatre circuit. Desperately struggling to be accepted, this quiet young loner always saw himself as an outsider. But he finally met the love of his life and accidentally discovered the one place where he felt at home: the stage. The Life of Lee is a story that is like its subject: compelling, touching, charming and, above all, fantastically funny.
©2011 Lee Evans (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited
From poverty stricken beginnings to his big break and everything in between,laughter and tears,a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable book.
Im not a fan of lee evans stage shows due to the amount of bad language he uses but I wanted to give this book a go because his life sounded intresting yet normal (ish!) I loved the book and he read it so you could hear the feelings in his voice. I only remember 1 sware word and it wax entertaining. Trust me you will laugh out load and feel his pain.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I used to love Lee's stand up shows and saw him live a few times. After a while I felt he was just doing the same routines. That said I did enjoy this listen. I didn't realise how rough his early life was. I saw a different side to Lee after listening to this as he explains how shy he is (hard to imagine I know). I would recommend this book.
I got this audiobook to listen to on an 8 hour long road journey that I would be sharing with my son. I am not a huge fan of Lee Evans but previously I had listened to audiobooks by Tony Hawks and Michael McIntyre that had made the journey seem much shorter and amused myself and Matthew, rather than one or the other of us.
Dull in the extreme
It needed to be a lot less contrived and it needed to be funny!
Very Disappointed - decided not to waste time listening right to the end but did waste 8 hours on it
Sadly this book was disappointing and I am glad I did not end up listening to it for a single 8 hour stretch. The book covers Lee Evan’s life only up to the age of 18 and frankly, apart from the odd turn of phrase, is mundane in the extreme. The early life that is described here is not dissimilar from that which one suspects most working class lads in the 1970s would have led. I had the impression that many of the escapades recalled had at least some exaggeration but even then they didn’t differ greatly from what I would have considered a run of the mill 1970s childhood. Much of the analogy is laboured in the extreme and is definitely not funny
Lee Evans reads this book as he lived it- with enthusiasm and great heart. His story is one of an exceptional person in very ordinary circumstances. He is all the more likeable for not recognising the extent of his talent.
The story of his life dashes along with brightly painted word portraits of the characters illustrating the path he takes. I found myself listening to the story over two days and feeling I knew Lee Evans and would love to have a pint down the pub in his company.
A charming book, and an unexpected treasure.
My GF has read this book I had this version and it worth having the Audio verion if you like Lee, He makes a effort to act out the story giving voices to the people in his life..
I've lost count of the amount of times I have listened to this book. It's honest and from the heart - sometimes devastatingly moving, sometimes uncontrollably funny, but always fantastically told and a gripping story.
Do NOT hesitate to buy!
I'm so happy that I brought this audio book I don't know where to start, amazing read light humour and so funny keeps you laughing all the way through. It was a book that I really didn't want to stop reading it had you wanting to read more and more.
This is one of the first audio books I have ever listen to. I enjoyed listening to this book from start to finish there are many points in the book which I can relate to which made my enjoyment of the book better. A must read/listen
I didn't realise about his life, what a really interesting and well read book, Couldn't put it down.
"Moving and Inspiring"
Lee Evans, was one of the best comedians in the world of British Comedy untill his retirement and still today, his energetic performance is as electrifying as it is funny.
His life story takes thenlistener through some of his rare ups to the ultimate downs, illustrated by the charming voice of the narrator/author which lead to a great listen wherever you are.
Lee Evans is a true inspiration and anyone who calls themselves a real comedy fan should listen to this audio book immediately.
"Very very well written and told."
I love the way he writes... He's better than most professional writers out there... Some of his stories are a bit hard... But I really enjoyed this a lot.
Just buy it... You won't regret it.
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