As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister's christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn't get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him. Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London, getting closer and closer to landing a gig, only to be told 'No' at the last stage. But he never gave up and soon found his whole life turned upside down and inside out by his experience as one Alan Bennett's History Boys. From that moment forth, he's never looked back.
May I Have Your Attention Please? is the warm, cheeky, surprisingly honest and hilarious story of one of our most popular comedy talents. From his antics as one of the founding players of his high-school's first ever rugby team to gaining recognition in the West End, to nationwide fame as the loveably loud Smithy in the award-winning Gavin and Stacey, this is a tenderly told story of what it's like to try, try and try again and - happily - get there in the end.
©2011 James Corden (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
"A funny, interesting & genuine account' 5 stars." (Daily Express)
"Absolutely EXCELLENT ***"
James does not disappoint in this WONDERFUL piece of work. He writes from his heart narrating his story with real warmth and whilst listening I felt he was reading just to me. I listened avidly to his exploits at school, his early adventures securing parts in the plays or films. It was hysterically funny in places and brought tears to my eyes in others. James takes time to describe the characters he has encountered throughout the book he acknowledges all those who have made an impression upon him. I learned a lot about the ways of a thespian and I discovered a side to his personality I had not previously seen. He is not just a very clever very funny man able to hold an audience in the palm of his hand, he is humble , a serious family man warm and loveable. He is keen to please, rather like a labrador puppy who keeps coming back for more opportunities to play. Well done Mr Corden , you certainly had my attention for the whole book. This is an excellent book, buy the download you will not be disapointed.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. James takes you from his very normal childhood,through to his metoric rise to fame, warts and all. For somebody that missarebly failed at school I would give the book an A Star, well done Mr. Lavine.
"Laughs, Sweat and Tears"
A really heart warming account of James Corden's life to date.
I found his account of his darkest times most touching and was something everyone can relate to.
On the whole plenty of laughs and nice to know he's human like the rest of us.
"A lesson in humility."
I like the G&S stuff, as we all do, but I wanted to know more about James the man and this book didn't let me down. The book left me realising he worked really hard to achive his success and learned some valuable lessons along the way. James reads with humility and occasional humor, but this is not a funny book. There are some funny anecdotes, but this book is a real lesson in what can happen if you start believing your own hype. Great listen
I loved this book from start to finish. I had only recently watched Gavin and Stacey but as soon as I had, I wanted to know more about James Corden. James does a great job of narrating and he really describes every event in his life in a way that makes you feel that you are part of it.
When it finished I felt a bit lost, missing my daily fix of James Corden humour.
I would definatley recomend to anyone, not only to know about his rise to fame but also for how hilarious it is , all the way through.
A very funny read James Corden tells his story so far in his own humorous way but I found the book a bit of a struggle towards the end and a bit boring
"Narrator makes audio book better than reading"
We listened to this audio book as a family on a long journey and we all enjoyed it to the point I was only allowed to listen to it whilst we were together in the car! It does have a few rude bits to it though so there were a few occasions where we had to skip a few minutes or insist our youngest teenager put his headphones on! As with the Michael McIntyre autobiography the book talks about his early career struggles and shows how hard it is to be a successful on TV. The author's narration is particularly funny making listening to the audio book more enjoyable than reading the book.
"A jolly good listen!"
This was my first experience of audio books as an adult! It was laugh out loud funny, made more so by James Corden narrating it, I think it may have been lost in translation should I have read this myself! I listened to it in the gym and nearly came off the back of the treadmill whilst laughing!!!
JC is very honest, open and funny. If you are a fan this is a must listen!
"Funny and interesting"
A really Honest story and review of Corden's life. Full of funny stories (although at times I did feel he would irritate me if I had known him in his younger days!) I did watch the G&S drama which probably adds to the interest level but this is a naturally interesting life story.
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