Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer, and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having blasted on to the small screen in the gut-busting and now legendary sitcom Spaced, his enduring appeal and rise to nation's-favourite-son status has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.
From his childhood (and subsequently adult) obsession with science fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand-up comedy which began with his regular Monday morning slot in front of his 12-year-old classmates, Simon has always had a severe and dangerous case of the funnies.
So, sit back, relax, and let Simon Pegg and his faithful robotic butler Canterbury take you on a spectacular journey of self-discovery. (Or, take this book to school and swap it for something cooler...) Dotted with a cast of memorable characters who have helped shape the life and career of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable man, Nerd Do Well is the joyous tale of a home-grown superstar and a local boy made good.
WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE.
©2010 Simon Pegg (P)2010 Random House Audio
It very funny and qurkie he really set out to make it a book and an autobiography in one.Its quite a clever way of keeping
the reader intrested. one of the most intresting autobiographies I have read in a long time.
Listened to the 15 minute free sample on the Members
Page - it was great. Warm, funny, great voice acting
by the man himself.
I laughed, I cried, I loved this. My first ever autobio and I wonder if any other could ever live up to it. Simon P is a gem; hilarious, witty, caring, ohhhh, gush gush, he's a genuine lovely guy and he takes you along on the amazing journey his life has taken so far with a fabby snort-fest sci-fi story sandwiched between the 'real' stuff. Finished it... started listening to it all over again. Fantabulous!
Really enjoyed this audiobook, light going some great Simon Pegg humor, did not follow the normal style of an autobiography but was a great listen.
A very good listen, however it drops into some 'explaining moments' with his explanation of some life events. We managed with teenagers and it is a cross between an autobiography and a fantasy. Amusing man full of life.
If autobiographies don't appeal to you, you should still listen to Simon Pegg's Nerd Do Well. He is obviously from the 'naughty boy obsessed with zombies and sci-fi made good' school of celebrity, because he intersperses his biography with a hilariously absurd yarn featuring himself in a James Bond style alter ego. I can just picture him thinking "I have enough of this boring biography stuff, let's do a bit more of the exciting sexy narrative involving stealth jet fighters, hot women, and a brilliantly funny obsequious robot". If you like Simon Pegg's humour, this is a must. If you don't, this might change your mind. You can always gloss over the bits where Simon is off on one of his homages to George Romero and the world of zombies...
Simon Pegg seems to enjoy narrating an autobiography that he seemed reluctant to write. I've read the book as well and oddly, the bits I enjoyed more in the audio version are the surreal episodes of Pegg and his robot butler Canterbury where as when I read the book I found them a bit of an intrusion. I suppose it's because a comic performer is less comfortable delivering the more sobering account of their own life than the made up adventures of an international crime fighting sex-god.
The sober bits are good though and original too. The unique element of this autobiography is the recurring theme of circularity where Pegg marvels in the neatness that he would grow up to work with the very people most responsible for making him the film-geek he is today.
This is a really good listen, it's Simon Pegg comedy is obviously the driving force that sticks the back story together well, and I laughed at very regular intervals while listening. It's duel monologue was something that first caught me off guard, but does very quickly make sense and in a way works, but I think the two could ave been two separate stories expanded on, as I was really interested in his life and most of this section is kind of dotted around telling you bits here and there and can sometimes get confusing, I would have just liked more detail especially towards the end when he actually made it to being famous it felt like he was only lightly going over it, which was a shame.
The other side of the coin was a funny fantasy story and again I think in its self ould have been it's only little book.
Take nothing away form the fact this is a superlative listen! If like me you are a Simon Pegg fan I strongly recommend you take a listen.
A very well written and laugh out loud autobiography, with a slightly unusual take on how best to get across his story, which I absolutely loved. I will listen to this again and again, and recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed his work previously or is a little bit of a geek/nerd. If you can appreciate the finer things in life, i.e. Star Wars, zombie movies, superheros, superhero fantasies, 80's pop culture references and beautiful ways in which to use profanity, give this a go...
Simon is his usual lovely self in this audio version and it's wonderful he took the time to read it himself. There are a whole load of explosively funny bits. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite make it to his usual standard - not because it's bad, but because everything else he does is so outstanding.
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