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John

Bishops Stortford, Herts, United Kingdom
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Actually very good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-19

If you are interested in Jack's family history you will be disappointed. However there's much on his school life early jobs and road to breaking through. Stops at the point of getting an agent.

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Not as good as David Mitchell's back story.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Very well read by a talented actor and voice over specialist. This is more a book of self analysis than it is an autobiography. It is though autobiographical and concentrates in that regard mostly on his educational years which was highly engaging. Would have liked to know more about his professional experiences. In general I think that there was too much of telling the reader how to interpret e.g when looking back now at his younger self. All opinions are valid but I don't need to be told generalisations about masculinity or the bizarre concept of the patriarchy.

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Waddya Got?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-19

The most fascinating part of any celebrity autobiography is their life leading up to the breakthrough. In the case of Mr Brydon as this came relatively late there's alot of fascinating material. As I expected it was extremely well read and delivered wittily and amusingly. Certainly this was one up on Steve Coogan's book mainly because of the frankness and honesty.

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Absolutely wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-19

Rory Stewart has great integrity in everything he does and clearly his father is his great influence. Fascinating book on history and geography of the Marches.

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Plan for the worst hope for the best!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

One of the better Reacher novels. Really enjoyed this one.
Reacher is the modern day gunslinger!

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not exactly brought to life

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-18

Content was reasonable but the performance was completely monotone. Surely should have been read by a woman given the subject.

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it's an icebreaker Tomkinson!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Fascinating account of an event that is now far ftom public consciousness. Palin should really write more. Everything he does is well judged and to a high standard.

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  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
  • A Sortabiography
  • By: Eric Idle
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle

Nudge Nudge Say No More!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Eric is Eric rather than Mike John either of the Terrys or the late Graham. Runs through his life at a swift tempo. All good stuff.

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Daileader Nails It Again

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-18

Punchy interesting witty stimulating and full of facts. Phil you keep putting it out and I'll keep listening!

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He's lost that spark!

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-18

Just lacks that modern day maverick gunslinger attribute of some of the previous novels. I think I've now retired from JR.