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  • HELP

  • By: Simon Amstell
  • Narrated by: Simon Amstell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

Comedy, Tragedy, Therapy. Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of 13. His parents had just divorced, and puberty was confusing. Trying to be funny solved everything. Read by Simon Amstell, and interspersed with footage from his stand-up tours, HELP is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon's ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self onstage. To tell the truth so it can't hurt him anymore. Loneliness, anxiety, depression - this book has it all. And more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff but just so little thats new.

  • By Mr. A. P. Barker on 21-09-17

3 hours of unfunny self analysis

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better material, more observational and less about Simon's not very interesting life. Some of his previous comedy work I liked, but 3 hours of him non stop obsessing on his personal life just jarred with me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Amstell again?

no

What didn’t you like about Simon Amstell’s performance?

Amstell's voice and delivery not great. The live comedy inserts are also badly recorded, and at a different sound level to the narration

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

Any additional comments?

couldn't wait for this to end and get to something more interesting