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Ayoade on Ayoade

Narrated by: Richard Ayoade
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, Comedy
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In this book, Richard Ayoade - actor, writer, director, and amateur dentist - reflects on his cinematic legacy as only he can: in conversation with himself. Over 10 brilliantly insightful and often erotic interviews, Ayoade examines Ayoade fully and without mercy, leading a breathless investigation into this once-in-a-generation visionary. They have called their book Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey. Take the journey, and your life will never be the same again.

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I love Richard Ayoade...but

There are some fantastic moments and when he jumps out of the book to talk to the listeners he is classic Ayoade - it just didn’t click with me It’s decent just not great :(

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Man in brown corduroy suit talks to himself

If the first sign of madness is talking to yourself then the second sign of madness must surely be making a recording of you taking to yourself. What that quite says about someone who is prepared to hand over their hard earned coin to listen to somebody talking to themselves I do not know and it is probably not a good idea to dwell on it too long.

Despite what tallish author of this work Richard Ayoade says, I think it works best as an audio book as you can actually hear him speak and he adopts different voices for the interviewer Ayoade, the interviewee Ayoade and yet another voice for what are presumably the footnotes that explain why Ayoade thinks this does not work as an Audio Book. What Ayoade overlooks, however when he tries to explain that the listener will not be able to appreciate the subtle vision joke of, for example the "Prologu(e)mbryo" section that Ayoade takes great pains to explain to the listener in the third Ayoade footnote voice is that the listener is able to glance at the screen of the device that is playing the recording (in my case the display in my car) which shows the name of the section being played.

There is more to this book than mere self reflection on Ayoade's film career though. The appendix includes much of Ayoade's writings and musings on various subjects including open letters, a quiz, some FAQs and some "did you know" type facts (some of which i suspect are not actually true). A special mention too to Danny to the D Deville who deserves his own book.