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Summary

Narrated by the man himself and written in his unmistakable tone and style, Alan Partridge: Nomad is filled with all the joie de vivre you'd expect.

In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance.

Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.

Through witty vignettes, heavy essays and nod-inducing pieces of wisdom, Alan shines a light on the nooks of the nation and the crannies of himself, making this a biography that biographs the biographer while also biographing bits of Britain.

©2016 Rob Gibbons; Neil Gibbons; Steve Coogan (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Mr
  • 29-01-17

Kiss my face.

Lovely stuff. Not my words. The words of Shaking Stevens. Eat that. Back of the net.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Every line has a joke.

As good as the first book, which is near impossible to live up to. Will repay you with new laughs on each re-reading. A wonderful achievement.

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The faint scent of cash-in

Early on in the book Partridge admits to padding the word count with meaningless filler, and it's depressing to realise that it's not merely a gag but the literal truth. The opening is pure Partridge, promising a great evening for veteran and newcomer alike. Yet within minutes it loses its way, like an old friend you find you have nothing in common with anymore. It reminds me of Season 4 of Arrested Development, where the characters were split apart and forced into isolation, denying the audience the joy seeing them at each other's throats.

The same has happened here, my anxious wait for the pre-order morphing into excitement, trepidation and finally disappointment as I realise it's just not funny. Not as a standalone and certainly not next to I, Partridge. It's a lazy book, too long in the making that forgets the warmth of affection people have for the character and winds up outstaying an awkward reunion. I really hope another book is due and sooner rather than later.

Recommended only for the most die-hard listeners of Mid Morning Matters.

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  • Dan
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  • 27-10-16

Brilliant!

Just as funny as "I, Partridge". Repeated listening will reveal more gold in it 😊.

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  • mcs
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  • 26-02-18

Hot as colemans

Great fun, well put together and easy to follow....some parts do make you cringe and laugh at the same time!

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JURASSIC PARK

another scorcher from AGP: a story of trekking through love, lust, fatherhood and Braintree. Buy it now or forever hold your piece (by piece I mean your pistol when referring to US readers, but tranquility for everyone else)

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lovely stuff

OAP, Old Alan Partridge delivers another truly first class book. The audio recording is excellent, which is what you can expect from Sennheiser recording equipment and the expert use by the much loved UK radio and TV (less so after the shooting) presenter. We hear of the emotional and physical struggles of Alan attempting to walk in the footsteps of his father while simultaneously struggling to promote his walk to TV producers. very funny and a joy to read/listen.

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  • Simon
  • Barnstaple, UK
  • 26-10-16

Very funny!

Very funny indeed. There are a few editing issues, which is a shame, but otherwise, very very funny.

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Not a patch on I, Partridge

I was genuinely excited for this book having enjoyed I, Partridge immensely and being a fan of Steve Coogan's work . Unfortunately as much as I wanted to love it, it just doesn't live up to the anticipation.

There are a few classic Partridge moments scattered throughout the book and the narration is very good throughout as you'd expect but the actual text struggles to find its way and feels cobbled together. Disparate ideas have been patched up into a narrative without a clear need for the story.

This makes sense given how Alan himself comes up with the idea for the book within the book but unfortunately no level of meta meaning can compensate for a weak text.

I get the feeling that this would have made a good episode or 2 of the TV show with all of the body language and the different edit choices that would go into that kind of project but as a book it falls flat and although I got through it, it dragged quite a lot and I only genuinely laughed once.

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Doesn't reach the quality of his previous book

It's a shame, his last book is my favourite ever. Unfortunately he can't quite capture it here

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  • Michael
  • 21-10-16

Pointlessness is the point

What other book might you compare Alan Partridge: Nomad to and why?

Homer's Odyssey, if I'd read it.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the plot of Alpha Papa

Any additional comments?

We learn some new things about the world of Alan Partridge - including one major fact that many people will be sad to hear - but overall this is a daytrip inside Alan's mind and it's fantastic for it. I'm now listening for the third time and it's been better each time, but that's what I've found with pretty much everything he's been in. There are just so many tiny details which require rewatching/listening to appreciate fully.Don't listen to those clever-clogs who spaff their "serious" opinions. If you love Partridge, you'll love this.

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  • Axol
  • 03-11-16

What do I think of this book? Thanks for asking.

If you could sum up Alan Partridge: Nomad in three words, what would they be?

A great achievement, but not as great of an achievement as his autobiography.

What other book might you compare Alan Partridge: Nomad to and why?

Mr Partridge's autobiography, and Great New World, by Axol O'Lerpler.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chapter in which Alan describes Alpha Papa.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I rarely sit for six hours, thank you very much. Of course, I sleep at night, so I am lying down for six hours, but that's really beside the point.

Any additional comments?

Is this book as good as his autobiography? No. Does the Partridge still deliver a punch? Yes.

Alan had a lot to live up to, as his autobiography was (and still is) excellent, and I listen to it religiously (not literally--that would be ridiculous). While Nomad is entertaining, it is just not the same. If you're new to Mr Partridge, I recommend you start with his autobiography and then listen to this. You won't be disappointed (unless you are).

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  • christal
  • 22-10-16

Every sentence is genius

Weird storyline but it wouldn't matter what story they choose, it's written brilliantly. Too short, could have doubled its length but writing like this must take a huge amount of effort to think up punchlines for literally every sentence. I don't know if this was released in paperback/book form but it would be useless reading it on ones own, you need to hear it read by Alan

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  • rspragg
  • 03-11-16

Vintage Partridge

You have to admire how many ways Steve Coogan has found to bring Partridge to life. In Nomad we find Alan attempting to complete the journey that his father never could, a walk to Dungeness A through a somewhat unscenic Kent. If Kent is the Garden of England, I wouldn't want to see it's derelict allotment.

Fair warning that the laughs thin out as the book goes on. The first third is so funny I often laughed outloud, but much like Alan, he can't quite keep the pace up all the way through.

But make no mistake, the weakest chapter is funnier than anything else I've had read to me this year.

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  • Chris
  • 27-10-16

Elevenes (night-time)

Non U.K. Listeners under the age of 35 will really struggle, but if you want to find yourself speaking ala partridge it's a solid 6 and a bit hours or rip roaring fun.

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  • shalte
  • 28-10-16

Solid Listening Gold!

This audio book is flat out hilarious from the first until the last sentence. I have not had the pleasure of listening to Alan Partridge prior to this purchase. That oversight will now be corrected. This audio book is literally nonstop funny. I think I at a minimum chuckled after every single single sentence. I kid you not, fair review reader. if you want to laugh and have one of the best 6 hours you can have legally, get this audio book. Drop the dime, it is worth your time!

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  • John S.
  • 04-12-17

Not what I expected

When I purchased this audiobook I had assumed that Alan Partridge was a real British celebrity, with this the story of his walk through Britain an actual travel narrative. In part, yes, but not that kind of story.

Reminded me a lot of Pooter in the Victorian satire Diary of a Nobody, but while that fellow was an upfront social climber, Partridge assumes he's "made it" with condescension for all. Normally, that would make a character insufferable; here, however, there are moments of self-deprecation. Towards the end, he almost (don't worry, not quite) becomes likeable.

Much of the humor comes from the narrator delivery, so I couldn't see this one succeeding much in print at all. Hadn't realized this is actually a sequel, so got the first book for a time when I need guaranteed laughs.

I'm fairly Anglophile, but some of the cultural references still went past me, but I'm confident I inferred the point correctly when that happened. So, don't get concerned if that happens to you as well.

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  • russ_jones2k
  • 22-08-17

Fantastic

Brilliant character, brilliant reading, practically every line is hilarious. I'm going to listen again, right away

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  • Michael
  • 09-08-17

Not as funny as Alan's biography

But any Alan Partridge is good! Overall a good listen considering how far back the character dates to.

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  • Nia Ireland
  • 13-07-17

Funnier than words can express

Would you listen to Alan Partridge: Nomad again? Why?

I'm not going to pin this down to a moment, the most memorable thing for me was the humour and sharing this book with my partner who first introduced me to Alan Partridge. We were both trying not to cry with laughter while sitting on a crowded plane.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alan Partridge: Nomad?

I'd now pick up anything Steve Coogan narrates without hesitation

What does Alan Partridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha just listen to it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not a damn thing.