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Believe Me Audiobook

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens

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The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

Affecting, witty and nothing less than rousing, listeners will, as Eddie himself says, 'look at my life and say, "If that idiot transvestite can run a whole bunch of marathons, play the Hollywood Bowl and travel across France with a French-speaking tour, then what's holding me back?"'

©2017 Eddie Izzard (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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    MR 17/06/2017
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    "Wonderfully funny, tragic, hopeful and inspiring"

    I love Eddie Izzard, and if you too are a fan of his work and particularly his shows, you will not be disappointed by this audiobook. Being narrated by himself, Eddie owns what he reads and frequently engages you with extra commentary you wont find in the written book. This is partly because he is brave enough to tell you from the start that he is dyslexic. Yes, he stumbles over some bits, but this only draws you in further until you are almost vocally cheering him on and giving your smartphone (or favoured device) a big hug. Some parts are brutally sad, so be warned if you are listening to this book in public. But you will equally benefit from a tissue or three in your pocket for the absolutely hillarious jokes and anecdotes. In summary, get this audiobook.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    19/06/2017
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    "a funny and touching tonic to hard times."

    The audio book is the only way, in my opinion, to experience Eddie Izzard's autobiography. The scattergun approach to telling of his life story, pulling in footnotes and anecdotes from across all of time just makes sense when read by the man himself. there are also several extra asides that obviously come to Eddie in the moment and are not present in the written text. there are many instances of repetition in the book, which may be irritating for some but for fans of the surreal stories in Mr Izzard's stand up are par for the course. I thoroughly recommend this book it is a funny and touching account of one of the most persistent and resilient men in show business that has operated as a tonic to me, who needed a timely reminder of what perseverance and self belief can do.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Liff Home 08/07/2017
    Mike Liff Home 08/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Footnote"

    A most interesting book reading, as Eddie adds rambling footnotes of things that occur to him as he reads his own biography, which really adds substance and depth to the text.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L. DAVIES Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan United Kingdom 19/06/2017
    L. DAVIES Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan United Kingdom 19/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely loved it"

    Thanks Eddie for sharing, it really did feel like a long one sided chat with a friend. I would recommend this audio book.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    gavin wood 08/07/2017
    gavin wood 08/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Eddie on a Page"

    If you like Eddie, you should love this. One of the funniest Audiobooks I have listened to honestly read by the Author. Plus it's better value than the book because of the extra additional footnotes( end of footnote! Lol)
    The only negative was that I listened to it in a ridiculously quick time!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    N. Challenor Wimbledon, London United Kingdom 07/07/2017
    N. Challenor Wimbledon, London United Kingdom 07/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "I think this is one of the best audio books ever!"
    What did you like most about Believe Me?

    You get lots of extra footnotes from Eddie that he added when narrating it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He's a fascinating and very intelligent man and his life story is very interesting and thought provoking. I think this is the best audiobook I've listened to (but I'm biased as I really like him!)


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    Chris Hughes (Zakazn) 05/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing ramblings"

    Most audiobooks are the narrator reading the book... forget it here, the audiobook is true Eddie he goes off on so many tangents not in the paperback.

    Lots of proper laugh out loud moments, might not be to everyone's taste but it made a real change. I am not a fan of his stand up but thought I would give it a go and so pleased I did.

    As Eddie said he dictated his thoughts to the lady who wrote the book and this was the first time he had read it (whist narrating) thus there are so many foot notes (really far more than the actual text) mental and so entertaining. Very British but also lots of explaining for our American Cousins.

    Thanks Eddie wish there was more books like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B0wtiesAreC00l 29/06/2017
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    "Not finished, but loving it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I always prefer hearing the original author read their own work, particularly when it's an autobiography. It just sounds right, somehow.<br/>Never has that been more so than with Eddie Izzard's autobiography. If this was read by anyone else, it would not work, but any fan of Eddie's standup will love it.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had one criticism. it would be hat there are no downloadable copies of the pictures that would be found in the printed book, as Eddie sometimes refers to them. That said, there are so many extra bits that are not in the print version - off the cuff asides that he thinks of as he is reading his work, that make this a real gem.<br/>Occasionally poignant, very often funny (I regularly catch myself suppressing a laugh on the commute to and from work as I listen), I can't recommend this highly enough.

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    Mr J Sutton 30/06/2017
    Mr J Sutton 30/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "End of long windy footnote."

    Eddie is the 1st author who goes completly of page when reading, a really inspiring person, kind hearted and sincere. A joy to listen to as always. I wish there were more people like Eddie. I enjoyed his theory about the universe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harold Hughes West Sussex, UK 28/06/2017
    Harold Hughes West Sussex, UK 28/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "I Believe"

    Pure Eddie. It's just like he says in his final chapter- like having an extended intimate chat in which you can't get a word in edge ways. It's full of ridiculous but wonderful rambling footnotes (that you don't get in the print version) which add to the bonkers tone of he whole thing. He is one determined son of a gun and has worked hard for his place in the hall of fame. Thanks Eddie for keeping me company for the past week. Love it x

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    "Funny as hell"

    IF you like Eddie Izzard's humor this is a very good listen; he reads it as only he can. Lots of extra and live footnoting. Laughed often and smiled the whole time!

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  • India Dhammagavesi
    08/07/17
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    "This is a biase review I have been a fan of Eddie."

    I liked this for the honesty and candid nature of his narrative. I love the quarky sense of humour. Genuinely worth the time.

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