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  • Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant: Modern Life as Interpreted By Someone Who Is Reasonably Bad at Living It

  • By: Joel Golby
  • Narrated by: Joel Golby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Art & Literature
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Summary

A collection of full-throated appreciations, withering assessments and hard-won lessons by the popular journalist.

There are a few things you need to know about Joel Golby. Both his parents are dead. His dad was an alcoholic. He himself has a complicated relationship with alcohol. He once went to karaoke three times in five days. He will always beat you at Monopoly, and he will always cheat.

Joel makes a name for himself as a journalist who brings us distinguished articles such as 'A Man Shits on a Plane So Hard It Has to Turn Around and Come Back Again', but that says more about us than him. In his first book, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant, Joel writes about important stuff (death, alcohol, loss, friendship) and unimportant stuff (Saudi Arabian camel pageants, a watertight ranking of the Rocky films, Monopoly), always with the soft punch of a lesson tucked within.

Golby's sharp, evocative prose thrives on reality and honesty that is gut-wrenchingly close to the bone and laced with a copious dose of dark humour. Who is this book for? It is for everyone, but mainly people who are as lost and confused as Joel and just want to have a good laugh about it.

©2019 Joel Golby (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Tory the Corey baby

This man is a genius but he also pronounced jalapeño in a very troubling way

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Witty, touching, relatable

Does it count as a review if I say I have never related harder to a chapter purely about the fantasy of murdering landlords?

I’m a long time admirer of Joel’s writing. He has a fresh, skewed vantage point on millennial life that never fails to entertain. Getting to hear about how he grew into the author he is was a fun experience, made even better hearing it read aloud by Joel himself. Also learned a lot about camels. ✌🏻

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Enjoyable insight

As a 63 year old woman with children if a similar age to Joel I really enjoyed listening to his to histhoughts a growing up and in particular the effect of an alcoholic parent.

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Does what it says on the tin

Great read, very well read by the author and laugh out loud (embarrassingly on the train) funny.

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I Felt Too Many Emotions

Joel Golby usually strikes me as a soulless meme; funny, yes, but also a mere simulacrum of a thinking and feeling human being. A robot that thinks it understands love, but does not.
He’s also the best writer Vice has ever produced, and this book is proof.

What we have here is an assortment of essays loosely strung together. I was initially weary that his book might just consist of rejected Vice pieces, but it is more than that.
I was expecting to laugh (an expectation that was consistently fulfilled), but I did not expect to ugly cry in my university library while supposedly writing my dissertation. Joel Golby did that to me, with his words & actions.

As for performance, Joel’s slightly nasal monotone isn’t the most compelling in the world, but you get used to it. He also shouts ‘MY EGG!’ in a silly accent repeatedly at one point.

It’s an excellent book, and I’m glad I took the time to consume it.

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Full of a cold

The whole book sounded like he was full of a cold and pre-nose blow and found my self zoning out to zone back into a 40 minute essay on Wayne Rooney. Not ideal.

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better editor required

30% very hilarious and well written
70% narcissistic rant or you had to be there

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Found it really boring and quite weird

Felt like he just wrote what random things came to mind. At one point he ponders whether m&ms are gangsters or have sex. Very strange

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Time wasted

It’s utter drivel. I can’t think of any redeeming factors at all. It was so bad I didn’t finish listening to it.

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I thought that it would be a funny book.

boring book about someone moaning. Read very monotonous. not worth a buy in my opinion