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

Narrated by: Joel Golby
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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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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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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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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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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<br />beautiful and funny. brilliant X 5 <br />. . . . . . .

beautiful and funny. brilliant X 5
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fab book

v funny and struggled to put it down - looking forward to the next collection of essays

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Dull

While the first story is excellent - funny, insightful, profound - the rest wasn’t enjoyable. The shorter chapters are better and offer some of the insight and fun Joel is capable of but the longer chapters are uninteresting and dull.

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Bloody brilliant. Obviously.

Joel is an absolute prose-based hero. I've long enjoyed his unique voice and style, and was expecting this book to be packed with his hillarious and somehow entirely relatable musings. However, I did not expect it to move me to this degree, with his very honest and beautiful thoughts on bigger issues affecting our somewhat lost generation. Bloody brilliant. Obviously.

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Mixed feelings ...

I really love Joe Golby’s vice articles, so was really looking forward to this book.
Some of the essays are really interesting and the way he writes about his parents life and his experience of their death is profound.
That said, I just found some of the other essays a bit rambling and uninteresting, mainly the entire chapter about Wayne Rooney and another full chapter about the Rocky movies, just dull. There were also a lot of football references in there (but again, that’s a matter of personal taste/ interests) Overall I enjoyed it and it is worth a read or a listen (some bits more than others). He’s very funny too.

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Funny book about the weirdness of modern life.

Really liked the parts about boozing, getting off the booze and hating landlords.
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