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Off the Record
Narrated by: Jonathan Pie
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

Want to know more about history and politics? Then you should probably go and listen to a proper audiobook. Fancy a laugh at some smutty jokes? Then go and read Viz. But if you fancy a combination of the two, this is the audiobook for you.

In Off the Record, bitter and twisted leftie news reporter Jonathan Pie picks 10 of the world's worst wankers and tears them apart.

Here you'll find the answers to some difficult questions. Was Blair just a Tory in disguise? Did Cameron really have relations with that pig? Just how did we end up with President Donald Trump?

It's the ultimate guide to political arseholery. With extra swearing.

©2017 Tom Walker and Andrew Doyle (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Ok but gets a bit tedious

I bought this audiobook because I enjoy the short video clips that pop up on Facebook from time to time; those mildly humourous rants about the state of modern politics. This book, in many ways, is more of the same, although the author uses the device of basing each chapter on a person he hates, some of whom are historical. What I learned, however, is that something that is interesting and entertaining in a two-minute video grows quite tiresome in longer form, and is more like listening to your dad rant about politics after a couple of sherries on Christmas Day. It’s not entirely bad, but the shtick grows old quickly.

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If You Love Jonathan Pie, You'll Love This!

Title is pretty self-explanatory.
One niggle I'd raise is that it is a bit short, but the contents are suitably comedic and on-the-nose to appeal to Pie fans, and those more generally who like to view politics more cynically.

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Laugh out loud hilarious political rantings!

Teetering on the edge of being poignantly truthful yet exaggerated, this book is a must read for fans of the satirical genius that is Jonathan Pie! Also a great intro for newbies to his work. Highly recommend! 10/10

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its OK, not pies finest hour.

not his best work, but OK if you are a fan and have a spare credit.

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Couldn’t stop laughing and nodding

I wasn’t sure what to expect but this was a very enjoyable listen for a couple of hours. Of course I was shopping at the time so must have looked very strange bent over laughing like a hyena at regular intervals!

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Off the Record

Funny as ever. I am not even offended. Probably could do with a second edition in a couple of years to add a few names.

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Ace as ever Pie is.

Lots of laughs at a terrifying world. I especially like the re-education of the pompously smug guardian politically correct gone mad types as I might have been suffering a touch of that myself. Good work.

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Great, therapeutic ranting

Great therapeutic ranting that actually contains sane political analysis. Trust me, your frustration and need to scream into the void needs this!

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Bl**dy funny

You will probably not learn very much but you will have fun. Just a really enjoyable book. Lots of swearing as expected. Jonathan Pie at his best. You do not need to agree with all his views to enjoy this book.

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Off your head<br />

politics with a comic edge, we'll you may not always agree with the politics but a book with Henry the eighth, Simon Cowell and Donald trump can't be all bad, a great listen.

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  • 21-05-19

Love Jonathan Pie!!

One of the best political and social commentators of our time! Keep it up boys!

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  • Jason S.
  • 19-10-18

Excellent political commentary

If you have any interest in how British and American politics have shaped the world, you owe it to yourself to listen to this. Same goes if you just like to hear about the people who did serious damage to the western world being sagged off.

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  • Charlie Monsanto
  • 17-08-18

Only thing wrong was it’s too short

The chapter on Trump alone was worth the price. But everything else was brilliant. If you are a Pie fan this is a must!

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  • Jackson Roykirk
  • 21-02-18

I only wish it had been longer

Would you listen to Jonathan Pie again? Why?

Yes, especially if at some point he tours the US like he has the UK. Looking forward to the next book, whenever it arrives. While I don't always agree with the politics expressed, his delivery and strong stance on free speech are compelling and delivered in a way that makes it even more palatable to those who might disagree.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The thread that runs through this book is that even when people disagree, trying to censor or prevent opinions from being aired is absolutely unacceptable. If they were, we might not this bit of joy that is this book in our currently-dreary world.

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

It's absolutely essential that you listen to the audiobook rather than read it as Jonathan's (Tom Walker) delivery is crucial to getting the full impact of the humor. Just watch him on YouTube for a great taste of that.

Any additional comments?

The book was too short, even with the bonus material at the end of some chapters, but I don't regret the purchase at all as Jonathan Pie is the kind of humorist we need in these times.