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Summary

Jo Brand is one of Britain's funniest and best-loved comedians. With a sharp eye for the absurd and in her own unique voice, she tells her story for the first time. What possessed her to become a professional comedian in the cut-throat world of stand-up comedy after 10 years as a psychiatric nurse? How did she deal with late-night drunken audiences? Raised in middle class comfort, Brand left home in her teens to live with someone entirely inappropriate.

Her parents were aghast at her behaviour and attempted to rein in her excesses, finally giving up when she demonstrated that she was not headed for the life of a nun. From her early years growing up in a small south coast town with two brothers who toughened her up, to emerging on stage as 'The Sea Monster', Jo Brand tells it like it is with wit, candour, and a wonderful sense that life can be ridiculous but there's always a funny side.

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Much too short!

Having listened to a lot of audiobiographies which are usually around the eight/ten hour mark, I was certainly disappointed to find that this was only two hours. Never mind being split into two separate downloads as is often the case, this was separated into just two chapters! The content is fairly interesting, although it`s not a comedy book or funny as has been pointed out. It`s obviously not intended to be funny as it`s a memoir so I can`t understand reviews suggesting otherwise. Overall it`s fairly interesting and killed a couple of hours on the train but... very short!

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A little disappointed

I like Jo Brand and have enjoyed her TV performances of various kinds. This book was short and somewhat samey throughout.

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I only wish it wasn't abridged otherwise it was good. its a very short book

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Enjoyable but short

Enjoyed the book but it was a bit short. Only 2 hours and ends when Jo starts her comedy career. I have always found Jo funny and would have liked a bit of insight into her writing comedy process.

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I liked it very much. Great that Jo Brand reads it too. just too short!

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Great insight - just too short

Just as you’re getting into the flow, it’s all over.
Having said that, it’s a great insight into the great Jo Brand.

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This is way too abridged - not great value therefore at only 2 chapters (or have I a technical problem?)

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Brilliant

Fabulous to hear Jo Brand narrating her own words. Funny, heart felt, inspiring. I highly recommend it.

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brilliant, I love Jo brand

Jo is really funny I have always liked her dry wit,would really like to see her live one day

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Jo Brand!!

Loved it - this was my first Jo Brand book and it certainly won't be my last. I Loved it as I love her delivery. Listened from start to finish in one shot. ☺

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Look back in laughter

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book without hesitation.She is an incredibly funny lady, who has had to withstand the slings and arrows of unappreciative audiences to get where she is now.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked following her journey to the career she now has.It was not an easy path, she is incredible resilient and brave woman.

Have you listened to any of Jo Brand’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have seen her do stand up, as well as various cameos in British sitcoms.I loved her in Getting On, fabulous show. Jo Brand does not disappoint here either.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked the book as a whole she has had to overcome a lot to get to where she is .

Any additional comments?

She has a dry sense of humour, that anyone would appreciate.A funny book with a lot of pathos. A lesson to us all that if we believe in ourselves we can accomplish anything.