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  • By: Alexei Sayle
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (719 ratings)

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Stalin Ate My Homework

By: Alexei Sayle
Narrated by: Alexei Sayle
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Summary

Alexei knew he was doomed to be different the day he was taken to see Sergei Eisentein's Alexander Nevsky instead of Walt Disney's Bambi. Born on the day that egg rationing came to an end, Alexei grew up with his parents and the Soviet Weekly. Each year they holidayed in Eastern Europe, where they were shown round locomotive factories and the sites of Nazi atrocities.

Very funny and (almost) stranger than Alexei's fiction, this is a memoir about how Liverpool, Communism, and a mother that his teachers were frightened of, made him want to leave home and make people laugh.

©2010 Alexei Sayle (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton
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    5 out of 5 stars

Punchy, Delightful

Alexei Sayle delivers a very accessible autobiography of his early life up to the age of 17. Using a very punchy writing style that doesn't dawdle or drag out stories, but rather packs in a series of coherent anecdotes that sometimes leave you wanting to know more, but certainly not getting lost in unnecessary detail and self indulgence. He is dry, honest, and self-effacing in his observations about himself. As such, I felt the book was packed full of pathos, and was often sad and touching. That said, I have rarely laughed out loud so much on the two long train journeys over which I listened to his captivating naration. Although he is at times quite ascorbic in his observations of his nearest and dearest, he is never cruel or bitter, except perhaps in the admissions of his own failings.
Full of the stuff that an ordinary flawed life is full of, and giving some account of how he would become such a unique anti-hero of the modern entertainment world. A wry and guilty pleasure. Not something I would normally listen to. So glad I did.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent comic tale of a unique upbringing

Great book that is wonderfully read by Alexei himself, from start to finish you are in tears of laughter while hanging on his work to hear what happens next,you don't have to be a fan of Mr Sayle's stand up or TV work (or even his odd hit single) to enjoy the beautiful tale of growing up in Liverpool with looney left parents.

Most biographies of comedians are not as funny as the comics material, this is the exception, it's funnier.

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Had to be audio.

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

Yes because it is in turn, funny, touching and informative.

What did you like best about this story?

I expected to be amused but I was thrilled to find the book to be much more than that. It is an excellent picture of a very specific time in a very specific circle. I was rapt.

What does Alexei Sayle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Having the book narrated by the author in his deadpan scouse tones was the perfect way to consume it.

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

Most of the depictions of mum and the isolation experienced by Sayle at various points.

Any additional comments?

This kind of book is almost made for audio because the narration adds so much to the experience.

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Brilliantly funny memoir

What did you like most about Stalin Ate My Homework?

Alexei Sayle has always been a funny man and his presentation of this book is no exception. I suspect I would find the written version just as funny, but having the book read by the man who lived it seems to add something in this case. A very interesting life he has led.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alexei obviously because it would be pointless to buy an autobiographical book about someone you are not interested in.

Any additional comments?

Brilliantly funny if you like Alexei Sayle...if not then go away and stop wasting your life looking up stuff you don't like online.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • mr
  • 14-05-11

Top stuff

Great stories from an unconventional childhood. Lovely writing, amazing characters, great narration. Had me in stitches on several occasions, looking forward to the next instalment.

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A Real Treat.

If you are familiar with Alexei Sayles work as a ground-breaking comedian, being both original and exceptionally honed in his craft, and thought to yourself, how did he get like that? Well, this book explains it all (ish).
The book is touching and endearingly well written and with Alexei reading it, it is probably the best way of experiencing the story. Did I mention that it is also extremely funny too. Alexei Sayle comes across as a really nice man from a wonderfully loving and interesting family.
Enjoy, I certainly did.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

OK, but gets a bit dull and only goes to age 18

Alexi Sayle has had an unconventional life, which makes for an interesting story in part. His narrative style is a bit dull though.
Overall I enjoyed this, but was disappointed that it only covered the early part of his life

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    1 out of 5 stars

Boring

Really nowhere as funny as I expected and very hard to hold your attention. Just a lot of quite uninteresting stories of his childhood and how the household was influenced by communism

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    5 out of 5 stars

Recommended!

Always entertaining and occassionally laugh out loud funny - which got me a few curious stares down at the gym.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Stalin ate my homework

As expected full of humour and Communism! I passed it onto my 17 year old daughter who is studying politics, it helps her put a 3rd dimension and a human face in to late 20th century communism as I experienced it in a very similar way at home and as a serviceman watching Soviet AGI trawlers.

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