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Sunburn

The Unofficial History of the Sun Newspaper in 99 Headlines
Narrated by: Alexei Sayle
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: History, Europe
4.8 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Summary

This book is for you if you dislike The Sun but have never actually read it to know why.

Using his famed on-the-nose commentary, Twitter legend James Felton has dissected 99 of the most outlandish stories The Sun (for a long time the biggest-selling British newspaper) has run since it became a tabloid in 1969, hoping to answer once and for all whether the press has reflected - or manipulated - the British people over the last 50 years. 

Included: joke-riddled analyses of The Sun's most infamous stories about celebrities, war, royals, crime, the LGBTQ+ community, migrants, the EU, politics, bacon sandwiches and page three.

©2020 James Felton (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Better than using Audible credits to buy crack

I was going to use my spare Audible credits to buy crack and prostitutes. However, it turns out Ben Bradley MP was wrong and you can in fact only use them to buy audio books. So I bought this. I wasn't disappointed.

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Looking forward to hearing this...

...if I ever actually work out how to do so, they don’t make it very fucking easy.

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It’s a credit to Jame’s writing that he could get me to rad anything to do with the Sun, let alone make me laugh throughout.

A brilliant book that reminds you of some of the outrageous headlines and influence the Sun has had. I spent the time shaking my head in disbelief that these article were ever able to be published, but laughed at the way James takes these so called articles to task, in a way many of us think but are unable to articulate or convey in such a brilliant manner. A brilliant look, by a brilliant author about an abhorrent paper.

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Legendary comedy writer

James is hilarious and brilliant at telling truth to power. This book is a real eyeopener... Brilliantly researched and a rich of genius getting Sayle to read it. Class.

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good buy

Really enjoyable, with the narration by Alexei Sayle adding extra entertainment to an already great book.

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Excellent reminder of how horrific the sun newspaper is

I knew that sun was an absolute rag, but this books was a nice reminder of how horrific they’ve been and the only surprising thing is that it’s still in circulation. Excellently narrated by Alexei Sayle

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Don't buy the s*n

Great, interesting read and performed brilliantly by Alexi Sayle. I really feel for James Felton for how much time he would have had to spend reading such horrible stories. The S*n was/is awful!

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Gotcha

A terrifying gallop through Sun journalism via 99 headlines. Makes you weep, despair and rage in equal measure. Read with suitable asperity by Alexei Sayle. Also written with a great deal of on point humour. Great stuff

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Most entertaining

I remember most of these headlines, they are cleverly put together with humour and context, I really really enjoyed this book.

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You couldn’t make it up - but the Sun does!

The egregious Sun shouts horrible puns and venomous comments at you when you’re innocently buying a litre of milk in the supermarket- then you swap the milk for a litre of wine! The author has undertaken a punishing study of Murdoch’s nasty but somehow popular red top and distilled its essence into 99 headlines on the topics it, and presumably those who buy it, regard as important. It is a very funny book, which is just as well, because the Sun is both alarmingly bigoted and ridiculously trivial. Journalism is not what it does. The issue of how pernicious and influential is discussed. No human tragedy moves its writers to compassion or discretion. I hope this book will provide some immunity from that feeling of disgust felt when inadvertently catching sight of its headlines.

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  • 22-10-20

Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

I’ll be honest: I went into this completely unaware of The Sun, as I’m a Midwesterner. But between Alexei Sayle and James Felton’s twitter, I was 100% on board. And they did not disappoint. James’s humor paired with Alexei’s narration was like a perfect distribution of toppings on a plate of nachos. I might not have known a lot of the people mentioned in some of the stories, but James provided enough information and explanation (and ridiculously funny observations) to keep me interested. My only critique is that it had to end. I’ll definitely be giving it another listen.