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Summary

Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. Read unabridged by the man himself, the audiobook edition of The Life of Lee is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography, charting his ups and downs on the way to the top. Lee takes us on a darkly humorous journey through his childhood spent running wild on a Bristol housing estate and his unconventional school days, when he was publicly derided as 'a failure' by a sadistic teacher.

In this brilliantly entertaining and engaging tale, he also guides us through a grim teenage period of numerous dead-end jobs. When he was cleaning toilets and plucking turkeys, he could never have imagined that one day he would be playing to thousands of adoring fans at the O2 Arena. The reading also reveals how as a boy Lee got his first taste of showbiz, living out of a suitcase and accompanying his entertainer father around the smoky, rowdy, unforgiving working-men's club and theatre circuit. Desperately struggling to be accepted, this quiet young loner always saw himself as an outsider. But he finally met the love of his life and accidentally discovered the one place where he felt at home: the stage. The Life of Lee is a story that is like its subject: compelling, touching, charming and, above all, fantastically funny.

©2011 Lee Evans (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited

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  • AandL272
  • nr.Thirsk, United Kingdom
  • 05-06-13

Excellent

Lee Evans reads this book as he lived it- with enthusiasm and great heart. His story is one of an exceptional person in very ordinary circumstances. He is all the more likeable for not recognising the extent of his talent.
The story of his life dashes along with brightly painted word portraits of the characters illustrating the path he takes. I found myself listening to the story over two days and feeling I knew Lee Evans and would love to have a pint down the pub in his company.
A charming book, and an unexpected treasure.

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  • Matthew
  • Coventry, United Kingdom
  • 07-04-13

Lee Evan book so so funny

I'm so happy that I brought this audio book I don't know where to start, amazing read light humour and so funny keeps you laughing all the way through. It was a book that I really didn't want to stop reading it had you wanting to read more and more.

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  • MRS T
  • STOKE-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom
  • 27-05-13

really fascinating

I didn't realise about his life, what a really interesting and well read book, Couldn't put it down.

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  • michael
  • BRECON, United Kingdom
  • 18-01-12

Michael

This is one of the first audio books I have ever listen to. I enjoyed listening to this book from start to finish there are many points in the book which I can relate to which made my enjoyment of the book better. A must read/listen

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  • MR
  • 01-05-13

Lee Puts on a show

My GF has read this book I had this version and it worth having the Audio verion if you like Lee, He makes a effort to act out the story giving voices to the people in his life..

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  • C
  • Eaton Socon, United Kingdom
  • 19-10-11

Excellent

From poverty stricken beginnings to his big break and everything in between,laughter and tears,a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable book.

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  • melanie
  • Saltburn by the Sea, United Kingdom
  • 07-10-12

Enjoyable

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I used to love Lee's stand up shows and saw him live a few times. After a while I felt he was just doing the same routines. That said I did enjoy this listen. I didn't realise how rough his early life was. I saw a different side to Lee after listening to this as he explains how shy he is (hard to imagine I know). I would recommend this book.

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  • joanne
  • ipswich, United Kingdom
  • 11-05-13

a fantastic listen.

Im not a fan of lee evans stage shows due to the amount of bad language he uses but I wanted to give this book a go because his life sounded intresting yet normal (ish!) I loved the book and he read it so you could hear the feelings in his voice. I only remember 1 sware word and it wax entertaining. Trust me you will laugh out load and feel his pain.

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  • Lois
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • 10-04-13

Frank and Funny

I've lost count of the amount of times I have listened to this book. It's honest and from the heart - sometimes devastatingly moving, sometimes uncontrollably funny, but always fantastically told and a gripping story.

Do NOT hesitate to buy!

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So disappointing

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Book more for those who want to know about Lees upbringing rather than how he got to the point he became famous.

What was most disappointing about Lee Evans’s story?

I would have preferred more. The story was all about his youth and family and not really what he had to go through to get his break. I know that he had a difficult first few years as his humour was not really understood but there was nothing on this. Nothing on his rising up and breaking into acting.

What aspect of Lee Evans’s performance might you have changed?

His performance was fine for what it was but flat. I was expecting humour and felt this was hugely missing

What character would you cut from The Life of Lee?

None but i would add more life to the Life of Lee

Any additional comments?

I would like this book to get a second edition where he goes into more about the later parts of his life.

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  • Jahnos
  • 24-06-15

Moving and Inspiring

Lee Evans, was one of the best comedians in the world of British Comedy untill his retirement and still today, his energetic performance is as electrifying as it is funny.
His life story takes thenlistener through some of his rare ups to the ultimate downs, illustrated by the charming voice of the narrator/author which lead to a great listen wherever you are.
Lee Evans is a true inspiration and anyone who calls themselves a real comedy fan should listen to this audio book immediately.

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  • Youri Loedts
  • 19-08-12

Very very well written and told.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I love the way he writes... He's better than most professional writers out there... Some of his stories are a bit hard... But I really enjoyed this a lot.

Any additional comments?

Just buy it... You won't regret it.