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We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges

Narrated by: Kevin Bridges
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of We Need to Talk About... Kevin Bridges. Aged 17, Kevin Bridges walked on stage for the first time and brought the house down. He only had a five-minute set but he discovered he really could earn a living from making people laugh.

Kevin began life as a shy, nerve-ridden school-boy. Reaching his teens, he followed his true calling as the class clown. This was a guy going somewhere - off the rails seeming most likely. Kevin's trademark social commentary, sharp one-liners, and laugh-out-loud humour blend with his reflections on his Glaswegian childhood and the journey he's taken to become one of the most-loved comedians of our time.

©2014 Kevin Bridges (P)2014 Penguin Books Ltd.

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New standard for comedians biography.

Would you listen to We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges again? Why?

I've already listened twice, it's compelling.

What other book might you compare We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges to, and why?

Naturally you compare it to the vast array of comedy biographies.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Bridges – was your favourite?

Pop tounge in in lower gum and make awughh noise.

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

I laughed out loads, I laughed like I may have done listening to billy Connolly tapes as a kid. I cried a little, Kevin's family, particularly his brother just comes across as the brother every kid needed.There's even a little participation which given the right mood will have you screaming out loud.

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Like Kevin, frank Skinners biog was the first I read. I understand why he found it motivating. There have been many other good solid comedy biographies since.The common fault is to spend too much time telling a dull sob story about early years with not enough consideration given to how they achieved their goals.At NO point was I tempted to skip Kevin's early years which is informative, thought provoking and hugely funny.The best part gets around 4 hours of the book, this is when he makes his first stand up appearance during a low period and following inspiration from Frank Skinner.The process is engrossing and superbly described, you will have butterflies and shaking legs as kevin describes waiting to go on for his first gig, this is a work of genius. It perfectly illustrates what a talent this guy is.FULL MARKS.VAGINA(Your go)

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Hilarious

Probably the best audiobook autobiography I've listened to so far. Kevin is a fantastic story teller.

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Boring

Kevin is a good narrator but my god does nothing happen. I'm at chapter 23 and he's still in primary school doing nothing that every other primary school child hasn't done! The biggest event so far is that he once got his mum with a water balloon. I'm sorry I spoiled the "big event" but literally nothing else happens. It's not even funny. I get the impression he was given a minimum word count and is struggling to pad it out.

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not very interesting

spent a long time talking about a childhood which felt like It dragged on too long

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skip to chapter 45, boring as fuck prior to that

love watching him and listening to his act, very ordinary book up until that point when he starts to describe way gigs

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A patchy read

Struggled through the early part. Comes to life when he gets to the stand-up years.

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interesting but not sure it's worthy of a book.

I find KB funny, and am always interested in the story of their life particularly trials and tribulations. But recently I've felt that these stories don't justify a book, rather a short story as the themes become repetitive and it's almost a diary of each engagement. I found this book like that. Don't buy if you think it's going to be effectively a series of funny stories.

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Predictable and very repetitive

Listened to the end but could really have been covered in far less than the 14+ hours. I love the live Kevin but found the book repetitive.

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Not bad

Not a bad book at all, in parts really funny but overall I would say there are better books. start brill, middle long and at times boring, ending touching and the best part, glad I finished it

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Edit me

I have enjoyed other comedian's books. KB is likeable but he is also very young to be writing a memoir. I was left with the feeling that there was enough here for an interesting book of half the duration of this.

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  • Suzane Greeman
  • 25-11-19

Outstanding, Thrilling and Touching

Wow! You never know someone's journey till they have the courage to tell you. I started this book and didn't put it down till he read the copyright. Thank you for sharing your inspirational journey with us in such a matter of factly way Kevin Bridges. You are a giant for enjoying your successes, admitting your failures and continuing a life lived in curious humility. So proud of you for taking care of your parents.

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  • Dan
  • 30-12-18

Great story by a great storyteller

I’ve been listening to and watching Kevin for several years but knew very little of his backstory. This tale of a young man’s desire and drive to make a career out of his natural talent (instead of becoming a lorrie driver, delivering beer to comedy clubs) is a fun and interesting listen. If you are a fan of British comedy, or any comedy, I would highly recommend.

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  • Louise
  • 08-02-17

Love Kevin Bridges material

As a home sick Glasgow girl born the same year as Kevin I'm addicted to his nostalgia inducing sets. Always puts me in a great mood and helps me hold on to what's left of my accent :) Loved hearing his story and of the hard work and dedication he puts into his craft. Looking forward to future performances.

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  • Catherine
  • 24-08-16

Great book

This book was great. Kevin speaks in a moving and funny way about growing up and his progression towards becoming a famous comedian.

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  • Conor
  • 17-11-15

Fantastic book.

This is a prime example of why an author should read his own autobiography. Kevin's bridges has a fantastic way with words and an amazing ability to turn a mundane story into a great laugh. 12 hours of an audio book was almost like listening to 12 hours of his stand up.

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  • Damien
  • 25-02-15

Absolutely superb...

Great story of a comedien who has yet to reach his peak, long May it last, what a absolute legend...

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  • G Murray
  • 09-12-14

witty and serious in one book

Would you listen to We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges again? Why?

I would listen to this book again, Kevin's narration made it for me would imagine that it would not suit everyone but for someone who knows his comedy it makes the story all the more real.

What other book might you compare We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges to and why?

No comparison at this time.

Which scene was your favorite?

His school memories are amazing and reminds the reader of their own frailties and indiscretions.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The bhoy did good!

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  • Jenny Hunter
  • 07-11-14

I don't think Americans would think he's funny.

What would have made We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges better?

His humor must be "a Scottish thing." I bought his audiobook and couldn't stand to listen beyond Chapter 12. He goes into gory (boring) detail about his childhood, which was unremarkable, and rambles on and on about soccer. Even if I liked soccer, I wouldn't care what he said about it. His accent is so heavy that he's difficult to understand. I wish I hadn't bought his audiobook. Thank goodness it was only about $16.

What was most disappointing about Kevin Bridges’s story?

He's not old enough to write his life's history. He hasn't experienced enough. He's a comedian but didn't say anything funny — at least in Chapters 1 through 12.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Bridges’s performances?

No!

What character would you cut from We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges?

Kevin Bridges.

Any additional comments?

I wonder why he thought his childhood — practically from the day he was born — was such an interesting subject on which to elaborate. Nothing about it was unique, unlike, say, Alan Alda's; he grew up traveling with his parents, who were showbiz performers, and had so many fun and interesting anecdotes. Bridges is flattering himself if he thinks that his life so far has been any more interesting than yours or mine. I'm sure that Kevin Bridges is a nice person, but he should stay away from writing his life story for at least another 25 years.