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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Oct. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005VSU40W
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Splendidly self-deprecating throughout, Rob writes as he speaks. He keeps up a running commentary on his own narrative throughout which is so exactly him. Very few celebrity writers manage this trick of keeping their own voice- Paul O'Grady is a notable exception. Rob's book is right up there with Paul's and really deserves to do as well.
This also means that the book will no doubt make a wonderful audiobook, if Rob has the time to do it.
The early chapters are also a tribute to the strong, loving support Rob received from his family. Although Rob grew up in a time of recession and his family was affected by this, his parents did their damndest to shield him from worry. Rob had a very indulged childhood - and in one infinitely sad little paragraph, of an event when he was six, he gives an indication why. Normally children who are spoiled aren't very appealing but Rob clearly was.
Like so many others in his field, the one place he shone at school was on stage, and he plays tribute to the teachers who made it so. Wales has a gift for producing inspirational teachers who have produced inspirational actors. Rob, Michael Sheen, Sir Antony Hopkins and Sir Richard Burton have all come from a tiny area, geographically. All had mentors who made them so.
Much of Rob's recall of his student days is probably helped by the fact that he was teetotal. Most celebrity autobiographies contain periods when the writer was too busy going out and having a good time to recall much - not Rob's.
Rob's gradual rise as a voice-over artist and frustrated actor-comedian is wonderfully described...Read more ›
He then proceeds to relate his endeavours to get into various stage schools, and going into tedious detail about doing voice-overs and obscure radio and TV programmes in Wales - he is Welsh as he constantly reminds the reader - and the West Country. He also made appearances on Sky TV at weekends, when not many people had Sky.
RB also reveals that he was an admirer of Jimmy Savile. It should be said that this was before Savile was revealed as the monster that he was. Will this unfortunate praise be expunged from a reprint, I wonder?
The last half of the book is boring, being full of trivial detail, probably of interest only to RB devotees - who else wants to know how RB filled in his time between voice-over appointments by wandering through the floors of HMV in Oxford Street.
I am a fan of Rob Brydon, but the book stops short of his Gavin & Stacey period and his innovative programmes with Steve Coogan. I coulden't get to the end soon enough.
Extremely funny and honet writing from a surprisingly-smart chap. Certainly easy to see how he has such an excellent repartee with Steve Coogan.
Particulary enjoyed hearing about his somewhat-humble beginnings as 3rd villager in the Richard Gere romp, "First Knight"...not sure I'll be wanting to see that after his performance though! Rather temted to buy the enhanced audiobook, having seen what the content entails, but I think that might make me a full-blown obsessive...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not enough references about Wales or being Welsh Sheesh !...Published 7 days ago by Mr. Mark T. Britton
An amusing autobiography well worth the read. You could imagine him talking. I did want to hear the rest though and really wanted to hear about Gavin and StacyPublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer