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on 5 July 2015
Rob Brydon is a Welsh actor/comedian. The first 25% of this book is mainly taken up by the description of RB's activities as a child and then as a schoolboy in Wales (I did mention that he was Welsh didn't I?) much like any other boy in the UK.
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.
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on 16 April 2014
The book was very entertaining and a very enjoyable, easy read. Sometimes the references to the. People he has worked with are slightly over the top, admittedly it is much the same as others of this sort but pleasing nevertheless.
It's a book of its time as in today's world references to 'failed celebrities' would no doubt be frowned upon however still worth the rating.
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this book was so refreshing because it has a real honesty about it. rob's character comes shining through in every chapter. he looks back at the not so great times in a philosophical way, without spite or anger, and makes us laugh with him and be happy for the good times. we could all learn from this wonderful man's positive attitude to life.
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on 22 May 2013
I must admit to being a huge Rob Brydon fan. I think he's hugely talented and consistently entertaining. Watching "Would I lie to You?", for instance, is an experience where I just know that I will laugh out loud on several occasions. His autobiography (which, it must be said, covers only the first part of his career, so there's no "Gavin & Stacey" etc yet) does not disappoint. It's written in such a warm, engaging manner that I could hear Rob's voice as I read it. Sometimes I find the early years of a celebrity's life rather dull, feeling that family matters should really be just that, but Rob tells his story in such a charming, hilarious manner that I hung on every word. It also helped that we were born within 2 months of each other, so I smiled at all the shared memories and marvelled at how many things we were both fans of. It's a fabulous book. I like this man more and more.
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A decent read, but don't go out of your way for it.

The opening chapters about his childhood are quite pedantic but important and surprising because they reveal he had quite a privileged upbringing.

Maybe I just haven't read many autobiographies, but I didn't like the style. It seemed so vain and self-absorbed - much like the versions of himself he plays in "A Cock and Bull Story" and "The Trip". I suspect much of it is tongue-in-cheek.

The life of a jobbing actor and comedian is not one I envy: he's incredibly insecure and needy.

I didn't laugh out loud reading this, but I still romped through it, quicker than I usually read, on my Kindle.

As with many artists I admire - James Joyce and Woody Allen amongst them - I prefer the work to the person making it. Rob Brydon is another one on that list.
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I bought the Audiobook which is read by the author. I actually didn't know much at all about Rob Bryden when I bought it, except that I enjoyed a BBC TV series called 'The Trip' where Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon toured a series of hotels in the north of England having gastronomic meals in each one. The programme appeared to have no script and the conversations between Rob and Steve were all ad-lib which I thought was clever, they are clearly both good talkers.

Having listened to his story, he seems like a very nice chap, and it has taken him a long time to get where he is. Although many of the shows he says he was in are unknown to me, as I'm not a fan of game show TV, I still found his story interesting, so it gets my approval.
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on 18 October 2012
I was looking forward to reading this book as I have liked pretty much everything Rob Brydon has done. As seems to be the norm at the moment, this book only covers the period up until he found success. Obviously there will be another in a couple of years, however after reading this I'm not sure I will bother buying the next one.
Although it is well written, when I finished I found like I like him less. He comes across as arrogant & even though he was successful in radio & as a voice over artist, seemed unhappy with his lot because he wasn't an immediate superstar. I hope my enjoyment of his programmes won't be diminished & when the next book comes out I think I'll borrow it from the library.
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on 17 November 2013
I love Rob Brydon, but his autobiography is lightweight and disappointing. Apart from learning how he came to fame at great length, he reveals nothing of himself as a person, little emotional experience is covered, and his family are hardly touched apon. The old saying goes - show me a man and his friends and I'll show you the man. Or something like that. Oh dear, David Walliams, Steve Coogan, and Jimmy Saville -well need I say more.
Rob came across as shallow and not very interesting and by the time I got to what he considered were his hilarious script attempts, I'd lost interest. I still love you Rob, but if you write another tome, make it live!
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on 30 March 2013
I dont normally like to leave poor review comments, however, such was my disappointment of this book i felt compelled to include this!! I bought this as I find rob very funny and felt in need of a laugh! I don't normally read autobiographys and thought at first maybe my struggle was the different genre of book. However by about half way through, after feeling no motivation to read further I realise the book just did not live up to expectation! Nothing of note was described, lots of references to who rob as met an rubbed shoulders with which made it like a who's who of famous people! My advise - save your reading time for something more interesting.
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on 28 October 2013
I purchased this audiobook on Kindle, expecting it to include a soundtrack so that i could listen to the book. I was recovering from an operation on my eyes, so this would have been a good way of passing the time and enjoying a good book. Unfortunately the only audio in the book are some brief comments relating to photos. Maybe it is my misunderstanding of what an audiobook, but the product description was not sufficient to spot my error. After recovering sufficiently to start the book, i read the first chapter and expect to enjoy the rest.
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