- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Sept. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005NAD5X6
Dispatches from the Sofa: The Collected Wisdom of Frank Skinner Audio Download – Abridged
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Top Customer Reviews
Terrific - on so many levels. (Jeremy Clarkson eat your heart out.)
Mr Skinner for Prime Minister!
I enjoyed what I've read of Frank's other two books and this one was much the same - very well-written, perfectly laid out on the Kindle, with some 'laugh out loud' moments. I've read a lot of samples of other comics' and celebrities' Kindle books, and Frank's works are a cut above.
The majority of this book consists of Frank's columns for the Times around 2009-10 era. They are all well-written, often funny, interesting or thought-provoking.
After these comes a Shakespearean take on Hamlet's Ophelia, which is very well-written, and looks so academic, it's difficult to believe this came from the pen of an oft-rude Brummie comic. Even so, it sits uncomfortably alongside the previous section just because it is so very different, and unlikely to appeal to Frank's main audience.
Lastly, and definitely least, comes the first two chapters of Frank's novel about Thunderman. This is quite long by comparison to the rest and is so painfully unfunny and irritating, that I can't believe he persevered with it beyond a page or two. It seems particularly unwise to end on this, as I had enjoyed this book up to about 80% of the way, but Thunderman left me on a sour note. Trying to remember the best parts of this book which did raise a good few titters, I'd rate this 4/5.
The limited amount of words that clearly needed to have been adhered to imposes further constraints. Mind you, when he's off and rambling about his relationship with God you're rather glad of it. The problem is, for me, it's quite difficult to take Frank at his word. Like Jeremy Clarkson, you often find yourself thinking, "That's a really good point, but as it's coming from you, I can't take it seriously." Comedians seem often to be such serious blokes, troubled, deep and meaningful, but they've chosen a career that makes them seem lightweight, frivolous and meaningless. Worse, they know it. But what are they to do? Poke more fun at themselves?
Frank might be pleased, in the end, to read that I think this is perfect toilet reading, as no doubt he's spent many of a reflective hour sitting atop, or clinging on to, the throne. This collection is an easy diversion, best read in short bursts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I like Frank a lot as a comedian this anthology of articles, mostly from The Times, has Frank outside his comfort zone.Published 12 months ago by Tartrazine
Product arrived quickly and in perfect order, but, no good to me, my mistake, ordered the wrong size...shoot.Published 13 months ago by MR L P Doyle