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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007371578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007371570
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,104,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Praise for It’s Not What You Think:

‘An eye-opening read’, OK Magazine

‘It is as an autobiographer that Chris Evans finally seems to have grown up’, The Observer

‘Full to the brim with fantastic anecdotes’, Heat

‘A critic confounding mea culpa of a memoir’, The Guardian

‘The guy can spin a yarn as long as the M1 and as colourful as his hair’, Now Magazine

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Memoirs of a Fruitcake is The Sunday Times 2010 Celebrity Book of the Year. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Chris Evan's, like him or loathe him, is a genius. Here we have the second half of his autobiography following on from last year's part one. This picks up at the point he bought Virgin Radio and takes us through to the present day.

It is refreshingly honest and very interesting, although told in light and easy to read chapters. It is incredible what the guy has done, part by luck and part by judgement and it is a calmer and moderate Chris Evans that takes us back through his most difficult years. He shares lots of amazing tales (I loved him in the South of France having dinner with Bono and then being invited to drink the best wine in the world by Andrew Lloyd-Webber) with his descent into the darker side of his personality and behaviour. Yep you do roll your eyes about how many times he had everything you could wish for and then chucked it away, but a flawed genius is still a genius and you do root for him when he finally gets it all together and turn into today's Chris Evans.

I was a listener at the time of the Virgin changes so it was interesting to see it from the other side although sorry to see the way he was forced to get rid of the old team through Boardroom politics. It has to be said that I don't tend to listen to his R2 show now, I actually think he has gone a bit middle of the road and lost the edge he once had - perhaps his new re-invention of himself has slightly taken the edge off, but it is nice to see a tortured soul settled down and coming to terms with himself.

This is a very interesting read that works on a number of levels - recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
The second part of Chris Evans' brilliant autobiography, following where 'It's Not What You Think' left off. If the first book was a more sentimental reflection on how he reached the heady heights of fame and success from his early beginnings, this second part goes into what those kind of heights can do to a man. He is open, honest, touching, laugh-out-loud amusing and a fantastic writer.

I haven't been in to autobiographies before but this had made me not only a new fan of the genre but also a born-again Chris Evans fan and a new listener of his Radio 2 breakfast show.

I loved every minute of it and couldn't put it down - really recommend it!
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Format: Hardcover
I've been a far of Chris Evans since the very first episode of the Big Breakfast, only wavering when his ego span out of control and by his own admission he pretty much lost the plot. The first volume of his autobiography, "It's Not What You Think", was a hugely enjoyable read and this book picks up where the last finished at the time of his acquisition of Vigin Radio. Personally I felt this second volume fell short of the high standards of the first. It was more interesting to hear of his growing up and developing career than it has been to read of his fall from grace and subsequent climb back up the ladder.

For me the repeated self depracation and chastisement became dull as were the lengthy tales of Ferrari adulation and acquisition. There are a few pages dedicated to the oppulance of his former Surrey home which go into so much detail as to the granduer of it all that it sounds vain and boastful, which I'm sure weren't the intention as Chris appears very much a changed man, but were nonetheless excessive.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book. It gives an insight into the world of celebrity, it's honest, it's easy to read and there are far worse autobiographies out there. Equally though there are far better reads which why I'm scoring this an average 3/5.
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A fascinating, honest and entertaining insight. Not just to the world of Chris Evans, but also the world of media, business and above all people.

I was going to keep this book for a holiday read in a couple of weeks but having a sneaky peep just a couple of days ago meant (sorry about the cliché) I just couldn't put it down.

I know if I were to start to write about each and every part I'd end up writing a thousand word review. And I'm certain I wouldn't be able to resist sharing some spoilers about selling and buying outrageous houses and cars, blowing deals, screwing up opportunities, coming back, find love, losing it, finding it, losing friends, buying friends, getting another chance... etc, etc So I'm going to summarise Memoirs of a Fruitcake in one sentence.

This is the best autobiography I have ever read.
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Format: Hardcover
After reading the first instalment of the Chirs Evans autobiography last summer whilst on holiday in Las Vegas, I was excited about no 2 coming out to continue his fantastic life story. I pre ordered it and when it arrived during the kids mid term holiday, I sat for the whole afternoon and evening and devoured it. In some way I wish I hadn't read it so fast so I still had it to read, but I loved every page.

I was not a huge fan of chris in his hey day but seeing him on the Jonathan Ross show last year promoting the first book, I thought it sounded interested. I was not wrong. what an interesting man and what a roller coster of a life he has lead.

I found the whole Sachsgate story facinating especially as I never for a moment considered it would affect Evans. His romance with Billie Piper was tender and much more eyeopening than I first thought. Just a great read!
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