Spectacles Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spectacles, the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins.
When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say, 'Why is our house full of this s--t?'
Sadly, a recycling incident destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, dear listener, you will never get to see countless drawings of wizards, read a poem about corn on the cob, or marvel at the kilos of brown flowers I so lovingly pressed as a child.
Secondly, it's left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself.
This, my first ever title, will answer questions such as: is Mary Berry real? Is it true you wear a surgical truss, and is a nonspherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?
Most of this audiobook is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me. Thank you for listening.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 43 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||17 December 2015|
|Publisher||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,511 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I have to admit that I don't read a lot of biographies, some of the ones I have read in the past, have been less than interesting - I certainly couldn't say that about this one though. I have always liked and admired Sue Perkins, she is someone I think it would be lovely to have lunch with. The combination of a quick wit, oodles of intelligence and a wicked sense of humour is irresistible to me and her book didn't let me down one little bit.
I don't know if it is because her and I were born only a couple of years apart and her birthday is the day before mine but there were so many "aha" moments about her childhood. My dad also kept precise records of heights and weights of everyone in our house (amongst other things) and also had a thing about Dettol being the answer to everything. My mother, like Sue's mother, kept a blow-by-blow description of my birth and also liked a chat.
The whole book is a delightful peek into Sue's life, without the bad bits, which she warned us about at the beginning. I read the whole thing in 3 days, which surprised me because I didn't expect it to be so unputdownable.
This is a highly recommended read from me.
And Sue, if you are around when I come to the UK next, let's do lunch, yeah?
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BUT despite not much liking the woman I thought I'd give her book a read.
On the plus side, it's not badly written - that Cambridge degree did count for something after all.
On the negative side, you can drive a Sherman tank through the gaps in the story. There's a point where she makes a throw-away comment about being at the Edinburgh fringe since she was 14 years old - but absolutely no explanation how or why. Her comedic success is played down with more than even classic British understatement would demand.
Somehow she manages to write a lot and say very little.
What will you know by the end? That she adores Mel, that Mel is 2 years - yes two years - older than her, that she loves her parents but expresses that love by taking the piss out of them at every possible opportunity, and that she's very tight lipped on anything that could really be classed as 'personal'.
She's so self-consciously smugly funny that I find it hard to enjoy. But as I said 'most of the words are spelled correctly' and I'm feeling relatively kind because I didn't like her less afterwards than I did before. I just didn't feel that she revealed anything or that she was being entirely honest with herself or her readers.
Personally - I do not think that her sharp, incisive and sardonic wit relates well to the pages. It doesn't transfer very well.
I could listen to her for hours but could not "read it".
That's my POV!!!