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I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am in equal measures disgusted and unsurprised by some of the reviews I have read of this stunningly good book -'hilarious', 'laugh out loud' (lol in shorthand), 'great comic creation' - are all very wide of the mark and indicative of the kind of dismissive, undeserved reaction that some elements of the public have displayed towards Alan Gordon Partridge.

As one of the most influential and enduring televisual talents in the english speaking world (in the post Trev & Simon / Going Live era), Partridge has again and again defied his critics (both amature and so called professional) and continued on regardless, which is to his credit and testament to his ability to continue on regardless. (anyone who thinks this repetition is lazy use of language, all I would say to this is that a Roget's Thesauraus attitude to journalism and blogging ('web-logging') is all very well and good but sometimes the truth must out and the repetition technique really brings a point home).
(Note to self - check if using brackets within brackets is correct grammer before submitting comment - perhaps rare opportunity to use squiggley brackets?)

However, this otherwise excellent book is badly let down by the decision to go with the Arial typeface. As a man very much of the old school, I feel that Times New Roman would really have offered the kind of classic touch that this potential classic deserves. Whoever made this decision is an utter idiot. I considered deducting a star from my rating because of this, but that seemed unreasonable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Surely the audio version of this book is the best, nay, only way to experience this great biography. The humor is intensified in the perfect delivery you've come to expect from Coogan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2011
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
For fans of Steve Coogan, this is a must-have. Alan Partridge loves talking about Alan Partridge, and in these CD's we hear every detail of his life and career, starting with his difficult childhood (such horrific abuse!), his marriage and divorce, and his ups and downs (mostly the latter) in the world of broadcasting. An intelligent and hilarious profile of the totally self-absorbed Alan, read by the brilliant Steve Coogan, this is a welcome addition to anyone's Alan Partridge collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I shouldn't have left it, half-unread, in a hotel room...
...since the paperbacks of this apparently aren't being sold in the US and I could'a sold it on and recuperated some of the three pounds thirty three I spent on it in a Tesco at midnight a couple of weeks ago. :-)

Some Coogan/Alan Partridge moments are absolutely hilarious. Some Coogan moments (like at points in the tv show "The Trip") are admirably sad, cringe-worthy, and honest. Most kind of miss the mark though (like all of "Dr Horrible's House of Horrible".) When the only character of his that I knew was Partridge, I went to a West End show by Coogan about 12 years ago, expecting it to be really funny, and it wasn't really: 8% amusing or touching, 25% unfunny and pointless, 67% no-great-shakes. That's pretty much been my personal impression of his output since then, so I knew that when I bought this book, but I always give Coogan the benefit of the doubt. [And I thought his private-citizen contributions on "Newsnight" and such about the press-intrusion scandal in the UK were pretty good, especially that time that he sparred with the weaselly, feathered-hair dude from the tabloid world.]

When I bought this book, I was looking for something that would be light and engaging to read on a long overnight flight. When reading it, I chuckled at times, but it wasn't amusing enough for me to keep plugging away with, so I left it half-unread in a hotel room when I had to consolidate my stuff into fewer pieces of luggage. I don't regret not finishing it, but I don't regret having spent a couple of (captive) hours on reading half of it, to give it a chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the autobiography of the fictional character Alan Partridge, the chat show host from the tv show Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. In my opinion that's one of the funniest tv shows ever (on a par with BBC's The Office).

This book is as funny as the tv show. I actually laughed out aloud many times - something which I almost never do while reading. I also felt compelled to quote passages from the book to anybody that would listen - there were just so many hilarious parts. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
At least two sniggers per page, probably more! If you loved Alan Partridge on TV and Radio, you will surely love this awkward, self serving masterpiece. If you are an avid fan of his, you might think you already know about the pivotal episodes in his life; think again! This book takes you behind Alan's own eyes and into his actual brain, to show you what really happened, for example, in that fateful meeting between himself and Tony Hayers.

I have this on Kindle, but I would have loved to also get the audio CD. To experience this in Alan's own voice would be ace!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
If you have listened to and watched Partridge through the years then this 'autobiography' is most definitely for you, as it reflects on many of the incidents and characters from the radio and tv series. At times laugh out loud funny, which can be a problem when you are reading it in a public place!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I'd always wanted to read "Bouncing Back" or "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Stadium to Alan Partridge," but never got around to it. I made the time for both the printed and audio versions of "I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan." Much like "Bravo Two-Zero" by Andy McNabb, which gets better with every read, "I, Partridge" is a tour de force and a triumph. After all, you can't pulp an audio book.

Chapters such as "Swallow" ("His marriage broke down because his wife was too selfish to recognize his cleverness."), "Splitting from Carol ("Who doesn't understand the finger-sex-mime for goodness sake?"), and "Drink and Drugs Heck" ("You don't go pushing something as powerful as Toblerone on someone you've only just met.") are, on their own, worthy of the Great Bard. When packaged with Alan's at times poignant, at times embarrassing, and at times side-splitting memories of things which may never have happened (cf. the incredible battle with crazed super fan Jed Maxwell or the acerbic one-liners of a final conversation with Tony Hayers), you get a few hundred pages or a few hours (if you're listening to the audio book) of In Your Face Alan.

The book isn't without its minor niggles. Alan's memories are a bit thin in regard to his relationships with Bono, Jethro, and farmers, his catalogue of unfulfilled productions (Lady Shapes or Around The World With Alan Partridge In A Bullnose On The Left, to name two), and how he handled Chris Morris' constant bullying on "The Day Today." I, for one, would like to know more about what really happened at Dan's place the night of the Norfolk Bravery Awards. Alan's recounting of a troubled childhood gets full marks, however, as does his incisive commentary on social and cultural (uneducated construction workers, gypsies, voting in a general election, gun control) issues of the day. Whether he intended to or not, Alan gave me a self-transformation diagnosis (STD).

In all, I recommend buying three copies of the book and the audio book -- one each for you, one each for a friend, and one each for an enemy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I wasn't even the biggest fan of Partridge when I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend. I can now say I am a full convert after reading the book. Plenty of times I burst out laughing on the subway. Buy it.
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on April 10, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This was a great, easy read. My family members found it quite strange that I would be reading a fictional autobiography! On the whole, it was a lot of fun. It's quite clear that it was written by multiple writers (4), and often reads like a collection of unconnected essays, but it does a tremendous job of exposing Alan's character flaws (does he have any aspect of his character that is not terribly flawed?). I didn't realize there's a Coogan-read audio book. If I'd have known, I would have gone for that instead - hearing the real Alan, rather than the one in my head would enhance the experience for sure.
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