Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times on Television Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From much-loved documentary maker Louis Theroux comes a funny, heartfelt and entertaining account of his life and weird times in TV.
The Sunday Times best seller.
In 1994 fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore’s TV Nation, presenting a segment on apocalyptic religious sects. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he’d always been drawn to off-beat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn’t....
In Gotta Get Theroux This, Louis takes the reader on a joyous journey from his anxiety-prone childhood to his unexpectedly successful career. Nervously accepting the BBC’s offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in the weird worlds of paranoid US militias and secretive pro-wrestlers, get under the skin of celebrities like Max Clifford and Chris Eubank and tackle gang culture in San Quentin prison, all the time wondering whether the same qualities that make him good at documentaries might also make him bad at life.
As Louis woos his beautiful wife Nancy and learns how to be a father, he also dares to take on the powerful Church of Scientology. Just as challenging is the revelation that one of his old subjects, Jimmy Savile, was a secret sexual predator, prompting him to question our understanding of how evil takes place. Filled with wry observation and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his most insightful and honest best.
The audio edition contains an exclusive additional chapter.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 21 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 19, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #76,456 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#97 in Biographies of Journalists, Editors & Publishers
#419 in Journalist Biographies
#485 in Television Performer Biographies
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There is a typo on page 357, “let” should read “led”.
I would have loved a little more Buxton goss, but I can get over that.
It took me a while to get through because it wasn't some sort of light and breezy book. It was written in a formal, complex style and there were quite a few words I had no idea about! Especially the French ones, since I have never studied the language. All that aside, I really enjoyed it.
I was heartened to read that Louis in real life is the same sort of person he comes across in his documentaries. I loved that he was so open about the things that he could have done a little better in his personal life - his wife sounds like a very patient woman, lol.
All in all, this is a good book for fans to read, especially if you have seen the documentaries that he is talking about. I got a bit sick of hearing about Jimmy Savile by the end of it - I get that it must have been a shock that the person you interviewed turns out to be a paedophile etc but at a certain point, you have to let go of the guilt and angst!
4.5 stars from me.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 20, 2019
If you're looking for a fascinating "and these are the bits we couldn't dare broadcast" type of story, you'll be disappointed.
Like "My Scientology Movie", it's a bit (and as I'm a fan I hate to say this) boring.
Members, attending a top independent school etc. However, there is no acknowledgement in the book of the role this has played in his success.
The book is also rather tedious.Each chapter increasingly feels like just more of the same.