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  • By: David Mitchell
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (5,264 ratings)

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Summary

David Mitchell’s 2014 best seller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think - because everything’s got worse. We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up.

But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell’s attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell’s unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween.

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©2019 David Mitchell (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Excellent casual listening

Being essentially a compilation of Mitchell's Observer columns, the book makes for very 'easy listening' and is ideal for listening to alongside working, as no intense concentration is needed. Nevertheless it's quite funny - laugh out loud funny at times - but mostly dry and sarcastic. Mitchell is a self-proclaimed 'remoaner' so an open-mind/level of tolerance would be needed for those whom lie on the other side of the Brexit spectrum. All in all a good book, but if you are a regular reader of the Observer, bear in mind that it's just a compilation of organised articles that you may well have already read.

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David Mitchell Doing what he does

if you like the logical ramblings of David Mitchel you'll love this. A series of his newspaper articles read out in his unique and entertaining way. Great value with over 8 hours of non stop thought provoking comedy.

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Satire at its British best

A hilarious listen, very funny and articulate. If you like self deprecating British satire you MUST read/listen to this. As to his future predictions and if all his ranting will come out alright in the end.... Then came COVID!! Is that satirical enough? Probably a bit too far, even for David :)

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Fun to listen to.....

This is a miss mash of David's thoughts and opinions. A real behind the scenes kind of book.
I enjoyed it very much.
This book requires nothing more than smiling at his observations.
Recommended.

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Always enjoyable

Could it be that David like just get pissed at everything, well here is your chance to find out

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Such an interesting take on the world

Can't wait to hear more of David's musings in 2020 and his take on the pandemic.

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David Mitchell for PM

Says what we all think, and what we wish politicians would. Gives Mr Fry a run for his money, mind you he is paid per syllable

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Absolutely brilliant

So much so I have promised lots of friends I will refund them if they hate it. Even a New York American friend who will love to compare our questionable present situation with theirs.

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Exellent

A satitical look at art, culture and nothing in particular. More of this please

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laughed all the way through.

Well written, made goo d inspiring thoughts.
could not stop listening and chuckling have to listen again.

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