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The long-awaited audio edition of Peter Kay’s best-selling autobiography, The Sound of Laughter, including two completely new and exclusive bonus chapters. 

Grab a brew and some good-for-dipping biscuits and listen to Peter take a trip down memory lane, including his first-ever driving lesson, his Bolton childhood, the numerous jobs he held, right up until he found fame in the world of comedy. 

The Sound of Laughter observes the absurdities and eccentricities of family life: elderly relatives, garlic bread, cheesecake, weddings, funerals and your mum’s HRT...hear all about it from Peter, read live and direct from his own front room. 

Peter Kay is one of Bolton’s funniest comedians. His first autobiography The Sound of Laughter still holds the record for biggest selling British hardback autobiography of all time. He’s won numerous BAFTA’s, National Television Awards for his TV work including Car Share and Phoenix Nights. As well as three number chart singles - and he holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest selling stand-up comedian of all time.

©2006 Peter Kay (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Genius….. simple as that

I have severely missed this guy in recent times and the world is a much better place for having some new media from him, I have only purchased today and have completed the book in one sitting,I loved every single minute of it and would give my right arm to meet him, he’s genuinely my hero, I have read the paper edition of the book but this is so much better having it put across in his own voice, he constantly breaks off and chats away from the book which is very very heartwarming indeed….. long live Peter Kay, I love you mate x

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FINALLY

SO happy this is now on Audible!
Read the book when it was first released but listening to the man himself read it is even better!

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It’s him - it is Peter Kay

Only listened to intro but just know this is going to be a hoot.

Thanks Peter. Really wanted this to be made.

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So disappointing

PK reads this book as though he is bored and embarrassed. He is the funniest man in the world when he’s on stage but he is terrible at reading his own book. It could have been so good. Pity. I lasted 3 chapters and I couldn’t bear any more, even in the car.

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what we've been waiting for....

so far so genius.... did we expect anything less from the great man. perfect to while away a dull shift at work

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exceptionally disappointed.

Peter Kaye (Man of the People) narrator of the tedious. I was really looking forward to this, but it very disappointed.

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A must!

So so good.
Unlike your usual autobiography read by the author.
Funny, light, joyful and entertaining.
Really enjoyed spending the time.

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I like Peter Kay!

I love Peters sense of past, mancunianism and down to earth sense of irony and humour. I struggle, as a 64 Yr old Mancunian with an Irish father and mum from Edgbaston, with the use of the word shit in every other sentence. He is a funny man, expletives don't enhance is humour. He reminds me so much of the Morecombe and wise or Ant and Dec (two opposite sides of the age gap) whose comedy is full of life experience, one liners and innuendo without a single profanity and people laugh... the word doesn't sound genuine coming out of his mouth... it spoilt it for me, but I am old school and times have become harsher, less respectful and gentile...

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Big Peter Kay fan, but slow boring read.

I have been a big fan of Peter for years. Loved all his work, my fav being car share. I was very disappointed in this book, he was still going on about school after 9 chapters, then the part-time tedious jobs, first show biz break & book finished. It was a slow tedious journey. Sorry but this is a miss for me. 🙁

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Disappointed

I love PK and have sincerely missed his presence on tv, however I found this book disappointing.

It seemed like a bit of a ramble, with too much emphasis on trying to sound funny, rather than being effortlessly funny in the way we know he is.

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  • I AM MICK
  • 27-09-21

Top bombin'

This doesn't feel like Peter is reading his book, it feels more like he's just telling everything off the top of his head. This is a hilarious listen, stuff that wouldn't come across in the book as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-21

Brilliant

I have loved Peter Kay's comedy for years and this reading has had me laughing out loud

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  • Kristy LeClair
  • 15-06-22

Far beyond any expectations

Couldn't stop listening until the book was finished. Thank you, Peter Kay for some MUCH needed laughs and giggles. so grateful to you. Kristy - Norton, Kansas

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  • Nils
  • 06-05-22

Very enjoyable

Not only do you get Mr Kay reading the book, but you also get him commenting on and adding to it. Great format. My only wish was that is was longer. Hope for a sequel.

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  • Sir Thicket
  • 02-04-22

Surprisingly disappointing

Probably because Peter Kay has done so much since 2006 and I’m reading this in 2022, it seemed focused on the wrong stuff.

Peter Kay is successful and funny so this book was a bit of a disappointment. I wanted to know where he got his spark from, where does his comedic manner come from and so on. It wasn’t until 30 mins left that we really start seeing progress towards what he’s known for. A large majority of the book is a recount of the numerous crumby jobs he’s had and how he was fired from them. The early stuff was good but I guess I was hoping for more around his stuff after 2006 with Standup tours and tv shows.

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  • Rick Stutzel
  • 31-03-22

A matter of personal taste

I usually love British humor. From Steven Fry to Benny Hill.
But I missed the boat on Peter Kay. Didn't enjoy at all.

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  • Dean
  • 20-02-22

funny yoooth

a funny book. I laughed until I stopped laughing.

what do you want from me.

lend me $20 I'm good for it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-22

English: a Foreign Language

The British accent was so difficult to interpret that it was unintelligible. I'm not from the UK, but my closeest guess would be a strong Scouse accent & dialect from Liverpool or Merseyside, England.

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  • Paul S Mason
  • 15-12-21

Its O' Kay!

its better than O' Kay! its actually a lot of fun and its cheered me up no end as I recover from my recent cancer operation, Laughter really is the best medicine, Nicely done Peter ...
stop reading your own reviews! 😁

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  • Beezies Island
  • 08-12-21

He reads, he riffs

In this memoir, Peter Kay takes the reader on his road to comedy fame. The strength of his writing is found in the ability to find humor in the mundane moments in life. It’s a lesson in not taking yourself too seriously. Great read!