We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of We Need to Talk About... Kevin Bridges. Aged 17, Kevin Bridges walked on stage for the first time and brought the house down. He only had a five-minute set but he discovered he really could earn a living from making people laugh.
Kevin began life as a shy, nerve-ridden school-boy. Reaching his teens, he followed his true calling as the class clown. This was a guy going somewhere - off the rails seeming most likely. Kevin's trademark social commentary, sharp one-liners, and laugh-out-loud humour blend with his reflections on his Glaswegian childhood and the journey he's taken to become one of the most-loved comedians of our time.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 40 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||09 October 2014|
|Publisher||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 22,960 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The first half is completely boring. He takes us through his early life and school days, but it turns out he's had a pretty dull, uneventful life that most people have. Dare I say a lot of the writing comes across as being the quality of writing of a school pupil. The first half of the book is basically telling us he went to school, played subbuteo (a whole chapter dedicated to this), how he was insecure, and didn't concentrate because he only ever wanted to make people laugh.
The second half gets a little bit better, but not much - it's basically him telling us about his gigs when he was breaking through, and reviewing his performances.
The worst bit of it is that, coming from a comedian, it isn't even funny. I don't think I ever laughed while reading it.
Even if you are a big fan, I honestly would not recommend it and advise you to avoid it. A big disappointment.
Fame is known to change people and not always for the better, but in this book, Bridges shows himself to be a humble man with an affection for his family that is obvious when he talks about them. Cleverly taking inspiration from the title of another book (We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver), Bridges not only tells us about his upbringing and journey into stand up comedy, but throws in his views on controversial issues such as benefits and immigration. One of my favourite quotes from his book is “We were the ones dropping bombs on them, so we couldn’t complain when they were looking for a place to stay”.
Bridges story begins when he was a nervous little boy in nursery and there is a particularly hilarious anecdote involving a wendy house that had me crying with laughter. His reluctance for his mother to leave him continued into primary school and he soon found his escape at home playing various football games with his dad. Going into high school, he was a bright boy but was very much an old head on young shoulders. Over thinking everything was a major problem, even when, at 17 he ventured into a Glasgow comedy club and did his first 5 minute set.
I could relate to a lot of the stories in this autobiography as Bridges and myself are the same age. I too remember staying up late to catch Eurotrash on Channel 5 ( I think everybody around my age will admit to that! :) ) and chatting for hours on MSN messenger (RIP). The anxiety and feeling like being funny was all you had – without it your friends would obviously drop you right? Because what are you if you’re not funny? – is also all too familiar.
‘We Need To Talk About…’ showcases not only Bridges comedy talent but also his flair for writing. (I feel like an fool for continually calling him ‘Bridges’ but ‘Kevin’ makes it sound like we’re BFF’s or something!) He shows himself to have many endearing qualities, the most obvious being his humility. When taking part in two competitions early on in his career, he says that he struggled feeling that he had to impress the judges. That the opinion of what is funny is completely subjective and worrying about catering to one person is not what he got into stand up for (I’m paraphrasing there but that’s the gist of it).
Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. The quality of writing along with Bridges modesty, even when talking about his roaring successes, make for a read that is full of laughs and showcases his family values and down to earth attitude perfectly. Despite this being a hefty read at over 400 pages, I would recommend this to not just fans of Kevin Bridges, but to anyone interested in a ‘boy done good’ story that will make you smile and reminisce along with him.
Bearing in mind Kevin is only 27, if he only wrote about what his 20s consisted of, there wouldn't be much to write! It's also worth noting that this book only covers his life up until 2010, I certainly wouldn't think much of an autobiography that covered someone's life from ages 20-22!!
I actually loved reading about his younger years, about his friends and family and what inspired him to give stand up a go. Being Glaswegian, I can certainly resonate with much of his school life and my own experiences as a teen and growing up in and around Glasgow.
The story of the lion bar made me laugh out loud :-) it was one of my favourites in the whole book. However there are plenty more where that came from.
Highly recommended for any Kevin fan and can't wait to catch him live.