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Is It Just Me? Audiobook

Is It Just Me?

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Publisher's Summary

Winner: Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: Is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination, and sometimes unexplained nudity that accompanied childhood and adolescence? Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures - surely it's plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me?

I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path. Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let's call it, because it's fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.

©2012 KingMaker Productions Ltd (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

What the Critics Say

“That personality and voice belong to a uniquely cherished comedian” (Daily Mail)

“This is pure, unadulterated, totally genius, Miranda. A cult (would religion be too weighty a word?) must surely follow, where can we get the T-shirt?” (Red Online)

“I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Miranda Hart's new book - we should all embrace our inner Miranda gene and learn to laugh at ourselves.” (Daily Express )

“In her brilliantly funny book, TV's Miranda muses on some of the most challenging, baffling and 'hideola' aspects of life... all the anecdotes are told in her unique style, with regular interjections from her 18-year-old self. Such fun!” (Star)

“Is Miranda Hart a National Treasure yet? If not, it can only be a year or two before she joins Stephen Fry and Alan Bennett in the trophy cabinet of the country's affections... That personality and voice belong to a uniquely cherished comedian, and the answer to that question in her title is actually, yes - it is just her. Because there's nobody like Miranda.” (Daily Mail)

“Funny and charming and full of terrific comic ideas... Unlike most comedians, she can actually write... Every Christmas there is, at the very most, one celeb book that is genuinely worth buying and reading. Here is this year's. Accept no substitutes.” (The Spectator )

“Miranda Hart will carry you along with the sheer force of her charm, bumbling cheer and charisma.” (Sunday Express)

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    Amazon Customer 02/06/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "For anyone who has thought "Is It Just Me?""
    What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

    Miranda made me think about myself, my life. She shares what we all think but rarely say. That it's okay if we aren't always perfect, that in this media and image obsessed world that there is more to life than looking and appearing to be perfect, that it's not necessary to live your life by anyone's expectations but your own.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Miranda Hart has a talent with words, despite what she might say, and her voice just brings it to life.


    What does Miranda Hart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    If you love Miranda Hart as a comedic actress, then you would just not have as good a experience reading as you do listening. She has sound effects, puts on voices and has fantastic conversations with her younger self.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I took later trains just so I could sit on the platform longer to be a part of her world.


    Any additional comments?

    Miranda Hart was always going to be a funny writer, but I've found more depth than could ever have imagined. She's given herself to this book, honestly and without shame and it has made me want to live my life more like she does. Truly honored to have read it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette Delane 02/06/2015
    Lynette Delane 02/06/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "This Dear Listener Chum is impressed"

    Loved it, so typically Miranda and I say that with love and gratitude as someone who was also a bit uncool at school and now "really doesn't care" what others think. Such fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 28/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Refreshingly honest and incredibly funny"

    Miranda Hart could be just your typical, everyday, admin assistant neighbourhood girl, but she's not. Combining an almost innocent and highly positive view of the world she says what we are all really thinking, but too afraid to say. I particularly enjoyed the constant interruption of 'Little M', her younger self who peeps in occasionally to see how she turned out by listening to the stories of the older, and hopefully slightly wiser, Miranda. The stories she told were funny, inspiring and gave the listener a chance to reflect on our own life with a little more fun and humour than what the general person would do each day.

    Entertaining and just a little bit thought provoking, I definitely recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 02/02/2016
    Liz 02/02/2016
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    "interesting listen"

    wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with what was delivered. great listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Abby South Australia, Australia 23/11/2016
    Abby South Australia, Australia 23/11/2016
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    "A Miranda Gem!!"

    SUCH FUN! I even participated in the challenges listened sneakily at work which helped with the swivel chair challenge. Can't wait for the next one.

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    jaxbak 14/11/2016
    jaxbak 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Miranda can be so funny on film"
    What did you like best about Is It Just Me?? What did you like least?

    I really do like to listen to audiobooks when I travel. I liked very much that it was self-narrated, and there ARE many amusing parts. I did not, however, find any laugh-out-loud moments. I would have preferred the actaul book, I think


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Could I do better job of entertaining listeners? Not a chance!


    Was Is It Just Me? worth the listening time?

    Hmm.... maybe not. I was keen to finish it. But don't let me deter you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Melbourne, Australia 02/11/2016
    Melissa Melbourne, Australia 02/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst book ever written"

    I've listened to many, many audiobooks before but this was absolutely the worst thing I've listened to. I actually feel angry that I wasted hours of my life for this "book". Just because you can write a book, doesn't mean you should.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah 29/10/2016
    Hannah 29/10/2016
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    "loved it! perfect!"

    my walk to work will feel empty now without Miranda Hart in my ear.... i might just start it all over again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina 14/10/2016
    Tina 14/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Light hearted fun."

    Just as I would expect from Miranda.
    Her sitcom makes me laugh, at myself, so does this book.

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    Amber Matthews 06/10/2016
    Amber Matthews 06/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Thanks big and little Ms. Your book is brilliant. I loved listening to you and feel I have improved as a person, as a result. I can't wait for more. Hurry up and write some, please. No pressure obvs. Yours with much appreciation, DLC (Sarah). .

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  • Lily
    Totnes Valley, Australia
    26/10/12
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    "Cackle Worthy"
    What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

    I sat with my 10 year old daughter over 4 or 5 nights and together we enjoyed the rollicking tales Miranda Hart spun for us . Both of us are mad fans of Miranda's show and were thoroughly excited to learn more about this comic goddess. We here pleased to hear catchphrases from her show, insights into life and silly banter between her present self and her younger self.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was Ms Harts' ability to make herself the joke simply to make us happy. It is so refreshing in this day and age when humour and comedy is all about pulling others down and laughing at their expense that Miranda is willing to make herself the butt of the joke (often literally!). I am sure my daughter most enjoyed the tales of catastrophe and of course the 'poo' stories.


    What about Miranda Hart’s performance did you like?

    It was well delivered with equal measures of gusto and grace. Miranda knows how to perform and there was often (but not always) a clear delineation between her present self and her younger self. Actually I found that my daughter and I would talk to each other with Miranda's plum in the mouth middle class British accent which was hilarious in itself as we are ocker Aussies from the Oz bush!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We would have loved to knock this book off in one sitting, however 7 hours was a little too adventurous for us.


    Any additional comments?

    Although there were some moments where our interest waned, I would highly recommend anyone listen to 'Is It Just Me' rather than read it. Miranda is a right scream and we had a nice time - it was almost like watching a whole series of Miranda. Such fun!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
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    1/01/13
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    "An Absolute Delight"
    Would you listen to Is It Just Me? again? Why?

    After finishing listening to Miranda Hart's "Is It Just Me?", I thought to myself: "I'm going to listen to this again in a year or so." It's quite a funny book and had me laughing out loud quite often, but I want to listen again for another reason. Underneath the laughs the book has something wonderful to say about happiness. I think nearly all women sometimes feel that they don't fit the ideal that society, or perhaps they themselves, have set up. I think nearly all women feel some anguish about their inability to measure up from time to time. Beneath all of the laughing and silly stories and absurditiy, Ms. Hart has done a marvelous job of encouraging women to accept themselves, love themselves, enjoy life, and be happy. I was entertained, certainly. But I also came away from the book feeling a bit moved. And happy. And my own version of beautiful. So thank you, Ms. Hart!


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    Manly, NSW, Australia
    12/11/12
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    "Miranda is just delightful..."

    Miranda played on Australian TV a couple of years ago. Miranda Hart simply demands attention... her quirkyness, her authentic playfulness, her relish in being herself. All of this is found in "Is it just me?"

    A romp. And genuine fun. Highly recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    Laredo, TX, United States
    25/10/12
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    "Miranda Hart is truly one of a kind!"
    What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

    So being from the U.S. I am not able to actually purchase Miranda's book at a bookstore, but thanks to audible I heard the story straight from the amazing and hilarious mind of Miranda Hart! I highly recommend anyone to buy this book, her stories of how she converses with her 18 year old self and her memories are more memorable than her just as amazing show! Love you Miranda!!! :D


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything!


    Have you listened to any of Miranda Hart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have seen her show, and she is brilliantly funny in the show, and in her book she continues to bring the funny to the ears of her readers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    SUCH FUN!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read the book, but I say listen to it! It's even better!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jeanine
    Galloway, OH, United States
    24/04/13
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    "Love Love Love"
    What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

    I could listen to her talk all day long.


    Any additional comments?

    Pure enjoyment through and through, I look forward to her next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Sydney, Australia
    23/04/13
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    "MORE MIRANDA!"
    Would you listen to Is It Just Me? again? Why?

    Yes I will listen to this delightful book again, it simple wonderful. Laugh out loud funny and heartwarming familiar, Miranda takes us through a journey of the keys of life. Great! Made even better by Miranda herself reading it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very much wished to listen to this book in one sitting and never wanting it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyable- highly recommended!

    Now we just need MORE MIRANDA!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Almada
    paso del rey, Argentina
    11/12/12
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    "A round of applause for Miranda Hart!!!"
    If you could sum up Is It Just Me? in three words, what would they be?

    It's about life and the various difficulties that are bound to come up and how humour helps us if not overcome them, at least endure them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is It Just Me??

    When she wonders about those moments in life which are like milestones, and which have no explanation. Life, eh?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Peggie and Miranda's dialogue, or any scene with her eighteen-year-old self.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was. However, I decided not to do so since I wanted to enjoy every single sentence, and Miranda's wonderful reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be missed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • paula
    13/11/12
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    "No, not just her but ME too : )"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Is It Just Me? to be better than the print version?

    Hearing the "disaster on legs" reading the book makes this a fab listen - her voice and her singing lends the humour and also the simpicity to the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    16 year old Miranda is so full of dreams that its hilarious!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a female or have a clumsy/awkward/different Daughter I recommend this book - just dont read it in public - people will stare when you start to hold your sides while crying with laughter!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Metung, Australia
    29/01/13
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    "too much talking in her 18 year old voice"

    I like Miranda and her story, but not her constant discussion with her 18 year old self using 2 voices. There was just too much of it and I only lasted a couple of hours before it all wore a bit thin.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Orange, Australia
    25/11/13
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    "Love, love, love this lady"
    If you could sum up Is It Just Me? in three words, what would they be?

    Hart's heartfelt humour


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is It Just Me??

    So many - the Dirty Dancing anecdote struck home


    Have you listened to any of Miranda Hart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not especially - I wanted it to last!


    Any additional comments?

    This book rings especially true for me as Ms Hart and I are of similar age. Very funny and eminently relateable-to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • berta
    valdemoro, Spain
    25/12/12
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    "fantastic!"

    I'm a big fan of Miranda so maybe this review is a bit biased. But nevermind, I really loved this book, it was such fun!



    And Miranda narrating it was superb, she is SO GOOD. It seemed as if she was really enjoying reading her book.



    I loved this book, every minute of it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • maz
    Worcester, UK
    7/12/13
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    "Funny but not hilarious"
    If you could sum up Is It Just Me? in three words, what would they be?

    I love Miranda!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was disappointing when compared to the brilliant TV series. Her younger self was extremely irritating and ruined the whole listening experience for me.


    What about Miranda Hart’s performance did you like?

    Miranda was an excellent narrator and made the listening experience more authentic. It would not have felt right if someone different had narrated it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but only because of her younger self.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • alison
    middlesbrough, United Kingdom
    22/01/13
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    "SUCH FUN!!!"

    if you enjoy the series its just like it.

    I listened when whilst out with the dogs I must of looked a right wally giggleing whilst walking down the street!!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • R.
    BANBURY, United Kingdom
    19/01/13
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    "The best for a very serious mind"

    I have always been a serious, almost humor-less person. I am aware of it and I have to admit that fairy tales and comic reads amuse me more than anything. They shift my thoughts from one of melancholy and cynical into one of life and sheer vibrancy. Miranda is hilarious and I like the existence of the young Miranda in her work because it gave me the chance to reflect and laugh, as against feeling humiliated, at my follies of years ago.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Meg Plummer
    West Yorkshire, UK
    24/01/14
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    "Only in Bitesize Pieces"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line, more character differentiation and a fraction of the time


    Would you ever listen to anything by Miranda Hart again?

    I would certainly give it a try


    Would you be willing to try another one of Miranda Hart’s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Is It Just Me??

    A bit of everything


    Any additional comments?

    Miranda in bite size pieces can be quite amusing, But after 30 minutes I seemed to have had a Miranda humour bypass. Some clever ideas, eg LIttle M, but too much and too samey in story and in voice. Sorry Miranda but you have done far funnier and superior stuff

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    2/12/13
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    "Well narrated and the story was generally alright"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As someone who has not seen the TV program it was not what I was expecting.

    It is more a story about someone moaning about being slightly different rather than a story.

    It is well narrated and great tone throughout. It was more a bit of a giggle rather than a real belly laugh. This may be more because I have not seen Miranda before.


    What will your next listen be?

    How to Fall in Love - Cecelia Shern


    What about Miranda Hart’s performance did you like?

    Great enthusiasm with the narration


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE
    Hayling Island, UK
    12/11/13
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    "Fun if a little too 'Miranda' for me, at times!"
    Would you try another book written by Miranda Hart or narrated by Miranda Hart?

    Possibly but it did verge on too much silliness for me


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Miranda's nuances were great but sometimes I felt a little irritated by those nuances too!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Probably not


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kay
    ipswich, United Kingdom
    23/12/12
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    "Mirandaland heaven!"

    This is Miranda at her very best, with all her awkwardness, continuously finding herself in hilarious situations. Narrated in her soft, apologetic tone, she relays her life story in a way that makes you want to laugh out loud and cringe with embarrassment on her behalf. Had all these mishaps happened to anyone else, they would perhaps seem far fetched and unbelievable but not in this case. 18 year old Miranda is a lovely addition and her outbursts of disgust and horror at the way her 38 year old self has turned out is priceless.

    Having listened to this book twice over, I dip into it constantly when I feel the need for a Miranda fix. Gentle, laugh out loud, slapstick brilliance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • L
    Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
    6/11/12
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    "Wonderfully Entertaining"

    This was my first foray into audio books and I purchased it to listen to after an operation. It was fab - easy to dip in and out of and great for light entertainment when I was feeling rough. Miranda has a wonderful way of describing the world in a way we can all relate to and I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys her show.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    Northallerton, United Kingdom
    20/11/12
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    "Disappointing"

    I love the Miranda TV series - so looked forward to listening to this. However it's just plain silly - tedious - and predictable. So disappointed - I managed 2 hours of the 7 - and gave up - I won't be finishing this one

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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