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May I Have Your Attention Please? Audiobook

May I Have Your Attention Please?

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Publisher's Summary

As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister’s christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him. Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London, getting closer and closer to landing a gig, only to be told ‘No’ at the last stage. But he never gave up and soon found his whole life turned upside down and inside out by his experience as one Alan Bennett’s History Boys. From that moment forth, he’s never looked back.

May I Have Your Attention Please? is the warm, cheeky, surprisingly honest and hilarious story of one of our most popular comedy talents. From his antics as one of the founding players of his high-school’s first ever rugby team to gaining recognition in the West End, to nationwide fame as the loveably loud Smithy in the award-winning Gavin and Stacey, this is a tenderly told story of what it’s like to try, try and try again and - happily - get there in the end.

©2011 James Corden (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A funny, interesting & genuine account’ 5 stars." (Daily Express)

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    steven 03/11/2016
    steven 03/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Attention deserved."

    Brilliant and inspirational
    a true story teller and good guy.
    loved it.
    hung on his every word.
    he has helped me see how much better my life is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 06/09/2016
    Jennifer 06/09/2016
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    "loved it"

    I love James. He is so gorgeous and love his accent! bless him !
    Jen from Australia

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne 02/10/2015
    Lynne 02/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved, loved, loved it!"

    Didn't want this book to end. Made me laugh out loud, also brought me to tears at times. Very entertaining. So glad I bought the audible so I could listen to the singing sections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rachael Skinner
    29/06/16
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    I really only knew James Corden from presenting the Late Late Show, I knew he was funny and thought this book might be interesting... I was wrong it was fantastic!
    Not only does James have an incredible reading voice (I believe he could read the telephone directory and make it interesting... If we had them anymore).
    He is honest throughout the book and you truly feel as though you have gone on this incredible journey with him.
    I'm now watching everything he has ever done and falling more in love with him with each passing moment.
    I recommend this book to James's fans... You will adore this...And to people like myself who have only just discovered him... You will become an instant fan!
    I didn't want the book to end, thank you James.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    2/11/16
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    "More or less?"

    I thought he would go into The Late Late Show & how that perspired but I guess this book was made prior to that. I should have paid attention. It was okay. Some chapters heavily detailed about how he got or didn't get certain auditions. It was to show nothing came easy but some chapters could have been shortened. Also, he uses a lot of British lingo and nothing was explained (cities, towns, names of objects or whatnot). I thought that wasn't fair to American crowd who would be reading it. There were 2 Laugh Out Loud parts. The rest was entertaining.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lacey Kae
    US
    8/02/16
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    "Great Backstory of a Fun Talkshow Host"

    I lived in England for a bit, so I "knew" James from various TV programs. I didn't know about his history in theater. He is a true inspiration for people who have ever been told they don't look "right". I'm glad I got to know him better through this book.
    That said... I got the Audible version, and his voice drove me nuts. There is a British habit in customer service to speak in a soft, high pitched voice when working with customers. In America this would be reserved for children and dogs. He uses this voice all through the book. Soft, slightly high pitched, often ending on a high note (like a potential question. ) It is my lone complaint. He's a cool dude, and I would love to buy another work of his in the future.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • M Gomez
    12/10/16
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    "I Love James, so I am dissapointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Oddly enough, the narrator. I love boigraphies read by the author and I find James timing impecable and hillarious, usually. Is not the case with this book. He reads in a monotone, matter-of-fact way the detracts from what should be funny anecdotes.


    What other book might you compare May I Have Your Attention Please? to and why?

    Wildflower, by Drew Barrymore. Because is meant to be a fun, entertaining biography of a very likable spontaneus person, read by someone who, you'd think, would know how to narrate their own story and it dissapoints on both counts :narrator and story.


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

    James shoud learn things by heart before he "says them out loud". You can feel he is "reading" the book because is missing his usual spontaneity and timing .


    Was May I Have Your Attention Please? worth the listening time?

    Sadly no, and I love James.


    Any additional comments?

    I know James sees himslef as a "musical actor" ( even more so now he has told me about 100 times on this book) but the truth is people see him as comedian and host. His biography being about how "serious" he always was , about performing and being musicly inclined, from early childhood, with very little funny parts, is not exactly what I was expecting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carissa Johnson
    8/07/16
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    "Charming, honest, and insightful"
    What other book might you compare May I Have Your Attention Please? to and why?

    I know what books I would not compare it to. I was expecting a book in the vein of the humorous memoirs/autobiographies of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, etc. However, this book was much more serious, thoughtful, and autobiographical, which was refreshing. James Corden provides a complete narrative of this point in his life, messes and all. I only hope that he adds a few chapters or writes another book in light of his increasing fame.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spoorthy
    14/01/16
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    "What a great book!"

    Learnt so much more about him and life in general. I am definitely recommend it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • C. Garty
    Fargo, ND, USA
    9/12/16
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    "Magical"

    Not only are the stories excellent, but having James read through it himself gives it an extra dimension and brings it all to life. It is great fun to listen to the voice that has brought to life so many characters... bring to life all the characters in the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tammy Dotson
    Tennessee, USA
    8/12/16
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    "Love James Corden!"

    Hearing this story from James was amazing. Way better than just reading the book. He is hilarious and made my ride to work every day so fun. I recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • freehope
    5/12/16
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    "Loved his accent but..."

    I wanted to like this, and I loved the narrator's accent, but unless you're also an aspiring actor it is hard to relate to and at times the stories of various auditions, etc. became repetitive. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to keep me interested. In all fairness I started listening to this right after "Born a Crime " (which I highly recommend!), and that is a tough book to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    24/11/16
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    "Didn't know him from a bar of soap now a fan"
    If you could sum up May I Have Your Attention Please? in three words, what would they be?

    funny insightful honest


    What was one of the most memorable moments of May I Have Your Attention Please??

    James Corden reads with such emotion it feels like the first time he has talked about his life and feelings raw, funny, embarrassing, self satisfying yet humble and down to earth really surprised by how good it was


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the chapters, liked the recommended to accompany at the start of each


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

    James Corden is James Corden The guy off the telly!!


    Any additional comments?

    good book better than i was expecting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jason
    Reading, United Kingdom
    23/05/13
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    "Narration declination"

    I love James Corden from his many shows especially Fat Friends. This is a frank and open autobiography of his early life looking for purpose until his eventual acceptance into the world of theatre and films. An slightly enjoyable listen until around half way. Gradually but perceptibly the tone of narration becomes rhythmic to the point of annoyance until around the second half it becomes almost unbearable. I've never heard an author do this before, and I've listened to many on Audible. Every sentence from thereafter starts in monotone and ends in a slight increase in pitch followed by an almost sigh at the end. Forgivable for one or two odd sentences but almost the entire second half of the reading is like this. It ends up really grating. Coupled with the less frequent funny stories (and there aren't many funny stories in this book, even Corden himself freely admits he is no comedian) makes this a rather depressing and excruciating listen towards the end. If Corden had a more interesting life to fill with interesting stories ( eating coco pops in his pants lets face it isn't that interesting or funny ) and a better narration style then I would be more enthusiastic about this book. I would recommend instead many more laugh out loud books -Jason Manford, Jack Dee, and Michael McIntyre. Im sure James in his own painfully and embarrassing self loathing way would agree.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    uk
    8/04/13
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    "Funny But"

    A very funny read James Corden tells his story so far in his own humorous way but I found the book a bit of a struggle towards the end and a bit boring

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Lincln, United Kingdom
    28/02/14
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    "A little disappointing."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A little disappointing, but you feel compelled to keep on listening after paying for it. Some parts of his life were interesting, but he really paints a picture of himself being a bit lad'ish or as a funny man and not an actor/writer/comic etc.


    What will your next listen be?

    The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins


    What didn’t you like about James Corden’s performance?

    It's always good to have the Author red the book.


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

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Philippa Stokes
    10/01/15
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    "Self Indulgent but funny in places"
    What did you like best about May I Have Your Attention Please?? What did you like least?

    Best: His funny anecdotes
    Least: The fact that everyone he name-drops, he idolizes to a sickening degree.


    What was most disappointing about James Corden’s story?

    It appeared very self indulgent. A book he will, I think, regret writing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not particularly. James' narration was, at times, exhausting. He always appears to be running out of breath!


    Do you think May I Have Your Attention Please? needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, not at all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mazza
    9/07/14
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    "Axe grinding"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had a lot of time for this actor but his bitter rant about one of his teachers (who was named by the way) made him seem like a petulant child. Superficially written, it seemed to be a cash cow. Real pity as I loved Gavin and Stacey


    What did you like best about this story?

    When he talks of his time at the National Theatre and working with Mike Leigh


    What about James Corden’s performance did you like?

    Not much


    What character would you cut from May I Have Your Attention Please??

    I would edit his sulky description of his education


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue McW
    UK
    27/04/14
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    "Pleasantly surprised - an excellent autobiography"
    Where does May I Have Your Attention Please? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better autobiographies I have listened to - with a lively pace. Honest and amusing life story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author is very honest and amusing - he reads his book very well.


    Have you listened to any of James Corden’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have enjoyed James Corden in Gavin & Stacy on TV - to my shame, I didn't realise (until reading this book) that he was the co-writer of that series, which I enjoyed a great deal.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is lighthearted but always honest, genuine and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JUDITH
    lytham, United Kingdom
    9/11/11
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    "Absolutely EXCELLENT ***"

    James does not disappoint in this WONDERFUL piece of work. He writes from his heart narrating his story with real warmth and whilst listening I felt he was reading just to me. I listened avidly to his exploits at school, his early adventures securing parts in the plays or films. It was hysterically funny in places and brought tears to my eyes in others. James takes time to describe the characters he has encountered throughout the book he acknowledges all those who have made an impression upon him. I learned a lot about the ways of a thespian and I discovered a side to his personality I had not previously seen. He is not just a very clever very funny man able to hold an audience in the palm of his hand, he is humble , a serious family man warm and loveable. He is keen to please, rather like a labrador puppy who keeps coming back for more opportunities to play. Well done Mr Corden , you certainly had my attention for the whole book. This is an excellent book, buy the download you will not be disapointed.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • kevin
    5/12/16
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    "Wow!!!"

    Firstly, the fact James is reading it and not someone else is a plus! But with all the passion he puts into the book and the way he expresses everything, you can really see everything that happened! Incredible book, I am praying he makes another as the story of his life sounds like a Adventurous one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • catherine
    16/11/16
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    "Great listen as narrated by James.Funny, sincere"

    Great listen as narrated by James. Funny, sincere and heartwarming. Want a follow up now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kabir
    24/10/16
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    "loved it"
    If you could sum up May I Have Your Attention Please? in three words, what would they be?

    really good book into the life of MrCorden, his experiences. Genuinly was sad when it finished/


    What did you like best about this story?

    really interesting


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

    his own humour


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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