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Alan Partridge: Nomad

Narrated by: Alan Partridge
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance.

Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.

Through witty vignettes, heavy essays and nod-inducing pieces of wisdom, Alan shines a light on the nooks of the nation and the crannies of himself, making this a biography that biographs the biographer while also biographing bits of Britain.

©2016 Rob Gibbons; Neil Gibbons; Steve Coogan (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Hilarious!

I'd forgotten how much I loved Alan Partridge... I'm glad that I listened to Steve Coogan read this instead

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Excellent

Classic Partridge. Fills in gaps in between alpha papa, knowing me knowing you, etc. If you like Steve Coogan this is a must listen to.

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the funniest book I've ever listened to.

if you're a fan of alan partridge, then this is a must have. lovely stuff.

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Superb detail, great book. Amazing story about the logo for Footsteps of my father I love Coogan

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Classic Partridge

An essential listen for any fan and people who enjoy the mystical art of walking.

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In love with this book

Having a shite day .... listen to this ...it's truly hilarious and so clever

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A noble, selfless journey

I have an Alan Partridge tattoo on my chest which I fainted 3 times getting.

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As good as the TV show

Very well performed by the man himself. Quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. Some of the jokes might have come across as a little too silly if they were done on the tv show, but it all works well here.

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Coogan/ Patridge is one of the premier wordsmiths.

What made the experience of listening to Alan Partridge: Nomad the most enjoyable?

The mental dexterity of Coogan is amazing - he can find a comic twist or interpretation on the most innocent comment. Lots of very clever and subtle gags throughout.

What did you like best about this story?

Its a great listen if you take it in sections - it unfolds across a journey on foot, so it feels a little like an 'epic' - a wandering anti-hero talking you through memories and observations as he goes. This is where Coogan is best - forget heavily plotted pieces, just sit him down and get him talking and he will come up with gold every time.

Which character – as performed by Alan Partridge – was your favourite?

This question does my head in. Suffice to say, Partridge/ Coogan/ etc is a hilarious and nuanced character.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

My legs are the heroes of walking.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of Alan Partridge, this is hours of his best work and worth a listen. Coogan is criminally underrated as a truly remarkable wordsmith.

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A-ha!

Many, many hours of Partridge, read by Partridge. Idiotic and glorious. Four more words required.

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  • Michael
  • 21-10-2016

Pointlessness is the point

What other book might you compare Alan Partridge: Nomad to and why?

Homer's Odyssey, if I'd read it.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the plot of Alpha Papa

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We learn some new things about the world of Alan Partridge - including one major fact that many people will be sad to hear - but overall this is a daytrip inside Alan's mind and it's fantastic for it. I'm now listening for the third time and it's been better each time, but that's what I've found with pretty much everything he's been in. There are just so many tiny details which require rewatching/listening to appreciate fully.Don't listen to those clever-clogs who spaff their "serious" opinions. If you love Partridge, you'll love this.

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  • APorrello
  • 03-11-2016

What do I think of this book? Thanks for asking.

If you could sum up Alan Partridge: Nomad in three words, what would they be?

A great achievement, but not as great of an achievement as his autobiography.

What other book might you compare Alan Partridge: Nomad to and why?

Mr Partridge's autobiography, and Great New World, by Axol O'Lerpler.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chapter in which Alan describes Alpha Papa.

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

I rarely sit for six hours, thank you very much. Of course, I sleep at night, so I am lying down for six hours, but that's really beside the point.

Any additional comments?

Is this book as good as his autobiography? No. Does the Partridge still deliver a punch? Yes.

Alan had a lot to live up to, as his autobiography was (and still is) excellent, and I listen to it religiously (not literally--that would be ridiculous). While Nomad is entertaining, it is just not the same. If you're new to Mr Partridge, I recommend you start with his autobiography and then listen to this. You won't be disappointed (unless you are).

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  • christal
  • 22-10-2016

Every sentence is genius

Weird storyline but it wouldn't matter what story they choose, it's written brilliantly. Too short, could have doubled its length but writing like this must take a huge amount of effort to think up punchlines for literally every sentence. I don't know if this was released in paperback/book form but it would be useless reading it on ones own, you need to hear it read by Alan

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  • Spraggy
  • 03-11-2016

Vintage Partridge

You have to admire how many ways Steve Coogan has found to bring Partridge to life. In Nomad we find Alan attempting to complete the journey that his father never could, a walk to Dungeness A through a somewhat unscenic Kent. If Kent is the Garden of England, I wouldn't want to see it's derelict allotment.

Fair warning that the laughs thin out as the book goes on. The first third is so funny I often laughed outloud, but much like Alan, he can't quite keep the pace up all the way through.

But make no mistake, the weakest chapter is funnier than anything else I've had read to me this year.

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  • Chris
  • 27-10-2016

Elevenes (night-time)

Non U.K. Listeners under the age of 35 will really struggle, but if you want to find yourself speaking ala partridge it's a solid 6 and a bit hours or rip roaring fun.

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  • shalte
  • 28-10-2016

Solid Listening Gold!

This audio book is flat out hilarious from the first until the last sentence. I have not had the pleasure of listening to Alan Partridge prior to this purchase. That oversight will now be corrected. This audio book is literally nonstop funny. I think I at a minimum chuckled after every single single sentence. I kid you not, fair review reader. if you want to laugh and have one of the best 6 hours you can have legally, get this audio book. Drop the dime, it is worth your time!

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  • Robert davis
  • 18-10-2020

Ah-Ha!

If you love love Partridge, you won't be disappointed. Hysterical and a surprisingly well crafted engaging story.

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  • James Tuomey
  • 13-09-2020

Cracking stuff as always

Aha! So much to enjoy here. One the all-time great comedy characters, perfectly suited to the audiobook format. I snorted with laughter pretty often, but I didn’t have any Kenco so thankfully my nostrils were clear.

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  • Rupert Pupkin
  • 29-08-2020

Highly Recommended!

Any fan of Alan Partridge will absolutely love this audiobook. Coogan narrating the book only adds to the enjoyment. I would also encourage you to listen to I, Partridge: We Need to Talk about Alan. Consistently hilarious!

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  • Jim McFarland
  • 10-02-2019

Classic hilarious Partridge

This is laugh out loud funny Alan Partridge at his best. However, if you are unfamiliar with Steve Coogan's character or unfamiliar with minor UK celebrities, that he incessantly name drops, you will unlikely get the jokes.

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  • Dickie Armstrong
  • 24-10-2016

Every line has a joke.

As good as the first book, which is near impossible to live up to. Will repay you with new laughs on each re-reading. A wonderful achievement.

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  • Alex Hollis
  • 16-11-2017

lovely stuff

OAP, Old Alan Partridge delivers another truly first class book. The audio recording is excellent, which is what you can expect from Sennheiser recording equipment and the expert use by the much loved UK radio and TV (less so after the shooting) presenter. We hear of the emotional and physical struggles of Alan attempting to walk in the footsteps of his father while simultaneously struggling to promote his walk to TV producers. very funny and a joy to read/listen.

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  • Mr
  • 29-01-2017

Kiss my face.

Lovely stuff. Not my words. The words of Shaking Stevens. Eat that. Back of the net.

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  • Ms
  • 26-02-2018

Hot as colemans

Great fun, well put together and easy to follow....some parts do make you cringe and laugh at the same time!

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  • Jimminy
  • 27-12-2017

not as good as I, Partridge

the voice seemed off for much of the recording, and the format is getting tired now

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  • Dan
  • 27-10-2016

Brilliant!

Just as funny as "I, Partridge". Repeated listening will reveal more gold in it 😊.

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  • Michael
  • 01-03-2019

Not even close to the first book!

When I read through Alan Partridge’s first audiobook I was laughing out loud to myself. If anything this second book feels like the cuts from the previous book recycled. The laughs have lowered and the story is poor at best. If you loved the first you may find some enjoyment but don’t even think you’ll be getting half of the original.

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  • Mr. O. Jollands
  • 27-10-2016

Not a patch on I, Partridge

I was genuinely excited for this book having enjoyed I, Partridge immensely and being a fan of Steve Coogan's work . Unfortunately as much as I wanted to love it, it just doesn't live up to the anticipation.

There are a few classic Partridge moments scattered throughout the book and the narration is very good throughout as you'd expect but the actual text struggles to find its way and feels cobbled together. Disparate ideas have been patched up into a narrative without a clear need for the story.

This makes sense given how Alan himself comes up with the idea for the book within the book but unfortunately no level of meta meaning can compensate for a weak text.

I get the feeling that this would have made a good episode or 2 of the TV show with all of the body language and the different edit choices that would go into that kind of project but as a book it falls flat and although I got through it, it dragged quite a lot and I only genuinely laughed once.

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  • Rockkybox
  • 24-10-2016

Doesn't reach the quality of his previous book

It's a shame, his last book is my favourite ever. Unfortunately he can't quite capture it here

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  • 451
  • 20-10-2016

The faint scent of cash-in

Early on in the book Partridge admits to padding the word count with meaningless filler, and it's depressing to realise that it's not merely a gag but the literal truth. The opening is pure Partridge, promising a great evening for veteran and newcomer alike. Yet within minutes it loses its way, like an old friend you find you have nothing in common with anymore. It reminds me of Season 4 of Arrested Development, where the characters were split apart and forced into isolation, denying the audience the joy seeing them at each other's throats. The same has happened here, my anxious wait for the pre-order morphing into excitement, trepidation and finally disappointment as I realise it's just not funny. Not as a standalone and certainly not next to I, Partridge. It's a lazy book, too long in the making that forgets the warmth of affection people have for the character and winds up outstaying an awkward reunion. I really hope another book is due and sooner rather than later. Recommended only for the most die-hard listeners of Mid Morning Matters.

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