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Ayoade on Ayoade

Narrated by: Richard Ayoade
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, Comedy
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In this book, Richard Ayoade - actor, writer, director, and amateur dentist - reflects on his cinematic legacy as only he can: in conversation with himself. Over 10 brilliantly insightful and often erotic interviews, Ayoade examines Ayoade fully and without mercy, leading a breathless investigation into this once-in-a-generation visionary. They have called their book Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey. Take the journey, and your life will never be the same again.

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I listened to On Top and wanted more, this came out at start of locked down and was a fun listen.

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  • Matt W
  • 01-04-2020

Woeful

Unfunny and irritating in the extreme and I write as someone who likes Ayoade. Second half slightly redeems itself but I very nearly gave up on this after the first couple of chapters. The interviews where Ayoade interviews Ayoade are particularly tiresome.

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  • Graphicology
  • 11-03-2020

I love Richard Ayoade...but

There are some fantastic moments and when he jumps out of the book to talk to the listeners he is classic Ayoade - it just didn’t click with me It’s decent just not great :(

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-2020

brilliant!

hilarious narrative. brilliant cinematic touch. I don't even know what genre this is but it's amazing. special thanks for footnotes!

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  • Mrs. J. M. Galor
  • 29-05-2020

If you like Ayoade you’ll love this

Subtitle: you’re probably going to have to like Ayoade to love this! I wouldn’t suggest it to a newcomer: it relies heavily on already being in on the joke. It is, of course, very clever and funny and cleverly funny. Maybe a bit... too long? (*Runs away, slams a door, hides under the bed.)

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  • papapownall
  • 22-03-2020

Man in brown corduroy suit talks to himself

If the first sign of madness is talking to yourself then the second sign of madness must surely be making a recording of you taking to yourself. What that quite says about someone who is prepared to hand over their hard earned coin to listen to somebody talking to themselves I do not know and it is probably not a good idea to dwell on it too long.

Despite what tallish author of this work Richard Ayoade says, I think it works best as an audio book as you can actually hear him speak and he adopts different voices for the interviewer Ayoade, the interviewee Ayoade and yet another voice for what are presumably the footnotes that explain why Ayoade thinks this does not work as an Audio Book. What Ayoade overlooks, however when he tries to explain that the listener will not be able to appreciate the subtle vision joke of, for example the "Prologu(e)mbryo" section that Ayoade takes great pains to explain to the listener in the third Ayoade footnote voice is that the listener is able to glance at the screen of the device that is playing the recording (in my case the display in my car) which shows the name of the section being played.

There is more to this book than mere self reflection on Ayoade's film career though. The appendix includes much of Ayoade's writings and musings on various subjects including open letters, a quiz, some FAQs and some "did you know" type facts (some of which i suspect are not actually true). A special mention too to Danny to the D Deville who deserves his own book.

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  • Martha Saeed
  • 16-09-2020

Ayoade does it again!

I loved it, but agree somewhat with other reviews - this is a book for fans who appreciate Ayoade's acerbic wit and unique sense of irony. Quirky but brilliant!

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  • Gavin Regnart
  • 12-09-2020

A Curate's Egg

Mostly an enjoyably amusing listen. Occasionally laugh out loud funny, but a few chapters near the end of the book "proper", and at the beginning of the epilogues, were hard going, and better suited to the physical version. Which is quite ironic, for reasons that will become clear as you listen.

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  • Mr N Cole
  • 29-08-2020

Awful, not for me.

Self indulgent and unfunny, even drifts off from what it appears to be trying to do in the overly long appendix. So very disappointed, but I just really didn't like it.

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  • Mr. J. A. Thomson
  • 29-08-2020

Fine but not for Hard of hearing.

I looked forward to CD. He's as funny as normal. The only problem I had is his voice is soft so I missed some punch lines. If your hearing is OK or you use headphones in bed, this is a fine CD.

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  • Daniel E
  • 27-08-2020

Ayoade was a good man

Looks like he had to crawl through two miles of shit to acquire the experiences necessary for this book and you'll be glad he did because this book is very, very funny. One thing though, do not ever think of making a film of your own.