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Ayoade on Top

Narrated by: Richard Ayoade
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, Comedy
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Publisher's Summary

At last, the definitive audiobook about perhaps the best cabin crew dramedy ever filmed: View from the Top starring Gwyneth Paltrow. 

In Ayoade on Top, Richard Ayoade, perhaps one of the most 'insubstantial' people of our age, takes us on a journey from Peckham to Paris by way of Nevada and other places we don't care about. It's a journey deep within, in a way that's respectful and non-invasive; a journey for which we will all pay a heavy price, even if you've waited for the smaller paperback edition. 

Ayoade argues for the canonisation of this brutal masterpiece, a film that celebrates capitalism in all its victimless glory; one we might imagine Donald Trump himself half-watching on his private jet's gold-plated flat screen while his other puffy eye scans the cabin for fresh, young prey.

©2019 Richard Ayoade (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Ayoade is a flippin' genuis

You can't possibly understand the subtle genuis of this complicated book as well as I do. Go and read Geoffrey Archer. That's what you deserve.

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Almost made me want to watch the movie... almost.

Genius! What more need I say. I've not had the 'pleasure' of watching the seminal classic View From The Top and now I never have to. Mr Ayoade's attention to detail and nuance have made for a beyond entertaining, in-depth review of what I daresay would ordinarily be referred to as 85 odd minutes of cinematic tripe.
The author's turn of phrase and ever-so-dry delivery made this a fantastic listen. Highly recommend this.

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Brilliant

I got the recommendation for this book from Russell Brand’s podcast interview of Richard Ayoade which is hilarious. The book had me laughing out loud to myself in my car. A wonderful review of the amount of self deception required to believe Gwyneth Paltrow as a blue collar worker, at the lack of confidence in the intellect of the general public. You will enjoy it!

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Ayoade at the Top of his game

This is an amazing experience that everyone needs to witness with their eyes and ears.

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  • Rob
  • 26-09-2019

Unbelievably witty

You don't need to have seen the movie. Highly recommend the audiobook, as Ayoade's delivery is key to the humor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2019

Very nice and fun reading from Richard Ayoade

Couldn't keep myself from listening through this in two sittings. Very humorous and enough segways to keep you guessing and entertained.

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  • Maggie
  • 22-09-2019

A delightful listen

An utterly delightful critique of an odd early 00’s film. Add in tidbits of Ayoade’s life and background and you’ve got a joyous and, at certain points, a laugh out loud read. I will now go purchase a physical copy to keep for always. Ayoade fan for life!

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  • Piers Sharpe
  • 29-09-2019

A toilet book about a film no one’s seen

I could’ve read Steinbeck, Hemingway or literally anything else I might discuss with friends over coffee, but instead I chose to spend 6 hours watching Top and listening to Ayoade’s critique of it (peppered with bits about him to make up the page count), acquiring a new set of references I won’t be able to exchange with anyone. Top’s bad but not in a ‘so bad it’s good’ way, more like ‘so mediocre I want it to end’, so quite an audacious move by the author to require such gruelling pre-work for a toilet book. Giving five stars to encourage more people to watch Top just in case it’s the next The Room and I’m too frustrated to realise it yet.

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  • lmrhd2
  • 14-10-2019

Just buy it and let it wash over you.

Richard Ayoade at his best. Gentle truths. There are no more words apart from this o

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  • Alena
  • 11-10-2019

Absolutely delightful

Definitely worth being judged for giggling by myself on the public transport, 10 out 10 would recommend to my friends.

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  • ellefinn2308
  • 07-09-2019

Wonderfully unique, just like its author/narrator

I love this so much. Ostensibly a scholarly critique of the 2003 Gwyneth Paltrow film A View from the Top, it's actually so much more, touching on many and diverse subjects such as hair height and Happy Eaters. It's masterfully read by the sublime Mr Ayoade and be warned if you are listening to this in a public place - you WILL laugh out loud. A lot.

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  • Alison Smith
  • 06-09-2019

Brilliantly read and performed

This quirky, earnest and hilarious study of the film "View from the Top" is amazing, as only Richard Ayoade could present. Pleasure to see him interviewed by Adam Buxton at The RFH last night (5.09.19) to launch it and I binge-listened to it in one day! It's not a Tolstoy, as he points out! Recommended to anyone who loves bantering during a sub-standard film and who'd love to be nearly as funny as Richard.

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  • L. northover
  • 10-09-2019

You don’t need to have watched the film

Brilliant, loved it , was reluctant as I do t know the film but it doesn’t matter, I know all about it now.

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  • RebeccaL
  • 15-09-2019

Funny and endearing

Master of the overly complex joke, if you like Ayoade’s style and humour you’ll be sorry this is so short. A lot of fun!

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  • jeremy John
  • 10-09-2019

up lifting , nice one Top one

I haven't laughed out loud for time and it tickled every funny box. Brilliant & original

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  • Miss L E Turvey
  • 17-09-2019

and so I watched View from the top

Richard reading this made it for me. Very funny in places and the digressions into his own life stories are fab. His observations on GP's career along the way are also hilarious, if cutting. Hadn't seen the film, but he makes you want to, and yep, it's really bad.

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  • G Spicer
  • 07-10-2019

Perfect bedtime listening

Admittedly listened to this more times than necessary but Ayoade's voice has a way of lulling you to sleep. I've come to rely on this as a means of nodding off. Somehow Ayoade is the only person who could pull off a book all about a film no one has heard of and at the same time interweave hilarious and adorable anecdotes of his childhood.

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  • Sophie
  • 19-09-2019

Wonderful audio book!

I adored this audio book and would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a good humoured listen! Richard Ayoade delivers a hilarious performance critically evaluating View from the Top as a modern classic. He looks beyond the obvious plot points of the film into the subtle undertones that this film has to offer. Ayoade cleverly highlights the strange cinematic dramedy belief that as long as you are the perfect family (wo)man (a term you will understand when you listen to or read this book) your life will just work out for the best.

I highly recommend this book for a laugh out loud listen!

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  • kyle
  • 15-10-2019

brilliantly funny

Ayoade is brilliant reading, funniest audiobook I have ever listened to.
His other books need to be put on here now!

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  • Katya
  • 27-09-2019

Delightful

We are all Donna, but also none of us is. We dream, yes, but my childhood birthdays were quite nice. Richard Ayoade also tells charming stories about himself. My favourite was the one about the onion. We have been on a journey together, but not to Cleveland.