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Believe Me

A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
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The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

Affecting, witty and nothing less than rousing, listeners will, as Eddie himself says, 'look at my life and say, "If that idiot transvestite can run a whole bunch of marathons, play the Hollywood Bowl, and travel across France with a French-speaking tour, then what's holding me back?"'

©2017 Eddie Izzard (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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WOW! ....... just WOW!

I've always enjoyed when my daughter plays some of Eddie's vids on YouTube but have never looked his work up myself nor seen him live.

I bought this book purely because I'd had a laugh at some of his work and really did not have any thoughts on what to expect so to have found myself glued to it until the end was a delightful surprise.

I recommend this book to anyone who'd like to hear about how to keep a positive attitude at all times and hear a beautiful calm view on the people in our world.

For what it's worth I read or listen to a book every three days on average and I think this may only be the second time I've written a review and this for no other reason than I got so much joy out of the book.

I hope any who read this and decide to buy a copy enjoy it as much or even more than I did.

Regards,

Mark

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Sharing and caring in a get real bundle.

A tale of a philosopher, story teller and all round good human.
'Easy' listening with a dash of laugh out loud, a good yarn with substantial lessons for the budding performer so thanks to him.

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It's like having your ears being covered in BEES

But in a nice way.

This is essentially a book of life musings, philosophy, and pure motivation masquerading as an autobiography, and one absolutely best enjoyed through Eddie's own slightly whimsical and non-linear style of storytelling. He claims, as a dyslexic, to think sideways rather than forwards, and absolutely represents that claim with frequent asides, footnotes, explanations, and extrapolations of his points that inform far more than the actual words of the book ever could. It's not the most direct or easy route from start to finish, and that is exactly the Eddie way.

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just fantastic

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masterfully read by Eddie and amazingly funny and insightful. I did not want it to finish.
End Footnote

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eDdY izZarD doing hs thing.

Meandering river of babble that wanders through his life and thoughts from then till now. Pleasant and amusing... and very unique.

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Sad, funny, tedious, thought provoking

Generally a great book. Really funny and well delivered with the Izard spin. Got a bit tedious around the world view at the end but i would definitely recommend the book!

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Footnotes make this the best

Eddie Izzard may not be everyone's "cup of tea" as a performer but as a person he is the best of us personified.
Warmly engaging style with loads of thoroughly fun detours off-script.
Highly recommended for lovers of smart witty humor.

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Awesome, as always darling!

I just want to thank Edward for making me laugh, cry and feel inspired to believe I can be anything I want. Thanks xx

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Read delightfully by the author himself

Firstly, I hate books in which celeb bios have excessive footnotes but thankfully audio books cure this, they make way more sense being spoken aloud - this is how losing your train of thought and going off on a tangent should be. I definitely think you get more out of this title because of it.. Lots of amble ramblings not in the book.

Overall, I did find it a little long and probably a little bit more in-depth than I expected /wanted but I can't fault listening to his beautiful voice. He is so humble that he makes his amazing feats of multiple marathons seem normal, like anyone could decide tomorrow to do it. Not so, the secret ingredient really is determination and grit and not everyone has this in abundant qualities Like eddie does..

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Fantastic. Simply wonderful.

I knew who Eddie Izzard was for a number of years, and thoroughly enjoyed his comedy.
It was his Sport Relief marathons that really

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  • Pippa
  • 17-04-2019

I love Eddie even more after sharing this insight

Fascinating , intelligent and fun. Eddie deserves to be happy. He/she makes me happy too.

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  • Tim
  • 02-04-2019

How did Eddie I produce a slow, dull story

have retuned the book, 5 hours of 14 hours in. By this mark, Eddie is in his early teens, selling ice cream, talking about his time in the Ists footballs team. For a person with such an amazing wit and powerful story, Eddie is in desperate need of an editor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-2019

Amazing

a joy to listen to. Eddie adds his wonderfully unique spin to reading this and I loved it all.

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  • Jorunn
  • 27-02-2019

Very entertaining and just a lovely listen.

I like Mr Izzard's comedic stuff and quite enjoy the conversational tone while on stage. This recording has some of that style. Which I enjoyed as well.

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  • lynn madeley
  • 11-04-2018

Grit: A story of determination

Perhaps not quite what was expected - but if you want to learn about determination and finding self belief this is a must. The footnotes ramble a bit but that is part of the charm.

Thank you Mr Izzard, a great listen.

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  • Jay Wilson
  • 13-03-2018

"... End of footnote..."

So generous and inspiring. I never knew he spent those early years in Northern Ireland (as did I) and now I love him more!

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  • Jonathan H.
  • 20-08-2017

Best audio book ever!

Reading my favorite comic's biography was illuminating and hilarious but what I recommend above all is the audiobook, narrated by the master himself, with loads and loads of extra material and his wonderful delivery, it provided me with houds of joy.

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  • Björn
  • 16-08-2017

Funny as hell

IF you like Eddie Izzard's humor this is a very good listen; he reads it as only he can. Lots of extra and live footnoting. Laughed often and smiled the whole time!

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  • Dhammagavesi
  • 08-07-2017

This is a biase review I have been a fan of Eddie.

I liked this for the honesty and candid nature of his narrative. I love the quarky sense of humour. Genuinely worth the time.