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  • By: Adam Hills
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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Best Foot Forward

By: Adam Hills
Narrated by: Adam Hills
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Adam Hills was a quiet primary school kid with a prosthetic foot, who did all his homework and only spoke when spoken to. His dad sparked in him a love of comedy, and together they'd spend hours watching and listening to the greats like Peter Sellers and Mel Brooks. So, when it was Adam's turn to speak, he made sure he was funny. 

Once he hit high school, comedy was Adam's obsession (along with a deep love for the South Sydney Rabbitohs). While his mates were listening to Iron Maiden and AC/DC, he was listening to Kenny Everett and Billy Connolly. And when a report card came home with a comment praising his sense of humour, he was far prouder of that than his grades (his mum not so much). 

Adam's shyness and his missing foot never held him back, though wearing thongs was tricky. While other teens snuck off to meet girls and drink cheap booze, Adam snuck off to see a young Jim Carrey perform. After that, a steady diet of Rodney Rude, Vince Sorrenti and Robin Williams led this sheltered, virginal university student from The Shire to his first stand-up open mic night on his 19th birthday. 

In Best Foot Forward, Adam describes his early years on the Australian comedy scene sharing gigs with Steady Eddy and Jimeoin, how he coped the first time he died on stage, his early morning apprenticeship in radio, touring the world's comedy festivals, the magic of Spicks and Specks and his hosting gig for the 2008 Paralympics that led to his ongoing hit UK TV show The Last Leg. Whoopi Goldberg, Barry Humphries, Billy Connolly, Kermit the Frog - Adam's learned from the best. This charming, witty memoir is a lesson in following your heart, being positive and discovering that what makes you different also makes you unique.

©2018 Adam Hills (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fun and Heart-felt

Just like his stand up shows this book is both funny and obviously comes from the heart. I thoroughly enjoyed at and highly recommend it. It was so great to hear it from Adam himself.

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Not Bad

It was quite interesting but a little bit too much name dropping. Overall a good listen but not riveting.

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Can’t ‘put it down’

Loved it! Loved that it was Hillsy himself reading with extra bits. So genuine and hilarious. I’m about to listen all over again.

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Great read but slow to start

Really enjoyed this once I got about half way through it. The first half was necessary though.

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Now that's a biography!

Adam's story is hilarious, heartfelt and inspiring. It's presented in his signature relaxed conversational style and it just ticks all the boxes. Get into it.

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What a man!

Loved this book. Was interesting, entertaining and simply made me happy! An easy, feel good read (listen).

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Legendary

What a joy to hear Adam telling his story in his own voice. This has been a superb listen.

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I loved it

I loved the whole story and I am so happy that Adam read his own story what a wonderful insight into Adam Hill I have always enjoyed his shows this book just let you know just how nice a person he is

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Good book smothering opportunity for a great book

Audiobook is worth the listen, warm narration from the author, and some asides not in the print version.

However author has an impressive memory for every comedian present on every comedy club lineup, every TV executive or talent agent who ever attended a meeting, every former colleague and has dutifully named all. Wouldn't quite call name-dropping as so few names are familiar - which makes these parts tedious and I found myself taking breaks in what was otherwise a good listen.

Still pleasant, but there is a lost opportunity here for a book that would have been much more compelling and more likely to be the kind you would return to again. The rare occasion I am wishing for an abridged version with a more confident editor.

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Fantastic

Amazing and hilarious read. Would recommend for those familiar with Adam or any comedy fan.

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