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Nerd Do Well Audiobook

Nerd Do Well

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Publisher's Summary

Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer, and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having blasted on to the small screen in the gut-busting and now legendary sitcom Spaced, his enduring appeal and rise to nation’s-favourite-son status has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.

From his childhood (and subsequently adult) obsession with science fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand-up comedy which began with his regular Monday morning slot in front of his 12-year-old classmates, Simon has always had a severe and dangerous case of the funnies.

So, sit back, relax, and let Simon Pegg and his faithful robotic butler Canterbury take you on a spectacular journey of self-discovery. (Or, take this book to school and swap it for something cooler…) Dotted with a cast of memorable characters who have helped shape the life and career of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable man, Nerd Do Well is the joyous tale of a home-grown superstar and a local boy made good.

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE.

©2010 Simon Pegg (P)2010 Random House Audio

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    robert 30/08/2015
    robert 30/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Fact meets fiction"

    This biography is definitely one of a kind.. Well.. Assuming pegg hasn't taken some one else's life story and published it anyway..

    To hear the story of how pegg got to be the person he is now and the professional and personal things that shaped him is interesting and entertaining.

    Coupled into the story line is the fictional simon pegg with a robot butler. Who has many adventures spliced into the story. They are most amusing and I admit I would like to see a book based solely on the fictional playboy pegg.

    Having been read by the author this audiobook leaps to another level with pegg's knack for theatrics and voices really driving a great story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michelle 17/10/2016
    michelle 17/10/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring, lacklustre and uninspired"

    I've read 3 biographies in the past 2 months. This was the worst of them and the others clearly miles ahead. I recommend you reas Felicia Day's book or the Elon Musk bio instead.

    Simon Pegg didn't seem very enthusiastic about his own life when narrating. I found the fictional parts a bit boring too. There were same interesting parts in the book but overall pretty boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kai1 14/12/2016
    Kai1 14/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Nerd write well"
    If you could sum up Nerd Do Well in three words, what would they be?

    Cornettos. Robots. Mayhem.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Simon Pegg? Why or why not?

    Of course. MAKE him write one.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Pegg narrated his own biography! Awesome. This is like a whole new dimension. I've actually read this book years ago (with my eyes) and it was really annoying to read the chapters about the robot/his alter ego because I just wanted to skip to the bits that are actually autobiographical, since its an autobiography! But, you are in luck its not as annoying when you are listening to him tell the story!!

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    Mark 29/05/2015
    Mark 29/05/2015
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    "Not your usual Autobiography"

    Simon Pegg has written a smart autobiography which combines elements of his life and also a fantastical story involving "The Peggster". He narrates his story very well and there are many laugh out loud moments. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mathilde Hoeg Boisen
    13/09/16
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    "if you love simon pegg"

    I love Simon Pegg. His voice is pleasant and his thoughts are entertaining. it split into a story and biographical narratives. Would read again - especially if I could only hear the biographical parts.

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  • Andreas Kronqvist
    29/04/16
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    "Funny"

    Not a fan of the robot side story, but overall a great book. Pegg does a great work reading his book, he's a superb storyteller.

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  • Audrey
    Dublin Ireland
    9/12/10
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    "Not a typical Autobiography"

    It very funny and qurkie he really set out to make it a book and an autobiography in one.Its quite a clever way of keeping
    the reader intrested. one of the most intresting autobiographies I have read in a long time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • J Mitchell
    30/01/11
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    "Just fantastic..."

    I laughed, I cried, I loved this. My first ever autobio and I wonder if any other could ever live up to it. Simon P is a gem; hilarious, witty, caring, ohhhh, gush gush, he's a genuine lovely guy and he takes you along on the amazing journey his life has taken so far with a fabby snort-fest sci-fi story sandwiched between the 'real' stuff. Finished it... started listening to it all over again. Fantabulous!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Burntisland, United Kingdom
    7/10/11
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    "You will laugh out loud"

    Simon Pegg seems to enjoy narrating an autobiography that he seemed reluctant to write. I've read the book as well and oddly, the bits I enjoyed more in the audio version are the surreal episodes of Pegg and his robot butler Canterbury where as when I read the book I found them a bit of an intrusion. I suppose it's because a comic performer is less comfortable delivering the more sobering account of their own life than the made up adventures of an international crime fighting sex-god.
    The sober bits are good though and original too. The unique element of this autobiography is the recurring theme of circularity where Pegg marvels in the neatness that he would grow up to work with the very people most responsible for making him the film-geek he is today.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • George
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    28/04/11
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    "Unabridged please!"

    Listened to the 15 minute free sample on the Members
    Page - it was great. Warm, funny, great voice acting
    by the man himself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Prescot, United Kingdom
    11/07/11
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    "Something good!"

    This is a really good listen, it's Simon Pegg comedy is obviously the driving force that sticks the back story together well, and I laughed at very regular intervals while listening. It's duel monologue was something that first caught me off guard, but does very quickly make sense and in a way works, but I think the two could ave been two separate stories expanded on, as I was really interested in his life and most of this section is kind of dotted around telling you bits here and there and can sometimes get confusing, I would have just liked more detail especially towards the end when he actually made it to being famous it felt like he was only lightly going over it, which was a shame.
    The other side of the coin was a funny fantasy story and again I think in its self ould have been it's only little book.

    Take nothing away form the fact this is a superlative listen! If like me you are a Simon Pegg fan I strongly recommend you take a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    Hjoerring, Denmark
    6/06/11
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    "Wonderfully different autbiography"

    A very well written and laugh out loud autobiography, with a slightly unusual take on how best to get across his story, which I absolutely loved. I will listen to this again and again, and recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed his work previously or is a little bit of a geek/nerd. If you can appreciate the finer things in life, i.e. Star Wars, zombie movies, superheros, superhero fantasies, 80's pop culture references and beautiful ways in which to use profanity, give this a go...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • L Ball
    UK
    4/07/17
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    "Amazing, at first play I wasn't sure then I got it"

    Pegg takes you down his life with many laugh out loud moments.

    One of the best books I've heard on audible and perfectly executed by the man himself.

    Simply brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • VOTN
    9/06/17
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    "Performance a bit wooden but overall good fun"

    A rather short yet entertaining foray into the life of one of film and TV's busiest men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    7/05/17
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    "inspirational"

    This is a great listen to give an insight into the life of someone I consider to be one of the funniest men on the planet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Bradley
    3/05/17
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    "Great audio book"

    Perhaps I'm biased because I'm a big Simon Pegg fan anyway, but I really enjoyed this book. Some real laugh out loud moments. A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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