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  • By: David Mitchell
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (268 ratings)

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Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy

By: David Mitchell
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Publisher's Summary

David Mitchell’s 2014 best seller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think - because everything’s got worse. We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up.  

But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell’s attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell’s unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. 

Listen to this book and slightly change your life!

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A refreshing tonic to the madness

I feel like David Mitchell has externalised my own inner monologue! You’ll know him from Peep Show, or Qi or The Times..

David Mitchell seems to take off where Charlie Brooker left off when he went all black mirror on us. His humour and take on all things from Artex ceilings to brexit makes me happy, as a British expat this is right up my street - a hotline to home.

Listen if you know who David Mitchell is, or if you like things like Gruen/ Shaun Micallef / Charlie Pickering /the chaser but with a UK/EU focus.

Please note, i work for Audible but all my opinions are my own.

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so so

too much English politics for a New Zealander, do love his voice and the delivery

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overlong

I love David Mitchell but found this book over-long and I became a little bored

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Tedious

I usually love David but this book is a non event with only the occasional chuckle.
It’s more like a fruit loops rant.

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David Mitchell does it again

Witty and insightful. Best thing to come out of Britain for a long
time for sure

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David’s best book yet

So love hearing his point of views about the important issues. I agree with most of them. Will definitely love listening to it again and his future works. ☺️

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Funny

Really enjoyed it but really could have done with longer pauses between columns to better announce the change.

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Glass half empty in a good way

What a great book I love listening to it so much I’m going to listen to it again just to see if I laughed harder the second time round.

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David doing what David does best

Sharp, witty and insightful. Might be a bit lost on a native antipodean, but it’s like a postcard from home to this expat. About as British as British gets. Loved it.

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Most often occurring policy

Great insight given in real terms regarding the true nature of the lying world

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