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  • By: Steve Coogan
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
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Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age, he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should "be on the telly". Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been given his first break as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image.

The late '80s and early '90s saw Coogan developing characters he could perform on the comedy circuit, from Ernest Moss to Paul Calf, and in 1992 he won a Perrier award with John Thomson. It was around the same time, while working with Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber on On the Hour and The Day Today, that Alan Partridge emerged almost fully formed.

Coogan, once a tabloid fixture, is now a respected film actor, writer and producer. He runs his own production company, Baby Cow, and has a raft of films to his name (from 24 Hour Party People to Alpha Papa, the critically acclaimed Partridge film), six Baftas and seven Comedy Awards. He has found huge success in recent years with both The Trip and Philomena, the latter bringing him two Oscar nominations for producing and cowriting.

In Easily Distracted he lifts the lid on the real Steve Coogan, writing with distinctive humour and an unexpected candour about a noisy childhood surrounded by foster kids, his attention-seeking teenage years and his emergence as a household name with the birth of Alan Partridge.

Narrated by Steve Coogan himself.

©2015 Steve Coogan (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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Quite interesting

I'm a big fan of Partridge and The Trip but knew little about Steve Coogan. This is not as funny as Partridge and not as insightful or as well crafted as many other memoirs (Robert Webb's 'How Not to be a Boy' is a recent standout) but he's an undoubtedly talented bloke and it was interesting to hear about his early career. His impersonations are also an excellent addition to the audio book. Worth listening to but don't expect anything particularly relevatory.

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Brilliant

Quite simply, the best autobiography audiobook I've ever bought. It's not an "Alan Partridge-fest" as some might expect. It's a nuanced, touching and often hilarious tale of his upbringing, his struggles and his own conflicted opinions and actions as he grew up into the great talent he is today. Even if you're not a big fan of Steve Coogan, you'll really enjoy it.

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candid, warm and enthralling

huge fan of his work, but was not prepared for such an inspiring and honest account. sure the stuff about career and levinson is interesting, but the real beef is hearing about his family, faith, failures and formative experiences. genuinely felt like a deep chat with an uncle as opposed to "a bloke wot does funny voices". lovely stuff.

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Audio book by impressionist, sounds great!

Coogan is a gifted impressionist, so therefore a terrific narrator. Very entertaining, funny, and interesting, though perhaps a little shallow and oddly structured. None the less, recommended if you are a fan.

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A-ha!

Most enjoyable, particularly to the generation that remember sitting down as a family to watch the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special

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An insight

Though not one of my favourite British comedians I found this book to be interesting and insightful.

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