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  • Gotta Get Theroux This

  • My Life and Strange Times in Television
  • By: Louis Theroux
  • Narrated by: Louis Theroux
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (655 ratings)

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Gotta Get Theroux This

By: Louis Theroux
Narrated by: Louis Theroux
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Publisher's Summary

From much-loved documentary maker Louis Theroux comes a funny, heartfelt and entertaining account of his life and weird times in TV.

The audio edition is read by the author and contains an exclusive additional chapter.

The Sunday Times Bestseller.

In 1994 fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore’s TV Nation, presenting a segment on apocalyptic religious sects. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he’d always been drawn to off-beat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn’t . . .

In Gotta Get Theroux This, Louis takes the reader on a joyous journey from his anxiety-prone childhood to his unexpectedly successful career. Nervously accepting the BBC’s offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in the weird worlds of paranoid US militias and secretive pro-wrestlers, get under the skin of celebrities like Max Clifford and Chris Eubank and tackle gang culture in San Quentin prison, all the time wondering whether the same qualities that make him good at documentaries might also make him bad at life.

As Louis woos his beautiful wife Nancy and learns how to be a father, he also dares to take on the powerful Church of Scientology. Just as challenging is the revelation that one of his old subjects, Jimmy Savile, was a secret sexual predator, prompting him to question our understanding of how evil takes place. Filled with wry observation and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his most insightful and honest best.

©2019 Louis Theroux (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"Funny, engaging." (Sunday Times)

"Gripping." (Daily Mail)

"Absorbing and surprisingly candid." (Telegraph Magazine)

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Louis Theroux: Everythings weird

Where to begin.
A thematic, emotional and somewhat carthartic work of art, Louis retrospectively explores the intricacies of the human condition by recalling his experiences in documentary film making. Whilst many contributors from these programs are mentioned, one in particular is prominent and has clearly had an impact on Louis: Jimmy Savile. Louis relationship with Jimmy touches on these psychological and social complexities through a truly honest yet compassionate retelling. What I love most however, is the honesty in which he looks back onto his life; the things he felt, thought and did in all those years of working. His anxiety, self-doubt and other psychological relatabilities are heartwarming and his openness about marriage, its highs and lows and the lessons learned as a result warrant nothing but respect. Whilst I wish the Westboro baptist church chapter wasnt omitted, I too hope to one day look at my past Theroux the same honest and self-compassionate lens that Louis has done here. In fact, I may as well start now

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Loved this!

Thoroughly enjoyed this, and who knew Louis would be so great at accents! Don't think twice about this one.

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Smiled throughout the whole book

Such a joy to have Louis in my ears. Very funny storytelling of his life and achievements and the people he’s met along the way.

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A perfectly written memoir

I loved this book so much. Louis strikes an idea balance between taking about his personal life and work, in an intelligent, self aware way. A lot is revealed about why he does his work the way he does and what has shaped him.
It’s introspective but not in a taking-the-piss, pretentious way. If you’re a fan of his work, you’ll love this book.

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Jimmy

Love Louis documentaries, but sadly felt like this book focused way to much on Jimmy.

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Not bad, but I really wanted to love it

I'm not really sure what I expected. I enjoyed the stories... no buts. I just thought Louis would be more likeable.

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Eminently Replayable

I’ve listened to this book an embarrassing number of times. It’s like nutritious comfort food. It’s entertaining, laugh out loud funny in places, honest and insightful. I would highly recommend it. The only thing that strikes me as odd is the lack of discussion about Westboro, especially given Louis visited them more than once, and compared to the amount of time given to, say, the subject of wrestling. But as I said, I love it anyway. I’m also sure my vocabulary has benefited - Grand Guignol was not in there previously. A lacuna, if you will... Thank you, Louis.

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Boring

The worst book on Audible Great sleeping pill I would no recommend this book at all

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Therouxly enjoyable.

Sorry for the pun as imagine I am not the first. I really enjoy Louis’ style of journalism and have followed his career for many years. It is more special to hear his adventures in his own words and voice. What an interesting life you have had Louis! I look forward to listening to your next book.

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Loed it - I wish he was my friend.

I found this book to be on par to watching one of his many programs I love so much. I find his voice cathartic & his life interesting - especially the childhood memories. One of the few public figures I have a genuine affection for. I look forward to next.

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