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Gotta Get Theroux This

My Life and Strange Times on Television
Narrated by: Louis Theroux
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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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 offbeat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn’t.... 

In his book, Louis takes the listener on a joyous journey through his life and 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 worlds as diverse as racist US militias and secretive pro wrestlers, the violent gangs of Johannesburg and extreme drinkers in London. Arguably his biggest challenge was corralling celebrities in his When Louis Met series, with Jimmy Savile proving most elusive. Blindsided when the revelations about Savile came to light, Louis was to reflect again on the nature of evil he had spent decades uncovering. 

Filled with wry observation, larger-than-life characters, and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his insightful and honest best. 

©2019 Louis Theroux (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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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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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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Enjoyable from start to finish

I usually reach a point in books where I’m willing it to be over so I can start something new and exciting, but this one had me smiling all the way through. Especially relatable in his chapters on parenthood.

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As good as I’d hoped

Intriguing and candid. A great insight into the journey that led up to the Louis of today as well as background to the documentaries he’s done over the years. Louis narrated the book fabulously and made my drives to and from work incredibly enjoyable. I could easily listen again without hesitation.

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Loved this audio book.

An insightful, honest reflection of Louis’ life and documentary-making. Interesting and told with humility and humour. A must-listen-to for any Loius Theroux fans.

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I got Theroux it

I have watched Louis Theroux programs for years and enjoyed his presentations if not always his topic. It was great to hear how his career evolved and progressed and that he has a good family life balance. Louis is very easy to listen too and I liked his story.

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I could actually feel my brain expanding

What a spectacular book. I was worried it might just be a rehash of the programs I’d watched, but it was so so much more. I felt like I could actually feel my brain making new connections giving me a much better understanding of my own experiences, interactions, relationships and the influence of everyone’s agendas known or unknown to us/them. I felt like Louis was very generous with how much he shared of himself and that is one of the things that can take any biographical book from interesting to exceptional.

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Good for fans but not as enjoyable as I’d hoped

Louis’ book mostly deals with Jimmy Saville and the slow build toward Scientology, and his life throughout those years. It’s a little disconcerting having Louis read the book, strangely - his delivery makes you think of the documentary presenting tone and delivery, but it doesn’t work as well in an audiobook. It had entertaining sections and finds it footing maybe ⅔ through the book but there were times I wasn’t totally sure I could get through it. In the end just fine, but I was hoping for more based on documentary fandom.

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Insightful and honest

I found this book and incredibly honest and a insightful insight into Louis. In typical Louis style, he applies his keen 3rd person sense to reflect on his personal life and professional career which is both insightful and thought provoking.

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  • Kate Pennington
  • 21-09-2019

Great book

I could not recommend this book more. I listen to a lot of audio books when I am going to sleep. With this book, not only do I get to hear the interesting stories, I get to hear them told by Louis! What better way to end your day!

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  • Peter Meredith
  • 26-09-2019

I got Theroux it very quickly!

I absolutely loved this audiobook. I have always been fascinated by Louis and have been watching his documentaries long before it was age appropriate for me to do so and this book is a great companion to his series giving a greater insight into the real life beyond the camera.

I have always enjoyed listening to Louis since his book 'The Call of the Weird' and my only criticism is I would have liked to heard more from the one off episodes such as 'gambling' and 'hunting' however I'm aware that more people are interested in Louis' relationship with Jimmy Saville.

Overall though a fantastic book and I recommend it to anyone who has or has ever had an interest in his documentaries.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-2019

The ramblings of Saville

It started interesting. But soon turned into a ramble about saville. Even at the end of the book, he admitted to going on about saville to much throughout the book and decided to add some "bonus material ?" ....... And proceeded to ramble about saville again !!

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  • Jessica
  • 29-09-2019

Was pretty much a rehash of all shows - him reading it made it worthwhile

I was hoping for more “off-screen” Louis Theroux. If you’re familiar with his TV shows this will be a familiar re-hashing of these shows in his own words. I felt it was too focused on Saville - for international audiences (or young millennials) who didn’t know this guy, it will probably feel like he spends too much time talking about him. It’s clear he’s trying to make sense of having had this particular person in his life, but his best works had nothing to do with this person. Louis lets the shadow of Saville dominate this book’s content too much - hopefully this means his next book won’t mention him at all. Louis has done so many great documentaries for TV - the other works deserved more discussion. I would have enjoyed hearing more about his thoughts on life vs verbal replay of what I can watch on Netflix. Looking forward to future works nonetheless.

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  • Katja Frisinger
  • 26-09-2019

Honest and fun read from an honest and fun guy

Really enjoyed this honest and entertaining summary of the path Louis has taken to get to where he is now. Very funny at times (loved all the commentary regarding the gap year!) but also deeply honest and relatable. It's kinda nice to know Louis is pretty much what you'd expect him to be like... although a bit more pretentious. You definitely sympathise and feel for the guy, but in the same way you feel bad for one of your really talented friends who can't see their own brilliance. He manages to tell his story without ever feeling self-indulgent or bragging.

My only issue was the at best embarrassing, and at worst, offensive, attempts at other people's accents in the book. Otherwise, excellent book.

I had fallen out of love with my audible account and had let my credits gather a bit, but this got me right back into it. Thank you very much Louis for this fun and interesting read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-09-2019

A must read/listen

Excellent content and story of louis' work, career and personal life. Although I have watched the majority of Louis' documentries, I found myself going back to and watching a fresh some as I made my way through the book for more context.

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  • John
  • 26-09-2019

Therouxly Enjoyable

loved it, would have liked more behind the scenes insight though. Louis is the best

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-2019

10/10

Really enjoyed this, great insight into Louis career while sharing personal stories anyone can relate to

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  • Combat Johnny
  • 23-09-2019

A good retrospective of Louis' Career

I found this book much more enjoyable than Mr Theroux's previous book. If you are a fan of his documentaries then I would high recommend it.

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  • P. Morriss
  • 26-09-2019

Interesting but focused on a few subjects

I am a huge fan of Louis Theroux’s documentaries so was very excited about this book.

The overall story is interesting but he does focus a large amount of time on the Jimmy Saville story with the rest being very short passages. I would have liked to hear more about the kookie characters he met.

This is a good book and well written as one would expect from a consummate profession such as him, although his voice got a little monotonous at times and monotone.

Overall well worth a read/listen.

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