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Gotta Get Theroux This

My Life and Strange Times on Television
Narrated by: Louis Theroux
Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (410 ratings)

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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. 

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. 

The audio edition contains an exclusive additional chapter. 

©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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Jimmy

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

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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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So hard to get Theroux this

Seems Theroux is contrary to his documentations quite boring. This book was just a summery of his work, and a catalyst for his regret For not having picked up on the sex offending by Jimmy Savile. Even the reading by Theroux himself was monotonous and personality only shone through for some mere minutes in the epilogue. Only finished the book as I kept hoping for more excitement and then got too far through to stop. Used it mostly to go to sleep, which usually happened within minutes. Overall very disappointing.

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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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Thoroughly recommend

Even if you are not a Louis Theroux fan, this book is entertaining. Louis does great narration, and his accents and mimicry is excellent. My only disappointment was that the book doesn’t touch on subject such as the Westboro Baptist Church, and is very much about Jimmy Savile a lot of the way through, and while interesting, could have expended into different subjects.

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very Jimmy Savile heavy

it focuses most of the book on Jimmy Savile and just drags on about it

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Lovable Louis

It’s practically impossible not to like the inimitable Louis. I have read other reviews that were slightly negative concerning the amount of time devoted to covering Jimmy Saville. In truth it does appear that Louis needed to explore this subject out of a need to perhaps set the record straight, or clear his conscience as a result of not uncovering the ugly truth himself. Regardless, the book is a great listen. His self effacing style and grounded personality come through. His ability to assume the persona of the subject he is discussing is a real treat. Many a time I found myself laughing out loud at one of his many impersonations. I believe the true test of an audio book is the ability to listen all the way through without having to take a break with alternate downloads. This one kept me in and made me think I would add Louis to the list of 5 people you would invite to dinner.

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  • Ilikespoons
  • 13-08-2020

Enjoyable - especially the narration

An entertaining and easy holiday listen, with plenty to ponder and amuse. I appreciated getting to know Louis a little better, and his openness. Makes me want to binge watch all his work...

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  • Joanne
  • 20-07-2020

To be honest more interesting than I expected

Full disclosure, Im a fan of Louis! After seeing him speak by chance in Melbourne I bought this book. I didn’t expect the depth of analysis of self which was not in the least indulgent. The examination of Saville and his crimes I felt was important and personal - and allowed space to think about the unthinkable - it has to happen in some way in order to support victims and stop it happening to more people.

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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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  • 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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  • Mr. Scott A. Gordon
  • 06-11-2019

Not bad

I’m a big fan but found was not massively into this. Nice to find out a bit more about his personal life. However, his work stuff is largely repetitive if you’ve seen the shows. His attempt at voices and accents are a little annoying too :P That said, I remain a massive admirer and there’s plenty to enjoy.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • John Christopher
  • 19-11-2019

Excellent listen , little too much about Saville though

This is an excellent listen , giving a good insight into Theroux the man . Although Saville is an emotive subject I though he dwelt on it a little too long . Well worth a listen though

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2019

Hilariously funny and poignant

Wonderfully narrated by the author, who also happens to be capable of hilarious impressions of people. A seemingly chronological account of a skilled documentarian, with a surprising amount of personal home life detail included.

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