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  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (320 ratings)

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I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

By: Alan Partridge
Narrated by: Alan Partridge
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Editorial reviews

Britain’s most loved radio presenter, Alan Gordon Partridge, gives his innumerable fans an honest and revealing memoir, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan, which he narrates in a complete and unabridged audiobook. Partridge will entertain and engage you as he takes you over the course of his remarkable career and his equally as fascinating private life. Partridge’s life is an inspiring journey through the media industry in Britain. From a steady rise to the top, to a humble return back to his beginnings. Available now from Audible.

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Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma?

Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile at St. Luke’s Hospital in Norwich. After replacing Peter Flint as the presenter of Scout About, he entered the top 8 of BBC sports presenters.But Alan’s big break came with his primetime BBC chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You. Sadly, the show battled against poor scheduling, having been put up against News at Ten, then in its heyday. Due to declining ratings, a single catastrophic hitch (the killing of a guest on air) and the dumbing down of network TV, Alan’s show was cancelled. Not to be dissuaded, he embraced this opportunity to wind up his production company, leave London and fulfil a lifelong ambition to return to his roots in local radio.

Now single, Alan is an intensely private man but he opens up, for the second time, in this candid, entertaining, often deeply emotional – and of course compelling – memoir, written entirely in his own words. (Alan quickly dispelled the idea of using a ghost writer. With a grade B English Language O-Level, he knew he was up to the task.)

He speaks touchingly about his tragic Toblerone addiction, and the painful moment when unsold copies of his first autobiography, Bouncing Back, were pulped like ‘word porridge’. He reveals all about his relationship with his ex-Ukrainian girlfriend, Sonja, with whom he had sex at least twice a day, and the truth about the thick people who make key decisions at the BBC.

A literary tour de force, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan charts the incredible journey of one of our greatest broadcasters.

©2011 Alan Partridge (P)2011 HarperCollins

Critic Reviews

"Legendary." ( The Guardian)
"Some of the UK’s finest comedy." ( The Telegraph)
"Coogan’s greatest creation." ( Daily Mail)
“I’m a massive Alan Partridge fan, and this is without a doubt the funniest book I’ve ever read. You’ll be laughing at something on every single page. Its worth downloading the audiobook, though, so you can listen to Alan reading it to you.” (Greg James, Heat Magazine)

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One of the few occasions that the audiobook is better than the paperback. Coogan reading it makes it so ruddy ruddy ruddy good...

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Needless to say, Alan has the last laugh

One of my eternal regrets is that I never bought a copy of Bouncing Back before thousands of unsold copies were prematurely pulped. Its a real joy therefore to have another work by Alan Partridge to enjoy. And bei g read out loud by Alan makes it doubly special. Ive followed his career and thought I knew the man, but that was only a Hollywood western movie-like facade, hiding a man who is much more than just a multi-media personality whose career spans decades. Alan is a man's man, but also a woman's man, in fact the world's man.

The book takes is through Alan's career, its numerous up, downs and more or less lateral movements. We hear the real story behind familiar scenes - what went on in that tragic on-air shooting, Tony Hayer's almost career crippling vendetta against Alan, that Christmas show, and all the people that tried to let him down. And how Alan remained above all this, dignity intact.

Taylor Swift said we dhould shake it off - I Partrifge shows how one man did just that, and had the last laugh.

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an enjoyable listen

I wasn't familiar with Alan Partridge so didn't get as much out of this as it probably deserved. Steve Cougan really develops Alan's persona and delivers quite a few chuckles along the way.

I will go and introduce myself to the world of Alan before I tackle the next one.

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Lovely Stuff

This really is text book, even though it's an audio book. Either way, it's ruddy-bloody-brilliant.

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Just Bloody Brilliant

I am Alan Partridge, aha! Listen to the book listen to the book listen listen

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irritatingly funny

witty, peversely arrogant (that's the hook) laugh out loud or laugh in a muffle - you will laugh. Love the performance, love the story, love Alan Partridge.

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Can't wait for Autobiography part 2

Classic Alan. Have listened to a couple of times, still laugh like the first time.

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“It’s not always easy to trust the bearded, ever since Peter Sutcliffe anyway”

A great story from the wise man and best ever dj Norwich radio has ever had.

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Good comedy

He knows his character and he knows how to be him. Great entertainment hope he does more

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A Good Listen

If you can cringe and laugh at the same time then this is for you.

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