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Ramble Book

Musings on Childhood, Friendship, Family and 80s Pop Culture
Narrated by: Adam Buxton
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Includes an exclusive bonus podcast with Joe Cornish.

The long-awaited, rambling, tender and very funny memoir from Adam Buxton.

Ramble

/ˈramb(ə)l/

Verb

1. walk for pleasure in the countryside.

‘Dr Buckles and Rosie the dog love rambling in the countryside.’

2. talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way.

‘Adam rambles on about lots of consequential, compelling and personal matters in his tender, insightful, hilarious and totally unconfused memoir, Ramble Book.’

Ramble Book is about parenthood, boarding-school trauma, arguing with your partner, bad parties, confrontations on trains, friendship, wanting to fit in, growing up in the '80s, dead dads, teenage sexual anxiety, failed artistic endeavours, being a David Bowie fan and how everything you read, watch and listen to as a child forms a part of the adult you become. 

It’s also an audiobook about the joys of going off topic and letting your mind wander.

And it’s about a short, hairy, frequently confused man called Adam Buxton.     

©2020 Adam Buxton (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Rambling brilliance

I honestly loved this book. It tackles some really heavy subjects with so much humour and wit. I think it'll stay with me for some time.

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  • mr
  • 25-05-2020

Almost TOO good

From black squadron to Adam’s podcasts I have been a huge A&J nerd. I love this book more than I could possibly express in words. If you are in your 40’s you will love the retro references, if you have a dad you will understand the relationship, I’d highly recommend this book.

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Best book by Adam Buxton ever!

Great job Buckles. I loved your book. All the better for your narration. Want more

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If you’re a ramble fan, you’ll love this

Such a treat to read this. Honest, moving and laugh out loud hilarious in all the right proportions.

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Classic Buckles, with heart, humour and happiness

I really enjoyed this. Adam's reading is funny and tender, and the writing, especially about his relationship with his father, is really very moving. I liked the mix of memories, observations and comedy bits which had the similar feel as the podcast, and the delivery is pretty innovative. There are some (or at least what I presume are some) footnotes delivered in an audio asides which are very funny. Felt a bit like Elis and John's Holy Vible, so if you liked that, you'll love this.

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Funny,Honest and all round brilliant!

Why isn't Adam Buxton performing more audiobooks, he has such an entertaining way of telling his often very personal story .

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Great Ramble

I'm from Brisbane, Australia so missed the Adam and Joe show both on radio and TV and only recently came across Adam a couple of years ago after a recommendation for his podcast by Arseblog (Andrew Mangan, a talented blogger/podcaster about Arsenal FC). I've since listened to old radio shows and podcasts, and watched bug.

This book shows you how Adam's genuine and sincere personality that makes him so easy to listen and relate to was moulded. It's a great journey through common insecurities and mass over thinking which makes you reminisce about your own battlefield of growing up.

Great listen. He loves a beer and I'd like to buy him one.

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Was worth the LONG wait!

Is a great listen. Have been listening to the podcasts since they began a few years ago, and they're all great. Getting to know Adam's history is real treat and the bonus Podcast with Joe is the icing on top.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-2020

if you like Adam's podcasts, you'll enjoy this!

everything you would expect if you've listened to Adam's ramblechats: funny, open, honest and in parts very moving. the bonus podcast episode at the end is also excellent.

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  • Tim Warre
  • 18-05-2020

Heart-warming & Lovely

Thanks so much Buckles, loved it! I laughed, I cried, I identified! (fart noise) Would definitely recommend.

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  • ben slater
  • 10-05-2020

A Funny, Moving and Smartly Structured Ramble!

If like me, you've been a fan of Adam since the Adam & Joe Show days (British TV - the 90s), then rediscovered him via the sublimely silly Adam & Joe Morning Show on BBC 6Music in the mid-2000s, then stuck with his intermittent radio appearances after that show ended, then enjoyed the triumphant ascendance of his podcast over the last five years, then you're going to *really* like this. Not only because it contains rich and deep insights into Adam's life, his storied friendship with Joe Cornish and Louis Theroux since school days in London, and most importantly his father, but because you're probably in your 40s, and Adam describes the painfully familiar landscape of growing up middle class in England in the 1980s.

In fact, Adam and his editor have chosen to structure the narrative of this memoir around this decade, moving through year by year, as Adam grows up, attends boarding school, falls in love - with girls, friends, pop culture, movies, America, and of course David Bowie. Each year/chapter is marked by a wonderfully succinct 'Bowie Annual', as he charts his complicated fandom with the late, elusive pop star. This neatly parallels the changing state of his relationship with his Dad, Nigel Buxton, former travel editor of the Daily Telegraph, a self-made snobbish toff, keeper of several painful secrets, and an often problematic presence in Adam's life.

The childhood-to-teenager-to young adult material is intercut with snapshots (rambles) of Adam's current family life, plus an account of the elderly Nigel's last days, after he's moved back in with Adam and a chance for a deeper connection between father and son may well be on the horizon. Of course this is very, very moving - and the final words of the book (though the audio book has a bonus extra) pays off one of Adam's long-running (catch) phrases in a staggeringly poignant way.

What will become apparent to Adam & Joe fans is that while we hear plenty on the formative years of that partnership, Adam gives only a brief portrait of their TV-making days, largely to get to more stuff about his Dad (who appeared in their show very memorably), and there's almost nothing about their radio shows, or their parting of ways, which close listeners to Adam's podcast will know has not been easy. While in the post-Audio Book chat with Joe (framed as a podcast, and a sweet coda to the whole experience), Adam (and even Joe) dismisses that material as "boring", I do hope Adam eventually does the difficult but necessary work of giving us a second Ramble Book.

As an audio book this is brilliantly performed and has a ton of jingles, music, funny voices, and other bits and pieces that make it Adam's lovingly handcrafted masterpiece.

And it's f&cking funny.

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  • Holley Johnson
  • 07-05-2020

A Triumph

Absolutely loved this account of Adam's formative years. Heartfelt and sometimes heartbreaking stories of friendship, first loves, and family ties kept me listening. Music plays a strong role as does other Pop culture of the 1980's. Remembering how it felt to hear bands and see films for the first time is shared honestly from a teenage perspective. Chapter jingles are exactly what you would expect from the master of jingle writing- clever with just the right amount of silliness.

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  • Inchpractice
  • 04-05-2020

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What took him so long? This guy must be an alien or sutin. A great listen from a great guy.

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  • George
  • 30-04-2020

Loving it!

Adam Buxton is brilliant as always - really laid back autobiographical reading by a big, lovable personality. He's done a great job with this one. Worth the wait. If you're new to Adam Buxton you'll have to follow his podcasts as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-2020

What a guy, what a book

Need I say more? Yes, apparently, as the minimum review word requirement is fif teen

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  • Oorroo
  • 30-04-2020

Everything I hoped it would be

Only 1 hour in and can already say this is everything that I hoped it would be, especially at a time like this during lockdown.

Buckles is the warmest, loveliest of humans and this hilarious and entertaining extension of his podcast is sure to cheer you up.

If you are a fan of the pod purchase immediately.

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  • Neil Chauhan
  • 30-04-2020

Adam Buxton = National Treasure

Adams podcasts, playlists and now this audiobook have cheered me through CV19recovery and through life. Cheers!

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  • Geoff
  • 30-04-2020

Adam at his true best

I love this. If you love the podcast you’ll love this. Well done Adam! Brilliant

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  • Victoria
  • 30-04-2020

5 stars for Buckles before I’ve even listened

I’m going to savour his long awaited audiobook delight just like Charlie savours his birthday chocolate bar in Charlie and the Chocolate factory.

Love you
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  • Soup dragon
  • 04-05-2020

Superb

Couldn't stop listening and finished it in record time. Brilliantly narrated. Mainly funny and interesting but also sensitive and thought provoking.

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  • J
  • 04-05-2020

Wonderful! Funny, easy going, heartfelt, genuine

What a great book - well done Adam!

A delightful walk through Adam’s life being his usual honest and reflective self, with some interesting stories and observations. Unlike most autobiographies the stories aren’t so much the point of Adams book so much as how they made him feel and his inquisitive, genuine desire to understand and report them. Without wanting to be too mean, it’s everything that Louis’s book lacked for me.

Lots of heartfelt stuff in here, which Adam brilliantly lightens with a bit of perspective and good humour.

I loved the mixed format too - the interludes and jungles really worked for me (I was nervous hearing him talk about working on them!)... I feel that as a podcast king and audible super fan, he’s about as qualified to play with the format as anyone... and I think he’s done it proud.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2020

I could not have loved this more.....

Am a massive fan of the podcast so have been waiting for this for aggggeeeeees.
Now that it's here I promised myself that I would ration it to an hour a day, well that went shits up because I bought it yesterday and I have finished it already....do yourself a favour just buy it, it's wonderful.

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  • Paul
  • 30-04-2020

So happy :)

If you already listen to Adam Buxton on a weekly basis you already own this :)

If you never have, check out his podcast.
I’m sure you won’t be disappointed and you’ll be downloading this book in no time :)

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  • Erin Hunt
  • 04-05-2020

A tonic

Funny but not distracted with trying to be, thought provoking but not heavy, personal but not stalker-fan levels. The last chapter made me done a cry-cry.

I'm more of a ramble chat, philosophical, comedy leaning podcast listener, so while there is a lot of music and, of course, Bowie talk the themes are well interlaced with personal experiences and I didn't feel lectured to or sidelined.

The usual ear tonic that I crave from Mr Buckles - delivered (left at a safe distance on my earstep).

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