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  • The Last 100 Years (Give or Take) and All That

  • By: Al Murray
  • Narrated by: Al Murray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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A fascinating and hilarious gallop through 20th-century British history, by comedian Al Murray.

An awful lot has happened in the last 100 years or so. In fact, when you look at how much went on in the 20th century, it's amazing it didn't take longer than that.

And what have we learnt? A few obvious lessons include: megalomaniac men with moustaches in charge of countries tend to turn out to be bad; anyone who thinks they can explain let alone sort out the Middle East is wrong; France simply cannot be relied upon; America may or may not be the cause of everything good and bad in the world (depending on who you ask).

This isn't your bog-standard history book. We all know that history books (which shall not be questioned because they are all true according to our history teachers of yore) are dry and dull, and they go on as if there's only one version of history (spoiler: it's all about perspective). Enter Al Murray, alter-ego of everyone's favourite Pub Landlord.

Al knows his way around 20th-century Britain, and he's good enough to illuminate it for you. From the big bang of the 20th century, WWI, to the eve of the new millennium (when all the computers in the world didn't stop working and the queen had to do the hokey cokey with Tony Blair) and all the forgotten tales in between, this is a brilliantly funny, irreverent and eye-opening whistle-stop tour of Britain since 1914.

©2020 Al Murray (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • ads20092009
  • 30-11-2020

Feels like a quick Covid cash in.

I am an big fan of Al Murray's work both as a comedian and presenter but this feels like something scratched together in 6 weeks during lockdown. Rather than his usual well constructed and thought through efforts this feels rushed, superficial and throw away. Also, the 'Hitler' chapter screams 'I need to pad the word count'.

An enjoyable listen none the less but could have been much more.

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  • Stewart Webb
  • 31-10-2020

Dire

Let me start by saying I love this man. Seen him on many occasions as the pub Landlord and his WW2 documentaries on TV. He is clever, no very clever, witty intelligent and very funny

But over five hours of skimming over vast tracks of history in a flippant and often dismissive manner does not work. He admits freely he is biased. But no matter how much you admit to something does not make it entertaining or enjoyable.

Do what you do best Al. But not this!

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  • Dave Nevett
  • 17-03-2021

Amazing skill

Just like his live act, marvel at how Murray can make a hilarious routine out of serious facts, keeping the details spot on, filtering out the unnecessary parts and still educating you as you listen. As he says, don’t sweat the years, remember it’s a Britain-centric book and strap in!

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  • Duncan Connell
  • 30-10-2020

Al Murray runs down the last 100 years

A witty take on the last 100 years of history, or there abouts. I only wish the book had been longer

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  • SouthEastAlex
  • 24-06-2021

Enjoyed It

History is a bit depressing really, so good to have a comedian tell its story.

One thing I learned is that the UK, despite being the cause of most of the worlds problems, is actually a pretty good place to live.

Hopefully won’t need the spare underwear 😂

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  • Ken Sanderson
  • 02-06-2021

history made enjoyable

Al Nurray talks his way through the major parts of world history in his own stylish way including WW1 WW2 the cold war, indian partition and other historic events such as the World cup 1966.

it's all very entertaining and had it been like this during school history lessons, I might have paid more attention. very funny and clever as well, making valid comparisons and asking questions like; why doesn't mankind ever learn when history repeats the same things over and over?

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  • miss l t hollick
  • 31-05-2021

Entertaining and informative

Really enjoyed this book, informative and funny. interesting information about the war a real passion for Al Murray.

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  • Don Connery
  • 22-02-2021

Great stuff again from Al Murray

Just wish it was a bit longer. Seemed to rush towards the end. Still great though.

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  • Chris Quartermaine
  • 07-02-2021

Al's reading makes history more interesting

Some thought provoking takes amongst the cheerful history with explanations of the level of detail. For more war check out "We have ways of making you talk"

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  • Griff
  • 20-01-2021

Entertaining history lesson

While Al is a times being the annoying pub landlord this is fairly infrequent.
Otherwise I found this to be entertaining and enlightening and would recommend it to anyone looking to get a brief overview of recent history.

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