Get Your Free Audiobook

Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse

Narrated by: David Mitchell
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Comedy
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

Non-member price: $22.78

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Why is every film or tv programme a sequel or a remake? 

Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? 

Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it okay? 

Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? 

These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell. Join him on a tour of the absurdities of modern life - from Ryanair to Richard III, Downton Abbey to phone etiquette, UKIP to hot dogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense, Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious modern world.

Photo Credit: Chris Floyd, Camera Press London

©2015 David Mitchell (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    32
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    38
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    27
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Quite Nice

What a totally feckless writer. On the other hand the reading guy was quite nice. I did initially use the word narrator however apparently 14 words doesn't constitute a review so it was changed to reading guy to appease our Amazonian overlords.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

David Mitchell compilation of columns.

David Mitchell presents some of his most entertaining columns written in past years. Due to the time of the books book's release and the publishing on Audible Mr Mitchell has added updated commentary on certain stories, As well as the obligatory Trump and Brexit rants besides that he is still a excellent storyteller and I look forward to his next book.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Addresses the elephant well

Unfortunately a bit dated, but this is well addressed in Mitchell's 'Introduction to the Introduction' and throughout the book.
Still packed full of his psuedo-snarky cynicism and witty turn of phrase that any fan of Mitchell would come to expect.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

not much of a story, but Mitchell is creative

not much of a story, but I have to admit that Mitchell is creative and tells things with own satisfying hilarious narrative, being uniquely himself!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Deserves a michelin star.

The best audible book that I’ll probably never recommend appropriately. If you like David Mitchell, this production is filled with him and his loveable “David Mitchell-ness”.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for scott
  • scott
  • 04-09-2019

Good Book: Wrong Milieu

Although I am a huge fan of David Mitchell, this book is not for me. It is brilliant commentary on a social zeitgeist that is not my own. As an american, much of the poignancy of the articles is lost in the Atlantic, I will continue to buy David Mitchell stuff because most of his angry logic transcends politics. This book is a collection of political commentary op/ed Mitchell has written over many years.

147 of 173 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dawn M Collins
  • Dawn M Collins
  • 09-10-2019

Literally had to pull over to roadside

To avoid driving into a tree because I couldn’t see where I was headed... since I laughed so hard. Maybe not for everyone but I loved it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for chuckifer
  • chuckifer
  • 12-10-2019

Misleading description!

Don't be fooled by the description! Although Mr. Mitchell is very funny, his subject matter is mostly focused on British politics and political figures and what I can only assume are very public issues with BBC. Snorefest! I think England is a wonderful place and I've enjoyed trips there but I don't have a clue what this fellow is running on about or who. I'm sure these topics are interesting for folks that live there and follow British current events but I live in America. We have plenty of our own political fun to follow here and I don't want to read/listen to a book about any of that either. Nothing in the description leads one to know they are about to hear a guy on a political soap box. It was a daily deal but I am disappointed. Maybe that's why it's on sale. I'm going to return it on principal but thought I would give other potential buyers a heads up!

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JG
  • JG
  • 10-12-2019

Excellent, if UK-focused

A wonderful writer and excellent narration, but the content may sometimes be a bit too UK-specific for audiences abroad.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jill
  • Jill
  • 05-11-2019

Just deeply funny while simultaneously so sadly true

I just loved this book, I laughed out loud and so long I missed a few funny bits that came right behind. Doesn’t matter if you don’t know politicians or footballers mentioned there are interchangeable sorts in US and you will identify the types

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Curtis Mason
  • Curtis Mason
  • 24-10-2019

great humor about politics, stupidity,and politics

there I said politics three times! this book is written with British politics in mind but applies to just about any political structure anywhere. it also talks a lot about the economy social weirdness and the human condition.

there is a fair amount of foul language in this book so listen to beware but I loved it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Michael Tran
  • Michael Tran
  • 19-10-2019

On Point, Great English Humor

Pretty good reading. Mitchell is a really funny author and he’s the best one to read his own work. His inflection makes things super funny. His stuff was written in 2014 but is still relatable to 2019—it also provides lots of insights into previous world events that make me glad I listened to this book.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Russell Sim
  • Russell Sim
  • 13-10-2019

a great book

but I didn't really care much for one of the chapters, because who really cares about British politics anywayq.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-2019

Saucy! not at all what I was expecting!

just kidding, this was exactly what I was expecting because David Mitchell may be my favorite person on this planet whom I've never met and I like people I haven't met better than most (ok all) of the people I have met. Thank you for this wonderful book Sir Dave!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dave
  • Dave
  • 09-10-2019

Interesting but rather dated content

The author makes clear from the beginning that this is a compilation of columns from many years ago. Although the content is humourous, some of the context is lost through the passage of time.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fast feet
  • Fast feet
  • 10-11-2019

Brilliant! Made me look forward to my daily commute

So funny it made me laugh out loud on several occasions. I think this man could talk about anything and make it amusing.
A pleasure to listen to his narration.
This is my first time listening to this author, and I’m getting ready to buy another of his books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for MR N S BHALLA
  • MR N S BHALLA
  • 09-09-2019

Basically I laughed on the tube. A lot

The main downside to this book is that I basically went around smirking for several days while commuting. Some of articles could have been grouped together better, but if you find David Mitchell funny (both on panel shows or on Peep Show) then this book - and Mitchell's performance of it) will have you stitches.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Philip
  • Philip
  • 11-09-2019

what is the point of asking for a headline!!!!!!@

A very funny easy listen easy to start and stop and pick up again, when you just want to listen to a funny rant on the news before brexit.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Crispin Bateman
  • Crispin Bateman
  • 27-06-2019

Very witty

Some people are intelligent, some people are funny. David Mitchell is one of those rare people who manages to be both. There’s a little too much politics and finance is some sections (namely the politics and finance sections, to be fair), but on the whole the spread of topics covered is well considered and expertly delivered.

Honestly, I am jealous of his skill and talent!

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Blake
  • Blake
  • 27-06-2019

Great book, well read and very funny

I didn't know too much about David Mitchell before reading / listening to this book. But he seems very smart and quick witted. He reads well and keeps you engaged. Laughed out loud several times and will look out for more from him.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Henchman 21
  • Henchman 21
  • 19-07-2019

Not as dated as I could justifiably have assumed.

I agree with too much of what Mitchell says to comment on the bits where I do not.

Needed two more chapters.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rob
  • Rob
  • 15-11-2019

Don't drive and listen as laughter may cause issue

I did all the great deal listening to this book I really enjoyed it thank you very much

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for AMIQUENCE
  • AMIQUENCE
  • 13-11-2019

Classic wit from much loved Brit

David Mitchell does what he does best, satiricising (yes that’s a new word) the news of the day - often last decade - reminding you that while in politics the names sometimes change (or don’t) the stories pretty much remain the same.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for joshua
  • joshua
  • 12-09-2019

In true David Mitchell style

Wwonderfully entertaining, poignant with astute observations.

While not as hilarious a I expected. I was informed and always eager to resume listening ! hardly a chore to finish but a pleasure.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful