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By Mr Duncan J Burden on 15-12-15
Self conscious autobiography.
Just before the release I went to see Coogan and Ianucci at a Guardian live event - a thoroughly enjoyable evening and one which boosted my expectations for the biography.
To be frank, the thing reads (or listens) like a string of reviews that Coogan wishes he'd received for his life's works. When he's not talking up his own book, he painstakingly tries to justify his Champagne socialist attitude to life with tenuous references to his childhood. And I really do mean tenuous. I'm a huge fan of just about anything Coogan has appeared in, but this just reeks of 'stocking filler'.
The narration sounds rushed and emotionless at points where he speaks of moments in his life where he cannot paint himself as a saint. But where he is pandering to himself, he takes his time and my word do those passages drag on.
30 of 33 people found this review helpful
By Jamil Husain on 04-12-15
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Big fan of Coogan, not sure why he felt he had to write this; first half is about about his reputation and recent press privacy issues, second half is his uneventful childhood which is narrated in an Alan Partridge way.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Susan Random on 12-11-15
Needless To Say I had The Last Laugh
Oh dear, I've been wanting an autobiography from the talented Mr Coogan for years and had high hopes after the excellent 'I, Partridge.' The book begins with Coogan waxing lyrical about the success of the film 'Philomena' and how his Catholic faith had shaped him. The Alan Partridge cinema movie 'Alpha Papa' was also mentioned.
Fast forward to chapter upon chapter of bulk concerning his childhood, all told in a flat, monotone manner with little interest or insight. I mean, unless we're talking about the material in a post ironic Partridge way, who on earth wants to know about 'built in obsolescence' or his parents' kitchen knives?
I wasn't keen on the way he denigrated some of his former 'Spitting Image' colleagues either. Some fellow comedians came out well though.
What a disappointment.
34 of 38 people found this review helpful
By Sarah Moorby on 24-11-15
I wish I had never read it
What disappointed you about Easily Distracted?
I was a big fan of Steve Coogan. His comedy characters are seriously funny and I enjoyed his films, yes even the Parole Officer. I was looking forward to a bit of a giggle as I enjoyed I, Partridge immensely but it is so flat, and when he started banging on about press intrusion I'm afraid he lost me.
I knew nothing about anything he had purported to have done, except that Courtney Love thing and even then I thought it was probably made up. His mentioning of it in his book instantly made me look it up on Google to see what he was talking about. He didn't seem to be proud of anything he had done except possibly Philomena.
He was always seemed to be slagging people off, and appeared to be resentful of everything that had made him successful.
Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Coogan again?
Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Coogan’s performances?
NO ! Unless he was in character.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Easily Distracted?
I would make him perform it like he is proud to read it.
Any additional comments?
I wonder if it was his performance on the audio book that really did it though. The reviews for the book are much better and I feel like when someone says at the beginning of the book that they are just going to read it, mistakes and all they don't give a toss about their audience.
25 of 28 people found this review helpful
By Kevin on 10-12-15
This should be called "easily forgettable"
I'm a big fan and barely anything interesting happens in this book. if you want to know all about his childhood, read away. If you want to know in more detail what happened to him after he left college (i.e. the naughty fun living bits) don't bother.
18 of 20 people found this review helpful