Easily Distracted

  • by Steve Coogan
  • Narrated by Steve Coogan
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age, he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should "be on the telly". Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been given his first break as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image.
The late '80s and early '90s saw Coogan developing characters he could perform on the comedy circuit, from Ernest Moss to Paul Calf, and in 1992 he won a Perrier award with John Thomson. It was around the same time, while working with Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber on On the Hour and The Day Today, that Alan Partridge emerged almost fully formed.
Coogan, once a tabloid fixture, is now a respected film actor, writer and producer. He runs his own production company, Baby Cow, and has a raft of films to his name (from 24 Hour Party People to Alpha Papa, the critically acclaimed Partridge film), six Baftas and seven Comedy Awards. He has found huge success in recent years with both The Trip and Philomena, the latter bringing him two Oscar nominations for producing and cowriting.
In Easily Distracted he lifts the lid on the real Steve Coogan, writing with distinctive humour and an unexpected candour about a noisy childhood surrounded by foster kids, his attention-seeking teenage years and his emergence as a household name with the birth of Alan Partridge.
Narrated by Steve Coogan himself.

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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.
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- Kevin

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?

NO !


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.

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- Sarah Moorby

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2015
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks