I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan
- Narrated by: Alan Partridge
- Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 30-09-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile at St. Luke’s Hospital in Norwich. After replacing Peter Flint as the presenter of Scout About, he entered the top 8 of BBC sports presenters.But Alan’s big break came with his primetime BBC chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You. Sadly, the show battled against poor scheduling, having been put up against News at Ten, then in its heyday. Due to declining ratings, a single catastrophic hitch (the killing of a guest on air) and the dumbing down of network TV, Alan’s show was cancelled. Not to be dissuaded, he embraced this opportunity to wind up his production company, leave London and fulfil a lifelong ambition to return to his roots in local radio.
Now single, Alan is an intensely private man but he opens up, for the second time, in this candid, entertaining, often deeply emotional – and of course compelling – memoir, written entirely in his own words. (Alan quickly dispelled the idea of using a ghost writer. With a grade B English Language O-Level, he knew he was up to the task.)
He speaks touchingly about his tragic Toblerone addiction, and the painful moment when unsold copies of his first autobiography, Bouncing Back, were pulped like ‘word porridge’. He reveals all about his relationship with his ex-Ukrainian girlfriend, Sonja, with whom he had sex at least twice a day, and the truth about the thick people who make key decisions at the BBC.
A literary tour de force, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan charts the incredible journey of one of our greatest broadcasters.
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By ico on 06-10-11
You get what you pay for
I'm a big fan of the great AP and if you are you'll love this audio book. This is the first audio book I've bought and while I was apprehensive about whether I'd like the format for novels and fiction I was confident that I'd appreciate AGPs memoirs read by the man himself. It's great fun and while not laugh-out-loud all the way through there were a number of bit that had me chuckling away on a crowded train.
Some of the material is rehashed (or should I say reworked) from the TV shows but it's done in such a way that it represents Alan's personal view of the situation which is not always quite as accurate as the fly on the wall material we witnessed back in the day so it's funny to hear Alan's versions of chinese whispers when he remembers some of his most shame-faced moments in a way that makes him feel good about himself.
I managed to listen to it over about 4 days on my commute to and from work and like the TV shows I've no doubt it will be something I come back to, AP is such a good creation and while I think Coogan and co sometimes push the boundaries too far silliness-wise (Jed Maxwell episode on TV, I'm looking at you) you can forgive them beacuse the character is written so well. The only real sadness I had was that Lynn never gets a name check (purposefully) but some of the stories about her having to fend for herself are great.
All in all I great book and an even better audiobook that's well worth a listen. It's just a shame that Bouncing Back (Alan's first memoirs) never got to see the audio book treatment.....(still this one would well suit a drive to Dundee in your bare feet...)
27 of 27 people found this review helpful
By ShabadooGMan on 07-10-11
Best audiobook I've ever listened to. By a distance.
Huge advantage over the book version is Coogan's narration; the voice is such a key component of the Partridge persona.
Cannot recommend it enough.
1) a bloke in Holborn shot me daggers yesterday because it looked like I was laughing directly at him, rather than listening to it on my headphones. You'll also look an epic tit lauging loudly to yourself on the tube/train/bus.
2) You'll be genuinely sorry once it's finished.
3) After seven hours of solid Partridge, you'll find yourself talking a bit like him in real life. Which is odd.
All in all, it's awesome.
84 of 87 people found this review helpful
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By John on 20-06-12
An Anglican giant among pygmies
If you could sum up I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan in three words, what would they be?
black belt chat
What other book might you compare I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan to and why?
The Bible, Great Expectations, The Story of My Experiments with Truth - Mahatma Gandhi, My Early Life: A Roving Commission - Winston Churchill, Poptastic: My Life in Radio - Tony Blackburn
What does Alan Partridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Alan's personal reading of the book lends the words a rich timbre which, combined with his signature rhythm and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones can lead to tears, laughter or literally incontinence all over the very same page.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Sorry I should have read this question first as I explained my laughter, tears and urine expulsion in the previous question.
Any additional comments?
It makes the lives of Richard Madeley and Alan Titmarsh look positively tame.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Matthew Dawes on 01-12-15
A Welcome Return of Cooghan's best Character.
Steve Cooghan has, once again, demonstrated his comedic wizardry in this timely revival of his most wonderful and popular character, the obnoxious, shallow and 'cringeworthy' Alan Partridge. The book is an excellent tie-up to the splendid television series. T'is a small pity that Partridge's long-suffering and terribly exploited assistant Lynne does not receive more mention. This is only a very minor criticism of a work destined to join the very best parts of the Alan Partridge canon. Absolutely splendid and most highly recommended. Pure Partridge!
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