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Winner of Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012, Is It Just Me? is the delightful audiobook narrated and written by much-loved comedian Miranda Hart. Giving an entertaining recount of her life, Hart writes her warming, humorous life story in a dialogue between her 18 year old self and her current self, where she provides hearty advice and recites endearing memories of her past. This audio is amusing and enchanting for fans of this vivacious comedian. Available now from Audible.
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Summary

Winner: Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: Is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination, and sometimes unexplained nudity that accompanied childhood and adolescence? Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures - surely it's plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me?
I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path. Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let's call it, because it's fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.
©2012 KingMaker Productions Ltd (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
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Critic reviews

“That personality and voice belong to a uniquely cherished comedian” ( Daily Mail)
“This is pure, unadulterated, totally genius, Miranda. A cult (would religion be too weighty a word?) must surely follow, where can we get the T-shirt?” ( Red Online)
“I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Miranda Hart's new book - we should all embrace our inner Miranda gene and learn to laugh at ourselves.” ( Daily Express )
“In her brilliantly funny book, TV's Miranda muses on some of the most challenging, baffling and 'hideola' aspects of life... all the anecdotes are told in her unique style, with regular interjections from her 18-year-old self. Such fun!” ( Star)
“Is Miranda Hart a National Treasure yet? If not, it can only be a year or two before she joins Stephen Fry and Alan Bennett in the trophy cabinet of the country's affections... That personality and voice belong to a uniquely cherished comedian, and the answer to that question in her title is actually, yes - it is just her. Because there's nobody like Miranda.” ( Daily Mail)
“Funny and charming and full of terrific comic ideas... Unlike most comedians, she can actually write... Every Christmas there is, at the very most, one celeb book that is genuinely worth buying and reading. Here is this year's. Accept no substitutes.” ( The Spectator )
“Miranda Hart will carry you along with the sheer force of her charm, bumbling cheer and charisma.” ( Sunday Express)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By berta on 25-12-12

fantastic!

I'm a big fan of Miranda so maybe this review is a bit biased. But nevermind, I really loved this book, it was such fun!



And Miranda narrating it was superb, she is SO GOOD. It seemed as if she was really enjoying reading her book.



I loved this book, every minute of it.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By maz on 07-12-13

Funny but not hilarious

If you could sum up Is It Just Me? in three words, what would they be?

I love Miranda!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was disappointing when compared to the brilliant TV series. Her younger self was extremely irritating and ruined the whole listening experience for me.

What about Miranda Hart’s performance did you like?

Miranda was an excellent narrator and made the listening experience more authentic. It would not have felt right if someone different had narrated it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but only because of her younger self.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lily on 26-10-12

Cackle Worthy

What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

I sat with my 10 year old daughter over 4 or 5 nights and together we enjoyed the rollicking tales Miranda Hart spun for us . Both of us are mad fans of Miranda's show and were thoroughly excited to learn more about this comic goddess. We here pleased to hear catchphrases from her show, insights into life and silly banter between her present self and her younger self.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best was Ms Harts' ability to make herself the joke simply to make us happy. It is so refreshing in this day and age when humour and comedy is all about pulling others down and laughing at their expense that Miranda is willing to make herself the butt of the joke (often literally!). I am sure my daughter most enjoyed the tales of catastrophe and of course the 'poo' stories.

What about Miranda Hart’s performance did you like?

It was well delivered with equal measures of gusto and grace. Miranda knows how to perform and there was often (but not always) a clear delineation between her present self and her younger self. Actually I found that my daughter and I would talk to each other with Miranda's plum in the mouth middle class British accent which was hilarious in itself as we are ocker Aussies from the Oz bush!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

We would have loved to knock this book off in one sitting, however 7 hours was a little too adventurous for us.

Any additional comments?

Although there were some moments where our interest waned, I would highly recommend anyone listen to 'Is It Just Me' rather than read it. Miranda is a right scream and we had a nice time - it was almost like watching a whole series of Miranda. Such fun!

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 12-11-12

Miranda is just delightful...

Miranda played on Australian TV a couple of years ago. Miranda Hart simply demands attention... her quirkyness, her authentic playfulness, her relish in being herself. All of this is found in "Is it just me?"

A romp. And genuine fun. Highly recommended.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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