It's Not What You Think

  • by Chris Evans
  • Narrated by Chris Evans
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'This book will be a story like no other because this will not be a story about a life rather a story about a search for a life.'
Chris EvansThe story of how one council estate lad made good, really very good, and survived - just about - to tell the tale....Chris Evans' extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country's most successful broadcasters and producers and a well-known face in his own right. From his early years on Manchester's Piccadilly radio to Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, The Big Breakfast, and TFI Friday for Channel 4, Chris changed the TV landscape during the '90s. And on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio, he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ. His relentless pursuit of success and subversive style were his trademarks.But then the 'Chris Evans show' and Chris Evans' life became frighteningly interchangeable. The more outlandish the antics, whether on or off screen or air, the better. The celebrity girlfriends and the nights out drinking. Rolling into work late with 7m listeners waiting. For someone who took such pride in his work, what had happened? The country loved him, but what did Chris love? He'd achieved more than any kid who'd left school at 16 with a couple of O'Levels could have dreamed of. So why wasn't he happy?Chris Evans' autobiography will be an honest and revealing story of how a boy from a Warrington council estate who started work at 13 and held down 20 different jobs by the time he left school became the most widely acclaimed broadcaster of his generation.From the early death of his father that literally set him to work, to his brief and much publicised marriage to Billie Piper, he will talk frankly about the highs and lows of his, at times, turbulent career and how his drive to succeed impacted his personal life. This will be a fascinating and surprising life story from one of Britain's brightest and boldest pe...


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Good but abridged

A really good listen. Chris Evans is engaging and you really sypathise with him while he describes some of the tough points of his life.

My only complaint is that the book is abridged - you're only really getting the first half or so of the book. Just when it sounds like you're reaching the pinnacle of the Evan years, it's wrapped up a little too quickly to avoid having to record more audio. Did Chris Evans record the other half to release later - or will I have to read the hardcopy?
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- Alex

It isn't what you think!

As The great author Mark Twain put it, ?No-one is more qualified to write their own story then themselves?, something which when it comes to audio books also applies to the author also reading the book. There?s something so much more engaging about it when the subject matter itself is, so to speak, talking to you, conveying the historical majesty of the moment, adding the emphasis where necessary and getting the tone just right for each situation being recounted.

As a fan of autobiographies, and a far bigger admirer of Chris Evans, I hopped straight onto to purchase his new book, the very second their e-mail dropped into my inbox advertising the very same.

What to say about the book, a master piece, Chris Evans is one of the UK?s presenting genius?s, a true master at work. Sure there have been others, but Chris for me has always managed to entertain and keep things fresh in all his endeavours. His book is a fascinating account into what made him, how the events of his life shaped him and how these mixed together to mould the person to whom he is today. A reflection on his mistakes and the most sincere and honest bit of writing I?ve listened to in a while

I was laughing almost the whole way through; Chris sure can tell a good story, and his own story ? even better than any other. It?s full of memories and tit-bits of advice on life and various experiences we?ll all be able to empathise with. It?s a heart warming, genuine and honest look back on his life that not only made me smile and feel a connection with Chris, but mixed in for good measure is some good, solid, sturdy advice to all of us.

The title sums up the content perfectly, it quite seriously isn?t what you think it will be, and my only one criticism would be the end. I felt there was more to say, I won?t spoil it for you, you?ll have to read it, and it is a fantastic read, and even better listen, but Chris if you?re reading over this, can we please have a part two dear chap?
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- Neil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-10-2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited