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Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart

Is It Just Me? (edition 2012)

by Miranda Hart

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Title:Is It Just Me?
Authors:Miranda Hart
Info:Hodder & Stoughton (2012), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Miranda Hart, I have learned only very recently, is a British comedian, not just my beloved Chummy on Call the Midwife. I had no idea. And I've forgotten now how I came across this book, but there it was available on audible, so on I listened. It is hilarious (or hil-air, as Hart might say). She talks very little about her career, but rather about life in general, and the theme is all those little things that happen to people but that no one ever tells you how to deal with (think, oh, giant piece of toilet paper following you out of the restroom as it's attached to your shoe, that sort of thing). Hart has a very upper-middle-class sort of received British accent, and she uses it to great effect in the comedy here. The book is so funny, both in its content and in its presentation, that I spent the thing laughing out loud. People behind me at traffic lights (I was listening in the car, mostly) probably thought I was having some sort of fit. Nestled in among all the jolity are some nice little nuggets of wisdom and encouragement as well. Highly recommended, but do get the audio. I think you'd be missing half the fun if you read it. ( )
  lycomayflower | May 31, 2016 |
I really wanted to like this book more, I love Miranda Hart on TV. It started out so well, lots of punchy anecdotes. But that was it and nothing really developed. It was a total shame as you could hear the "voice" well but the direction was not really there. Good fun but definitely a "dip-in/dip-out" book which took a lot longer to finish than I expected. I also felt as someone not raised in England it was difficult to relate to some of the references which were left totally unexplained (on the other hand being a tall 39 year old woman a lot of the references were very very familiar). If you don't have a "hook" into this one I think it might be hard going. I would be careful to recommend it to those who are already fans. ( )
  Felicity-Smith | May 29, 2016 |
OK, but probably better listening to the audio version than reading it. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
Amazingly fun, light read. Pretty much what I imagine myself being like at 38. ( )
  plaeski | Dec 16, 2014 |
Having recently finished the Fry Chronicles narrated by Stephen Fry (which I really enjoyed) I thought I had my niche for audiobooks. Funny, self-narrated memoirs with witty British humour.

After searching through Audible I figured Miranda Hart ticked all the boxes of quirky, awkward and funny. The first few chapters of this book were brilliant, I literally was laughing out loud at some of the awkward situations she got herself into. Sure, it was a bit silly but good light entertainment. There were a few things I wasn't so fond of, namely the high-pitched 18 year old Miranda and the continuous lists but they were a minor problem.

However, my view of this book took a turn for the worse on the 'Technology' chapter which seemed to go on and on and on as Miranda explains to her younger self every piece of technology that has emerged since the nineties. This is punctuated by exclamations of 'amazeballs' and 'horrifico' etc which quickly begin to grate on the ear.

Unfortunately once the tide had turned all these little things started to drive me to insanity to the point where my smartphone was in genuine danger of becoming an innocent victim smashed on the road. Despite the promising start this book descended into the tired, well-trodden paths of female health, beauty and relationships. Not a great move from my perspective but I figured I'd run with it. The thing I had loved about Stephen Fry's book was the sheer honesty and insight into his character. Here, Miranda does have some funny real life stories but she gets so caught up in exaggerated imaginings around these stories that it ruins the 'oh I've done the same, I know how you feel' aspect. This results in this being as much fiction as non-fiction and her portraying a character version of herself. It was a real pity as she probably has some interesting stories.

Miranda also massively overuses the type of comedy where you just pick random words out of the sky and string them into a sentence. She succeeded on many occasions (i.e. I laughed as she described her body as like a sack full of offal, kicked down an elevator shaft into a pool of water) and some of the images are funny. However, these get a bit overdone and feel a bit forced. She goes too far into the realm of make believe and the story loses its link to real life.

Needless to say I was pretty relieved to finish this audiobook. I reckon she would be pretty funny and interesting in real life but unfortunately we had to settle for a character in this audiobook. ( )
  bkmeredith | Oct 23, 2014 |
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Well hello to you dear 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 reader) 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.
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In 'Is it Just Me?', Britain's best loved comedienne, Miranda Hart, laments on the horrors of growing up and offers her younger self some essential advice on grappling with life's unexpected perils and blunders.

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