Believe Me

Believe Me

A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017 | Unabridged
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With his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to historical politics, sexual politics, mad ancient kings, and chickens with guns, Eddie Izzard has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school, and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics, running and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, p2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101924952
Characteristics: 1 online resource (14 hr., 39 min.)


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JCLHeatherC May 09, 2019

If you enjoy exclusive audiobook only footnotes and footnotes on top of footnotes on top of extra long footnotes, this memoir is for you. If, however you are interested in Jazz Chickens, this may not be the audiobook for you.

Jan 10, 2019

Believe Me, the memoir, is such a treat if you're a fan of Eddie Izzard! I'm sure the physical book is great, I wouldn't know exactly, but I implore you to listen to the audiobook version if you have a choice. The heart of Eddie Izzard's comedy is his niche brand of humor coupled with his signature verbal delivery—vocal riffing, pauses, and non-verbal cues you can practically hear. You'd only get a sense of this from the physical book, but you'll get it in spades with the audiobook.

It was sometime in the summer of 2000 when I was at a party and the host queued up a VHS tape of "Dress to Kill," Eddie's Emmy-winning stand-up show. (Note: This would have been before it won the Emmy by a month or so.) That night was the first time I ever heard of Eddie Izzard and I couldn't believe what I was watching. The humor was new and gut-wrenchingly funny and unlike anything I'd seen up to that point. I laughed for the rest of the night and quoted what I could remember for months. I eventually purchased my own copy from eBay. And the rest is history.

For me personally, one of the more resonant sections is Part 2, The Wilderness Years, and specifically, the chapter called "The Streets of London." My two favorite takeaways here are how, despite other reasonable alternatives, Eddie Izzard kept at. This is where he learned stamina. My other favorite moment is when he decided to try solo performing. He says that his whole life he never thought of himself as a solo performer, and then in a six month stretch he changed his mindset and made the switch. Brilliant. I think sometimes we hold on too tightly to ideas we consider lifelong goals. Things change, and we change. It's good to recognize the seismic life shifts when they are right in front of you.

If you're a fan of Eddie Izzard, go read or listen to this book. If you've never heard of him, YouTube.

Nov 18, 2017

I came to be an Izzard fan sort of sideways - first by watching "The Riches" ... and then exploring who he was. Loving his stand-up on Youtube and from the Library (Yay!) ... then a friend recommended listening to his (self-read) auto-bio (again, Yay! Library!) - which was just grand ... amazing fellow. He mentions this documentary in the bio - so ... one more time folks! Yay! Library! I checked out this great film. If you don't know him - excitement and thoughtfulness await --- if you do -- you'll love him more after seeing it. 'Ta kids.

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