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Confronted by the realities of adulthood, Romesh Ranganathan must face an uncomfortable truth: this is not quite how he imagined it.

Watching his friends descend into middle age, his waistline thicken and his finances dwindle to fund his family’s middle class aspirations, Romesh reflects on the demands of daily life and the challenges of adulting in the modern world.

As he reluctantly concludes that he is indeed a grown man, Rom wrestles with the greater questions that threaten his being: could I save my family in a crisis? Do I possess the skills to assemble flatpack furniture? Am I too old for streetwear? Is it alright to parent my kids through the medium of Fortnite? Is celibacy the secret to a passionate marriage?

From one of the country's most beloved comedians and author of the Sunday Times best seller Straight Outta Crawley comes the hilarious and painfully accurate dissection of what it really means to grow up.

©2020 Romesh Ranganathan (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Steve T
  • 19-10-20

Romesh is a funny little prick

found myself laughing out loud while walking along the sea front, which caused some odd looks

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  • WhaleBreath
  • 24-11-20

Brilliant

I recognised the name and I knew he was a comedian and a tv personality but this book is not only ace but I’m going to now watch all of his work across Dave tv, YouTube and wherever else I can find it ✊

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  • James Davie
  • 15-10-20

As Average As It Gets

Romesh is usually a humorous joy to listen to but this book is generally meh compared to Straight Outta Crawley. The stories told in this one are good but the chapters are too brief that none of them have any proper substance. Unfortunately like many modern British comedians who write books and narrate audiobooks-Romesh has many similar mainstream interests that are unsurprising and repetitive-although that's more an inherent problem with British culture than anything else. I want to know more about his videogame and film preferences because he only mildly touches on these subjects among just about everything else in the book. Also there are knitpicky complaints to make like this belief that there is a "human nature", which is a common misconception because human behaviour is attained not ascribed, and also that laziness is a fallacy because incentive is the antidote to it-yes these knitpicks are unfair and probably dumb and stupid-but hey I want to hear an original voice with new things to say-and yet in this book Romesh's ramblings can be done by just about anybody and it's only because he's a widely known mainstream comedian that he'll get plenty of attention for it.

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  • julesj
  • 17-12-20

Top bloke!

Great narration by Romesh. Touching, educational and amusing in equal measure. What a smasher he is, sharing a very personal insight into his world and his understanding of it. Thanks for sharing and making my day brighter and cheerier. Very funny 😁

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  • GoodTimesBadTimes
  • 03-12-20

Great, Funny and Hyper-Real

Perfect at such a bad point in the world, Rom speaks the truth, which even for a comedian is refreshing

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  • Soulman
  • 01-12-20

Cracking

This book is excellent & in a lot of places extremely funny, brilliant..... #staysafe

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  • Izzy
  • 27-11-20

A complete ray of funny sunshine

I laughed too much!!! Out loud in public and looked like a weirdo - lUVED THIS BOOK!!!!

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  • Pete Sebire
  • 06-04-21

Don’t bother

Very disappointed listen, really enjoy TV Romesh but this was poor. Had to turnoff after 20 mins.

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  • Martin Gerrard-Croxon
  • 29-03-21

Wicked!

Loved listening to this, found my self on numerous occasions whilst out walking chuckling uncontrollably at Romesh! Me and him have a lot in coming!!!!

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  • Eddie
  • 24-03-21

Laughed out loud

I've mostly listened to this whilst out on my 'escape lockdown' walks...and anyone seeing me doing so would think I was mad. Genuinely laughed out loud throughout the book. Excellent, Great Work Rom 👍👍