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In this book, Richard Ayoade - actor, writer, director, and amateur dentist - reflects on his cinematic legacy as only he can: in conversation with himself. Over 10 brilliantly insightful and often erotic interviews, Ayoade examines Ayoade fully and without mercy, leading a breathless investigation into this once-in-a-generation visionary. They have called their book Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey. Take the journey, and your life will never be the same again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-20

Funny but not enjoyable as an audio book.

I really enjoyed the author's humor but I got tired of the premise of the book very quickly. This just doesn't provide the story experience I'm looking for in an audiobook.

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  • Seal-ologist 332 (That's a doctor of seals)
  • 26-01-21

This is a must for any true cinefile

Ayoade on Ayoade is a remarkable exploration of cinema and a stirring meditation on what it is to be Ayoade. There were moments where the author made me feel that I myself was Ayoade. My life will never be the same after listening to this audio book.

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  • Daniel
  • 15-01-21

The only book worth reading, or listening to.

Ayoade spoke to my soul in his still small voice, and I answered, here I am. My life has been changed forever. For some reason though, I suspect the print version is even better.

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  • M. Smolla
  • 12-05-21

Pretty entertaining

I think this audiobook is pretty funny and entertaining. I enjoyed the satyric (sometimes almost cynic) view on film and the industry behind it. Also, Ayoade is doing a great job reading the book and the footnotes. Though, several parts don't really work in this format.

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  • Rocky Sunico
  • 08-02-21

Classic Ayoade Wit and Cleverness

I had enjoyed the unique experience that is the Ayoade On Top audiobook, so I figured that I'd invest in other Ayoade audiobooks to see how that goes.

This book is crazy but brilliant, and also quite funny. It's sort of biographical, but in a clearly fictional way that plays to Ayoade's particular brand of low-key humor. Plus the fiction is very aware of this being an audiobook instead of a physical book and that all connects to the humor of the work.

But it's not just silly stuff - as always, Ayoade's writing is eloquent, intelligent, and insightful and it clearly shows his love for film. This really is a passion for him and that shines through even if the prose is crafted in a way that slants towards the absurd.

Definitely a fun listening experience and a good time.

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  • Eric Marecek
  • 10-01-21

Loneliness is Individual. Horniness is Universal.

At its core this is a story about a fun, horny guy trying to get laid. Wait...no, even with the amount of Ayoade on Ayoade action that this has, its a fun, surreal look at himself, movie tropes and more.

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  • Matt W
  • 01-04-20

Woeful

Unfunny and irritating in the extreme and I write as someone who likes Ayoade. Second half slightly redeems itself but I very nearly gave up on this after the first couple of chapters. The interviews where Ayoade interviews Ayoade are particularly tiresome.

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  • 11-03-20

I love Richard Ayoade...but

There are some fantastic moments and when he jumps out of the book to talk to the listeners he is classic Ayoade - it just didn’t click with me It’s decent just not great :(

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  • Mrs. J. M. Galor
  • 29-05-20

If you like Ayoade you’ll love this

Subtitle: you’re probably going to have to like Ayoade to love this! I wouldn’t suggest it to a newcomer: it relies heavily on already being in on the joke. It is, of course, very clever and funny and cleverly funny. Maybe a bit... too long? (*Runs away, slams a door, hides under the bed.)

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  • papapownall
  • 22-03-20

Man in brown corduroy suit talks to himself

If the first sign of madness is talking to yourself then the second sign of madness must surely be making a recording of you taking to yourself. What that quite says about someone who is prepared to hand over their hard earned coin to listen to somebody talking to themselves I do not know and it is probably not a good idea to dwell on it too long.

Despite what tallish author of this work Richard Ayoade says, I think it works best as an audio book as you can actually hear him speak and he adopts different voices for the interviewer Ayoade, the interviewee Ayoade and yet another voice for what are presumably the footnotes that explain why Ayoade thinks this does not work as an Audio Book. What Ayoade overlooks, however when he tries to explain that the listener will not be able to appreciate the subtle vision joke of, for example the "Prologu(e)mbryo" section that Ayoade takes great pains to explain to the listener in the third Ayoade footnote voice is that the listener is able to glance at the screen of the device that is playing the recording (in my case the display in my car) which shows the name of the section being played.

There is more to this book than mere self reflection on Ayoade's film career though. The appendix includes much of Ayoade's writings and musings on various subjects including open letters, a quiz, some FAQs and some "did you know" type facts (some of which i suspect are not actually true). A special mention too to Danny to the D Deville who deserves his own book.

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  • Sonya Vakh
  • 04-07-20

brilliant!

hilarious narrative. brilliant cinematic touch. I don't even know what genre this is but it's amazing. special thanks for footnotes!

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  • Jake Castle
  • 09-04-21

weird!

So I am a big Ayoade fan and this book is very much in 2 parts. The first part is very Ayoade and has to be listened as an audio book whereas the 2nd half is like a drug fuelled hedonistic dream. I'm not even sure what I have just listened to.

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  • Stew Dean
  • 20-01-21

Okay so I get it and I know it's ironic and stuff

This would be funny if it was shorter, but, after a while, once you get the whole idea it just repeats in the same way. Like the guy but too much of this is like eating too much cheese, great at first, then gets a bit samey and ultimately you start wondering why you bought so much cheese. Not that this book is cheesy. But he should make another film - his other two where good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-21

Daft

Funny, daft, nonsensical and at times a bit annoying. If you like him in IT Crowd it's full on more of the same.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-21

very good

Ayoade is so consistently self effacing it's very hard to tell whether his writing is stupid or sardonic and I get the impression that's exactly what he is hoping people might say. Either way he seems quite pleased with himself, which isn't a criticism, I'd be pleased with myself if I could read my own writing and sound as though I understood it. You should listen to this audiobook if you like whacky things that are definitely funny and might also be clever. I never really understand if the joke is entirely on me, the listener, but I suppose that's my own fault for being a bit dim.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-21

found a lot of the content baffling

very few amusement and very soporific. i am now discouraged from reading anymore of MrA's books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-21

Double Adaptor

Ayoade really is the Ayoade of this generation. I was mostly unconscious for the duration of this book in a literal sense that I became Ayoade myself but metaphorically unconscious.

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  • KillerRooster
  • 26-12-20

Drivel

After listening to Ayoade On Top (a funny and well delivered yarn), I was bitterly disappointed by this disjointed, uninteresting monologue. Gave up on it...

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  • Judi Denny
  • 07-10-20

Excellent listen

Loved it. Aoyade is a genius. His independent thought process and creative ideas (successes and failures), inspire the reader to aspire to new heights.

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  • Kat Dowling
  • 23-06-20

double good

I listened to On Top and wanted more, this came out at start of locked down and was a fun listen.