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  • Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy

  • Written by: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David Mitchell’s 2014 best seller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think - because everything’s got worse. We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up.  

But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell’s attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell’s unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. 

Listen to this book and slightly change your life!

©2019 David Mitchell (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Maggie May
  • 19-11-19

Meant for UK listeners

It's possible that David Mitchell isn't expecting to have all that many fans in the US. This book is cobbled together from think pieces he does for a British publication - so there are many references that just shoot over my stupid American head.
My husband and I listened to parts of it together and did laugh at the stuff we did understand. We love Mr. Mitchell's humor and see him quite a bit on various British quiz shows and Upstart Crow. (not a fan of Peep Show, but my husband surely is) It was disappointing to me that not enough of it was 'gettable' though it's certainly not the fault of the author. As I said, I'm not really his target audience.

If you are up to date on all things UK, this could be for you. even if you are American.

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  • Ryan
  • 19-12-19

I just frigging love David Mitchell

I just frigging love David Mitchell. Here with typical low-key brilliance he calls out b.s. left, right and center, and yet keeps it light by continuing to be the bastion of friendly, beardy, “old BBC” vibes he is—and he’s hilarious, with his extra-dry observational style, his verbal inventions, and his good-natured but cranky crank.

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  • Joy
  • 20-06-20

Agree or not, Mitchell rants are great

I thought about giving four stars but then realized it was only because as an American, I didn’t necessarily know all his references. That would be wrong because I love listening to David Mitchell talking about current events, conspiracy theories etc. you don’t even have to agree with him to enjoy the rant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-02-20

Hilarious, ironic, sarcastic.

I enjoyed his pearls of wisdom in Peep Show and Would I Lie to You. Highly recommend if you like The sarcastic British humor.

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  • dolmenus
  • 13-07-20

Above the average!

David Mitchell is not a comedian he is Rene Descartes bizzaro! In a very positive way! He makes the art of thinking and analyzing fun!

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  • Jan Padilla
  • 11-05-20

Delightfully cathartic pedantry

I really enjoy listening to David Mitchell's comedic writing. Primarily because there's an inventiveness about his gripes, it sort of puts your own values and the stuff you moan about into perspective. In a way it really just makes you think yourself silly.

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  • August B.
  • 12-05-20

Didn't realize Mitchell was so needlessly vicious

I arrived at this volume directly from 'Backstory' and I have to say that I'm somewhat taken aback by how personally Mitchell deals with politics and the world outside entertainment. Pessimism with technological developments, bitter remoaning, frequent recourse to the idea that all wealth is properly the state's to dispose with. As the Greatest Living Statesman would say, "Sad!"

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  • Tyler Thomas
  • 15-04-20

David Mitchell is back and just as good as ever

I swear I could listen to David whinge about absolutely anything for hours and hours.

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  • BoyWonder
  • 09-01-20

Love David Michell, he kills it as always.

It's quick, maybe a bit rambley at times, but still enjoyable. I'd say I don't know a whole lot about British politics, so that's one issue I have with the book.

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  • Paul S Mason
  • 10-04-21

What a Refreshing listen!

absolutely wonderful and insightful observations on daily life as experienced by Mr Mitchell, Nice to enjoy an intelligent mans view on our crazy world which is actually loaded with much empathetic themes.

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  • Pyrex
  • 30-11-19

Excellent casual listening

Being essentially a compilation of Mitchell's Observer columns, the book makes for very 'easy listening' and is ideal for listening to alongside working, as no intense concentration is needed. Nevertheless it's quite funny - laugh out loud funny at times - but mostly dry and sarcastic. Mitchell is a self-proclaimed 'remoaner' so an open-mind/level of tolerance would be needed for those whom lie on the other side of the Brexit spectrum. All in all a good book, but if you are a regular reader of the Observer, bear in mind that it's just a compilation of organised articles that you may well have already read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-19

Loved it

David Mitchell is an eloquent narrator and has an excellent writing style. He reasons his way through modern life and even if you don't always agree with him (and I do) you can't deny he has at least thought his view through.

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  • John C.
  • 19-12-19

Mitchell is funny but the book is average

I like David Mitchell but this book wasn't that funny or clever. just random anecdotes and political bashing. not terrible but it seems more like a money grab than a well thought-out peice if comedic writing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-19

David Mitchell Doing what he does

if you like the logical ramblings of David Mitchel you'll love this. A series of his newspaper articles read out in his unique and entertaining way. Great value with over 8 hours of non stop thought provoking comedy.

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  • MR.J
  • 31-10-20

Another great British London book

Another excellent British London publish. Sure, there is the odd error... There's always going to be some errors. Considering the ink shortage in Denmark, Mr Micthel did a great job of fronting the £2k just to get this book over the line.

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  • wookie_hunter76
  • 02-12-19

Genius!!

Thoroughly enjoyable listen! David’s witty delivery makes listening to this all the more entertaining! Well worth the time

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  • Rich
  • 05-11-19

Reassuring

Someone very clever and funny explaining socially complicated things through columns. Weirdly soothing, oddly comforting.

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  • Danny Dolan
  • 11-04-20

Bit disappointing

Wearyingly panders to Guardianistas in all columns, albeit witty at times. Not David's best work!

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  • Michael C.
  • 30-11-19

Mitchellian Magic...

I love David Mitchell and if you do you'll likely like this. Would give 10 stars if I could but that's just bucking the social order. which in fact this book does...

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  • Adnan
  • 29-11-19

Obviously a great book

Words with which you will certainly agree from a voice you would like to hear.

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  • Kai1
  • 15-12-19

A refreshing tonic to the madness

I feel like David Mitchell has externalised my own inner monologue! You’ll know him from Peep Show, or Qi or The Times..

David Mitchell seems to take off where Charlie Brooker left off when he went all black mirror on us. His humour and take on all things from Artex ceilings to brexit makes me happy, as a British expat this is right up my street - a hotline to home.

Listen if you know who David Mitchell is, or if you like things like Gruen/ Shaun Micallef / Charlie Pickering /the chaser but with a UK/EU focus.

Please note, i work for Audible but all my opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-20

Tedious

I usually love David but this book is a non event with only the occasional chuckle.
It’s more like a fruit loops rant.

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  • Jessica Hodge
  • 11-07-20

Fantastic!

I’ve listed to this about 4 times now. It’s hysterical and clever. David Mitchell’s reading of it makes it.

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  • L. Darragh
  • 12-04-20

A gifted storyteller.

I've long been a fan of David Mitchell and have read all of his books.
His rants and humorous observations are masterful and gave me plenty of laughs. I had no trouble finishing the book, the time flies by and I'm saddened its finished.
If Im critical on one aspect of the book it's his constant attacks on Brexit and Trump these subjects pop up continuously throughout the book and they made me smile a few times early on but they started getting repetitive and he gets so worked up and serious everytime he brings them up, it just kills the vibe as they go from humorous jibe to sounding more like a shouty millennial university activist.
I know it now sounds like I hate David but I don't, overall I throughly enjoyed the book and I look forward to his next one.