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  • Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse

  • Written by: David Mitchell
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  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Why is every film or tv programme a sequel or a remake? 

Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? 

Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it okay? 

Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? 

These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell. Join him on a tour of the absurdities of modern life - from Ryanair to Richard III, Downton Abbey to phone etiquette, UKIP to hot dogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense, Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious modern world.

Photo Credit: Chris Floyd, Camera Press London

©2015 David Mitchell (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Cleverly written but you'll need context

I didn't know this before starting this book, but this book expects you be familiar with British news, politics and pop culture. If you are not, then don't worry, the writing is good - funny and clever - but you might feel you'd better enjoy it if you had more context.

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  • Dawn M Collins
  • 09-10-19

Literally had to pull over to roadside

To avoid driving into a tree because I couldn’t see where I was headed... since I laughed so hard. Maybe not for everyone but I loved it.

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  • JG
  • 10-12-19

Excellent, if UK-focused

A wonderful writer and excellent narration, but the content may sometimes be a bit too UK-specific for audiences abroad.

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  • scott
  • 04-09-19

Good Book: Wrong Milieu

Although I am a huge fan of David Mitchell, this book is not for me. It is brilliant commentary on a social zeitgeist that is not my own. As an american, much of the poignancy of the articles is lost in the Atlantic, I will continue to buy David Mitchell stuff because most of his angry logic transcends politics. This book is a collection of political commentary op/ed Mitchell has written over many years.

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  • Sam Hooker
  • 22-02-20

Not your mom’s watery 2% satire. Full-fat sardonic brutality.

My biggest take-always from this were that I’m offended by all the wrong things, and the British monarchy is more useful than most Americans think. I don’t know what to do with this information.

If you’re fully satisfied with the things from which you derive your offense and prefer not to audit them, I do not recommend that you read this book. For everyone else, it’s a witty, insightful romp through the socio-political issues of the last decade that will leave you with things to think about. Thanks a lot for that, David Mitchell.

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  • Jill
  • 05-11-19

Just deeply funny while simultaneously so sadly true

I just loved this book, I laughed out loud and so long I missed a few funny bits that came right behind. Doesn’t matter if you don’t know politicians or footballers mentioned there are interchangeable sorts in US and you will identify the types

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-02-20

Hilarious

I couldn’t stop laughing. I love Mitchell’s voice and his witty remarks. I downloaded all his books. Love them

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  • Curtis Mason
  • 24-10-19

great humor about politics, stupidity,and politics

there I said politics three times! this book is written with British politics in mind but applies to just about any political structure anywhere. it also talks a lot about the economy social weirdness and the human condition.

there is a fair amount of foul language in this book so listen to beware but I loved it.

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  • Michael Tran
  • 19-10-19

On Point, Great English Humor

Pretty good reading. Mitchell is a really funny author and he’s the best one to read his own work. His inflection makes things super funny. His stuff was written in 2014 but is still relatable to 2019—it also provides lots of insights into previous world events that make me glad I listened to this book.

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  • Russell Sim
  • 13-10-19

a great book

but I didn't really care much for one of the chapters, because who really cares about British politics anywayq.

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  • G. Parlee
  • 10-03-21

sufficiently entertaining

A good listen that had me chuckling throughout. Well read by the author. Ever so slightly beginning to show it's greys but in a dignified way not yet just "old".

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  • Fast feet
  • 10-11-19

Brilliant! Made me look forward to my daily commute

So funny it made me laugh out loud on several occasions. I think this man could talk about anything and make it amusing.
A pleasure to listen to his narration.
This is my first time listening to this author, and I’m getting ready to buy another of his books.

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  • MR N S BHALLA
  • 09-09-19

Basically I laughed on the tube. A lot

The main downside to this book is that I basically went around smirking for several days while commuting. Some of articles could have been grouped together better, but if you find David Mitchell funny (both on panel shows or on Peep Show) then this book - and Mitchell's performance of it) will have you stitches.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-01-21

I like David Mitchell, but not this much.

The delivery was flat, monotone and the content not very engaging. When you throw in his Brexit diatribe and New Labour insights it all sounded like an entitled student complaining that the world doesn't agree with him and what idiots they must all be. Not worth it, sorry.

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  • Dave
  • 09-10-19

Interesting but rather dated content

The author makes clear from the beginning that this is a compilation of columns from many years ago. Although the content is humourous, some of the context is lost through the passage of time.

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  • AMIQUENCE
  • 13-11-19

Classic wit from much loved Brit

David Mitchell does what he does best, satiricising (yes that’s a new word) the news of the day - often last decade - reminding you that while in politics the names sometimes change (or don’t) the stories pretty much remain the same.

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  • Crispin Bateman
  • 27-06-19

Very witty

Some people are intelligent, some people are funny. David Mitchell is one of those rare people who manages to be both. There’s a little too much politics and finance is some sections (namely the politics and finance sections, to be fair), but on the whole the spread of topics covered is well considered and expertly delivered.

Honestly, I am jealous of his skill and talent!

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  • Henchman 21
  • 19-07-19

Not as dated as I could justifiably have assumed.

I agree with too much of what Mitchell says to comment on the bits where I do not.

Needed two more chapters.

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  • Philip
  • 11-09-19

what is the point of asking for a headline!!!!!!@

A very funny easy listen easy to start and stop and pick up again, when you just want to listen to a funny rant on the news before brexit.

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  • Blake
  • 27-06-19

Great book, well read and very funny

I didn't know too much about David Mitchell before reading / listening to this book. But he seems very smart and quick witted. He reads well and keeps you engaged. Laughed out loud several times and will look out for more from him.

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  • OAP
  • 19-11-19

I like David Mitchell

I like David but I was very disappointed with this book and found it a very hard read and gave up after 3 chapters. All he seems to do is rant about all things and never coming to any conclusions. If had not been the book of the day I would have returned it. It was that bad.

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  • Matt Marschall
  • 10-07-19

Quite Nice

What a totally feckless writer. On the other hand the reading guy was quite nice. I did initially use the word narrator however apparently 14 words doesn't constitute a review so it was changed to reading guy to appease our Amazonian overlords.

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  • Neil EJ
  • 25-03-20

Ode to a simpler time

Always enjoyed David Mitchell's work, and just came across this audiobook. David's view and outlook is always enjoyable.
Perhaps the only drawback is the juxtaposition of where we were to where we are now - in hindsight these topics that ruled the front page, or were iterated over and over at the time, seem quaint by today's standards - but I could hardly blame the book for that. If anything it makes me excited for the 2025 release of his takes/musings on today's calamities.

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  • Rob in Nelson NZ
  • 20-12-19

EXCELLENT SELECTION OF GUARDIAN COLUMNS

As you probably know, David Mitchell writes a weekly column for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. This is a selection of the best of them, read by David Mitchell himself. There are quite a few extras, some of which help to give context to each column. Logically some of them are a bit dated, but in general you can understand the context. As ever, David reads the columns extremely effectively. I think Stephen Fry described David Mitchell as Ruthlessly Logical, and this is him at his ultra-logical best. Always well argued, and generally very funny. But you just can't avoid thinking that the world he describes is somehow going in the wrong direction and you want to get off.................

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-20

Goes on and on and on and on....

Did you ever meet someone at a party who just wouldn’t shut up. When it didn’t even seem like sentences, more just like random words coming out of their mouth... This is that person. And I really like david in Peep Show.

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  • L. Darragh
  • 10-10-19

David Mitchell compilation of columns.

David Mitchell presents some of his most entertaining columns written in past years. Due to the time of the books book's release and the publishing on Audible Mr Mitchell has added updated commentary on certain stories, As well as the obligatory Trump and Brexit rants besides that he is still a excellent storyteller and I look forward to his next book.

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  • George Allen
  • 02-10-19

Addresses the elephant well

Unfortunately a bit dated, but this is well addressed in Mitchell's 'Introduction to the Introduction' and throughout the book.
Still packed full of his psuedo-snarky cynicism and witty turn of phrase that any fan of Mitchell would come to expect.

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  • JP Taute
  • 14-08-19

not much of a story, but Mitchell is creative

not much of a story, but I have to admit that Mitchell is creative and tells things with own satisfying hilarious narrative, being uniquely himself!

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  • Sindy Sinn
  • 05-06-19

Deserves a michelin star.

The best audible book that I’ll probably never recommend appropriately. If you like David Mitchell, this production is filled with him and his loveable “David Mitchell-ness”.