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  • Written by: Jimmy Carr
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  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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Written by: Jimmy Carr
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Self-help meets memoir in this deeply insightful, fascinating and entertaining audiobook about happiness by one of the country's most treasured comedians. 

A memoir and self-help manual by one of the country's most treasured comedians - for anyone who feels stuck in a rut but doesn't have the tools or self-belief to shake things up

In his mid-20s, Jimmy was bored, boring, unfulfilled and underachieving. He wasn't exactly depressed, but he was very sad. Think of a baby owl whose mum has recently died in a windmill accident. He was that sad. This book tells the story of how Jimmy turned it around and got happy, through the redemptive power of dick jokes.

Written to take advantage of the brief window between the end of lockdown and Jimmy getting cancelled for saying something unforgivable to Lorraine Kelly, this book is as timely as it is unnecessary.  

Because you might be interested in Jimmy's life but he's damn sure you're a lot more interested in your own, Before & Laughter is about both of you. But mainly him. It tells the story of Jimmy's life - the transformation from white-collar corporate drone to fake-toothed, donkey-laugh, plastic-haired comedy mannequin - while also explaining how to turn your own life around and become the you you've always dreamt of being. 

Before & Laughter contains the answers to all the big questions in life, questions like:

  • What's the secret to happiness?
  • Is Jimmy wearing a wig?
  • What happened with that tax thing? 
  • What's the meaning of life?
  • Is Jimmy's laugh real?
  • Can those teeth bite through vibranium?

And for listeners in the West Country: yes, there are pictures (actually, sorry, there are no pictures, but there's a book about a hungry caterpillar you'll love).

Because it's Jimmy Carr - recently scientifically proved to be the funniest comedian in the UK - there are jokes, jokes and more jokes throughout. If laughter really was the best medicine, the NHS would be handing out this book in Nightingale Hospitals.

Fascinating, thoughtful and insightful - are all words that appear in the book.

©2021 Jimmy Carr (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

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Time tested strategies for life in a hilarious format!

Well done, Jimmy! Never would’ve imagined a book like this coming from Jimmy Carr but then again, I really had no idea who Jimmy Carr was. Truly, a beautiful guy with common sense, time tested advice from his own experiences. Realistic, actionable strategies that anyone could employ in their own lives today. I found it both inspiring and a laugh riot. As a bonus, you get to see the genuine article, Jimmy Carr, with heartwarming life stories and all.

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Awesome

Great self help book, funny and witty. Jimmy Carr is one of the best in my opinion

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Not what I was expecting, and that's a good thing

Very enjoyable. there are so many motivational books but not many, if any, I would actually consider listening to again. This one however, I most certainly will. Perhaps because it is peppered with such comedic elements that I may have been distracted chuckling at something and missed some other good content.
It's also one of the rare books where partially through, I'm already reaching out to friends to recommend.

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Hands down, the best self help book

This book is surprisingly helpful (and bloody hilarious), even though I was only getting a book that I thought was comedic. I'm going to listen to it again right now.

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Surprisingly a good… motivational book?

I learned about Jimmy’s book from Mike Berbiglea’s podcast. I thought he was joking when he said it’s a self help book.

It was not a joke and I’m glad for it.

Packed with insights and great refresher on some old concepts.

I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter so much.

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Life lessons with humor

Definitely a book to laugh and think about what you want in life.
I really enjoyed getting to know Jimmy Carr and I love his sense of humor.

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Great intimate and humorous listening

Love Jimmy Carr and interesting to hear his background and attitude towards life. None of us are perfect…but we get in with it.

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This book inspired me to finally enjoy audio books

love it and have listened to it several times as I travel. then again, I'm a JC fan which helps.

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dyslexic

it was alright , I like the guy so normally I liked his book but as far as books go it's more of the same about my life and advice that likely doesn't apply to your life

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Enlightening

A funny antidote filled memoir on Jimmy's rose to success. All of the advice is transferable to our everyday lives.
I cannot wait to be as successful as Jimmy after reading this book.

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  • Sarah Cowden
  • 2021-10-08

This is one I'll come back to time and time again.

Jimmy Carr's stand-up and subsequent TV shows has helped me out of some dark places with a good ol ugly laugh.. I love this book.
I think this was exceptional, especially as it was read by Jimmy himself.

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  • EmiDubai
  • 2024-01-15

Exceptionally honest & funny at the same time

Best life advice book I’ve listened to
Jimmy gives honest & direct steps to living a better fulfilled life while making the book so funny
Loved it

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  • Rho A.
  • 2023-11-14

funny, and unexpectedly motivational

I have seen his comedy shows, but now know him better, and it's a self help book

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  • kingsley
  • 2023-08-21

I guess covid did produce something good

this is a book written by someone who truly wants to make your life better, be it via his lessons from life or the laughter that is his life's work

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2023-07-01

Must listen!

Absolutely amazing. Jimmy is the comedy GOAT! Finished it in one day, was too addictive to put down !

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  • Trudy Rothman
  • 2023-06-24

Excellent

Love jimmy Carr as a comedian and now that I’ve listened to his book , love him as an author as well ..very engaging

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  • Nighteyes
  • 2023-05-25

carr is carr

this is a fun 7 hours where you get to learn a bit about the man behind the ridiculous laugh, I enjoyed it, but if you are here for self-help, he himself condenses this entire book to "Prioritise later"

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  • darren
  • 2023-04-30

The kind of advice I wish I'd heard when younger

A great listen and an unexpected one. I have always been a fan but didnt think I'd see this side of Jimmy Carr. So much good advice that, although referencing it to his chosen career path, could be used whatever your path is or what you want it to be. How great would it have been to have had Jimmy Carr do a career presentation at school rather than those dull, uninspiring jobs worthy "career advisers" (anyone who grew up in the 80's will agree with this) There are also some very funny stories and some great insights to Jimmy's life growing up. Definitely worth a listen

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  • Nigel
  • 2023-01-09

Absolutely loved this book

Smart, true, helpful and funny. Lots of respect Jimmy! You really nailed it with this book :)

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  • Jenny Internet
  • 2022-11-28

Best self help book I've ever read.

Don't let the authors comedy make you think this book does not have substance. It's substance delivered in a comical way!

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  • anoop chana
  • 2023-11-26

Jimmy is more than just funny!

I have a read a hunger of self help books and really didn’t expect to feel so inspired and have such clarity from this one gem! The narrating is great, especially if you love Jimmy

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