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  • Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy

  • Written by: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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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!

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  • Maggie May
  • 2019-11-19

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
  • 2019-12-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-16

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
  • 2020-07-13

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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  • Joy
  • 2020-06-20

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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  • August B.
  • 2020-05-12

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
  • 2020-04-15

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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  • MrWonderful
  • 2020-01-09

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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  • SoyaKid
  • 2020-07-04

Devastatingly hilarious.

Smart, witty observation of the chaos we currently live in. Makes you sob in despair at our future and chuckle with concerted glee as you realize you are intelligent and well read enough to get that humorous comparison. Highly recommended for fans of Peep Show and Trump. Seriously, occupants of red states here in the US will love this.

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  • Jan Padilla
  • 2020-05-11

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.