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James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

Written by: James Acaster
Narrated by: James Acaster
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Comedy, Classics
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The Sunday Times Best Seller

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central.

But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor mid-flight, hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, or annoying the Kettering Board Games club, a didgeridoo-playing conspiracy theorist and some bemused Christians, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

Appearing on Josh Widdicombe's radio show to recount these stories, the feature was christened 'James Acaster's classic scrapes'. Here, in his first book, James recounts these tales (including never-before-heard stories) in all their glorious stupidity.

©2017 James Acaster (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

What the critics say

"James Acaster has a brilliant comic mind, crackling with energy every bit as much as his corduroy slacks." (Milton Jones)
"I don't think I've ever read a book that has made me cry with laughter as much as this one. It was very difficult reading it in public as I looked like a madman." (Richard Herring)

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Funny

Enjoyed the book very much! Love, James Acaster. 7 more words are required for this.

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A total knee slapper

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this audio book, James' comedy shined throughout the book. The self deprecation was truly appreciated and to this day I find myself going back and listening to my favorite chapters again and again. His delivery is spot on, I found myself having to pause every once and a while because I was laughing so hard. One day I hope he does a re-rendition of La la la la Humpty.

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Embarrassing to read in public.

I listed to James Acaster's Classic Scrapes while building a fence. At one point my neighbour popped outside to see if I was ok. Apparently, doubling over with laughter and tears streaming down my face was easily mistaken for serious distress. High praise for the author indeed!

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Hilarious!

Acaster is a wonderful storyteller with a warm heart and a quick wit. I laughed out loud so many times I lost count.

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loved it

I listened to the whole book in one sitting. That's 6 hours of James Acaster continuously talking about his scrapes. I recommend it as good way to spend a Thursday night.

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A Whirling Dervish in Corduroy

I would very much enjoy hearing James Acaster talk about whirling dervishes in corduroy. I would enjoy listening to James Acaster talk about anything. He just has funny bones. #Audible1

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Scrapemaster Indeed

Each story is a wonderful, sincere and cringeworthy. Classic scrapemaster! If you are a comedy lover and want fantastically woven tales then this is the book for you.

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  • Brendan S.
  • 2018-01-31

Tales worth listening to.

This is a book that I would argue is better listened to rather than read. Part of what makes James Acaster's scrapes so great to experience is the delivery of his memories. He's a great story teller, and while reading this would still be a true laugh, to hear him recount his awkward situation ridden life thus far is certainly the best way to experience them.

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  • Geoff in London
  • 2018-01-26

Bright and enjoyable

A pleasure to listen to. James sees the nuances of his goofy predicaments, and delivered a steady stream of smiles for me. His Northamptonshire accent has a rambling and mumbling lack of pretence, the opposite of the superior attitude of some comics who want you to know how clever they are.

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  • Susan Thomas
  • 2018-09-27

Best book in the whole world ever!!

Laughed until I cried.

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  • Kathryn English
  • 2018-05-14

Hilariously Honest and Endearing

I found James’s book after watching his comedy special Repertoire on Netflix and I’m so glad I did. I listened to it over a weekend road trip and was laughing out loud at the situations James found himself in.
As a twenty-something myself, I identified with James at that time in his life when he sought meaning and purpose and decided a good way to find that was by simply saying “yes.” James’s honest telling of his experiences, are framed as mistakes to be avoided. But they clearly shine as endearing examples (however cringe worthy they may be) of someone who isn’t afraid to try, to fail, and to be open to whatever life places in front of them.
There is also a very relatable dichotomy in someone who is too self-conscious to return to a restaurant or use a public toilet, but who will also put themself out there whether it be alone at karaoke, with an egg shaker in hand, or on stage performing comedy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-11

Funny and informative for a scrape free life!

Even if you've enjoyed the radio program, there was care taken to make this cohesive and entertaining. I highly recommend.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-09-18

brilliant.

was a big fan of these stories when James first told them on radio and enjoyed hearing them again in this format. recommended

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-08-31

Acaster is a genius and a fool.

staggeringly funny and well performed. acaster has made some stupid decisions but uses them to amazing effect.

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  • Betsy
  • 2019-08-06

I got Cabbaged

Having James deliver his pitfalls through the humor and wit only he can provide adds so much to this book. It truly would have been interpreted different had I sat and read through it. I found myself holding in the laughs so as not to make a scene while listening at work. As much as I’d hate to see more things befall James as my new favorite comedian I am selfishly holding out for another book of scrapes from him!

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  • jeremy
  • 2019-07-24

Loved it

Brilliant from start to end. I laugh like a mad man on bus Wile listening to this so do advice no public listening.

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  • Lavoris L'Oreal
  • 2019-06-22

Good Story Telling

It's a series of tales of minor predicaments in which James Acaster suffers through awkward situations generally of his own making, all to good comic effect. I enjoyed his story-telling and he was actually quite a good narrator.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-01-24

Excellent !

If you love James Acaster, then you will love this audio book !

Surprisingly, most of the stories are not extravagant, almost mundane but James' delivery and amazing story-telling skills make them throughly enjoyable. I could not stop listening to this book !

If you have liked his some of his weird true stories on WILTY, then you will love this.

This book is amazing in itself, but having Acaster narrated it makes this a must-have.