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Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse

Written by: David Mitchell
Narrated by: David Mitchell
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Comedy, Stand-Up & Live
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Publisher's Summary

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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Hilarious

listened to it a couple of times and it has me rolled up every time. keeping it on my phone in case I need cheering up.

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Brilliant, and it really does make it worse.

Very funny, with some hilariously quotable content. David Mitchell narrates David Mitchell in a way that only David Mitchell can.

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  • Dawn M Collins
  • 2019-10-09

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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  • scott
  • 2019-09-04

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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  • JG
  • 2019-12-10

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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  • Jill
  • 2019-11-05

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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  • Curtis Mason
  • 2019-10-24

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
  • 2019-10-19

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
  • 2019-10-13

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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  • Marquis Burge
  • 2020-01-11

Not for me, is this cup of tea..

Dave Chappelle puts this fairly well in his acceptance speech and I'll paraphrase it here, in comedy there's a representative for everyone for each kind of humor you have a champion. And ladies, gentlemen, and anything else that can conjure up the ability to read this, this is not my champion. I felt like this is at least in part to the overtly British subject materials mixed with a lot of jokes that might be funny to a few specific types of people to put this politely..

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  • Count B
  • 2019-12-21

BEST TO BE BRITISH

A very funny book, But is very dated. Also, about 25% of the comedy will be lost if you are not British. If you like Mitchell, you will revel in his hard edger cutting wit. The reviews on this book are spot on & some people just got lost in the humour being so UK biased, much of which is dated political satire, but if you are willing to accept 75% funny then a good book. His other book is way funnier, try that one first.

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  • Blaski
  • 2019-12-20

Funny, hilarious, and witty!!

I loved every moment of this book. I love Peep Show so thought I’d give this book a try and boy am I happy I did. It’s funny, witty, and hilarious. Highly recommended!