Alan Partridge: Nomad Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Narrated by the man himself and written in his unmistakable tone and style, Alan Partridge: Nomad is filled with all the joie de vivre you'd expect.
In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance.
Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.
Through witty vignettes, heavy essays and nod-inducing pieces of wisdom, Alan shines a light on the nooks of the nation and the crannies of himself, making this a biography that biographs the biographer while also biographing bits of Britain.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 2 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||20 October 2016|
|Publisher||Orion Publishing Group|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 318 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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It does have the accepted Partridge style and wanders off in to a surreal world that you can almost recognise but is so distorted by Alan's ego that it becomes almost a pastiche of itself. Therein lies the problem, somehow it all feels a bit forced; a bit too try hard - just like Alan himself really.
Whilst there are moments of accepted Partridgean brilliance, they are few and far between with the bulk of the book falling strangely flat (something I did not expect - maybe that is the problem, I expected too much from it). The constant footnotes actually served to distract from the reading this time around and whereas in I, Partridge they really added something to the story this time I actually gave up on reading them as they really didn't add any humour or further insight to the chaos that is Alan.
Overall, it was an okay read that did garner a few giggles but certainly no guffaws.
1 a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer
2 a member of a people that travels from place to place to find fresh pasture for its animals and has no permanent home
3 Scottish: “not mad”.
And from there it is wonderfully downhill as the pride of Norfolk broadcasting attempts to resurrect his career by carrying out a walk from Norwich to Dungeness Nuclear power station ‘in the footsteps of my father’ hopefully syndicated for TV broadcasting. Perhaps it is unsurprising that the attempt is vainglorious but the awful character that is Partridge comes through brilliantly in the writing. The arrogance is there in his treatment of ‘my assistant’ then the nemesis (Gyles Brandreth) to his hubris. The envy of the success of other broadcasters – notably Edmonds (whose 1st name Partridge will not mention), Julia Bradbury and Clare Balding among others is so poorly hidden .
In the course of his walk, Partridge is able to reflect on lost relationships – with his wife, with his son Fernando and with his Angel(a). He also tells the tale of his memories of a hostage situation at North Norfolk Digital for which his annoyance that he failed to get due credit in ending is clearly not reflected in his espousal that “I’m just thankful that no one was hurt (with the exception of Michael, who died).”
As far as I am concerned the book was just awful. I managed about 5 pages before giving up, as the "humour" was utterly juvenile and telepgraphed. There are few books that I have found to be so dreadful.