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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (517 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Evans Narrator: Chris Evans Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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'This book will be a story like no other because this will not be a story about a life rather a story about a search for a life.'
Chris Evans

The story of how one council estate lad made good, really very good, and survived - just about - to tell the tale....

Chris Evans' extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country's most successful broadcasters and producers and a well-known face in his own right. From his early years on Manchester's Piccadilly radio to Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, The Big Breakfast, and TFI Friday for Channel 4, Chris changed the TV landscape during the '90s. And on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio, he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ. His relentless pursuit of success and subversive style were his trademarks.

But then the 'Chris Evans show' and Chris Evans' life became frighteningly interchangeable. The more outlandish the antics, whether on or off screen or air, the better. The celebrity girlfriends and the nights out drinking. Rolling into work late with 7m listeners waiting. For someone who took such pride in his work, what had happened? The country loved him, but what did Chris love? He'd achieved more than any kid who'd left school at 16 with a couple of O'Levels could have dreamed of. So why wasn't he happy?

Chris Evans' autobiography will be an honest and revealing story of how a boy from a Warrington council estate who started work at 13 and held down 20 different jobs by the time he left school became the most widely acclaimed broadcaster of his generation.

From the early death of his father that literally set him to work, to his brief and much publicised marriage to Billie Piper, he will talk frankly about the highs and lows of his, at times, turbulent career and how his drive to succeed impacted his personal life. This will be a fascinating and surprising life story from one of Britain's brightest and boldest pe... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 2/8/2014

    " Read in 2 goes..easily readable..like him a lot more now I've read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Sidgreaves | 2/1/2014

    " Entertaining read..... just ordered the sequal! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/31/2014

    " This was so easy to read. Chris Evans writes very well and he is very honest about his rise and fall. It really is worth the read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 1/29/2014

    " Good. I'm a fan of this DJ and listen to his breakfast show in the UK on a regular basis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/25/2014

    " I heard Evans talk about this book and his life experiences at the Cheltenham Literature Festival - the audience found it very moving. I was a little sceptical about his self-analysis and re-creation but I think he might be a genuine bloke. His book rattles along and he's not afraid to admit to some pretty poor behaviour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 1/19/2014

    " Genuinely enjoyed this. He's a tin ear and I don't care about his childhood. The discussions about what makes radio work were insightful and his candour was engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hugh | 1/16/2014

    " Having already listened to the audiobook version, read the eBook version before moving on to Memoirs Of A Fruitcake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/30/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and also the background to the media world, very entertaining and looking forward to reading his next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Doherty | 12/29/2013

    " I read this book whilst on holiday last year. Chris came from nothing and was purely determined to get into radio. Yes, in the middle it all went a little sour, but he has recognised that and rebuilt his life. An inspirational and highly amusing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Elvidge | 12/19/2013

    " A very well written autobiography. I think a lot of people think they 'know' Chris Evans but this book might make them think differently. Evans has lead a very 'up and down' life and was very interesting. Also ideal to read in chunks given the relative short, self contained, chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/18/2013

    " I like Chris Evans even more after reading this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrie | 12/17/2013

    " Great, easy to read autobiography from one of Britain's best entertainers. Bought back some fond memories of the 90s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dignan107 | 11/24/2013

    " Very interesting autobigraphy, brought back memories of big breakfast and mid nineties music. superb stuff. read this within a week which is very quick for me! Looking forward to the next volume published on 30 September 2010 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Jasper | 11/23/2013

    " good read, very Frank account of his early life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Gooderham | 6/20/2013

    " This book is entertaining and has you laughing but I did not enojoy it as much as other autobiography's I have read by other people. I did also find the rags to riches story at the beginning a bit too long and did find myself skipping some bits of it. But I am glad I read it and would recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Ward | 3/3/2013

    " Loved the top 10 of each chapter and couldn't put it down..... Must get round to reading the next installment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Mccarthy | 6/25/2012

    " Loved this. He is so very entertaining and his booked did not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Bennett | 5/11/2012

    " Excellent. Interesting, funny, and at time, inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 3/5/2012

    " I have to admit I'm not a fan of Chris Evans- yet I did enjoy this book alot. It was brilliant read about how he achieved fame, and I found it very enjoyable. I loved the top 10 bits at the beginning of each chapter, and the chapters were short and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 2/15/2012

    " I really liked this book. It was punchy with short chapers and informative and many times self deprecating. I feel I really got to know how Chris Evans has achieved so much. Also I loved the top tens at the beginning of eac chapter. He comes across as a really nice guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/4/2012

    " Loved this. Very funny and written in a way that meant I couldn't put it down. Going to buy the next one ASAP! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Copping | 9/11/2011

    " Great book written with honesty and humour "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vex | 8/9/2011

    " Quite interesting if you like Chris Evans! Need to get the second book now... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Weston | 7/14/2011

    " Loved it. A rollercoaster read, wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carys | 7/12/2011

    " I don't usually read autobiographies, but I really enjoyed this candid and engaging summary of Chris's early years and the first part of his media career. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Taylor | 6/18/2011

    " In this book Chris Evans makes himself appear more real. It is interesting to read all about his past exploits; good times and bad, and to know where he is at now. What a journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Betts | 4/17/2011

    " Read this out of order ie after the sequel. Didn't really make any difference. Similar comments apply as to the other book. Some good advice here for people starting out about working hard and taking opportunities... also about how to spot the first signs that you are going off the rails. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tinkerb311 | 3/3/2011

    " I've never really been a big fan of chris Evans, however this book did change my opinion about him, he seems a really nice bloke, who has done so much with his life!

    I can't wait to get the second part as I really want to find out more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 2/14/2011

    " Entertaining read..... just ordered the sequal! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and also the background to the media world, very entertaining and looking forward to reading his next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren | 12/20/2010

    " A lot better than I thought it was going to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/19/2010

    " In a few places I found myself unable to put this book down and it was fascinating and exhilarating reading about some of the events which "passed me by" at the time. Now I find myself wanting more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 8/13/2010

    " nice structure. interesting read. I have more respect for Evans and the journey he has taken since reading this. Though it's a tad disappointing the book doesn't bring the story to date, i guess there is a second installment on the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dignan107 | 6/9/2010

    " Very interesting autobigraphy, brought back memories of big breakfast and mid nineties music. superb stuff. read this within a week which is very quick for me! Looking forward to the next volume published on 30 September 2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 5/13/2010

    " If you love Chris Evans you'll like this book, written in his own unique style "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 1/3/2010

    " It certainly isn't what you think, I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. It is very easy to read and I like the way Chris has set it out, rather than chapters he has used "top ten" lists (well his is a DJ!) Funny, wise and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 1/2/2010

    " I liked the top 10 style. It is definitely Chris's style. I found it interesting and enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 11/22/2009

    " A great read particularly as the Radio 1, TFI, Big Breakfast era is well and truly underway...looking forward to volume 2. "

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About the Author
Author Chris EvansChris Evans is also the author of The Iron Elves saga: A Darkness Forged in Fire, The Light of Burning Shadows, and Ashes of a Black Frost, as well as the nonfiction book Bloody Jungle: The War in Vietnam. He is a military historian and former editor for Random House and Stackpole Books. Born in Canada, he lives in New York City.