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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Pegg Narrator: Simon Pegg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781101523520
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The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Star Trek

Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer, and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having landed on the US movie scene in the surprise cult hit Shaun of the Dead, his enduring appeal and rise to stardom has been mercurial, meteoric, and megatronic—but mostly just plain great.

From his childhood (and subsequently adult) obsession with science fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand-up comedy, Simon has always had a severe and dangerous case of the funnies. Whether recounting his experience working as a lifeguard at the city pool, going to Comic-Con for the first time and confessing to Carrie Fisher that he used to kiss her picture every night before he went to sleep, or meeting and working with heroes that include Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino, Pegg offers a hilarious look at the journey to becoming an international superstar, dotted with a cast of memorable characters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • As promised in the title, Pegg lets his nerd flag fly, offering extended reflections on the inner workings of comedy and his own fannish obsessions. Sweet, funny and moving, Nerd Do Well is about what you’d expect from Simon Pegg. Yeah, it’s that good. Kirkus Reviews
  • Nerd Do Well makes an ideal summer read.  Pegg’s discourse on the merits and shortcomings of the Star Wars movies are worth the price of the book themselves.  It’s everything that Patton Oswalt’s Zombie Spaceship Wasteland could have been but wasn’t. Examiner.com
  • Overflowing with alarmingly bang-on analyses of geek/nerd iconography from the Enterprise to the Death Star to Comic-Con, the Pegg's Tale, so to speak, is the kind of personal history you wish all your four-color heroes would write but generally don't. Austin Chronicle
  • A charming collection of stories Slate.com
  • When the hilarious Simon Pegg asked for a quote for his book, I said no. Ricky Gervais
  • Simon Pegg is the nerdiest nerd ever to nerd out about nerdiness. Read this hilarious book, nerd! Michael Ian Black, author of My Custom Van
  • Nerd Do Well does the necessary job of telling Pegg’s story, but does so in an intimate manner. The Times (London)
  • I read over 1 million books a year and this is the best book I have read in 15 years. Kristen Wiig
  • Hollywood’s go-to geek talks about the chronicle of his passage through the lower-lying lands of popular culture. Word magazine
  • How did a geeky kid with a love of Star Wars end up a cult film hero working with Steven Spielberg? Simon Pegg reveals much more. The Observer
  • An anthology of childhood milestones and film analysis, Pegg's book isn't your run-of-the-mill celebrity tell-all. Time.com
  • Anyone over 13 who ever wrote middle-school-aged standup comedy, filmed stop-motion movies with their action figures, storyboarded Star Wars: Episode VII or mixed fake blood using corn syrup and food coloring will probably find a certain kinship with the writer of Nerd Do Well. Wired.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 1/30/2014

    " In keeping with the other nerd book I just read, I followed it up with this fun read about Simon's life so far. Written with that great English humour I've always enjoyed, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruthenator | 1/21/2014

    " It's a shame that Simon Pegg killed off Ben, his editor from Century in the adventure fiction that is interspersed through the book. He really could have used an editor. He jumps all over the place, making it hard to follow. It shows that he was uncomfortable writing about himself, resulting in a generally uninteresting book. Sorry, Simon, I like your films but you should have skipped writing this book, maybe till later in your career, until you felt more comfortable writing about yourself and allowing someone to edit your work so it's coherent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leilani | 1/20/2014

    " A mix of childhood reminiscences, discussion of his influences and what makes them special (I enjoyed the part where he applied his film-theory knowledge to things like Star Wars - much like literary analysis, once learned it's always in the back of your mind), and silly humor. Ended very abruptly - I was surprised to find no amusing anecdotes from the making of his movies, but I can understand his reasoning behind not gossiping about other famous people. Entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Outofcontext | 1/13/2014

    " I like Simon Pegg and am definitely a fan of his work. This is going to sound dumb because I chose to read his autobiography, but I probably didn't need to know this much detail about his life. I did get several genuine laughs out of it, and I loved the sexy and silly spy novel interludes. Before reading this, I felt that Pegg seemed like a smart and funny guy who I'd like to get a pint with. I'm glad that this book confirms it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherish | 1/6/2014

    " Now I want to watch the original star wars and hot fuzz... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 1/6/2014

    " Audio Book. Good fun but I really got tired near the end of the book of Pegg just dropping names and gushing about the circularity of getting to work with his childhood idols. Would have been a 4 star otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/1/2013

    " Interesting and funny and just a bit crazy. Loved the switching from life story to life fantasy although this was disconcerting on ebook and made me switch to paper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drjerseygator | 11/29/2013

    " A fun listen...Simon Pegg has every fanboy/fangirl's dream life. I listened to it a second time without the side fictional story (which was cute, but not as interesting as his real life), and enjoyed it even more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 11/19/2013

    " if you like Simon Peggy you will enjoy this book. He is funny and brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Sicurella | 7/15/2013

    " I love Simon Pegg, but I got bored with this not even half way through. Maybe I should have just skipped to when he was in Spaced. The chapters with his alter-ego were hilarious though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tarah | 2/21/2013

    " sad monkey. I really, really wanted to like, nay, LOVE this book. And I didn't. I was so bored I dropped it only a few chapters in. I still love Simon Pegg, but I have realized I don't love the details about his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Brazier | 1/20/2013

    " Enjoyable, but I got a bit annoyed by the sub-story sections at times. I thought the stand-out best bits were his analysis of the Star Wars movies, he is clearly a big film fan and has some interesting stuff to say in this area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Would | 7/27/2012

    " Very interesting read.big fan of his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Kaplowitz | 6/13/2012

    " I tried to laugh while laughing and choked on my own laughter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 4/24/2012

    " I could not finish this. I was forcing myself to pick it up, and when I was reading it I found myself constantly having to reread the same paragraph over and over because it couldn't hold my interests. It's sad too, I love Simon Pegg! I was expecting something different from this book I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 4/9/2012

    " More to love about Simon Pegg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabatha | 4/6/2012

    " So much fun stuffed between two covers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/11/2012

    " Brilliant! Simon Pegg is such a funny man and he brings this humour into his memoirs. I have to say though I especially loved the fictional lead-ins to the chapters and the Star Wars script at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 11/8/2011

    " Zombies, Star Wars and chapters about his fictional life as a super hero--what's not to love? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bhavna | 8/22/2011

    " It is simply the best auto-biography that I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha | 6/19/2011

    " I audiobooked this....I could probably listen to Simon Pegg all day!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 r.b. | 6/6/2011

    " as if my crush on him before reading this book wasn't bad enough, he had up his film geek factor by tossing in some film theory... and now i love him. so much more than i expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 5/25/2011

    " An amazing memoir from a very funny actor. If you liked either Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz then this is a definite read for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/24/2011

    " Big fan of Simon Pegg. So far I'm finding it both bizarre and hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruno | 5/20/2011

    " this was a fun read filled with humor, insight, and very much simon peggish in its execution. we meet a young simon pegg as he goes from young child to grown man child. plus a very funny scene that should have been in a star wars movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 2/23/2011

    " So far so good. Simon Pegg proves himself as a wonderful entertainer even in his first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/5/2011

    " This was enjoyable and I liked Pegg's style, but it ultimately felt like the conclusion was rushed and so didn't really 'do' it for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Lora | 2/3/2011

    " Loved it. Especially his script at the end of the book, explaining the meeting among the Jedi after Anakin became Darth Vader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carljoe | 1/24/2011

    " I loved this book. A showbiz auto-bio that's more smart CNF and flashy funny sci-fi caper than showbiz, it tells of the brilliant Pegg's journey through youth and nerdiness, dabbles in film criticism, and throws in a mini-novel section for good measure. Fun and funny and articulate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 1/21/2011

    " Not as indepth or nerdy as I has hoped "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clair | 1/15/2011

    " Brilliant, I've gone back and watched Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Have now also bought his first series Big Train "

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