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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:
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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

  • 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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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