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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toby Young Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling-and laugh-out-loud funny How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

When even his friends refer to him in print as “a balding, bug-eyed opportunist with the looks of a beach ball, the charisma of a glove-puppet, and an ego the size of a Hercules supply plane,” the odds of Toby Young scoring—in any sense—appear to be slim. But then How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, his account of the five years he spent trying (and failing) to take Manhattan, improbably catapults Toby to bestsellerdom, and his book is translated into twelve languages, including American.

Now Tinseltown beckons.

After receiving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity from a big Hollywood producer, Toby sets his sights anew on a high-flying career, this time on the West Coast. But it doesn’t take long for Toby’s fabled “brown thumb” and self-sabotaging instincts to reassert themselves. On the home front, though, things seem to be looking up: Toby manages to persuade his girlfriend to marry him and move to Los Angeles—but then she decides to abandon her promising legal career in order to become a fulltime homemaker … and mother. Toby’s increasingly hapless attempts to pursue a glamorous showbiz career while buried in diapers will strike a chord with all modern fathers struggling to find the right work/life balance … and with their utterly exasperated wives.

Failure—and fatherhood—have never been funnier.

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  • “Readers won’t be disappointed with this warm, funny, self-effacing memoir, which will appeal to anyone who has ever tried to accomplish anything—and that amounts to all of us.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katrina | 12/6/2013

    " after reading how to lose friends and alienate people, i couldn't wait to read this and was initially surprised by the bad reviews. then i read it myself. ugh, what a disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anna Leung | 11/17/2013

    " I found this book of Young's more realistic and easier to relate to than his first one. Though I didn't find this one as funny as How to Lose. If you're interested in movie making/movie script writing, this book would be an interesting (not not really helpful) read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Heather | 11/15/2013

    " got bored. combination of his writing about how amazing he is/how everyone hates him/how he had trouble/whatever in hollywood conspired to make me just not super into it. so i put it down. sorry toby young. i'm done with you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 5/3/2013

    " I found this a really easy/funny read. I have passed this onto friends and family. "

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About the Author
Author Toby Young

Toby Young is the bestselling author of the laugh-out-loud funny How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. In the course of his career as a journalist he has been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines, including the Times of London and Vanity Fair, and most recently the Mail on Sunday. He is currently restaurant critic for the Evening Standard and theater critic for the Spectator. He lives in London.