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Description

Rules for Being a Man:

  • Don't cry
  • Love sport
  • Play rough
  • Drink beer
  • Don't talk about feelings

But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone?

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life. Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not to Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren't the Luke Skywalker of your life - you're actually Darth Vader.

©2017 Robert Webb (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critiques

"Quite simply brilliant. I (genuinely) cried. I (genuinely) laughed out loud. It's profound, touching, personal yet universal. I loved it." (JK Rowling)
"Takes us deftly from hilarity to heart-stopping hurt.... A truly great read." (Dawn French)
"A witty and honest coming-of-age story." (Ian Rankin)
"If you have ever loved, liked or known a man, please read this book." (Katy Brand)
"A brilliant, brave book." (Matt Lucas)

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  • james slater
  • 05/09/2017

Brilliant read. Well worth the credit.

Alternating between furiously funny and fascinatingly introspective, this book had me laughing out loud and blinking back tears.
Bought and finished in one day and left me wanting more.

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  • Bethanie Jensen
  • 04/09/2017

Oh god. SOOOOO good!

It's been a long time since I read a book that was entertaining, enlightening, poignant, and a million other complementary adjectives. I am laughing and welling up in equal measure. I have to say, it is very brave of him to include so much personal info from his teenage years. You have to get this book. You will NOT regret it!

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  • R. Joseph Estrada
  • 19/04/2018

British to the Max

Not the most likeable guy in the story itself, it’s still an interesting audiobook. The author is filled with his own culture and so his book is equally filled with references to it. I just had to ignore those and try to absorb the overall meaning if passages. He jumps around in time an awful lot but I think I kept up enough to enjoy the journey. It ended very well indeed and I am glad I listened. I might listen again soon.

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  • Mark B
  • 29/10/2017

Smart. Funny. Brilliant. Honest. Groundbreaking.

I didn’t know who Robert Webb was. I’m from across the pond, so have not had the pleasure of watching his brand of comedy. The title and description intrigued me, so I pre-ordered the audio book impulsively.

Best decision I could have made. The book is part memoir, part slice of British culture, part research paper.

I loved this audiobook. I’m still thinking about it. This man is someone I want to learn more about. I’m a fan.

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  • Tobias Middlemarch
  • 04/09/2017

Thank You Robert.

I love your story very much, and it helps to hear from someone who's undergone trauma similar to mine. Thanks for sharing it.

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  • Brandon
  • 30/08/2017

Some Girls Wander By Mistake

Agree or disagree with his positions as laid out in the book, what is provided is an interesting look inside Robert Webb's head. One's experiences and life help provide an excellent insight into their views and, if you ever wondered what drove the man, Robert gives you a road map to his. That is a core strength to the book if you want to understand him better.

The weakness of this book is that it gets lost somewhere along the way. You will be moving along this memoir and then the soapbox comes out of nowhere. It's his book and it is his right to wedge it in out of nowhere, but it comes off as forced and ruins the flow. The last few chapters are a perfect example of this. Great memoir segment and then BAMMM "Hello, I am Robert Webb and let me explain again to you that I am a feminist ally." No problem with him saying it, just a matter of flow.

The again, you have to take all of this with a grain of salt. It comes from the point of view of a person who can play the bass line to "A Forest" by The Cure.

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  • W. Brian Hall
  • 19/06/2018

Interesting, but not exactly what I expected

As an American, I only really know of Webb from the shows Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look. If you haven't ever seen any of him and his comedy partner David Mitchell, do yourself a favor and run out and do so. But you are probably only interested in this book if you already know who he is.

Apparently in the UK he is known to be a prominent online political activist, and this book is pretty full of his ideological beliefs (atheism, left Labour and ardent feminism) and how that has helped him deal with the problems that he faced growing up. Which is fine for me, I actually enjoy hearing about how and why people think the way they do, especially those who have different opinions than me. But there is no warning at all in the description that you are going to get all that dumped on you, so some might find that off-putting. And, if for example, he was an MRA or a Christian, I think that you would have gotten a bit more a sense that that was coming in the description.

The parts about feminism are not really interesting, especially not if you have done any reading in this area already. If you really want to read about feminist theory, there are better places than this. Webb's philosophy boils down to "If it is bad, that is the patriarchy" (or 'The Trick', as he calls it). Logically it would seem to me that something that is responsible for everything is meaningless, but your mileage may vary. He quotes approvingly from scholars like Cordelia Fine, but doesn't really seem to have done much research or seriously anyone who disagrees with him.

The parts about his life, the struggles to deal with his parents' stormy marriage and divorce, his father's abuse, his mother's death and his learning to be a man and not a boy are by far the best part of the book. Webb reads the material himself and does a very good job.

Overall I enjoyed the book and felt like I learned about Webb's life, which would be the point of an autobiography. So three stars overall

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  • Karalyssa
  • 09/06/2018

Stunningly honest and insightful, also entertaining

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Robert Webb is incredibly open about his life and shares his experiences with humour and eloquence. The two extra bits at the end had me laughing out loud at the delivery of the poetry & the exchanges between the three in the discussion; both are a treat to listen to!
This book will stay on my device & recommendation list for a long time.

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  • Andrew Murray
  • 24/05/2018

Brilliant

Robert Webb has a profound understanding of the individual psychological ramifications of "the patriarchy", and does a brilliant job of utilizing his personal narrative to help his readers gain perspective of this important social issue, interweaved with well-paced humor. Much more than I expected from Jez!

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  • Graham Field
  • 10/05/2018

This is how to tell your story.

If you were considering listening to James Cordens book, do it before you listen to this. James should have done that too. This audiobook is superior on every level.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10/10/2017

I love this guy!

...made me cry, laugh out loud and think, wow, this is the men I know

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  • Oliver
  • 06/11/2017

Funny performance; male gender bashing clichés

Robert Webb is a very entertaining narrator and storyteller.

Sadly, his 'greater mission' is just the usual pseudo-liberal male gender bashing stuff. Disappointing and not very clever in that respect.

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