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    The brand-new memoir from James Acaster: cult comedian, best-selling author of Classic Scrapes, undercover cop, receiver of cabbages.

    Perfect Sound Whatever is a love letter to the healing power of music and how one man's obsessive quest saw him defeat the bullshit of one year with the beauty of another. Because that one man is James Acaster, it also includes tales of befouling himself in a Los Angeles steakhouse, stealing a cookie from Clint Eastwood and giving drunk, unsolicited pep talks to urinating strangers. 

    January 2017

    James Acaster wakes up heartbroken and alone in New York, his relationship over, a day of disastrous meetings leading him to wonder if comedy is really what he wants to be doing anymore. 

    A constant comfort in James' life has been music, but he's not listened to anything new for a very long time. Idly browsing 'best of the year' lists, it dawns on him that 2016 may have been a grim year for a lot of reasons, but that it seemed to be an iconic year for music. And so begins a life-changing musical odyssey, as James finds himself desperately seeking solace in the music of 2016, setting himself the task of listening only to music released that year, ending up with 500 albums in his collection. 

    Looking back on this yearlong obsession, parallels begin to grow between the music and James' own life: his relationship history, the highs and lows of human connection, residual Christian guilt, and mental health issues that have been bubbling under the surface for years. Some albums are life-changing masterpieces, others are 'Howdilly Doodilly' by Okilly Dokilly, a metalcore album devoted to The Simpsons' character Ned Flanders, but all of them play a part the year that helped James Acaster get his life back on track.

    ©2019 James Acaster (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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    niche but great

    very interesting
    not comedy but I expected that
    the only downside is that he says a lott of names and descibes their music but you cant hear the music. for that I would recommend to also listen to his Spotify list.
    I found it very comforting when he talks about his mental health, the music parts where interesting and makes you want to listen to new music.

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    • sophie
    • 29/08/2019

    BEST BOOK ABOUT 2016 IN 2019

    I bought the book the minute audible emailed me that it was available. I stayed up until 1:45am determined to finish it the same day. Should I have spaced it out to enjoy it more? No. One day.

    2017 was also the worst year ever for me, and I deeply appreciated hearing James’ chronological account of the project he immersed himself in to get through his year. I googled album covers, became an immediate fan of Laura Mvula, and reminisced over my own projects from that year. James, if you ever need an indie apparel designer to collaborate with on a project, I’ll meet you at the South Pole.

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    • Alena
    • 06/12/2019

    No more sadness!

    Not to make any big announcements, but I feel like this book cured my depression.

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    • Vanda Livingston
    • 11/12/2019

    Best comedian currently working

    This book is a hilarious account of one man’s odyssey to find meaning in a depressing world by listening to music made by artists who were also trying to find meaning in a depressing world. It genuinely gave me a feeling of being connected to humanity, which I don’t feel too often these days. Knowing that so many musicians recorded albums to deal with feelings of isolation, despair, and heartbreak made me feel much less alone. Also, James Acaster is a brilliant storyteller. If you haven’t seen his four standup specials on Netflix, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Watch them immediately. He instantly became my favorite comedian when I saw them, edging out John Mulaney. Sorry, John. I still love you.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 10/09/2019

    Thrilling

    Not only tells the story of 2016's music, but is also incredibly relatable. An honest look at Acaster's emotions, psychology and life in general. If I could give him 10 I would.

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    • Michael Andrew Kinkead
    • 31/03/2021

    Incredible

    His level of nuance is what I have always strive to be. And his sheer insane moments are exactly what I try to do. Less funny of course. His premise for the book intrigued me years ago I just had grad school. The entire point of this book is a man coming to term with change and accepting that nostalgia puts blinders on the joys in front of us and that maybe, it's okay to move forward. If that isn't something we all need to work on, I truly don't know what we can do at this point.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 04/01/2021

    Incredible

    I received this audio book as a gift and oh man what a gift it is! James' incredibly odd sense of humor blended with sincere honesty about a difficult time in his life really resonated with myself. The same way many of the album's he speaks about in the book really helped him, his writing has helped me realize something about myself or my own struggles! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary music, james' comedy and honest accounts of someone's personal struggles.

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    • Pat Seaward
    • 19/08/2020

    Great music, great message

    Thoroughly enjoyed James’ ability to weave in and out of autobiographical anecdotes along with tales and deep dives on the artists that unknowingly assisted in the great rise of what is undoubtedly the best year for music of all time. Well narrated and featuring a great blend of artists, I highly recommend to those looking to expose themselves to some awesome tunes and genres you might’ve previously overlooked.

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    • WuZiheng
    • 22/07/2020

    You have to know what you are getting into.

    Don't go into this album thinking it's a stand-up comedy piece. you really need to be in the mindset of what you are getting into, before you listen to it. It's basically a snippet of a life story told by James Acaster in his pursuit of finding music from 2016.

    He talks a lot about his personal ups and downs and the struggles that he went through, and his various cooking mechanisms, which mostly revolved around music.

    I highly recommend it for any audiophile or anyone who is a fan of James Acaster.

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    • Jeremy Poon
    • 17/11/2019

    The one and only James Acaster...

    James has surely gone out of the league of comedians' biographies with Perfect Sound Whatever - he has intertwined a snippet of his story and description of a specific piece of music from 2017, which mix together surprisingly well. A good listen if you are into James' kind of comedy.

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    • Radiah Vera
    • 16/11/2019

    James Acaster is my soulmate

    Be prepared to take notes and open your mind. Feels and awkward public Audiobook chuckles are abundant.

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    • gm
    • 09/09/2019

    I blame myself

    The book is just not what I expected. It's neither particularly funny nor really entertaining. I think megalomaniacs might like Acaster 's well thought out collection, but it didn't seem to go anywhere. Additionally, I found the short soundbites in between the chapter extremely annoying. I will remain a fan of Acaster but this book just isn't for me.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 30/09/2019

    funny, sad and empathetic

    Acaster is surprisingly inspirational in his quest for great music and mental health. Listening to him feels like a good friend telling you about a bad year he had.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 22/08/2019

    Are you depressed? Like music? Need Humor?

    In short: Come in for the music, stay for the stories, go on inspired and humorously refreshed.