1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $12.39

Buy for $12.39

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Frank Skinner is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens. Born Chris Collins in 1957, he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father's passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16, Frank held various jobs, later going on to gain an MA in English Literature.

Nurturing a serious drinking problem from the age of 14, Frank eventually turned to Catholicism in 1987 and hasn't had a drink since. He performed his first stand-up gig in December 1987. His first television appearance in 1988 met with fits of laughter from the audience and 131 complaints, including one from cabinet minister Edwina Currie. He met fellow comedian David Baddiel in 1990, and the two went on to share a flat throughout the early 90's and to create the hit TV series Fantasy Football League. Winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Skinner's is a unique mixture of laddish and philosophical humour which has won him the prime time ITV show The Frank Skinner Show. Here, for the first time, Frank candidly tells us of the highs and lows of his fascinating life and career.

©2001 Frank Skinner (P)2005 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"It's his poignant portrait of his working-class youth that makes it a classic of its kind." (Guardian)

What listeners say about Frank Skinner

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

simply awesome

funny, touching, honest -- everything you want from a memoir, and then some.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Just so funny !!!!

This book of Frank Skinners life is just so funny and interesting.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Liam chapman
  • Liam chapman
  • 03-01-16

not like the book

I've read frank's book around 4 times and I love it. Frank skinner is awesome and so funny. However the Audible book is massivelg dissapointing. Massive chunks of the book missing and the best bits too. It's a shame.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for alexander
  • alexander
  • 11-03-14

Abridged, what a waste.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

By having it UNABRIDGED.

What was most disappointing about Frank Skinner’s story?

It was like an incoherent highlights package, kind of like watching a movie that cut 80% out randomly.

Any additional comments?

I know this is a great book having read the hardback on release.

I recently read Kevin Bridges book which subliminally makes you want to read or retread Frank skinners book.

I genuinally never noticed it was an abridged version of just over 2 hours. This DOES NOT work for an autobiography.


I can understand abridged for artistic reasons but it really spoils what is a superb book. My rating reflects the fact that a short version like this is near worthless.

16 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-19

Ehhh where is the rest of the book! This was just like listening to his podcast!

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for E Adams
  • E Adams
  • 11-13-19

This has put me off Frank Skinner!

I like some of Frank Skinner’s comedy but lots of this offensive. Every woman he describes is judged by the size of their ‘t*ts’ and figure. He occasionally says that despite being not very pretty, she was ‘nice’. Lots of lines like ‘so I f**ked her’.
Awful, misogynistic, thoughtless autobiography. I laughed a couple of times at other parts but wish hadn’t bothered with this. This isn’t about being politically correct or even judgemental about promiscuity but more the way he is so dismissive about women.
Michael McIntyre’s autobiography is much better! That is funny, thoughtful and occasionally vulnerable (although lots of judgements about how attractive women are too, what is it about male comedians?) Frank Skinner’s autobiography is sexist lads’ only tosh.

Don’t bother.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for FatMat
  • FatMat
  • 11-15-14

Great story butchered in the abridgement

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A great story well read but a shame not available at full length. Huge sections hinted at but not covered (eg marrage). No gaps between sections. Obviously squashed to fit on to a CD. If you are a fan do not let this out you off but why is the full length version not available.

What does Frank Skinner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His honest personality comes across.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed at the production.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jim
  • Jim
  • 07-16-07

A Life Like Frank's

I'd agree with the review from The Guardian - it's the early years, before he became famous, that are of the most interest here. His heavy drinking in seventies Birmingham are portrayed honestly and unflinchingly, with the feeling coming through that for all its seeming drudgery, he was happiest then. Once he becomes famous I became less interested and felt that the 'Three Lions' story went on a bit. They didn't win, Frank, get over it. I look forward to the next installment because, from what is written here, Skinner still has a lot to say about fame and coming to terms with it, and maybe he'll do this once his star begins to diminish a bit.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for andrew
  • andrew
  • 03-08-15

Very entertaining book

Typically crude yet not overlong
Enjoyed the book and the fact that frank had also narrated the book
Worth a listen

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for lisa heathcote
  • lisa heathcote
  • 01-16-22

Entertaining

Very well read and very entertaining as Frank usually is i loved it
Not very long so i listened to it all in one afternoon . I would recommend it if you love Frank Skinner

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ms Lynn Murphy
  • Ms Lynn Murphy
  • 04-14-21

Offensive & Unfunny

This is like the memoirs of some clapped-out dinosaur who still thinks constantly referring to his sexual conquests & the female anatomy makes him funny and edgy. Desperate and offensive.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-21

I've only read this book about 15times!

The audible is good. But for me, it will never replace that moment on every holiday I've been on for the last 20years, where I'm sat reading this on a beach or round a pool, where the uncontrolled laugh slips out. I simply love this book.