• James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

  • By: James Acaster
  • Narrated by: James Acaster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,152 ratings)

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By: James Acaster
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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times Best Seller

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central.

But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor mid-flight, hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, or annoying the Kettering Board Games club, a didgeridoo-playing conspiracy theorist and some bemused Christians, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

Appearing on Josh Widdicombe's radio show to recount these stories, the feature was christened 'James Acaster's classic scrapes'. Here, in his first book, James recounts these tales (including never-before-heard stories) in all their glorious stupidity.

©2017 James Acaster (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"James Acaster has a brilliant comic mind, crackling with energy every bit as much as his corduroy slacks." (Milton Jones)
"I don't think I've ever read a book that has made me cry with laughter as much as this one. It was very difficult reading it in public as I looked like a madman." (Richard Herring)

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Tales worth listening to.

This is a book that I would argue is better listened to rather than read. Part of what makes James Acaster's scrapes so great to experience is the delivery of his memories. He's a great story teller, and while reading this would still be a true laugh, to hear him recount his awkward situation ridden life thus far is certainly the best way to experience them.

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Best book in the whole world ever!!

Laughed until I cried.

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Hilariously Honest and Endearing

I found James’s book after watching his comedy special Repertoire on Netflix and I’m so glad I did. I listened to it over a weekend road trip and was laughing out loud at the situations James found himself in.
As a twenty-something myself, I identified with James at that time in his life when he sought meaning and purpose and decided a good way to find that was by simply saying “yes.” James’s honest telling of his experiences, are framed as mistakes to be avoided. But they clearly shine as endearing examples (however cringe worthy they may be) of someone who isn’t afraid to try, to fail, and to be open to whatever life places in front of them.
There is also a very relatable dichotomy in someone who is too self-conscious to return to a restaurant or use a public toilet, but who will also put themself out there whether it be alone at karaoke, with an egg shaker in hand, or on stage performing comedy.

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Bright and enjoyable

A pleasure to listen to. James sees the nuances of his goofy predicaments, and delivered a steady stream of smiles for me. His Northamptonshire accent has a rambling and mumbling lack of pretence, the opposite of the superior attitude of some comics who want you to know how clever they are.

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Nothing Short of a Comedic Masterpiece

I already loved James Acaster's work and sense of humor going into reading this, but the insights into his life offered up in this book (and his personality, in how he responded to each occurrence), only served to grow my appreciation of him as a comedian and human overall. Told in a very James way of speaking (obviously, since it is read by the author himself), I couldn't help but snicker, giggle, and chortle out loud through the entire read, inspite of most of it occurring on my public commute to and from work. Very well done indeed. I highly recommend!

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I would marry James Acaster so hard

Have had a crush on this man since seeing him at the Edin Fringe festival as an American teen. He is so charming and witty- the best storyteller. I listened to this book with a big dumb smile on my face and many strangers were charmed by how adorable I looked whilst enjoying life and the clever voice in my ears. Which was James Acaster.

Anyways, please listen to the book but don't marry James because I would sincerely like to.

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James Acaster Is great

I will cabbage this man. James Acaster is a great writer & the audio book helped me finish the real book.

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Absolutely loved this.

James is honest and vulnerable and hysterical! Truly love this book. Can’t wait for the next one.

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Love Acaster

I have never said something like this before, but I might could be James Acaster's biggest US fan. I love his mind. I watch any game show he's a guest on I can, and, obviously, any stand up he does. I found out about this book from an interview of his that I had watched. What a wonderful, hilarious, ridiculous and relateable, beautiful person. 1 billion stars and a chef's kiss. James, if you read this, I love your chaotic, genius work. I would love to high five you before I die.

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Hilarious

This book was amazing. James is so funny. It's a blessing that these wacky events happend to him because no one else could have made them all so incredibly gut busting. to James in adress to this book I say, Thank you and you are forgiven.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-17

Classic Scrapes

Classic scrapes, Brilliant simply brilliant. I have to write fifteen more words, so here they are, oh and cabbage. Brilliant

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-17

Brilliantly funny.

James Acaster is easily my favourite new comedian. As someone the same age as James who also spent his 20's in playing in bands and making terrible decisions I can completely identify with his scrapes. In my opinion there's nothing enjoyable or entertaining about a 'funny story' about things going wrong that are rooted in pure stupidity. However, there is something joyously endearing when blind optimism and oddly logical decision-making lead to undesirable outcomes, particularly when retold by one of the best comedians in the UK. Very very funny and plenty of laugh out loud moments.

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  • M. Gilroy
  • 08-30-17

If you only listen to one audiobook, make it this one.

Had this recommended via several friends. Utter, delightful comedy gold. All the way from a tiny internal smirk (primary school kids and socks) to a full blown belly laugh (Humpty Dumpty) - this has it all. Buy it - now.

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  • Chris Culshaw
  • 08-27-17

Funny as!

Not bad for someone from Kettering 😂😂
Such a funny book with so many tales, it will have you in stitches

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  • Mr. Edwards
  • 01-17-19

series of witty anecdotes

It's exactly what you'd expect: a comedian telling silly anecdotes. Acaster's performance is great, the stories vary in zaniness and irony, overall, well worth a listen.

Do note though that the anecdotes all appeared on Josh Widdecombe's radio show, and several were also used on Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You and in Acaster's stand-up. So if you're a fan who follows his work, expect some repetition.

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  • Katie B
  • 11-22-17

Just a Little Bit Bland

I purchased the Audible recording of this book based on the positive reviews, but have to say I was a little disappointed. James claims to be prone to ‘scrapes’, but I found the majority of these occurrences to be a bit underwhelming. A nice listen, not particularly funny, ultimately redeemed slightly by cabbages.

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  • Rattleby
  • 11-20-17

Painful

I'm a big fan of James Acaster so I was expecting great things. I suspect these stories were much funnier when recounted spontaneously over the radio. As structured narratives they just don't seem to hold up; the stories feel laboured, awkward and barely worth the telling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-20

So, so good.

I finished this 6 hour audio book in 3 days. that's with a full time job and a busy home life. It was so funny I listened to it whenever I could... Whilst driving, washing up, cooking and yes, on the toilet! I can't wait til next month when I allow myself the treat of James 's next book.

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  • Mr Edward W S Snow
  • 11-12-17

scraping the barrel

It's just a collection of anecdotes; some are amusing, most are not. The amusing stories were peppered in just enough to keep me listening to it but it definetly wasn't worth the monthly audible credit I'd spent on it.

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  • Francis
  • 09-05-17

One of the funniest books I have listened too

Heard interview with Richard Herring and thought would give a go. Despite not having listened to the radio show, James does an exceptional job of bringing new readers along with him, and I have to say I haven't laughed so much to a book since Alan Partridge's autobiography. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-18

I will never read an autobiography again.

This is the first audio book I’ve ever listened to. I really wanted to hear James tell his scrapes in his own voice and it was as amazing as I hoped it to be! Really funny, really well read. I must say I would have liked some good scrapes too. Part way I was just picturing James as a sad old cat man living alone having scrape after scrape!! Surely something good must happen soon James!!

From now on I will only listen to people read their own autobiography, you get a lot more out of hearing it in their voice. Loved it!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-17

Heartwarmingly funny

Pure goodness. Acaster is top-shelf of current British comedy; whimsical, loveable, intelligent, self-deprecating etc.

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  • Rhiannon
  • 06-30-20

Very funny

We listened to this on a 14 hour road trip. We laughed, we cried, we gasped. This book has everything you need for a long road trip. Very entertaining! 👌🏻

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-22

HILARIOUS 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

I have not laughed out loud so much when listening to a book before - truly so funny, and all the stories were so well told. Definitely will listen to it again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-22

Very, very funny, but not his best.

James Acaster is definitely one of the funniest comedians at the moment. His book on quitting social media is the best of the two in my opinion, but this book is still very funny. His stories about his scrapes are so ridiculous, they are sometimes mentally exhausting listening to them. And yet, I wanted to listen to more and more. Highly recommend.

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  • Dino
  • 08-28-22

Hilarious, with a hint of cabbage

one of the great examples of how the author reading their own book makes the book even better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-22

It’s good

It’s good.

Very very good.

If you like James Acaster you’ll like this book.

If you don’t like James Acaster, you will inevitable not like this book.

Harsh but true.

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  • Helen
  • 08-03-22

Hilarious and heartwarming

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’m going through quite a stressful time in my life and yet every time I turned on this audiobook I’d find myself smiling and laughing out loud when I didn’t even think that would be possible. Thank you James for making my life a little brighter :)

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  • Luke Sanders
  • 07-31-22

Funny as

quite enjoyed these short stories or scraps. very funny and the way James delivers it and related it back to another scraps is good.

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  • Carys Chainey
  • 02-28-22

Excellent Acaster

James is one funny man with a great way of looking at the world. Loved this book, will definitely listen to more of his.