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May I Have Your Attention Please?

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  2,344 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
The warm, cheeky, and hilarious story of one of Britain's most popular comedy stars.
As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you cry, shout, scream or giggle uncontrollably; whether it's entertaining the congregation at his baby sister's christening at the age of four, clowning around in
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published (first published September 29th 2011)
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Jessica Howard
A fun listen. Made me laugh out loud a few times... Although it's a bit odd bc I didn't even know who James Corden was till carpool karaoke, but this book is 5 years old, so there's no mention of the Late Late Show or any of that.

But it was fun to hear his early career stories, (although I had to do a lot of googling to see who these British actors and directors are), even if I did get some weird looks for laughing out loud while listening in Costco. ;)
Victoria Watson
Oct 11, 2011 Victoria Watson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, James, you've got our attention. You've released your autobiography and, as a huge 'Gavin and Stacey' fan, I was so excited to read it. Not only is he the man responsible for one of the - if not the - biggest British comedies in the last decade, he's also well-known for his roles in ITV's 'Fat Friends' and both the stage and movie productions of Alan Bennett's 'The History Boys'.

Basically, this book is a three-hundred and-odd page apology to everyone James Corden has ever pissed off. And, l
I found it to be a bit of a snoozefest, I'm sad to say. I'm sure others will enjoy though. Lots of celebrity anecdotes and name dropping.
I'm glad Cordon changed himself in recent years but he was rather a dick for most of his life. Didn't make me warm to him really.
I listened via audible and even his voice and his inflection at the end of sentences started to grate on me.
Kasa Cotugno
Despite his enormous successes in Britain, James Corden was virtually unknown in this country when he was tapped to replace Craig Ferguson as host of CBS's Late Late Show. I only knew him from his taped performance in NTL's One Man Two Guvnors. He fast became a favorite of ours as a late night host, and the unpredictable quality of his award-winning show and its originality continues. On picking up this autobiography, I was dismayed to find it was written on the eve of these events, but ended be ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Lucyellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished this book and I have to say, I really quite enjoyed it. It was an easy read that didn't take particularly long, but I didn't expect any different to be honest, it's an autobiography not a hard hitting novel. I found it refreshing to read just how down to earth he is, unlike some of the people on here, I certainly didn't interpet it as a book full of apologies at all. To me, it highlighted the extent of how hard he has worked to get to where he is today. I think it's very easy ...more
A fun read for Corden fans. I am one.
Mar 26, 2017 Katherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I generally love James Corden and as such I had high hopes for this autobiography. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed.
I selected this one because I was coming off of some heavier reads and wanted something a bit lighter and something funny. While this was certainly jovial at times, I can't say that I ever really truly laughed; the most I got was a grin at a piece of wry British humor (my favorite kind normally.)
It was interesting to hear Mr. Corden's background - I actually didn't kn
Tena Edlin
Entertaining listen. I'd love to hear an update since his career has exploded since this book was written.
Dec 26, 2011 Natacake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed James' Book. I liked how human he seemed. I also like how he left all the boring details out that so many other celebs have tried to bore me with. He chose a couple of stories from each period of his life and didn't whittle on for pages about them. Straight and to the point. He sounds as if he's a very humble man, who has acknowledged that he was, indeed, a dick for a while. I would definitely recommend this book. Especially for all you that think James is only famous for being ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, biographies
I really enjoyed reading this book! I started as a big fan of JC, at least what I'd seen him in, but quickly realised he has done much much more than I was aware of. The stuff about Take That make me smile out loud (if that is possible!) and the chapters about Gavin and Stacey made me go and buy the box set, which I can't wait to watch again from start to finish. Disappointed there wasn't more about the foundations and development of ALOTO, which is probably my favourite programme in TV at the m ...more
May 24, 2014 Phillip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would never have bought this book. It was at work and I read through it to kill time. It started off pretty well, not as hilarious as the taglines on the book would make you think, but funny in pretty much the same way as Gavin and Stacey. Not side splitting, but wry.
But then when he got to the middle of the book which was pretty much the middle of his career, or the peak of it, it just started to drag on a bit, and it was a bit of a whiny plea to people to excuse him for how badly he behaved
Jun 03, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed listening to James Corden's story, I think the fact I did read the audiobook version had a huge impact on that, as hearing his story told in his own voice made it all the more compelling and human. I've always been a huge fan of his but hearing the way he reflected back on everything he had done (both good and bad) just confirmed what I already suspected - that he is an incredibly compassionate, intellectual and joyous human being. I don't usually read autobiographies but I'm so ...more
Christeena Samuel
Since I discoverd my love for James Corden last year with the beginning of the Late Late show, I have pretty much tried to watch everything that he is done television-wise (surprisingly with the exception of Gavin and Stacey - but I will get to that soon).

I love this book because it was absolutely James, adorable, hysterical, ridiculous and at times a little teary eyed!

If you love him, you will love this.
Sep 11, 2016 Khankins1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked how he revealed his youthful blunders... They were pretty condemning but his honesty was refreshing. I am now addicted to "Gavin and Stacey" - the show he and Ruth wrote and starred in... HILARIOUSLY FUNNY!!!
Have your computer handy while reading so you can check out the many references he makes to videos, poems, people... All worth learning about.
Loved the book!
Julia Doherty
Mar 21, 2012 Julia Doherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished this book and it was really well written. James made me laugh out loud at times, and I felt quite sorry for him at other times. It just goes to show you that it can be lonely at the top, and that family and friends are so important. I look forward to following his story now that he has a new chapter in his life.

PS:- I can't believe he kept "Kimberley" in his sons name!!
Kazimiera pendrey
interesting and quite funny in parts i read this book as i am a huge fan of gavin and stacey
Christine Wylde
Jul 17, 2013 Christine Wylde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. James cries a lot and is not afraid to let his readers know how much! It's good to know that a leading male figure has feelings.
May 29, 2017 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was looking for for fun books to listen too. This one had some good reviews, I knew he had a talk show but I didn't know anything else about him. After listening I am a huge fan now. His book tells a story about a kid wanting to make it big and how it can screw you up when you actually do. Maybe because I didn't know who he was I found it interesting to listen to. He had a wonderful voice and gets so excited by life. It was really hard to turn off. I wish he would write a new one from 2011 to no ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Wicked rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I liked James Corden when he was an unknown in America. I fell in love with his personality when he did a couple episodes of Doctor Who so this was a really nice backstory if you will. I find his voice sort of soothing too, kind of like Paddington Bear so it was a nice listen. I would love a follow up from him once he got to America and had the experience of going from relative obscurity to famous here.
May 24, 2017 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, audible
I was quite disappointed with this book. It had some funny parts, but quite frankly, I think a lot less of Corden than I did before the book. He was quite entitled and sometimes downright ungrateful and rude.

I still enjoy him as an actor and comedian, but I wish I hadn't read this book. My high opinion of him will never recover.
Ms Cormier
I really like James Corden, and it was fun to hear about his rise to fame. Would love to hear after One Man Two Guvnors and on because he crossed the pond after that. Nothing earth shattering, sound like he was telling the story- literally. Easy beach read.
Riley Kawlewski
May 14, 2017 Riley Kawlewski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly such an amazing book. I've always loved James and finally getting a chance to read his book has been a wonderful experience. I highly recommend to everyone but especially those who love the world of acting/musicals/comedy and all those sorts of things 😁
Jul 14, 2017 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, biography
For fans only...
Dec 31, 2014 Soho_Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
There are several reasons I was pre-disposed and, indeed, determined not to like James Corden's autobiography "May I Have Your Attention, Please?" For one thing, I'm not a fan of young people (and Corden is only six weeks older than my younger brother) writing their autobiographies. After all, how can you sum up a life that's barely half done? It smacks to me of opportunism and a chance to cash in on fleeting fame as well as double the money when a later autobiography can also be released to fil ...more
Caitlin Keller
I didn't know a whole lot about James Corden, but I found him amusing and thought he'd be an interesting character. Most of this book pretty much served as a way for Corden to apologize for being an arrogant jerk to pretty much every person he encounters during his rise to fame and an outlet for some humble bragging. There are little stories that made me laugh, but for the most part the book just felt superficial. It was a narrative plot of his accomplishments and reminds us constantly that ever ...more
Mar 18, 2017 Henrik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 07-stars
As the author indicates himself, it is pretty ridiculous to write an autobiography at the age of 32. And to this end, please note that this book predates the things he is really famous for, such as "The wrong Mens" and "Carpool Karaoke". Other than that it was OK, and obviously great to to listen too the authors own voice.
Sara Heunisch
Mar 18, 2017 Sara Heunisch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, read-2017
i thrived on hearing about james' friendship with dominic cooper, the most ridiculous brit i have ever come across. if i ever meet either of them, i'm gonna have to ask about the origin of dom's nickname and then consequently die immediately afterward so i can take the secret to my grave
Dec 28, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to reading this book, and despite really enjoying it, it far from lived up to my expectations. First of all I thought this book would be a very funny read (much like Peter Kay's and Michael McIntyre's books). But alas despite having a few humourous moments this book did not have me laughing out loud like those books did (with the exception of James' inadvertent trip to a brothel in Soho on his way to an audition meeting for "Fat Friends"). To be fair though James Cor ...more
Bonnie Millen
Jun 13, 2015 Bonnie Millen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it! I have only become *obsessed* with James Corden since seeing him in 'One Chance' and came across his book in the local libaray - before then I had a tiny idea as to who he was and frankly hadn't taken much notice to British celebrity news. I had not seen Gavin & Stacy, so this part was a little lost on me and has intruiged me to watch it.

When first beginning the book, his writing tone came across as rushed and insecure so I was wondering if he was like this in real life -
Reilly Windsor-Daly
This book was not how I expected to be. It was not as funny as some biographies I have read, and I thought it would be one of the funniest. It was not particularly sad, though too be fair I was not expecting it to be. However, the most surprising thing was at some points in his life James Corden was a dick. (He admits it himself so I don't feel as bad for saying it). He was the child at school that would have really irritated me, the kid that mucked around distracting the teacher while I was des ...more
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