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What Just Happened?!

By: Marina Hyde
Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast,Marina Hyde
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Summary

'Britain's funniest writer' (Jon Ronson) makes some sense of the delusional fever-dream of recent times.

This audiobook contains an exclusive interview with author Marina Hyde and Caitlin Moran.

No other writer is more suited to chronicle the absurd and chaotic times we live in. This book—based on Hyde's spectacularly funny Guardian columns—tells the story of the hellscape of the Cameron, May and Johnson eras, Trumpian wtf-ery to celebrity twattery, the Royal soap-opera and the series finale of the United Kingdom. Hyde sees through the looking glass and calls out the utter crap rained down on us from populists, tech billionaires, reality TV monsters, media barons, sporting pundits and Gwyneth Paltrow.

What Just Happened?! will be a welcome blast of humour and sanity in the more-than-likely bleak winter of 2022.

©2022 Marina Hyde (P)2022 Faber Audio

Critic reviews

"The most lethal, vital, screamingly funny truth-teller of our time." (Phoebe Waller-Bridge)

"A joyous rallying voice in British journalism." (Grayson Perry)

"It's a scientific FACT: Marina Hyde is Britain's funniest writer." (Caitlin Moran)

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  • 09-10-22

Another great book let down by the narrator

I’m confused as to why MH didn’t just record this herself? The person doing it makes her sound smug - She’s a poor choice. I’m about 25% of the way through and her voice and performance is already irritating.

Shame, as MH’s stuff is fantastic.

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Love her

Originally I thought this book would be different,maybe more about Marina's life lessons and I dreaded the fact that I had to revisit all Brexit drama years again. However it is well written as always and witty and historical points are considered with the benefit of hindsight so it wasn's as painfull as I assumed. Marina is a great political comentator and although I am biased as we both share left leaning beliefs she is fair and critical of both sides equally and that I apreciate the most in today's polarised world of politics. We need more journalists like her in these crazy times of lies and deceates of political classes to keep them on their toes.

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Much better than some reviews!

The performance improves after like 5 mins! Keep listening - much better than some of the reviews

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Sublime!

I wondered if this would work as an audio book. I had no doubt as to the content: Marina is a genius and a fair amount of the material was stuff I at least partly remembered from her columns over the past few years. But a collection of columns usually needs to be in ‘actual book’ form, and dipped into. But this totally worked as a continuous narrative…I don’t know how she did it, but it kept me hooked all the way through.

Secondly, I was a bit disappointed, initially, that Marina wasn’t reading it herself…however, the reader chosen, someone I haven’t encountered before, was more than up to the job. She, too, was brilliant, I thought.

Finally: the content. It showed what acres of top class, well informed and witty writing MH produces, week by month by year. Nothing in it, IMHO, was anything near sub par, and I can think of few other writers who seem to unable to write a bad paragraph. As well as being informative, it all contains at least wry amusement and, more often than not, just reduces me to helpless laughter.

And, given that MH doesn’t shrink from serious, sad or enraging subject matter, how does she manage not to come across as bitter and twisted? I don’t know, but she somehow manages it. In the interview with Caitlin Moran at the end, and elsewhere, I’ve heard MH describe her approach as, ‘are you thinking what I’m thinking? That’s ok and there are plenty of others who feel the same.’ Maybe that’s the trick. There was also some discussion of its being good for one’s mental health to write things down; something I do, anyway, but Caitlin ( I think, or else Richard Osman, who has also interviewed MH recently) suggested also that reading the writing of someone like minded helps, too. So I think MH’s columns have genuinely helped to keep a lot of us sane during the last few insane years (not over yet…)

Ok, it’s well past time I stopped, but I will also just say that this kind of writing usually dates very quickly: predictions turn out wrong, events font turn out as expected. MH herself says she tries to avoid prediction, for obvious reasons. She mostly does, but, spookily, such occasional, and often whimsical, predictions as she does make, seem to have a remarkable accuracy rate.

Spoiler alert, which I should have put at the beginning: I thought this was quite good…

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terrible narration

The female equivalent of Microsoft Sam is narrating this. Shame as the content is great.

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Not read by the author

I listened to the sample and loved the engaging voice and bright style of presentation of the author only to find after buying the book that she only reads the intro which is very disappointing. The rest of the book is a let down due to the narration which would be perfect for a historical romance but not for this bright punchy witty writing. The author really should have narrated this book herself!

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Dreadful narrator

Bear in mind that the preview you listen to is the introduction, narrated by Marina Hyde herself. She’s great, a joy to listen to. Sadly the rest of the book is narrated by someone else and it’s just not good to listen to, in fact it’s awful. It’s monotone at times, there’s no life or joy in anything she says. I wouldn’t recommend this audiobook, but I would highly recommend the book itself. What a shame.

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Should be on the school curriculum

Great as ever..Ms Hyde is on it...funny but more importantly spot on..nails the BS every time

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Relive the crazy

If you love Marina’s columns, then this is for you. If you haven’t yet but have ANY interest in satire and politics, then Marina is the grand master, probably the UK’s most satirical and hilarious writer/journalist / comedian. I loved it and the final interview with Caitlin Moran was brilliant too. I wish there were more live on tour chats around the UK.

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A collection of Guardian columns - smug and unreflective then?

Yes, indeed. This is a collection of columns written for The Guardian, a publication written for, and almost exclusively read by, champagne socialists and illiberal 'liberals' who live in London. It is, inevitably, filled with moral outrage at the moral inferiority of morally reprehensible people who don't agree with the author. I detect no trace of genuine self-awareness or self-reflection here.

Apart from that, if you agree with the author then it'll make you feel smug, which is probably the purpose for which you exist, and if you disagree with her then you can enjoy it on the level of irony.

It's entertainingly written, at least, and the narrator does a good job of conveying that certainty of superiority and self-satisfaction which is the genius of the Guardian itself. I enjoyed it, even though I may be one of those morally inferior, bad and wrong people who it bangs-on about at such length.

The virulent criticism of a rival columnist who she dislikes does get a bit grating at times, mind you. Who is Katie Hopkins anyway? Should I buy one of her books too?

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  • 26-11-22

The best

I don’t live in the UK but turned to their news and podcasts to hear about someone else’s terrible politics. I don’t know who some of these people even are but Marina’s takes are so great it doesn’t matter. Thank you for reminding us that there is looniness everywhere. Highly recommend.

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  • Matthew Robinson
  • 28-10-22

100% Negativity (great, if that's your shtick)

Ok, it's witty in its way. But, in the end, this tome is highly depressing in its negativity towards just about everything Hyde cares to turn her jaundiced gaze upon. Nothing, no one, pleases her, nor seems to give her a jot of pleasure - apart from her own manufactured style of wit and clever-clever turns of phrase. She clearly has a high opinion of herself and judges everyone else without a morsel of the milk of human kindness. As she slams everyone and everything in article after article (their tone becoming tediously similar after about a third have been heard), a listener might wonder how does everyday life in Britain manage to stagger on without complete collapse. Does Hyde offer a single suggestion to help the patient recover from its obvious death throes? No, only bile, spite and bitterness. However, I disagree with other reviewers about the reader: Prendergast does fair justice to Hyde's hysterical outpourings. (Addendum: I suffered Hyde's miserable acidity until I reached the halfway point, hoping against hope I might hear at least one kind word about someone, no matter who. No luck! I gave up and sent the tome back under Audible's generous 'return' policy. I can feel my joyousness increasing by the minute.)