• Confessions of a Conjuror

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Derren Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 14-10-2010
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (16 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

In Confessions of a Conjuror, Derren Brown invites you on a whimsical journey through his unusual mind. Structured around the various stages of a conjuring trick, performed by his younger self in a crowded restaurant, Derren's endlessly engaging narrative takes you from the history of magic, to speculations on the manufacturing of Monster Munch and the correct way to poach an egg, via discussions about psychology, what he hums while cleaning his teeth and the social niceties surrounding Parmesan cheese.
Hugely revealing, hilarious and unlike anything you’ve read before, Confessions of a Conjuror is a refreshing alternative to autobiography that will charm and delight you.
©2010 Objective (P)2010 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tom Williamson on 01-01-2017

Beguiling

Hearing Darren narrate his book brings to life the often amusing and picturesque tales of him growing up and beginning his career.

As someone who listens to audio books in order to multitask, I often found myself distracted by Derren's poetic description and rarely finishing the second task I'd taken on.

I felt intrigued throughout the book but none more so than the final two words.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jehonatan Yosefi on 26-04-2015

A great book

I just loved it, if you are looking for a great story, from a great person, buy it immediatly.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kristofer Jarl on 28-07-2014

Derren Brown is the best there is at being him

What made the experience of listening to Confessions of a Conjuror the most enjoyable?

The fact that it is the author who reads the story. And how much he gives. He is completely naked and shows all his awkwardness and strangeness in this great book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

Have you listened to any of Derren Brown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but I will soon.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me laugh at a few points. Derren's humor is subtle, and it's not often you laugh out loud. But I still did a few times.

Any additional comments?

This book is not for everyone. It's for those of us who love Derren Browns performances and his quirkiness. Because he is quite quirky. But then again, so are most of us.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie Jane on 25-11-2010

He's really a nice guy

An interesting take on the standard celeb autobiography in which Derren uses a detailed description of a card trick performed some years ago as the narrative thread, and drifting off at tangents as he is reminded of incidents from his early life, prompted to create random lists, chooses to name-drop (just a little!) and espouses his philosophies on life and its general lack of kindnesses.
The sense with which I came away from this book was that Derren didn't seem to like himself at all until comparatively recently. His almost overwhelming self-criticism is evident from the first minutes of the recording and there is very little of the dark, sexy persona created for his earlier TV shows. Several of the childhood memories do not show him in a good light at all and I will admit to cruelly sniggering at his embarrassment re Hugh Grant. Sorry, Derren!
This is a revealing autobiography but it is not laid out easily so some work is required from the listener. I thought it was the more rewarding for this, and am surprised to read other reviewers expressing disappointment.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tony on 15-05-2011

Don't assume

I'm unsure how to describe this book, it isn't a biography really, and i think some people have been unfair in some reviews because of this. But I still find it fascinating and very well written, if a little disjointed, but I find this unstructured style charming, it jumps from subject to subject, just like a stream of conscious (abit beckett). It's funny, has interesting stories and some good advice throw in. Worth a listen too.

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