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Aleksandr Orlov has in the last year become one of the most loved figures in British culture and his catchphrase - Simples! - can be heard from the playground to the office. Written in his inimitable voice (as dictated to his sidekick Sergei), his autobiography will offer the same humour as his TV ads, giving us the full story of his ancestor's Journey of Courageousness frAleksandr Orlov has in the last year become one of the most loved figures in British culture and his catchphrase - Simples! - can be heard from the playground to the office. Written in his inimitable voice (as dictated to his sidekick Sergei), his autobiography will offer the same humour as his TV ads, giving us the full story of his ancestor's Journey of Courageousness from the Kalahari to Russia, the low-down on his life as entrepreneur and founder of and his love of grubs and cravats.'My name is Aleksandr Orlov. I live and make work in Moscow. I have a success business. I have a mansion decorate with many fine things. I have a naturally majestic posture. But I would have none of these things if it were not for my family. This book is dedicated to them. I also wish to inspire next generation of young businesskats. I am hope that this book will show what can come of courage, hard work and a good fur-care regime. I am also hope that with royalties I will be able to re-marble roof on Orlov family mansion'...

Title : A Simples Life: The Life and Times of Aleksandr Orlov
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ISBN : 9780091940508
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Simples Life: The Life and Times of Aleksandr Orlov Reviews

  • Sharon
    2019-05-21 05:59

    I must admit I cheated - I'm rating the audio book not the actual book.I went for the audio book because for me, a lot of the appeal of Alexander is his voice and the humour that comes across within it and that would have been lost if I read the book myself. So I bought the audio book and had him read it to me and I must admit it really improved the experience for me - I'm glad I listened to it rather than reading it (although I can see how his voice might grate with people after a while)I thought it was very good, the recording was only an hour and I really enjoyed it :) It had humor, tender moments, action, bad guys and a happy ending, what more could you ask for?

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-09 07:03

    For pure comedy value, this book is brilliant. I challenge you to read it and not hear every word in Aleksandr's voice.

  • Indah Threez Lestari
    2019-05-13 07:59

    248 - 2017

  • James
    2019-05-05 02:04

    Yes it's a one-trick pony, and a cynical marketing ploy, but it's still funnier than it has any right to be.

  • Robyn
    2019-05-14 08:00

    Many fantasticness!

  • Miles
    2019-05-16 00:22

    Famed for his ground-breaking & commercials, Aleksandr Orlov has found time in his busy schedule to write “A Simples Life:My life and times” (don’t tell anyone but I suggested it to him as you will soon discover)!I have to say I haven’t smiled and laughed (reading a book) so much for quite some time, the vocabulary used is in keeping with the public image we have all come to love and admire! This isn’t a “simples” book – the time and effort that has gone into creating a humorous and graphically intensive story is clear for all to see – did I say it was funny?!“Ours is a simples life. What could possibles go wrong?”It’s been some time since a furry animal has captured the hearts and mind of a nation through advertising; I would go as far to suggest that Aleksandr has become pivotal to the company’s undeniable success, and on the strength of this book I don’t see that ending anytime soon.Tipped to be the Christmas bestseller, Aleksandr will be laughing all the way to the bank! “A Simples Life:My life and times” is inoffensive, child friendly and one the adults will love. Parents will have as much fun reading this to their children at night as will the children listening to their embarrassing parents attempting meerkat Russian! The book is filled with sumptuous images charting the Orlov family history including the very first cravat made from a scrap of sail, Vitaly’s “It’s a fur wound” and various painted portraits. The book is ingenious in every way and with each turn of the page you’ll enjoy the richness of the images and the inventive storytelling. I digress …..A couple of years ago, Aleksandr called me on the meerkat phone, knowing full well I would be in Sydney, to meet up with him and his family for a reunion at Taronga Zoo in Australia – As you can see from the picture, a great time was had by all. Full Review on my blog:-

  • Simon Taylor
    2019-05-17 08:11

    Based on the popular series of TV adverts featuring Russian meerkat Aleksandr, A Simples Life serves as the mascot’s autobiography.For a book which is entirely novelty, it’s impressively put together with good quality production and, in particular, some very impressive graphics. Aleksandr’s backstory isn’t particularly ground-breaking, but it moves at a fast enough pace to prevent you from getting bored.What the book does well is create a personality for Aleksandr which comes across more forcefully than in the short TV spots, and makes him quite an endearing little meerkat in his ridiculously egotistical and self-absorbed way. There are plenty of missed opportunities for humour and, beyond the crass ‘mistakes’ resulting from the character’s broken English, it appears to take itself a shade more seriously in parts than it should. I would have preferred a slightly more flamboyant and ridiculous story, or even the same story with a greater emphasis on humour.Despite that, we see exactly how came to be (and it’s quite fun spotting the corporate colours being slotted in all over the place). It’s a stroke of genius from’s marketing department and a chunk of good fun. Simples.

  • Becky
    2019-04-30 01:20

    I love the TV adverts, Aleksandr is so cute and he always makes me smile, so I asked for this book for Christmas. I know, I know that was 8 months ago, but I've been distracted. My mum was moaning that she bought it for me and I haven't read it so I decided to do it. It literally took me about half an hour to read, it's full of pictures and random facts or statements. It explains the history of Aleksandrs ancestors, right down to his current TV success. IT starts back in the Kalahari Desert, where the Meerkats lived happily, until the land dried out and they ran out of food, they then has to journey across seas to new lands, but got lost and ended up in Russia. It then goes through the generations to where his father opened the first Compare the Meerkat shop. The book is written just like Aleksandr talks so you have to imagine his cute accent whilst reading. it's very interesting and funny.I think it is meant to be a bit of a laugh and silly fun, and it really comes together as a delightful little book.If your a fan then this book is a must.

  • Graceann
    2019-04-24 08:04

    For those of us who absolutely adore those Compare the Meerkat commercials, this is a fun little read telling about the heritage and early life of company spokeskat, Aleksandr, and his trusty sidekick, Sergei. The photos are sumptuous, the text (mostly in "Aleksandr-speak") is amusing and it's a very quick read at 125 pages. It's meant to capitalize on the popularity of the ads and the character (Aleksandr plush toys are quite the thing around these parts), and in that it succeeds. If you're seeking something more than a bit of fluffy fun, you're looking in the wrong spot. Just relax and have a giggle.

  • Dane Cobain
    2019-05-02 01:20

    What we have here is ostensibly the autobiography of Aleksandr Orlov, the founder of Compare the Meerkat. Seeing as Orlov himself is a fictional character, that gives me the weird pleasure of being able to classify an autobiography as ‘fiction’.The book is a lot of fun, and a nice quick read that would be great to tell to kids who are obsessed by the adverts. I’ve got to admit, I’m quite a big fan of Orlov myself, what with his endearing cuteness and the fact that he makes me not mind so much about people trying to sell me stuff. That’s why I bought his book.

  • Eris
    2019-05-10 00:04

    I admire the attempt by Sirgei of dictating Aleksandr Orlov's life story. To tell you the truth I gave up reading the book after three pages because of the way it was written. I was afraid I might accidently pick up on the bad grammar and spelling mistakes. I loved the pictures, and I've concluded that Aleksandr should not even think about a sequel I prefer his adverts and Ithink it best he stick to what works. Simples .

  • Ape
    2019-05-01 08:07

    It certainly says something about a character from a series of adverts, if a book can be written about him... sorry, by him!!! This is silliness, and I wouldn't want to spend a lot of money on it, but if you think the adverts are funny, this is an entertaining little read. Not to be taken too seriously though.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-09 00:56

    This was an entertaining read but hardly challenging, its only 127 pages long many of which are images taken from the adverts - however it does not take itself seriously like some advertising tie in books do - its a simple distraction I enjoyed as a break from my other books.

  • Stuart
    2019-05-14 00:02

    Apart from 'explaining' how the TV advertising campaign was meant to have come about, I found nothing else of interest in this book. I suppose the very fact that a book (and lots of interest in Meercats) has come from adverts tells us something - but not really interesting!

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-05-04 06:52

    I love the TV adverts with the meercats and this book was an enjoyable companion guide to the generations of the family that we saw.I love the illustrations especially the pop career promo photo!Aleksandr is just so cool and there is good humour in the writing.

  • Marcus with a C
    2019-05-05 07:04

    Nice and easy reading when you need something where you do not need to think a lot. When you like the then this book is a great little guide through the various generation of meerkats and you will smile from beginning to the end.

  • Tedward
    2019-05-12 03:58

    Awesome.Meerkats rule! Very amusing to read the life story of a russina meerkat to say the least. Interesting how it is written the way Aleksandr talks although this proved a little distracting at times. All round very enjoyable.

  • Jade
    2019-05-16 07:17

    Not the most amazing book ever, as you'd probably guess, but beautiful witty in a childish way. The illustrations are great and worth a good fun read if you're another person sweep up in this advertising genius!

  • Hayley Edwards
    2019-05-08 01:19

    I enjoyed this book reading the history of how the started and about Aleksandrs' Ancestors journey from the Kalahari Desert to Russia. The TV adverts tell a story just like the adverts for Nescafe did only with Meerkats, also I feel sorry for poor Sergei.

  • Kira
    2019-05-16 04:14

    This seems like a very intreging snd facinating book but I personally could not finish reading it because of how the story is written as the meerkat speeks, but if you can look past that I would still recommed the book because it is good just slightly annoying when you read it.

  • Elzevera
    2019-05-19 04:56

    Very short, quick, light and hilarious read. The life and times of an interesting and very successful(s) meerkat who is very proud of his family's accomplishments. It took me an hour to read, and I'd recommend it to anyone, young or old!

  • Matimate
    2019-05-12 08:05

    I saw strange advertisement when I was randomly browsing and one of my English friend explained me phenomena of Aleksandr Orlov. Well it is not that funny but book about furry aristo who was telling his family history in funny accented English. Business is simples.

  • K.
    2019-05-19 04:59

    Clever short read. I laughed through the whole thing.

  • Megan
    2019-05-01 07:18

    This book was really good, the adverts neve fail to make e laugh and this book was the same. The artwork is amazing and very detailed, I was smiling from begining t end

  • Dawn
    2019-04-28 04:55

    An amusing little read!

  • Aarin Trimble
    2019-05-17 02:19

    very funny book good pictures and great stories

  • Krista Jenkins
    2019-05-02 00:05

    If you not familiars with or have senses of humors you would not be liking of this book.

  • Gavin Millar
    2019-05-15 08:06

    Fantastically funny and very imaginative. Good structure of chapters and an easy two or three day read!

  • Tariq Mahmood
    2019-04-20 02:02

    A bit of a joke this book. I guessit is light reading for a few laughs....

  • Deanne
    2019-05-15 07:05

    How can you not love this book, Aleksandr journey of creativeness had me laughing. Have to admit I love the adverts in particular Part the Two "Battle of Fearlessness", 'It's just a fur wound'.