I say surprisingly brilliant, but I had seen the customer ratings and read a couple of reader reviews so it may not have been a total surprise.
I bumped into Lowe's autobiography while browsing for 80s cinema related books on Amazon. Admittedly Lowe had never rated that highly on my radar, but I noticed it had a solid star rating and decided to investigate further. This was to be my first of many books here on Audible. It is my favorite audiobook so far, out of 10 or so, due to both excellent performance by Lowe as a narrator and his brilliant storytelling.
Lowe tells us the story of his life so far, holds nothing back and seems to omit details only when it might otherwise hurt someone who is, or has been close to him. Lowe's pacing is great, he gives just enough detail to never become boring and somehow manages to make the ordinary events of his early life seem just as interesting as his later years as a movie star.
Fry presents us with a detailed account of his life, a bit too detailed at times in my opinion. Thankfully he is a masterful reader and performer, which saves the day when he veers off into too much unimportant detail.
Fry comes off as a very likable person, even more so due to his freely admitted, and much discussed insecurities. It is evident that he is fiercely intelligent and well read and educated, and I found myself occasionally losing track of what he was saying as his vocabulary is a lot more advanced than mine.
I am a fan of the work he did with his friends Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson, especially Blackadder and Jeeves & Wooster. It was largely on the basis on my love for those shows that I decided to listen to this audiobook.
As the book only stretches just past Fry's 30th birthday I feel that a couple of hours could have been shaved off.
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