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David Jason: My Life

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.
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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors.Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker.

Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn’t until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.

Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV’s favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children’s show Danger Mouse.

But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad’s Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way.

David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty. With an introduction narrated by David himself.

©2013 David Jason (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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    hazel Kilworthy, Ontario, Canada 07-08-14
    hazel Kilworthy, Ontario, Canada 07-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A truly wonderful listen!"

    Seldom have I had the good fortune to read (listen) to such an entertaining, amusing and well written autobiography. I became acquainted with Mr. Jason's "Jack Frost" persona through watching his sterling performances on the series "A Touch of Frost" which was shown here in Canada, but otherwise, I knew little about his acting career or life. He writes about himself with great humour and humility and the descriptions of his friends, co-actors and family bring them all to life. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a really good "listen"!

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  • Sue McW
    UK
    2/2/14
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    "Wonderful man, wonderful book"

    This book is so well written, you can hear David Jason's voice behind every word. A blend of honest integrity with quick-witted humour. Like other reviewers, I was initially disappointed that David only reads the introduction - however Michael Fenton Stevens does such an admirable job of narrating and captures all the liveliness of David's story. I would recommend this to anyone - it is one of those rare books that you don't want to end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom
    10/26/13
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    "Loved this book so much"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David Jason: My Life to be better than the print version?

    For me yes, a very relaxing way of listening


    What other book might you compare David Jason: My Life to, and why?

    I like autobiographies so for me anyone I like would be a great read, or listen


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    It was read very well, it didn't take long to get into it not being David who read the whole story, but it was so nice to have David Jason read the first part of the book.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The life and laughs of Sir David Jason


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much, it was really quite a sad moment when I came to the end of the book, David Jason is a true gem we are all so lucky to have him, all the enjoyment he has brought to so many. Thank you so much

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • C
    FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    10/24/13
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    "Really liked this!"

    I'm an avid fan of all things David Jason So was delighted when this audiobook came out, initially I was really disappointed that David Jason didn't read the whole book, However Michael Fenton Stevens did a realyl good job at something that must have been difficult to do. Very interesting to hear about all the aspects of the stage and behind the scenes at Only fools. I really recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Witty and interesting"
    What did you like best about David Jason: My Life? What did you like least?

    I have to say I enjoyed David's ability to put a humorous twist on pretty much anything he experienced in his life that may seem sad or negative to others. As a huge Only Fools and Horses fan, I am biased when I say I found listening to his experiences with the show the most interesting part of his life story.


    Could you see David Jason: My Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I would love to see Mr Jason's life story depicted on film and I think it has the potential to one day do so!


    Any additional comments?

    This book really details David Jason's career form the rely days right up until his acting in the BBC drama series, Frost. Conversely, I did find the first two to five hours a little bit boring as a lot of detail was put into explaining his early days on stage. I didn't find this time in David's life particularly interesting, as I thought I could have been reading about any actor at that point. However, it picked up thereafter and was very interesting to hear of David's exploits and antics in between acting and performing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Peter H. Dorrington
    Romford, UK
    10/30/13
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    "Perfek"
    If you could sum up David Jason: My Life in three words, what would they be?

    An autobiography that I could join in


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Well read giving it life and depth, not trying to sound like David Jason


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of his first partner


    Any additional comments?

    I'd have liked more on his time with Ronnie Barker.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tracey
    milton keynes, United Kingdom
    10/16/13
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    "Well worth a listen"

    David Jason's biography is one I know after just finishing it,that I will want to listen to again. A lovely book of one of our most loved actors who many of us grew up with on the TV. Had me laughing when mentioned had nailed leonard's shoes to the floor as a joke in the dressing room and moved at many parts especially hearing the poetry from the first 'guvner' Ronnie Barker, before he was given the same fond title when Ronnie retired.

    Won't say anymore as don't want to spoil it for you.

    A must listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • craig
    6/8/14
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    "Really struggled with this one"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The accent of the narrator


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Jason? Why or why not?

    No not really this was a little boring


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The cockney accent in long stints can be unbearable


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No chance


    Any additional comments?

    It was really interesting to hear from David Jason's child hood but I felt there were large parts of the adult portion of his life were either missed out or he fixated on the boarding parts

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Valerie B. Oneill
    southampton hampshire uk
    10/23/13
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not recommended as an audio book because of the narrator he spoke so fast seemed as if he was in a hurry to get to the end spoilt the whole story for me as I really like David Jason so will end up buying an e book of it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Jason obviously


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was dire ruined the whole experience for me so much so I can't listen to the complete story which I am disappointed by


    Any additional comments?

    Wouldn't recommend the narrator but the content was good the bit I listened to until I couldn't bear his voice rattling on it wasn't conducive to relaxation or enjoyment at all shame

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • S. Dennis
    7/28/14
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    "An enjoyable life to read about"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, The autobiography is Perfick!


    What did you like best about this story?

    An interesting and humble life


    Have you listened to any of Michael Fenton Stevens’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, however, it is so well read that I always saw David Jason in my minds eye.


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

    Both :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Mudgee, Australia
    6/24/14
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    "Very Enjoyable listening"
    Where does David Jason: My Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    ranks as one of the best memoirs I have heard great stories great history wonderful showbiz tales


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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