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
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"!
"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.
"Loved this book so much"
For me yes, a very relaxing way of listening
I like autobiographies so for me anyone I like would be a great read, or listen
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.
The life and laughs of Sir David Jason
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
"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.
"Witty and interesting"
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.
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!
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.
An autobiography that I could join in
Well read giving it life and depth, not trying to sound like David Jason
The death of his first partner
I'd have liked more on his time with Ronnie Barker.
"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.
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
David Jason obviously
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
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
"Really struggled with this one"
The accent of the narrator
No not really this was a little boring
The cockney accent in long stints can be unbearable
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
"Very witty incite into Jason's rise to fame"
Having been a fan of David Jason throughout his career; Porridge, Open all Hours, Only Fools et al. I was very keen to hear the stories and anecdotes of what happened along the journey. The book didn't disappoint in this regard and gave many laugh out loud moments.
I enjoyed Michael Fenton Stevens narration, which surprised me as I would have expected David to have narrated himself, what with his familiar voice from man years on our screens. But within the first few lines my concerns were gone.
David Jason is an icon in tv etc, to hear how he made it from his early years right through was tremendous
Never before, but would do so again, excellent delivery. At times, you could actually hear david jason coming through
Sometimes laughed out loud, and sometimes cried. You could really feel the emotion through this book
Highly recommended, if you never read another autobiog, this one is a must
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