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David Jason: My Life | [David Jason]

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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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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  • Fred
    PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom
    12/16/13
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    "Funny, sad and full of facts"

    Not sure what I was expecting when I brought this audio book, as a big fan of David Jason and his acting; guess I was hoping for a new twist to the actor we know. I was sad when the book ended and not sure if it would of been better Narrated by the man himself as I thought Michael Stevens did a very good job, and think the sad parts narrated by David Jason might of been a little harder on the emotions.

    A very enjoyable insight the man that has been a major part of my life in the forms of entertaining me, and giving me more laughs then any other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Bowers Gifford, United Kingdom
    12/16/13
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    "Its David Jason, whats there to not like??"

    I've been waiting for a David Jason autobiography for some time so was really pleased when this came along. I've enjoyed David Jason in particular in 'Open all Hours' and my favourite series of all time 'OFAH'.

    The book flowed very well with lots of focus on his earlier career and struggles which helped provide insight into his life. Time was also spent on all of the television that he has worked on and some of the characters and his relationships behind the scenes.

    My only dislike of the book and its only because I'm a big OFAH fan is that I would have liked to hear some more in depth information regarding OFAH. Don't get me wrong, what is there is well balanced and probably the appropriate amount and I guess it was just another role for David Jason but I was hoping for even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E
    CULLOMPTON, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Interesting biog"
    What did you like most about David Jason: My Life?

    The story is very engaging and insightful.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd have preferred David Jason himself to have narrated the whole thing. Was a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CAROL
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "Good but not quite the mark!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes if you can get over the pictures in your head of David Jason and someone else's voice.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good and on que, but lacked depth.


    Was David Jason: My Life worth the listening time?

    The story is good but you just can't help wishing that David Jason was reading the story. It would have been more realistic and funnier.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a nice book to listen to, could have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    Rugby, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "But not BY David Jason"
    Would you try another book written by David Jason or narrated by Michael Fenton Stevens?

    Would like to hear David Jason reading his own book, not someone else. Otherwise 'My Life' would be really interesting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Simply wasn't David Jason


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "'Brillyant' !"
    Would you listen to David Jason: My Life again? Why?

    Yes, because it was so enjoyable..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Jason after all, it was about him...


    What does Michael Fenton Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I wasnt too keen on this narrator at the beginning, as he seemed to gabble away very fast, but he did 'grow' on me & even seemed to sound like David Jason after a while....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did !!


    Any additional comments?

    It was a thoroughly enjoyable book & gave me a good insight into the various things David Jason has done in his life so far....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dara
    Newcastle West, Ireland
    12/1/13
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    "Good innsight into a national hero"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David Jason: My Life to be better than the print version?

    No


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

    Any other book which might fall under the category of actor/comedian


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Fenton Stevens?

    While he did a fine job of narrating this audiobook it was disappointing that David Jason didn't narrate himself.


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

    Things you didn't know


    Any additional comments?

    The book was good, interesting and provided me with a number of interesting bits and pieces that I hadn't known. The ending was incredibly touching but the lack of David Jason's voice meant the book lacked that authentic edge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    East Horsley, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "My favourite actor"
    Where does David Jason: My Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book and it is interesting to hear his commentary in his own voice, I think it really adds to the power of the information
    He's my favourite actor and I learned new things about him, as well having a good laugh about some of the stories.
    I didn't like "only fools and horses" at all, perhaps because he plays it so believably and it makes me realise there are folks like Rodney in the world.
    I loved him as Granville in "open all hours" and it was very touching to hear how much he enjoyed working with Ronnie Barker, another favourite actor.
    Frost is to me almost the pinnacle of his career and I didn't know the scar on his face was real before listening to this book.


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

    I think it is a one off not to be compared even to other autobiographies. He is so generous in his comments about other members of the acting profession, and that is really unusual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Swadlincote, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "What a lovely man"
    What made the experience of listening to David Jason: My Life the most enjoyable?

    This is a really well read and well written book. David Jason has had a long life and picks some great memories to share. It is quite chronological which I prefer in an autobiography or memoir.

    There are some lovely stories and you really feel his emotion in the telling of them. David Jason comes across as the lovely, down to earth and humble man I suspected he was.

    There are, as you would expect, touches of humour. But that's not the main point of the book and it adds to the telling not detracts from it.


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

    My favourite story relates to his knighthood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex J. Littlewood
    Bradford
    11/28/13
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    "Definatly Worth a listen"
    What made the experience of listening to David Jason: My Life the most enjoyable?

    To hear about his life other than only fools and realise his long and varied career.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David


    Which character – as performed by Michael Fenton Stevens – was your favourite?

    David


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

    Laugh in several places (How is he still alive)


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping for a little more on only fools but this didn't detract from the book as a whole. There's more to David than Del and Grandville

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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