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David Jason: My Life Audiobook
David Jason: My Life
Written by: 
David Jason
Narrated by: 
Michael Fenton Stevens
David Jason: My Life Audiobook

David Jason: My Life

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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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  • Steve Parke
    12/5/15
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    "Simply wonderful"

    Big fan of Jason and remember wonderful times watching only fools and horses with my family. Good clean fun. The book was great very well read and have a great look into the life behind the man the ups and also the down. If you liked him before you will only love him more after reading/listening to the book. Very highly recommend to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • li
    10/28/15
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    "Detailed and funny"

    Loved it. Would have been even better if it was narrated by David Jason, but the narrator did a good job nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    United Kingdom
    6/20/15
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    "Great memoir"

    Just let down by someone else reading it. Still good but could have been "perfik' "

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Ward
    Somerset UK
    5/7/15
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    "good story but cheated in presentation"
    What did you like most about David Jason: My Life?

    I love his work, and his apparent straightforward attitude with a spice of cynical humour. However the book is spoilt by it not really being read by him - it cheats with the test implying he will be reading the book - he just does the intro.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    its an autobiography - so clearly i took it to find out about him


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    to many - just clips of life


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

    No because i found it hard listening to the reader - excellent speaker BUT NOT DAVID. So i had to do it in bits and keep reminding myself that this was a real story not a fiction


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get tricked into thinking you are going to hear him but be ready for a colder presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Dian Hall
    Northeast,England
    4/15/15
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    "Exceptional"

    Absolutely loved it x had me hooked from the start .. Very well writing . I do hope he brings a further book out .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    hampshire, United Kingdom
    4/9/15
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    "interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    not really, have come to the conclusion that although it was very interesting, I am not an autobiography fan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the latter part where it related to his life of the trotters and subsequent tv programmes


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

    it was ok but would have preferred David's voice as was his story


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

    made me chuckle here and there


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JOE CORDWELL
    3/15/15
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    "Great audio listening"

    Even though David Jason only speaks at the beginning of the audio, still a great audio book to listen too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bim
    2/11/15
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    "Lovely insight to acting legend."

    Nice flowing and easy listing audio book.

    As the same as many other listeners and reviewers of this audiobook, it's a shame that David Jason didn't read on after the first chapter.

    The narrator is good but he seems to loose the essence of David that everyone has grown to love.

    Still though, a very enjoyable book. A must far fans young and old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/30/14
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    "Very witty incite into Jason's rise to fame"
    What made the experience of listening to David Jason: My Life the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mitch Earl
    Ireland
    9/30/14
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    David Jason is an icon in tv etc, to hear how he made it from his early years right through was tremendous


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

    Never before, but would do so again, excellent delivery. At times, you could actually hear david jason coming through


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

    Sometimes laughed out loud, and sometimes cried. You could really feel the emotion through this book


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, if you never read another autobiog, this one is a must

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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