a) A fatuous, wasted, degenerate and wholly useless existence captured in delicate, lyrical and exquisitely realised prose.
b) Lightly amusing anecdotes and tender reminiscences of the great men and women encountered during a rich, varied and rewarding lifetime, fondly remembered in the tranquil evening of a career of public service.
c) The autobiography of a dizzying life fuelled by the lust for power and the search for ever more degrading downward paths of repulsive sexual adventuring and self-destructive debaucheries: the unrepentant libertine author seeks revenge on his many enemies and tears the lid off the private life of blameless churchmen and librarians.
Fry`s autobiography is all and none of these. Too old to rock and roll, too young to die, the author looks back with bruising frankness at his life so far.
©1997 Stephen Fry (P)1997 Random House Audio
"Stephen Fry is one of the great originals. This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion. That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." (Financial Times)
"He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood - some of his bursts of smile take the breath away - his most satisfying and appealing book so far." (Observer)
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Not your average autobiography. Stephen Fry is a brilliant narrator, easily able to hold your interest. Not only does he give us an insight into a childhood that is distinctly different from most people's but he gives us a deep insight into his own viewpoint of his life, the decisions he made, and events as they unfold.
"Stephen Fry is at his verbose and wonderful best"
Loved this book. I am certainly looking forward to enjoying more from him. A fascinating chap
It's interestingly written & performed with gusto. Stephen's vast vocabulary might put off some, but I can say his incredibly creative style of writing will keep you entertained. Refreshingly, he doesn't blow his load in this first book & sticks to the first 20 years of his life, going into the detail that one should when speaking about something as important as their own life.
Clearly a lot of effort was put into this & I fully appreciated it.
"excellent; heartbreaking and inspiring all at once"
Stephen Fry, telling his story with honesty and integrity. many ups and downs, infused with tender emotion.
well worth buying this audio book
What a man! Loved every word he spoke! Nothing else to write but there's a minimum words you have to type in.
"Just buy it!"
Seriously, you won't regret it! Gripping narrative and sublime vocal tones. I loved every moment.
"Will listen again"
Fry has an amazing command of the English language, to the extend that I Will probably have to listen again to get a better understanding. His performance as the narrator of his own book just adds to the enjoyment of hearing the language spoken so beautifully. A reflection on his earlier life entering boarding school and getting up to school boy antics is so typical of an all boys school. An amusing and light hearted narrative.
Hugely entertaining, honest appraisal of his first twenty or so years. Many genuine laugh out loud moments as he tells of his upbringing, education and pokes fun at public school and the establishment generally. Will be onto part 2 immediately
"A self help book??"
Stephen does it again with his inimitable style. His younger days read like a self help book and his patter and descriptive elegance enable the reader to delve into their own lives and compare and contrast. Excellent book. Can't wait for another. (Read all three autobiographies but back to front!)
Fantastic as ever! :) a wonderful listen from start to finish! Unable to stop listening to this genius
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