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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"Fantastically written and read"
Not only does Mr.Fry have a very interesting life story, he also tells it very well. I also wish I had his linguistic capabilities.
"Love me a bit of the Fry"
Amazing as always. I loved this as a book and love Stephens voice when he reads it. Soothing and wonderful
Honest open autobiography. He isn't as posh as he sounds, very down to earth. A very likeable character which make his life story easy to listen to and full of comedy moments.
"Honest, Very interesting"
Stephen's voice calms and guides you though the early years of his life through to early adult and the 'nick'. Having owned the paper version the audio makes you listen again n again.
Naturally his second memoir.
Makes you feel its just Stephen and you across a dinner table having a chat.
Yes, and have.
A very honest, and interesting early life.
It is better than the print edition because its actually read by the author and Stephen Fry has the most delightful way of telling you the story of his early years. You hear and feel in some cases the emotions connected with the story and can hear his smile when its a good part and sometimes the sadness when its not such a nice remembrance. He holds nothing back and its a frank and honest rollercoaster through the early part of his life.
I loved the story of a primary age Stephen proudly taking a dead mole for the nature table in the desperate need for a gold star to be upstaged again by the same school mate as always with a donkey in the playground, the following chaos when confronted later with the consequences of death and decay are both sad and hilarious.
I have listened to a couple of other Stephen Fry performances ( Harry Potter - not available on Audible) and a short on Puns but this by far is my favourite to date because it is his own story and his own words. The way he delivers them is almost like having a nice conversation with him and I love his way of performing like he knows each and every listener.
His description of falling in love for the first time is very moving and quite sweet.
BUY BUY BUY this audiobook its a really good listen and Stephen Fry truly is a National Treasure.
"Stephen fry can do no wrong"
Bought this after the "chronicles" but still stood on it's own merits. Stephen's delicious use of language,interspersed with the most vile but correct and appropriate use ofswear words is just perfect. Take all this into account plus the perfect vocals and you have an audio book which you will feel sad when it's finished ( just listen again and again)
His voice. It is a story tellers dream. It draws you in. Just perfect. I would listen to him reading the phone book. Stephen telling his own story gives you the full emotions he felt which would not have been picked up in the book.
Yes. But listen to audio book in bed at night so fall asleep eventually. Not a problem just go back to last bit I remember and start listening again. Don't mind listening to same bits as it so good
Great listen, kept me hooked to the story all the way through and such 'openness' about his life growing up.
Fry of course !!
Believability and honesty in delivery, it was like I was the only person he was telling.
The sheer brilliance of the writer. Quite exuberant, as he puts it himself.
Fry's second autobiographical book, for it is just as good as this one.
His sensitivity to language, both written and spoken, as well as fully understanding the meanings and intention behind the book, make the whole thing come to full life.
Too long for that.
One must listen to this one if no other.
"An excellent read"
I am unashamedly a fan of Stephen Fry and in this book he opens up about his early life I came to this book through the second volume but if you have the chance listen to this one first. If a writer is also a trained actor then it adds so much to the experience
well of course the young Mr Fry!
Often when an author reads their own story it doesn't work so well but when the writer is also a trained actor then it adds so much to the experience
There is always something intimate about an author reading his own autobiography, and this one is certainly so. The book itself is fascinating enough, but Stephen's voice and narration take it to another level. Thoroughly enjoyed it and bought his second autobiography even before finishing this one just to prolong the listening experience.
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