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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I bought this after Listening to Stephen Fry read the Harry Potter stories. He has a great and engaging voice which tells a story soooo well.
I found this autobiography very engaging, he was very honest and what an interesting life. Can be a little wordy/over indigent.
But a good audiobook - a well read engaging story.
"Ahhh Stephen Fry and his early days"
I highly recommend any Stephen Fry item to people as I think that he is an extraordinary man. This book just goes to prove it doesn't really matter how you are brought up, things in life will happen that are not under your control. Who would have thought that some of these things would have happened when you see Stephen on TV but he is such an interesting and intelligent man and to find out about the earlier part of his life before fame and fortune is extremely interesting showing that whatever happens in life you can over come and decide to live. I definitely recommend this book to fans of Stephen Fry and fans on biographies in general. With his high intelligence and wit he regularly brings a smile to your face while listening to the man himself talk about childhood and early adolescence and what triumphs and tragedies occurred.
This audiobook is another Fry stunner! Not only does Fry write with a lay it on the line honesty, his use of accents and his own luxurious voice make for a wholly immersive listening experience.
I wish this book was triple the length, I want more!
"A Laugh, Cry and Cringe a minute book"
This is a triumph of a book, as most of Master Fry's are to be fair. As he says himself, his life is only as interesting or not as the next persons, but what brings this book to life is the wonderful language skills and honest self analysis which is exquisitely put into prose by a man who clearly has a love of words.
You will discover a man who has had his shares of up and downs, who has had, in the opinion of many including himself, no viable reason to do some of the less favourable things he did in childhood, and I suspect beyond, and a man who is, even now, analysing and punishing himself, and trying to balance the books of the lower ebbs of his adolescent years. You will also discover, although you already knew it, even if you may have forgotten, how low down mean children can be to one another, not deliberately, but carelessly and without giving a thought to it.
You and I could write our autobiographies and the books would probably be shorter and not a very good read, even though we may have had even higher peaks and lower troughs. What makes the difference here is his excellent memory, and his wish to be as analytical and honest as possible. I laughed, cried and cringed in equal proportions and I hope you do too.
"A National Treasure"
This is a frank, even graphic account of the formative years of a national treasure. Covering the first twenty years of his life; Fry records his experiences of childhood, school, dishonesty, criminality and confectionery. As other reviewers have said, this novel is candid to the extreme. It is remarkable that the man we know today emerged from the child protagonist in this book.
Absolutely loved this book. A riveting story about the growing up of a great man. It is interesting to hear about whilst knowing about Stephens bi polar.
Brilliant title - look up what it means halfway through listening to the book - it will make the perfect sense why it is called it
"It's Stephen Fry, of course it's wonderful"
Moab is my Washpot is a fantastic book. When reading it in print, every sentence feels quintessentially Stephen Fry, so it feels like such a treat to listen to his wonderful voice reading it. His voice is soothing, the content is unashamedly honest, touching and funny. This is one of my favourite audiobooks, one I will listen to over and over. If you are a fan of Stephen Fry (and let's be honest, who isn't?), buy this audiobook. You will love it.
"A very enjoyable listen"
'Moab Is My Washpot' gives a fascinating account of Stephen Fry's younger years and will have you laughing out loud one moment and reconsidering your values and ideas about life the next. The narration is, of course, excellent and reminds me of the narration of the Harry Potter books, especially when he is talking about his days at boarding school. Must buy! :D
"It's Stephen Fry"
It's Stephen Fry so it is obviously a great book. I will admit I enjoyed The Fry Chronicles a bit more than this, not sure why. Stephen's voice is lovely and very easy to listen to. It's great to know he was a bit of a "wrong un" when he was younger, so he is not all wonderful like everyone thinks. He explains that he does'nt know why people think he is a clever and an upstanding member of the community. I would recommend this book to anyone, you can't go wrong with Fry.
"A very good listen indeed, love the voice and word"
I'm a massive fan of Stephen Fry, from QI through to The Fry Chronicles, so when I realised he'd actually had one previous autobiography, I just had to have a listen, or at the very least a read. I decided to stick it on my free credits, since I don't seem to find the time to use them anyway, and I am eternally grateful that I took this decision.
The book takes a series of twists and turns as we explore the younger years of Fry's life, including everything from prep school through to mentions of his days in Yorkshire. Unbelievably entertaining, and a definite hit with anyone who feels that their own sense of self awareness is holding them back in the professions of acting, broadcasting, music, or any other public display of emotion. A true gem amongst a world of interesting reads, this should definitely not be missed.
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