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The Blaze of Obscurity Audiobook

The Blaze of Obscurity

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For many people, Clive James will always be a TV presenter first and foremost, and a writer second -- this despite the fact that his adventures with the written word took place before, during and after his time on the small screen. Nevertheless, for those who remember clips of Japanese endurance gameshows and Egyptian soap operas, Clive reinventing the news or interviewing Hefner and Hepburn, Polanski and Pavarotti, Clive's 'Postcards' from Kenya, Shanghai and Dallas, or Clive James Racing Driver, Clive's rightful place does seem to be right there -- on the box, in our homes, and almost one of the family.

However you think of him, though, and whatever you remember him for, The Blaze of Obscurity is perhaps Clive's most brilliant book yet. Part Clive James on TV and part Clive James on TV, it tells the inside story of his years in television, shows Clive on top form both then and now, and proves -- once and for all -- that Clive has a way with words . . . whatever the medium.

©2009 Clive James; (P)2009 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Bob
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    10/26/09
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    "Short but Sweet."

    This is well up to the author's usual standard, the book contains the usual mix of laughter and the poignant. It does seem a tad short, and one wonders what the word "abridged" really means in this case. However, being read by the author, we must assume we have not been short changed. Keep at it Clive, I can't wait for the next instalment!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    2/18/10
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    "Good stuff - for an abridgement"

    I did enjoy this book, but like the previous reviewer, I too found it frustratingly short. I suppose one could buy the unabridged paper version, but then you miss out on Clive James' narration which is one of the main attractions of an audiobook. He has a such a good conversational style of delivery, perfectly suited to his text, which comprises the usual attractive mix of wit, anecdote, insight and self-deprecating humour with a dash of underlying seriousness - those who have listened to his pieces for Radio 4 on "A Point of View" will know what to expect. I wish he could be persuaded to narrate his work in an unabridged version though.

    But, that said, it's still well worth worth buying. I'm sure I will listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Sullivan
    Sussex, England
    3/4/15
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    "Love this Man"
    If you could sum up The Blaze of Obscurity in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, Intelligent and Insightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blaze of Obscurity?

    The birth of Watch Maker.


    What about Clive James’s performance did you like?

    Everything! I wish 'Unreliable memoirs' and 'Falling toward England' were available on Audible.


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

    Genius at it's most memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr.
    1/28/15
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    "Revisiting laughs of my teenage years."

    Shame this is only the abridged release. Contains lots of references to the most memorable moments from his TV shows including the Trabbant in Postcode from Berlin and the end of the year shows. Also explains the (imo ill-fated move to ITV) Will now be buying the book!

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