Thirteen years ago, Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge best seller. In the years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director, and presenter.
In January 2010 he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least-well-known years of his life, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.
©2010 Stephen Fry (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd
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"Interesting if you like theatre and media"
There is no doubt Fry is a good writer and narrator, however I found the second half of the book interesting but a bit monotonous. If you did not live in Britain in the 70s and 80s or are not interested in British theatre and media you may also find this audiobook monotonous
I have to admit this is my first audible book and I am a big Fry fan anyway so it seemed the most logical puchase. Needless to say, the fact Stephen was narrating his own book went a long way in aiding my decision to choose it and when finances allow I shall be purchasing his other books also.
Nothing to compare it to at the moment.
Only his radio shows and presenting of QI XL. Both of which I enjoy.
A very favourable book, feels almost like a conversation between Stephen Fry and the reader.
MOAB and this volume occupied 24 hours of my life that went by far too quickly - if I ever reach the point where I have no volumes left to listen to in my audible account then I am sure another 24 hours will be spent listening to these
Yes several including MOAB and various podcast offerings
I could easily have done so if life permitted it
I cannot wait for the next volume that I sincerely hope Mr Fry is writing at the moment - the world is a better place for the presence of this charismatic man
"A Glorious Listen"
Short answer: Yes. It's a beautiful example of how a work of non-fiction should be written and performed. I feel sorry for those who had not taken advantage of this in it's audible form.
The best part was all of it. From it's first to it's last, it developed what a book should give it's reader/listener: entertainment, insight and knowledge.
It's Stephen Fry.
witty, rambling, warm
him failing at being teacher
even more of his own perpestive
rambling through comedy legend
loved this book was great to hear Stephen read it. Wish i had known it was his second biography as it refers back and would have preferred to hear/read that first. this book rambles through some of the most influential time in modern comedy history all the while with the distinct impression that he would though he would be there in the first place. made me look like a mad man on the bus several times laughing to hard to myself
Lovely. Just Lovely.
It makes a very entertaining double bill with "I, Partridge," which has some bizarre similarities. Stephen's endearing honesty and self-awareness are a wonderful contrast to Partridge's bluster and self-aggrandisement.
Yes, and this was as good as any, if perhaps not quite as compelling as his Harry Potter readings.
It was very tempting, though I managed to resist.
Only slight irritation is the overlap with Moab is My Washpot. It wasn't hugely detrimental, but just a couple of times it felt like I'd heard this before. I also suspect that some of the lists would have annoyed me had I been reading the book, but when reading aloud Stephen manages to imbue them with the fascination and nostalgia which he so obviously feels for them himself.
The narration by Mr Fry himself really added to the experience - at times it did seem that he was speaking directly to me. He mentioned lots of different people and how he knew them and some of their shared stories and it would be good to listen again to hear them.. I must confess that I didn't know everyone referred to and maybe I should google some of them next time so see who they are.
I hadn't listened to the first part of Mr Fry's autobiography but it was easy to pick up here as he did sort of do a recap of previous events.
I really enjoyed the way I felt he narrated the story just for me.
It had a few moments where I smiled to myself at some of the things he said.
There was a few moments of swearing in this so it's not something I would recommend to just anyone. If the language doesn't bother you - enjoy this small insight into what makes Stephen Fry the person he is.
"A compelling insight into Mr. Fry’s colourful life"
The story starts with a bang and captures listener’s attention straight away. I loved his witty comments and was in stitches most of the time (perhaps not a good idea whilst driving a car...). Especially the first and last quarters of the book were highly amusing, fast-paced and flowed smoothly.
About how, even after being a recognised public figure, well educated and highly respected, he sometimes felt a fraud – it made me think about my own shortcomings I desperately try to hide from the world!
Deep, soft voice and impeccable accent. Mrrr....
I didn’t like name-dropping – I don’t know many of these people, I have no interest in getting to know them and that part was bit tiresome
"An Autobiography with something to say"
One of the better audiobooks which was undoubtedly aided by Stephen reading the story himself.
Favorite character ? Tricky one that.
Not yet but I shall now
No it wasn't but was all the better for it because I kept coming back to it over three or four days.
Pretty much what it it says on Stephen's tin. His wit, intellect and fabulous use of the english language is heard in every aural page.
"vivid and engaging, delightfully candid"
I found this book to be vivid, amusing and engaging. Fry's no holds barred review of his life is interspersed with digressions into his views on the human condition. His prose is clear; his narrative style entertains.
Fry;s description of the pleasures of smoking is pure genius. I never thought I would appreciate the delight a smoker gets from tobacco or understand the high that it gives. This book is worth it just for this section.
This book builds on Moab is my Washpot, but being about his university days and early career is less indulgent about his "innocent" youth. It is more relevant to his public face.
His performace is similar to the one he gave on the Harry Potter series. It was interesting how many resonances there are between the Potter books and Fry's auto biography. Which books came first? Compare however Fry's description of the school tuck shop experience with Rowling's description of Potter's first visit to the magcial sweet shop.
This books by turns made me chuckle and gasp with delight and horror and Fry's past life. His candid expose of his life can be squirmingly embarassing and deligtfully candid by turns.
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