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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"Good Old National Treasure"
Yes, he rambles on a bit - but in such an engaging way that when it was finished I found myself searching itunes, hoping there might be another part I'd somehow missed. Stephen entertained me and kept me sane all through the seemingly endless Christmas cooking. He tells the story of his rise to fame, with wit (he is Stephen Fry, after all) but in a way that makes you feel all the self-doubt and uncertainty that accompanied every step. Perhaps just occasionally he is a little self-indulgent; but it is the honesty that lifts this memoir above the general run of show-biz success stories. It's funny, it's intriguing; but most of all, it is the story of a unique and extraordinary person, from the inside.
"There goes my hero!"
I was hesitant to get this book at first, due to the term "autobiography" in its title. After all, the market has been swamped by completely redundant autobiographies lately.
Stephen Fry's Autobiography however turned out to be anything but redundant. This is not simply a book about one person, it is a book about a genius. From the first word to the very last I was thoroughly entertained, not only by the content but also by Fry's fantastic reading. He is without a doubt my favourite audiobook narrator.
And unlike me who stumbles over sentences while writing a simple review, Fry seems to be the master of every single word he writes in this book. Bravo!
I'm not usually interested in the lives of celebrities but thought this might be well written and read. It was interesting and witty as you would expect from this charming man who manages to still retain some humility despite his huge success. A great audio book to dip into now and then-the chronology didn't seem too important.
"Fry by Fry, what more can you ask?"
I haven't read or listened to 'Moab', so I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to jump straight into this book, but its fine to start with this one - you don't need to have read the prequel.
It is exactly as you would imagine Stephen Fry to be - intelligent, eloquent, self-affacing, and brilliant. Fry is at his witty, open, unashamed yet vulnerable best. If you're a fan of Stephen, you won't want to miss this.
Having lived in Cawston at the same time as a very naughty little Fry I had a more personal reason than most to want to read the Fry Chronicles. I wasn't disappointed in any respect, the narration is excellent and captivating, the story of Stephens life amusing, moving and engaging. I listened, then I listened again, and I'm now on a third go round. The funny thing is that the biography is so interesting that I don't listen for the parts I can consider contemporary to my own 'biography'; I just listen!
Well worth12 hours of anybody's time.
"The Fry Chronicles"
This book is excellent. Listening to it read by Stephen himself only adds to the book. 5 stars*****
"Stephen Fry is a great story teller"
I really enjoyed Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter so him reading about his life was just as interesting. I wasn't sure what to expect but once I started listening I couldn't stop.
I love Stephen Fry so this is a bit bias but not only is he a fantastic British icon, he also has lead a fascinating life. Definitely worth a listen for anyone, not just Stephen Fry fans.
"Fry tastic "
Okay, I am a fan of Stephen Fry so I may be biased but I found the steps that lead to him being loved by the British really enjoyable. While it can be self indulgent at time, it shows how raw his mental state is at times.
Wonderful read, and I look forward to the next chapter in his life
The book behind the man! You get to understand why Fry is like he is. Highly recomend
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