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.
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I have enjoyed listening to Stephen's early life. As I listened to most of it in the car I am sure I have had some funny looks when I have chuckled at his early antics.
On the whole I have enjoyed this recording and just as it started to get even more interesting he states he will save for another time! The sign of a master story teller and only "disappointing" part of his chronicles as he decides to keep us on tender hooks wanting more,
Such a wonderful book, made even better by the fact it is read by the author. It gives a very good insight into Stephen Fry. I'm amazed that someone who appears to be so confident could have so many insecurities. I would highly recommend this audio book, well worth the money. You will not regret buying it.
"So many words"
This book really makes me wish that I knew as many words as Stephen Fry does. I love his use of language and the depth of his, often hilarious, stories of his life. Perfectly narrated by himself.
A real window into his mind of self doubt that I had no idea about. A book straight from the heart and full of well known characters from his life.
I'm really keen to get some more of his books after listening to this one.
"Bit long for me...."
I love Stephen Fry he is witty, charming and his writing is awe inspiring in its flow. Trouble is i found this a little long and drawn out - he does warn you that he loves words and will use far too many in the course of the book. Whilst I could get lost in his words and his voice is unique and compelling - I also had a sense that whilst it was enjoyable he hadn't really said a lot. If you enjoy his voice and are not concerned with the speed of the journey then I would highly recommend it. It's like a steam train winding it's way just turns out I prefer a locomotive.
"Stephen Fry is a fascinating mind."
I could listen to Stephen Fry read the phonebook. He is an institution, who has lived a fascinating life as a show biz high flyer. He covers ground from his Cambridge days and his first forays into comedy with the footlights, through to early writing jobs, plays on the West End, Black Adder and A Bit of Fry and Laurie. Just a note that this is only an epoch in Stephen's story which began with "Moab is my washpot" and will continue in future books. Oh, and he also helped me realise I am addicted to sugar!
As always, this man is a delight, the amazing voice of Stephen Fry along with his deftly honest and witty narrative makes this just fantastic. It's unabridged and so is amazing value too, you really want this whether you know it yet or not! :-)
"Witty and well read!"
If you love Stephen Fry, you'll love this look into his life. Let his voice take you on a journey of his early career and University days.
"A Change For Future Reading"
I have admired the work of Stephen Fry for several years, but have never before read an autobiography by anyone. An added feature was the author himself reading the book, as through ill health. I can no longer read for myself, Audibles offered selection are first-class. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will no longer rule-out biographies.
Thanks Audible, It's so nice to get back into books.
"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!
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