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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Just an excellant "read", made all the better for the author actually presenting the book.
Stephen Fry is an excellent narrator, probably why he's chosen for telly, as well as for his wit and humour. Learning of his life and what made him what he is today was entertaining. There was a lot of name dropping and stage production naming etc, but not surprising really as that is a big part of his life. However once the odd few minutes of that were done here and there, the rest was pure genius!
I am not one for autobiographies in general, but I love Stephen Fry and I love his voice, so listening to him talk about his life, ups and downs, the life of a student at Cambridge (which I found myself envying) and how he progressed after - it was like we were having a cup of tea together whilst he chatted to me about his life. Am greedy for more.
Very amusing and interesting to learn of Fry's time in Cambridge. Also gives insight into other interesting actors/actresses. Usual wonderful use of words and well-read by the author. Less sexual and linguistic improprieties than the other books, judging by the reviews.
"Stormy seas with Stephen under the Southern Cross"
It seems a bit of a cheek to write a review of the writings and readings of Stephen Fry. How could any right minded person say anything other than 'wonderfully entertaining and worthy of at least 5 stars?' But this was the first audiobook I tried on the Kindle I purchased to accompany me on a sailing adventure in 2011. Sailing with three others on what seemed a very small (45') yacht from New Zealand to the northern isles of Tonga - I had plenty of time alone on my watches to be amused and comforted by him. Amused because he is just so funny. Comforted by his relaxed tones during two terrifying storms which left me, a novice deckhand, in no doubt about the power of mother nature. We abuse her at our peril. Very funny - he has an admirable way of accounting for his good fortune with a convincing humility. In a world full of talentless wanabe nobody's who aspire to fame for no discernible reason other than to be famous for grasping and grovelling their way up the sickening ladder of so called celebrity, Stephen Fry is one of my true heroes. Jeff Manning
"Funny and Entertaining"
Impeccably narrated by the author. Honest and funny. Fry's use of language is floral and beguiling. I'd recommend to anyone.
"Engaging and funny"
This is Stephen Fry's medium and he brings his own words alive. Interesting insight into the various characters he met at Oxford, and a wry look at his own human short comings which so many of us share. Much more likeable and engaging than his TV performances - recommended.
"In a word; Superb!"
This audio version of this superb autobiography surely has to be the definitive one. The book version will not impart the inflections, emphasis and amusing and accurate impressions that the author himself brings to this flawless reading.
This was my first autobiography I'd read and wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was more than pleased with what Stephen Fry's chronicle dished up. For me it was something I could not put down. This is a truly fascinating and candid read that will reveal much about the author. In fact, he is brutally honest about himself and is not afraid to tell us things about himself that he doesn't like, is ashamed of and otherwise embarrassed about. He is often highly critical of himself which sometimes reveals a fragile person underneath with all his self doubt and perceived failings. His story telling is brilliant and is portrayed beautifully in his extraordinarily articulate style. There are words used in this book that I have never heard, much less understand, but don't let this put you off. You'll get the gist and that's what's important.
Stephen Fry is to the English language as fillet Minion is to beef.
Brilliant, shocking, funny, insightful candid and above all honest .. A truly remarkable read.
Didn't enjoy this: seems to have been written on the principle that never use one word when ten will do ! 'Guilding the lily' springs to mind. Obviously a talented chap, but in this biography becomes a victim of his own verbosity! Gave up listening half way through.
"Our Friend, Stephen Fry"
I think we all believe Stephen Fry is our personal friend, and he will be round any minute to join us for dinner and scintillating conversation. This book re-inforces that belief. I felt like Stephen was telling only me about his experience. How filled with famous names, hilarious anecdotes and lovable admissions is this book. Not an ounce of self importance, quite the opposite, and the name dropping is breath-taking, as he does it without arrogance or smarm. I want to hear so much more about his experiences in the BBC and with Radio 4, I want to join Stephen and Hugh Laurie as they admire each other's talent and laugh over old times. Never fear, they will be at my door any minute now. Stephen, we love you, take heart from our genuine affection, and write more. Please.
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