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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"Witty, entertaining and refreshingly honest."
Enlightening and entertaining, all that you would expect from the literary genius that is Stephen Fry...and more. 'The Fry Chronicles' was the first book I've 'read' of Stephen's and it won't be the last. Packed with refreshingly honest recollections, anecdotes and information, I enjoyed it on so many levels. Mr Fry himself was a joy to listen to, with his rich tones drawing you into his life and times. His depiction of university life and the hallowed grounds of Cambridge was particularly interesting to me. I will enjoy listening to this book over and again.
I am thoroughly enjoying this book (started yesterday): Fry's meandering through this part of his life is poignant, fascinating and funny by turn. His wordsmanship is, of course, to the fore and he will , as promised in the opening statement 'use 100 words where 10 would do'. But this is why we love Fry and his self effacing ramblings of exquisite verbage.
I am rationing my listening, so as to make this book last and then I will download his earlier offering which I didn't realise covered his early childhood. What a treat!
Stephen Fry is widely regarded as a phenomenally clever and funny man. This book adds fuel to that theory as he tells of his life so far with funny and heart warming anecdotes.
Thoroughly recommended, as biography a go this is one of the best of modern times.
"Very Stephen Fry"
With his soothing voice and unique style this audio books takes you to very heart of what makes Stephen Fry Stephen Fry and his voice is wonderful to listen to on those long journeys to and from work. You learn lots about his early acting days and writing and how he gradually began to build up into the marvellous British Institution he is today.
"The hours fly by with Fry"
A frequently funny, often thought provoking listen. Wonderfully read by Fry himself makes this one of the most enjoyable and engaging books i have had the pleasure of reading. Thoroughly recommend to even those with a passing interest in Stephen Fry, you'll be converted.
Really enjoyed listening to this, made even more enjoyable by Stephens voice reading it. Would recommend to anyone and especially those with an interest in Stephens life.
"Being in bed with Stephen"
The Fry Chronicles has been a pillow companion for the past two weeks now. Without it my nights would be lonely, my mind buzzing with the banal, and the thought of going to bed a shoulder-slumping dread.
It's not just the wit and honesty that make these tales so compelling, it's also the delivery. Stephen's voice is like a silver tray; delivering even the most trivial of facts with rich conviction and a sense of being privy to his personal outpourings.
I'd recommend Stephen as the perfect bed fellow for any audiophile.
I'm sorry; I know how popular this recording is, but I just didn't really enjoy it much at all-- very quickly it seemed to me to be a list-making, name-dropping exercise for Fry, which is a great shame. Maybe it was his reading it; I don't know, but I had enjoyed reading for myself the first part of his autobiography 'As Moab is my Washpot' a whole lot more.
Then again, I'm not a die-hard Fry fan (though I do find him interesting and enjoy much of his work) or indeed era of show-biz which is covered and I know that there are others who will certainly enjoy this audiobook much more than I did.
"slightly or not"
Not sure how much I liked the read, I certainly think the man is a genious but felt that he gets hung up a little too much on his depression, in saying this I still believe it is worth a listen to understand more about him.
"Superb listen !"
This is Stephen Fry's second autobiographical piece and it continues from where 'Moab is My Washpot' ended. It is very clever, superbly written and fascinating account of Stephen Fry's early career and university days. The incredibly witty and innovative way he uses to describe his addictions over the years will have you rolling around on the floor laughing while at the same time his feelings will touch each listener in a different way. Exquisite piece!
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