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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"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!
"Too much information"
I love Stephen Fry, the words he uses, the rants he chooses, the fun he conjures. Much of this autobiography met my expectations but there were other parts where I was just plain bored. It was like being cornered at a party. Fortunately this is an audiobook, and so I could choose between fast forwarding or allowing the lengthy self-indulgences to wash over me.
"Great tales and an amazing voice"
Stephen Fry has lived a fascinating life (and continues to do so, no doubt); he recounts stories, interactions, the crossings of paths, the ways of working in TV, theatre and other media with a real eloquence and ease of listening. The narrative is revealing and enlightening and really brought to life by Fry's excellent voice and ability to speak in a variety of accents and mimic his friends and other characters. This really is the beauty of the audio book. Definitely recommend.
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!
"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.
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