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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"Stephen Fry at his best"
I loved, loved this book. I am a big fan of Stephen Fry and it was great to hear a part of his life story (the first part can be found in Moab is my washpot). He tells everything honestly and it is nice to know that one of the most succesful persons of Britain feels so down in the dumps sometimes.
The book is narrated by the author himself, which is always great but especially enjoyable with the warm voice of Stephen. I can't wait for the next part!
"Hard to put down"
I only know the latter-day Stephen Fry, not being familiar with his earlier career. This book is read by Stephen which makes any autobiography a great story to listen to. It's written with honesty, feeling, much humor, and the narration is superb. I liked Stephen before, after listening to his story, I have a much deeper feeling for the man. You will like this book!
Stephen has had a very interesting life and also has the most amazing reading voice and so I expected great things here. And yes he reads beautifully. The warning sign for me came early on when Stephen said (I'm paraphrasing here), 'I like words, the longer the better and I like to weave them into long sentances. I'm too old to change it'. What can be said in once short sentance, Fry takes two long winded paragraphs and some to describe- from sweetie wrappers to ....well I 'm sure the inside of a ping pong ball is there somewhere. Almost fell asleep whilst I was driving it was so very boring. Sorry :-(
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.
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