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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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!
"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.
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