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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"The Fry Chronicles"
SF reads his autobiography really well. He is fantastic at other voices and accents. Made the listening very enjoyable. Superb with words. The books ends making you want more ... so I wait. Thank you Mr Fry.
"Stephen Fry reading his own book? Yes please!"
You honestly can't get a better reading voice than Stephen Fry, and for him to be reading his own book is just bliss
Every nuance of his reading is SUPERB, and it goes from a brilliant book to an amazing audio book
If you don't have this book in your library then you are SERIOUSLY missing out - this is a "can't miss" book!
"Some laugh out loud moments to be had"
Stephen Fry demonstrates an original sense of humour here and has edited the autobiography for the audible audience. His self-deprecating style and eloquence suit the more intellectual audience and his inclusion of well-known British celebrities makes for more entertaining anecdotes. Well-narrated and interesting.
"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.
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