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
The glorious voice carries us along, the self-deprecating humour is delicious, and the story is always interesting. I feel we might have got a little further??? Not a great deal actually gets covered. However, what is here, is well worth swallowing with pleasure.
When he describes what Cocteau and him may do to entertain their guests. however, what Steven may do is going to be a lot less amusing!
The power of self-irony
monotone monologue failed to bring the expected life to Stephen's life story. Not recommended for listening to while driving!
Yes, because the narration is so great. I always like it when the author of a autobiobraphy reads his own book, and Stephen Fry is my favorit narrator, so this was perfect in that sense.
I have listened to his reading of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This was just as good as that one.
No, but that is not necessary. You can take it in bits.
I enjoyed this audiobook and I love Stephen Fry's voice and his narration skills. I found the content interesting, but I found myself being distracted by the use of, usually three but sometimes four and a couple of times even five adjectives to describe anything, to the point where I found myself counting them. I suppose they were necessary but in the end it annoyed me and I probably won't buy the next book. Anyone wanting to hear Stephen Fry at his best - get the Harry Potter books.
I'm a big fan of Stephen Fry and this book was a really interesting read. I love biographies and he did a great job giving us all the nitty gritty without it being too in depth and gooey.
Very well read by the man himself. As to the story I dont think it is a full account with warts and all - but certianly a lot of frank talk of what has made him who he is today.
Stephen Fry chronicles his life in an A to Z list, talking about his rise to fame, time at university and any other topic you can name. Sometimes he can get a little "name droppy" but that's his life! A good, fun listen!
To this point, this is the best audio book I have bought.
Just the way Stephen uses the English language.
His wit, his extradinary use of the english language is delicious, and he paints a picture that is wonderful. Particularly so if you are familiar with time, location and people
Stephen is so wonderfully candid about all his insecurities and self doubts- he had me laughing at myself for illustrating my similar thoughts
not yet, but very much intend to!
When he was recounting his time as school teacher who had threatened punishment to a student, and when push came to shove- he had to show he had the beans.
Very entertaining and honest- I cant wait for him to continue with the next chronicle!
"THEATRICALLY BRILLIANT LITERARY GENIUS"
This book is an masterpiece of literary genius. Listening to it makes you feel as if you were in a theatre, having a coffee with your friend, attending a lecture, tweeting, playing a game with words and being emotionally hyper yet feeling unhappy knowing the fact that not everyone in the world has access to this work of art.
Stephen fry's every possible emotion by connecting with the young petty thief, the greatest of scholars, the most adored television big whips and everyone in between.
He makes a salad of language, time, accents, sighs and whips you with the most beautiful feeling of act, scene and spot light business. He informs the listener about the ins and outs of OxBridge competition, snobbery and the in-between shenanigans... as well as provide details about various affairs of the theatrical world while insuring that people like me and you, with no reference to what he is talking about, end this book feeling I have been on the best course.
This is not an autobiography of Stephen Fry,but a biography of an era, and of a country's perception of the world in an epoch.
A must listen.
Stephen Fry's voice guides you through his life in a witty as well as provocative thoroughly honest review of his childhood to adulthood. Thought provoking as well as very funny.
"Love this book"
Fantastic could not stop listening
Good value and Stephen is very easy on the ear
"Simply; a humorous joy to hear"
Simply; a humorous joy to hear. Will listen again no doubt 👍🏻
Probably enjoyed "More fool me" more but still marvellous and amusing.
"Honest & Entertaining"
I love Stephen Fry. He's honesty about his addictive personality is very refreshing. I could listen to him all day. He's a very talented man who lived through an interesting time and has fought some of his demons, his worse one is still to come and I shall buy that book too.
Couldn't stop listening to this book. Not gonna lie I don't think I could have physically read it , there are some very big words in there lol. But definitely well worth a listen.
"Love Stephen Fry!"
I love Stephen Fry's honestly in this book, his way to 'tell it as it is' was done in such a lovely way. I also loved that Stephen is narrating the book himself. Absolutely love his voice.
"Fry at his best!"
A wonderful story of the making of the Stephen Fry we know and love. Ups, downs and his trials and tribulations to allow him to create the visual and audible splendours of his TV and film work as well as his literary works created to date. Excellent!
"Great, loved it all the way through"
Can't wait for the next instalment. Anything narrated by Stephen captures you like no other. It's great remembering all the plays, commercials, radio & TV he talked about.
"A great autobiography read by a great man"
I totally loved this to the point I would not want to get out of my car when listening to it.
no one can beat the ability Mr Fry has to capture your imagination and get you involved in the story.
I'm now downloading all the other audio books by Stephen Fry for summer.
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