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!
"Hours of delighted listening"
To say that an extra dimension is given by Stephen Fry's voice would be an understatement. He confides, entertains, shocks, confesses, delights, enlightens - rather than merely narrates. It makes the price of this book seem far too low.
In the course of telling the part of his story that stretches from Cambridge to the fame and fortune of his later twenties, he shares with us some of the thoughts and inner fears that he says still haunt him. None of this is solemn or toe-curling though. He always brings himself (and us) back from the brink with a throw-away line of such ludicrous self-mockery that, if most react as I did, the loudness of your own laughter comes as quite a shock.
It's also an insider's look at the way comedy changed and grew in the eighties. Nearly all the radio and television heroes of that era are there. You can hear their voices and each is treated with affectionate glee.
It's rare to find a book where every sentence is satisfying, funny or moving. In an audio book this is a special delight.
He says that it cannot be wondered at that his own rather shy hero, Alan Bennett, is so greatly loved. The self-deprecation that emerges in this book reveals the astonishing fact that Stephen Fry too lacks inner self-assurance - in spite of his cultured, funny, 'Renaissance Man' persona. It's as if he can't quite believe the enormous affection with which the nation regards him but it seems likely that this book will increase that affectionate admiration even more.
"Entertaining and Clever"
Great easy listening, read by a master.
Stephen Fry's impressions of various characters are spot on and very funny.Teaching, Cambridge, Show business,writing and his own particular demons.
Will now order the earlier volume and look forward to the next.
This is an incredible audio book! Not only is Stephen Fry warm, funny and engaging as a narrator but the book itself is funny, touching and a wonderful listen. Though I have to say, don't listen to this on the bus, you'll get the strangest looks when you're howling with laughter!
"Master of audible."
The whole book has a general constant momentum of fact humour and intrigue.
For some reason, when a young Stephen operating as a temporary teacher has to inflict physical punishment on a boy. The build up creates many worrying emotions but typically it ends with a humorous if reflective tone.
Typically well written and there is no better narrator, i was truly surprised at his story. Stephens story causes many internal opinions to rise, at times i find i disagree with him as he discusses class, opportunity and the will to learn. There is a part where he says no one need be un educated as we can all chose to read and injest books etc (as he did). Whilst i agree with that sentiment, a child from a rat infested tenament with a lack of nutrition or access to essentials i think can never rise as easily as a fortunate well fed, well schooled child.
My point is that this book will make you consider his thoughts and whether you agree or otherwise you will continue to read and be amazed as his incredible life unfolds.
Dont miss this one, a masterclass in auto biography.
"A Great Listen"
I love Stephen Fry and found his autobiography fascinating and funny and such a bonus that it is narrated by him. Being Dyslexic reading can be a struggle so being able to listen to books that I would have otherwise struggled to read has really open up my world.
"The Fry Chronicles"
This is an excellent self recorded account of his life. His many and varied and honest reflections and anecdotes makes this an easy book to get into. Added to the fact that one can stop and start as required makes this, for me, a must. Perhaps a guarded warning for some, due to his use of language, should be noted, but in this 'unabridged' version it seems to naturally fit into his life style and personality. His easily 'listenable' voice adds to the charm of the listening, making you feel you have a personal appointment with him. Thoroughly enjoyable!
I am in love with Stephen Fry even more after to listening to this book. I did try to read Moab a few years ago and just could'nt get it, he went on about grammer and other rubbish that did'nt make sense, whereas this book is brilliant and he just talks about his life and friends. Really great listen.
"A Fantastic Listen"
I must admit, I was unsure if I should try this book.. I'm so glad I did, its a fantastic read.. It kept my glued to my ipod until the book was finished.
Warning, there are a couple of bits in this book that will make you spit your coffee out.. and most likely laugh out loud.
Would recommend to anybody.
"If you didn't love Stephen before . . ."
What a lovely man. And here we have him chatting about his early career and he even does some affectionate impressions (his Alan Bennett is very good).
Chatting? well yes because Stephen's tone is one of a chum telling of mutual friends. He just includes you in his life, somehow.
"Delightful insight into a national treasure"
This was my first foray into audible and what a way to start, this audio book was unswitoffable (not a real word I know). It is read in an a style which is so easy and comfortable that it makes it seem ad libbed and as stephen is almost talking just to you. This book covers Stephens life from the end of his teens up to the nineties and is as interesting to hear his thoughts on himself as it is the times he lived in and the people he lived and worked with. Listen to it all in less than a week, Moab is my washpot (Stephens biography of his younger years) is on my wishlist after listening to this.
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