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
Fry presents us with a detailed account of his life, a bit too detailed at times in my opinion. Thankfully he is a masterful reader and performer, which saves the day when he veers off into too much unimportant detail.
Fry comes off as a very likable person, even more so due to his freely admitted, and much discussed insecurities. It is evident that he is fiercely intelligent and well read and educated, and I found myself occasionally losing track of what he was saying as his vocabulary is a lot more advanced than mine.
I am a fan of the work he did with his friends Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson, especially Blackadder and Jeeves & Wooster. It was largely on the basis on my love for those shows that I decided to listen to this audiobook.
As the book only stretches just past Fry's 30th birthday I feel that a couple of hours could have been shaved off.
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!
Stephen Fry's voice reading his own text is smply superb.
His childhood was very interesting.
If you do not like Stephen Fry as a person, just as a voice othe tape, this might not be your thing.
"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.
I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in what makes other people tick (which, I assume, is most people).
There are a number of them but I guess what hit me particularly was Stephen's assessment of his reluctance to give bad reviews. A very understandable position.
Mostly it made me laugh with recognition and the joy that someone being so honest and aware of their own motivation brings.
A book, especially an autobiography, read by the author is always going to be more enjoyable. This book would be very enjoyable even if read by someone else so imagine how much more so it is when read by Stephen!
A thoroughly interesting story from start to finish - read beautifully (as one would expect!) by Stephen Fry who reveals so much about his early life and experiences. I very much look forward to reading more from him.
"I hate to move with the crowd but..."
Mr Fry's book has been high on the list of most popular for so long and that was enough to put me off for quite a while, a moment of weakness inevitably came and the most annoying thing happened.
I loved every second, insightful irreverent interesting and there is clearly a reason it's so well loved. The most disappointing lesson I learned is, follow the crowd more often.
Mr Fry the pipe smoking Rugby referee.
I'm off to find a queue to join...
"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.
"Not as good as expected"
Thought the book was a bit boring....sorry.
Can't finish this so unable to say
Love Stephen Fry's voice.
Just thought his story was a bit boring and sadly I just can't finish his book.
Normally I love anything he does. For some reason just can't enjoy this book. Read other reviews and thought I would enjoy. Not for me.
"Facinating but unstructured"
Funny clever random
I'd listen to another Stephen Fry book to hear the missing parts of his life this book doesn't cover
His own intonation and emotion. Sarcasm comes across clearer when read. Especially as the reader is the author!
One man's rise to fame
"Stephen Fry is always great"
Well, he wrote it, and he's such a fun speaker that it's like you have a private audience with him. So, yes.
Stephen Fry's voice, but also the description of his Uni years with the Footlights, and early career.
He's always great, always does the voices, always plays out the nuances.
This is a long audio book - good if you are on a long journey.
Stephen Fry has got an amazing voice, and it's a pleasure to listen to anything he says!
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