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
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.
Admittedly I've read 'Moab is My Washpot' thought to enjoy this, you need not to have read Fry's first memoir in order to grasp any part of the second. He must have learnt the knack of covering previous adventures in one's life journey from narrating the Harry Potter series. However, the effect here resembles more and Enid Brighton introduction and less a David Sedaris event, which may leave one scrambling for the many other memoirs one had published in order to grasp entirely the authors life experience.The thing I appreciated about this approach is if, like me, you have read many interviews and watched many appearances of Fry, you will take comfort in the repetition but also each of the slight differences he employs when retelling a tale, as I have.]He speaks more as I imagine he wishes, reading this book, then anything you have seen or heard of these stories. The listener will be enthralled, amused and nevertheless livid at the prospect of Fry's writing of a further chronicle!
This is great. It's like Stephen has sat you down, as a good friend, to tell you some amusing (and heartwarming) anecdotes about how he accidentally became famous. Brilliant. The narration is utterly superb. What a voice!! I could listen to him recite the phone book.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. No wonder the book has topped the best seller lists here in Australia. I think that Stephen Fry could read a shopping list and still have my undivided attention. I listened in 40 minute chunks and I think that digesting in larger portions could lessen the enjoyment.
I know he loves his words but there were just too many needless ones.
Mr Fry as the narrator did not detract at all.
Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.
So far the only book I regret downloading, the author seems to have some difficulty understanding the diffrence between being verbose rather than eloquent. The tone is best described as Uriah Heep meets Brideshead Revisited. The only reason for purchasing this book is to understand the full meaning of the term ego.
"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.
Sublime narration. What a character Mr Fry is. Very splendid. Thank you Stephen for this insight into you world. X
"Thoroughly enjoyable listen"
Really good story, kept attention throughout. Narration as expected flawless.
I would recommend this book to anyone, especially if you know nothing of Mr Fry
He is so eloquent, a treat for the ears.
And his generous nature and natural funny bones make him entertaining and friendly.
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...
"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.
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