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.
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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.
"straight from the horses mouth"
loved it. didn't realise how much of an eventful life he had also makes it ten times better when your being told it directly by the person whose life it is. Stephen Fry has the ability to capture the listener with everyone word making it impossible to switch off never even had to hit the rewind button once. brilliant
"a truly awesome man !"
I love Stephen. I could just leave it there, but I won't.
This was my first audio book. I couldn't stop listening to it... an absolute joy and pleasure.
Obviously well read, and attention to accents are awesome.
Best bit for me.
His account of the audition for tempest and his nervousness, then the recall...
the entire book is amazing though, and I will gladly add to his fortune buy purchasing his other works...
love love love !!!
such an interesting and beautiful man.
"Just what you'd expect from Fry, brilliant!"
I knew he was a modern polymath but I didn't know just how interesting his life has been I can't wait to read the next instalment .
"Amusing but not much meat"
I would have liked to know more about Stephen Fry as a person, no warts in this book at all!
I love his voice, so might have a go listening to one of his novels, wont bother with any more of his bios
Lots of amusing snippets, his conversation with Paul McCartney, his time in New York, and his behind the scenes glimpse of Me and My Girl
Yes, I did enjoy it at the time, but I wont listen again
The great thing about Stephen Fry is that you - almost - know exactly what you're going to get with him: wit, charm, abundant eloquence. What surprises is his level of honesty about his life and his lack of apology for mistakes he has made. He's a wise man, or on the path anyway: we learn from the bad as well as the good, and the sooner we learn it, the sooner we can get on with the business of living, which is surely the point of it all.
Fry is just so easy to listen-to: Close your eyes and sip on a schooner of sherry, and you'll be there, imagining that he's talking with you, sitting in a wingback leather chair, in the Athenaeum.
He just never stops! Just when you think it's going to be a tedious little story about school (when he was there - and he often wasn't), prison (just once, but marvellous to dine out-on), or Cambridge (he really really wants you to accept the utter superiority of that university over any other one might be tempted to consider), he comes up with a little story about someone, or a precise, yet generally fond description of their manner, and you're caught up in the whole magnificent swing of the thing.
Laugh. I don't think Fry would ever intend to have his reader in tears - at least not tears of sorrow.
Try it. You deserve it: Be good to yourself, and all that. Oh, and don't forget to have some sherry to hand.
"Incomparable Stephen Fry"
One of the most enjoyable books I have listened to (part 1&2) he made you feel like you were with him living each moment as it happened. It was so compelling that I had to listen to part 1&2 at home and when driving, can’t wait for number 3 to be published
Stephen Fry For his honesty and refreshing attitude and outlook on life
It made me laugh and brought a big smile to my face
I had my earphone on listen and working away, I could not stop laughing and smiling and had a few strange look from my wife (who said I was mad). I offered to let her listen to it after (for a price)
"An amazing read"
It is compelling; one listen really doesn't do it justice: to get the nuance of much of Fry's reading requires several listens.
This book is incomparable, even to the rest of Fry's autobiographies. Fry has a much more polished written style that is less knowingly clever and simply more knowing.
Fry has the intonation and delivery that not only makes it a personal read but also a read where the real ';meaning' of the text is apparent.
The funning and crude anecdotes
His use of language.
All of it
Thoroughly entertaining and fascinating and read with such mellifluous tones! This book could not fail to deliver ! I know that's more than three words but like Fry I always use more than essential.
"A great story of a great man"
I love Stephen Fry and those who call him a national treasure are right. It is great to listen to this book on Audible, as Stephen Fry is the narrator himself, and who would not like to listen to his great voice. I did not know anything about Stephen's personal life and story before I listened to this book and if that is you too, then you are in for quite few surprises! His story is very interesting and I liked his honest account of the events, confiding all, even the most embarrassing acts of mischief and fraud. Saying that, he has left out almost all relating to private relationships and feelings, leaving the focus mostly to his professional biography. In any case, it is a very interesting story, very entertaining and also insightful. You cannot help but admire him even more, after learning about his weaknesses and personal struggles.
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