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.
Stephen Fry never fails to capture my attention. His flawlessly sweet syrupy voice guides you seamlessly through a tragically delightful life. Smashing!
Having Stephen read his story gave it an amazing realism . Stephens magic with words and the blase' way he speaks about his aquantencies and his sharp wit and humour make this a fantastically enjoyible book
Love it did not want it to stop I found it one of the best I had read could not put it down
"A great listen."
Well I thoroughly enjoyed that. Easy to listen to, intelligent and entertaining with just enough celebrity name dropping to make you come back for more.
"Explains so much"
Finding out the things that put him on the course to who he is today
He reads well is clear and i can't wait to hear the next part!
The incredible Mr Fry
"QI style biography"
Stephen fry goes through his early life in a QI alphabetical style. a normal 10 word sentence is replaced by at least 100 words
"Refreshingly different and entertaining"
Great choice for Stephen Fry to narrate his own story. Open, funny, and very enlightening
Ten out of Ten. exceeding good, loved every second of this Book. Stephen well done !!!
"A feel of entertainment industry, less of Fry"
I wouldn't listen to the whole of the book again. There were certain parts, which were absolutely hilarious and I'd love to listen to those story, but not the whole of the book.
Fry continues to impress with his wording whizz. Each chapter is titled with C-letter words and it's still absolutely seamless. Fry details his path in acceding to the lime light, continuously apologising for his fortune and refusing to give advice. His painfully accurate descriptions of feeling inadequate are heart-breaking and soul-warming at the same time.
This book is meant to be listened to. Perhaps more so than any other. Fry telling his story into your ear feels excitingly intimate and brings 200% on top of the stories themselves. Re-enacting sketches, accents, even his imitation of Atkinson. Pure joy. He is masterful at voice acting and reading his own story brings it an unexpected layer of authenticity.
This book is much less entertaining and funny than the Moab is My Washpot. One needs to be prepared for that and embrace the new and different stories of his 20ies. It should not be compared to the crazy adventures of the teenager, as hard as that might be. After all Stephen Fry is but a human, these books are autobiographies and the days of childhood and adolescence have brighter colours for all of us.
Funny, frank and philosophical.
Deep, delicious and addictive. I relished any free time I had, using it to listen to this compelling story. Stephen is a legend.
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