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
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!
A wide one! Several hours of verbal showing off with minimal substance. Should be paid to listen to it.
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.
"Laugh out loud funny"
I thought that only to cover a few years in a long book was going to make this heavy going but the time flew by and I loved this book
If you need a good listen try this book
"Not bad Mr. Fry"
Not so much of the name dropping please!
Nothing really - he is brilliant at delivery and story telling
There already is!
I enjoyed this book but found the incessant name dropping a bit irritating - probably because I didnt know half the people he was talking about. I would have preferred more about him and how he really felt and reacted to things rather than a list of people and places and dates, I felt I still didnt really know Stephen Fry...but thats maybe how he wanted it.
"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!
Stephens Frys voice
Dreams of my father, very believable
It made me sleep laugh and think
I just adore Stephen Fry
Previously I wouldn't have considered myself a fan of Stephen Fry. He was simply the "other bloke" in many of the best comedies. However, after listening to Fry describe his life, I now realise that the man is a comic genius. I couldn't recommend this enough. It had me laughing out loud.
I listened straight on from ' Moab is my washpot' I had bought this first before realising it was the second part ! it followed on excellently in all aspects of story and conviction of delivery.
Belief in the experience.
I could have, however I use the books as 'driving buddies' so I only listen for 40-50 mins a time, twice a day.
"For die hard Fry fans"
Not really, I would liked him to write more about his overcoming addiction or his psychological demons then his acting and life. I didnt go into the book with doing much research, a friend recommended it to me.
His childhood and addiction to sugar, the theme of to deal with urges and drive that wasnt beneficial to him. Could also relate to what the addiction did to him, what the end result was.
If you like Stephen Fry and his acting career, I guess its a great book. If you dont know him or what he has done, I wouldnt recommend the book.
"The Fry Effect"
Charming, Funny, Reflecting
Cut out some of the longer accounts of who participated in what play and when etc., and fill in more of his reflections on his life and choices. The rather detailed/technical descriptions of his professional career is a bit tiresome at points
When Fry invites us into his thoughts, feelings and crippling doubts about, well, everything really. It really makes the book come alive.
Laugh mostly. Fry is such an inspiring character, you feel strangely comforted by his ever friendly voice.
Writing this review I realize how hard it is to describe how much I enjoy listening to Stephen Fry. There is just something about him that makes you think about your own life, as he talks about his. You should definitely give it a go.
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