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David Jason: My Life Audiobook

David Jason: My Life

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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors.Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker.

Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn’t until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.

Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV’s favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children’s show Danger Mouse.

But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad’s Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way.

David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty. With an introduction narrated by David himself.

©2013 David Jason (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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  • GJ
    Stoke on Trent, UK
    5/19/17
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    "Very good"

    Interesting and you get to know more about the man behind Del Boy/Granville/pop larkin.

    Some sad time and great times and ended with a perfect poem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike.C
    4/25/17
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    "My life"

    A very entertaining read with laughs, sorrow, dips and troughs. However I was disappointed with the audio book. The first chapter was read by David Jason who draws you his tale with his wonderful voice. The second chapter onwards was read very competently yet without the life force David Jason brings to everything he does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pr taylor02
    4/5/17
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    "Got it all just like only fools and horses"

    Got it all just like only fools and horses
    Happiness sadness enjoyable just like David

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Mc
    Cumbria
    2/25/17
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    "Everything you'd want it to be"

    Great listen and lovely reminiscences. Funny and you can hear David in the narrator. Really enjoyed the Only Fools stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    2/17/17
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    "Read this book!"

    Fantastic, insightful, funny and moving. What a superb professional, generous soul, gentleman, and role model.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L Ball
    UK
    1/26/17
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    "David just keeps at it, doing what he loves."

    Loved this. One of the only autobiographies I've read but once I saw it I had to listen. David sounds like a lovely man and he's had an incredible life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    1/16/17
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    "not so luvy jubbly"

    nothing new to find out about this national treasure. book plodded through Davids life. would have been far better if he had done the naration himself, this would have personalised the mundane parts of his life . I appreciate David keeps himself to himself and this came through in the bio, seems he reluctantly done this book.

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  • scott
    1/7/17
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    "remarkable!!"

    absolutely the most remarkable thing I've ever read, you can hear David Jason behind every word and he hasn't left out any of the details, some remarkably personal bits of his life in places but a very very honest and brilliant book.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes or adores this man like myself!
    A great man, and a treasure to Britain!
    I would only love to meet him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hedgehog
    Devon, UK
    12/13/16
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    "Shame he didn't narrate it himself - would have added passion"

    Having just listened to someone else's autobiography - who has half the story David Jason has to tell - but who narrated their own biography with such passion - I was disappointed Mr Jason didn't narrate this book about himself. It would have added so much more for the listener - and it's not a cheap book to buy either!

    It felt to me more of a factual account (which I found was missing passion - which is odd as one has to be brimming with it to bring the characters to life that this actor has through his work). I'm sure there are far more vignettes that could have been retold. However, as he says, he is a private person and I felt this in this factual recount of events. I get the feeling he must have been begged by publishers to write this book (for posterity) and he did it by keeping to the facts - he is clearly too polite (and kind) to tell too many tales out of school.

    Thought the references to Ronnie Barker were well mentioned and the very very final passage a superb close to the tome from David Jason a kindly man who really 'worked' his trade and remained grounded.

    P.s: He really shouldn't regret not having attended 'Dwama Skool'! (She said!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    12/1/16
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    "Enjoyed it all the way"

    A very good life story,with a few spots that got me laughing,since I live in the wonderful county of Yorkshire I was very interested in the Frost & other bits connected with Yorkshire TV,as a lot off locations wear either in the City I live & the hospital I worked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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