Fan of biographies, starting to get to the obscure ones now.
The whole book has a general constant momentum of fact humour and intrigue.
For some reason, when a young Stephen operating as a temporary teacher has to inflict physical punishment on a boy. The build up creates many worrying emotions but typically it ends with a humorous if reflective tone.
Typically well written and there is no better narrator, i was truly surprised at his story. Stephens story causes many internal opinions to rise, at times i find i disagree with him as he discusses class, opportunity and the will to learn. There is a part where he says no one need be un educated as we can all chose to read and injest books etc (as he did). Whilst i agree with that sentiment, a child from a rat infested tenament with a lack of nutrition or access to essentials i think can never rise as easily as a fortunate well fed, well schooled child.
My point is that this book will make you consider his thoughts and whether you agree or otherwise you will continue to read and be amazed as his incredible life unfolds.
Dont miss this one, a masterclass in auto biography.
I love Stephen Fry and found his autobiography fascinating and funny and such a bonus that it is narrated by him. Being Dyslexic reading can be a struggle so being able to listen to books that I would have otherwise struggled to read has really open up my world.
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.
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...
I'm sorry; I know how popular this recording is, but I just didn't really enjoy it much at all-- very quickly it seemed to me to be a list-making, name-dropping exercise for Fry, which is a great shame. Maybe it was his reading it; I don't know, but I had enjoyed reading for myself the first part of his autobiography 'As Moab is my Washpot' a whole lot more.
Then again, I'm not a die-hard Fry fan (though I do find him interesting and enjoy much of his work) or indeed era of show-biz which is covered and I know that there are others who will certainly enjoy this audiobook much more than I did.
I love Stephen Fry, the words he uses, the rants he chooses, the fun he conjures. Much of this autobiography met my expectations but there were other parts where I was just plain bored. It was like being cornered at a party. Fortunately this is an audiobook, and so I could choose between fast forwarding or allowing the lengthy self-indulgences to wash over me.
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.
entertaining, educational, funny. I am a great fan of Stephen Fry anyway, and adore his frank, erudite witty banter fabulously entertaining. well done Stephen/
the author himself and his magical way with words.
no i liked to spread out the pleasure!
As I child I taught myself to read and was lost in a world of books, but never had the luxury of being read to..until now!! Loving audible.
I have already read most of his previous stuff, but yes I would listen again.
Yes, but possibly only as a way of relaxing, not necessarily anything we didn't already know about Mr Fry in this book. Don't get me wrong, I really like Stephen Fry, but I found he often "over talked or over explained" periods in his life and career, to the point of being a smidge self indulgent and a tad boring. Some bits were better than others, and some bits simply sent me to sleep, even during the day! It was great though having him as a personal story-teller at bed time, and some of his anecdotes were interesting. Stephen Fry is a supreme wordsmith, and for his fans this will not dissapoint, but at times I felt the "wordiness" was a bit over-egged and became a little irksome.
.....difficult one this.....it sort of all melded into one long relaxing ramble......ouch.
No, I'd wait for it to appear on Netflix I think.
For a long time Stephen Fry has been in my top 5 dream dinner party guests, after listening to this......I still like him, but I think he's probably moved down to a reserve........sorry :-(