I'm a researcher working in the field of English phonetics. I always enjoy listening to non-fiction audiobooks.
I hesitated but finally bought this audiobook when it was on sale. Purchasing it has proved to be a wrong decision. The book is well-written but sheer torture to listen to. First, the reader/author often does not pause between sentences, which is really a very bad habit and shows disrespect for listeners. Second, the reader/author for a few times gets stuck with the 's' and 'th' sounds when they occur together, which affects the smoothness of the reading. Third, the book is read in an angry tone in which the reader seems to be quarrelling nonstop with someone imaginary. In a word, this audiobook has no aesthetic and commercial value. I would never recommend it.
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.
witty, rambling, warm
him failing at being teacher
even more of his own perpestive
rambling through comedy legend
loved this book was great to hear Stephen read it. Wish i had known it was his second biography as it refers back and would have preferred to hear/read that first. this book rambles through some of the most influential time in modern comedy history all the while with the distinct impression that he would though he would be there in the first place. made me look like a mad man on the bus several times laughing to hard to myself
Lovely. Just Lovely.
It makes a very entertaining double bill with "I, Partridge," which has some bizarre similarities. Stephen's endearing honesty and self-awareness are a wonderful contrast to Partridge's bluster and self-aggrandisement.
Yes, and this was as good as any, if perhaps not quite as compelling as his Harry Potter readings.
It was very tempting, though I managed to resist.
Only slight irritation is the overlap with Moab is My Washpot. It wasn't hugely detrimental, but just a couple of times it felt like I'd heard this before. I also suspect that some of the lists would have annoyed me had I been reading the book, but when reading aloud Stephen manages to imbue them with the fascination and nostalgia which he so obviously feels for them himself.
Hi, I'm Sharon and I live in Lincolnshire.
The narration by Mr Fry himself really added to the experience - at times it did seem that he was speaking directly to me. He mentioned lots of different people and how he knew them and some of their shared stories and it would be good to listen again to hear them.. I must confess that I didn't know everyone referred to and maybe I should google some of them next time so see who they are.
I hadn't listened to the first part of Mr Fry's autobiography but it was easy to pick up here as he did sort of do a recap of previous events.
I really enjoyed the way I felt he narrated the story just for me.
It had a few moments where I smiled to myself at some of the things he said.
There was a few moments of swearing in this so it's not something I would recommend to just anyone. If the language doesn't bother you - enjoy this small insight into what makes Stephen Fry the person he is.
The story starts with a bang and captures listener’s attention straight away. I loved his witty comments and was in stitches most of the time (perhaps not a good idea whilst driving a car...). Especially the first and last quarters of the book were highly amusing, fast-paced and flowed smoothly.
About how, even after being a recognised public figure, well educated and highly respected, he sometimes felt a fraud – it made me think about my own shortcomings I desperately try to hide from the world!
Deep, soft voice and impeccable accent. Mrrr....
I didn’t like name-dropping – I don’t know many of these people, I have no interest in getting to know them and that part was bit tiresome
Best book for Xmas?
One of the better audiobooks which was undoubtedly aided by Stephen reading the story himself.
Favorite character ? Tricky one that.
Not yet but I shall now
No it wasn't but was all the better for it because I kept coming back to it over three or four days.
Pretty much what it it says on Stephen's tin. His wit, intellect and fabulous use of the english language is heard in every aural page.
I found this book to be vivid, amusing and engaging. Fry's no holds barred review of his life is interspersed with digressions into his views on the human condition. His prose is clear; his narrative style entertains.
Fry;s description of the pleasures of smoking is pure genius. I never thought I would appreciate the delight a smoker gets from tobacco or understand the high that it gives. This book is worth it just for this section.
This book builds on Moab is my Washpot, but being about his university days and early career is less indulgent about his "innocent" youth. It is more relevant to his public face.
His performace is similar to the one he gave on the Harry Potter series. It was interesting how many resonances there are between the Potter books and Fry's auto biography. Which books came first? Compare however Fry's description of the school tuck shop experience with Rowling's description of Potter's first visit to the magcial sweet shop.
This books by turns made me chuckle and gasp with delight and horror and Fry's past life. His candid expose of his life can be squirmingly embarassing and deligtfully candid by turns.
very interesting and read as only Stephen Fry could. The hours flew by listening to his exploits.
Its funny and very candid.
I don't think I've read anything quite like it.
His own! But impersonation of his agent was very funny, as was his amazingly authentic Hungarian accent (when describing being cured of his fear of singing).
The Flaws of Fry
Fry has the most extraordinary facility with words and the English language. It can be somewhat florid occasionally & over-wrought but you have to marvel at this man's fine intellect and his courageousness in admitting to multiple weaknesses, character flaws, and other human frailties than most of us prefer not to reveal to others.