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.
Predominately time well spent some bits did rant on a bit but overall Stephen does well
If you want to follow Fry;s footsteps to adulthood and celeb status then carry on carry on (such FUN, great song as well).
If you want to learn how all the current celebs (Fry's friends and contemporaries) come from predominately just two universities
If you want to be amazed
then just read it
His delivery is great Then he is a national treasure
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.
There is no doubt Fry is a good writer and narrator, however I found the second half of the book interesting but a bit monotonous. If you did not live in Britain in the 70s and 80s or are not interested in British theatre and media you may also find this audiobook monotonous
I find reading hard work so listening is more my thing, music and radio shows etc.... Love the Archers. First book was Narnia, aged 10
I have to admit this is my first audible book and I am a big Fry fan anyway so it seemed the most logical puchase. Needless to say, the fact Stephen was narrating his own book went a long way in aiding my decision to choose it and when finances allow I shall be purchasing his other books also.
Nothing to compare it to at the moment.
Only his radio shows and presenting of QI XL. Both of which I enjoy.
A very favourable book, feels almost like a conversation between Stephen Fry and the reader.
It takes me a long time to listen to a book as it fills my time driving too and from work. Audio has rekindled my love of reading!
MOAB and this volume occupied 24 hours of my life that went by far too quickly - if I ever reach the point where I have no volumes left to listen to in my audible account then I am sure another 24 hours will be spent listening to these
Yes several including MOAB and various podcast offerings
I could easily have done so if life permitted it
I cannot wait for the next volume that I sincerely hope Mr Fry is writing at the moment - the world is a better place for the presence of this charismatic man
Short answer: Yes. It's a beautiful example of how a work of non-fiction should be written and performed. I feel sorry for those who had not taken advantage of this in it's audible form.
The best part was all of it. From it's first to it's last, it developed what a book should give it's reader/listener: entertainment, insight and knowledge.
It's Stephen Fry.