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 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.
I really liked this book Stephen Fry is an excellent narrator as everybody already knows.the book itself is full of his characteristic wit charm and self deprecating good hummer. And unlike most celebrities he has had quite an interesting and life.
It is well written and well performed autobiography. Though I'm not much into biographies, this one was good and I liked it more than usually.
I live in rural France with my husband and cats. We both love audio books as they get us through the dreariest jobs, like weeding and diggin
It took me a couple of restarts with this book. Much as I like Stephen Fry, he is very tricky to listen to. He goes at a rate of knots, and has an annoying habit of giving you lists. ie he uses a word, and it is as if he thinks you don't know what that word means, so he gives you numerous words meaning the same thing! or perhaps he wanted us to know how clever he was knowing other words that meant the same thing.
That got really annoying, and tedious.
He does re-iterate quite a lot so you think you've drifted off , but no he tells you the same thing again, but in a much more verbose fashion.
I did listen to it but there were parts which were, frankly, boring.
Much as I like Stephen Fry, he can come over very pompous on the one hand and very needy on the other... but that I suppose is what bi-polar people are like
I wouldn't go for any prequels or sequels.... or books "what he wrote before or after"..... ha ha
Mind you if you are bi-polar you are probaly reading this and saying "Exactly what Stephen Fry is illustrating, he is bi-polar and this is what life is like for us".