This is my autobiography, the exciting story of how I, Ronald Corbett, the son of an Edinburgh baker, became convinced that I had to seek my fortune and become an actor, of how I pursued that goal, found fame on television as one of The Two Ronnies, and managed to meet a fabulous cast of extraordinary people along the way.
First I'll take you back to my schooldays and reveal the technique I developed for estimating the height of a girl before daring to ask her to dance. I'll explain how I first met David Frost, John Cleese and Michael Palin, and shamelessly reveal how I once played Othello to Danny La Rue's Desdemona, having just had dinner with Laurence Olivier. I'll also tell you about the time I was suddenly struck down by a mysterious illness that destroyed my sense of balance and prevented me from going on stage for several years.
Altogether I must admit, it is a truly dramatic story. I only hope my mother won't be too shocked!
©2000 Ronnie Corbett (P)2009 Random House Audio
Ronnie Corbett reads his autobiography, first published in 2000.
He is a pleasant enough companion as he recounts his (mostly) fortunate life. No skeletons in cupboards here.
I listen to most of my audiobooks more than once, but won't bother with this one. It's not that it's bad, it's just a bit 'beige'.
Although very interesting, I found that there was a distinct lack of chronology though out the book. Jumping around from chapter to chapter.
The most disappointing and annoying part however, was the recording. The audio seemed to be fading in and out at times and this made it very difficult to listen to at times. Plus, the occasional musical interludes just left me confused.
The story of Ronnie was interesting his years of work in the entertainment industry is second to none. His reading was very good but the music in between the sections was very distracting.
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