Hugh was born in Oxford, and his father, WGRM 'Ran' Laurie, was a doctor who won a gold medal in the coxless pairs at the 1948 Olympics. Hugh followed in his father's footsteps as a rower at Cambridge, but when he was forced to hang up his oars he joined the famous Cambridge Footlights and there began a career in comedy. It was at university that he met Stephen Fry, and the pair forged a hilarious partnership that continued through the 1980s and 1990s.
Hugh has also enjoyed great success on the big screen; starring in Sense and Sensibility, 101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs Aliens and the three Stuart Little films. But it is the character of irascible doctor Gregory House, in the US TV drama House, that has brought global fame. He has won two Golden Globes for the role and received a prestigious Emmy nomination in 2005, and continues to receive critical acclaim for his performance in the show - especially for his near-perfect American accent.
With worldwide fame and an OBE to his name, Hugh Laurie is undoubtedly one of Britain's best-loved actors.
©2011 John Blake Publishing (P)2013 Prospero Media
Get a more competent narrator
I listen to A LOT of audio books and this is the first time I have left a review. Well really it's a warning. If you want to hear about Hugh Laurie's life then I would highly recommend you buy a paper book or download to kindle. THIS IS THE WORST NARRATOR EVER. I don't think I will reach the end of the book as the narrator's voice lulls me into unconsciousness. It is like listening to a newsreader but in slow motion. In fact, it is very similar to a hypnotherapy CD I use for insomnia. it really is dreadful and completely spoils what would otherwise be an enjoyable read. I don't understand why such a well known actor, whose best friend is an extremely good narrator (Stephen Fry), would be happy to allow his biography to be read by this man. My advice would be to avoid the audio version of this book and read it instead.
if it had been read with some emotional range or even a little humour.
Less cataloging of the events and more insight on the emotions of the person living them
would have loved to hear hugh laurie read his own story
boredom just wanted to get it finished to be honest and move on
I liked finding out about his life before House.
Other biographies - it was interesting listening about his life.
I actually didn't like Simon Whistler's reading particularly - it was too laid back and lacked expression - and sometimes I had difficulty hearing him as I was listening in the car. However, overall, I found his performance ok and probably the quiet approach was better than a reader who is too expressive.
Much more than House
Sometimes there was double up of information - a comment would be made, and then the same words would be used in the quote - I feel it could have been edited a bit more for an audio book which cannot be skipped - however, this is not the fault of the reader or the subject.
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