Whether sweeping the floor for the Royal Shakespeare Company or co-starring with Faye Dunaway and an orang-utan in Dunstan Checks In (they both took ages to get ready), Rupert Everett always brings as much energy and talent to his life as he does to his career. His memoir swoops from the eccentricities of the British upper classes to the madness of Hollywood, from the Russian steppes to an Easter egg hunt in Elizabeth Taylor's garden.
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"Hilariously honest...a kind of rake's progress. The accounts of filming with stars such as Madonna, Sharon Stone, and Julia Roberts are as good as Evelyn Waugh. The earlier scenes from childhood to unruly adolescence, to drama school and a belle époque beyond, are like Brideshead in Doc Martens, shocking and hilarious...His autobiography is funny, outrageous, and extremely well written." (Daily Mail)
Unfortunately the 'taster' that you can try before you listen wasn't long enough to show how badly Rupert Everett read his book. I thought it condescending to the listener, largely in monotone and at great speed as though he couldn't be bothered. This was very disappointing as the content of the book is both interesting and amusing. I do find more and more that the reader makes or breaks an audible book and this one shows that the author is not necessarily the best person to choose.
I loved the candid narration along with the humour which weaves its way althrough this man's unusual life. His observation of others, the time in which he was living and his constant companion 'Monty' all fascinating. Thank you Rupert.
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This is a great listen and I just wish there had been less bridge work done - Rupert's delivery is just great, languid and ribald.
The honest delivery and intent of Rupert to be a player.
Rupert does it to Hollywood and then Hollywood returns the favor.
To hear a great story read by an actor/writer who is wry, self-deprecating, snobbishly outspoken, superbly straightforward, is a total delight. I listened to Rupert Everett's book twice over - and shall do so again! Hugely recommended, HUGELY!
Too many to mention - some moments are evocative, some stingingly sharp, some tear-jerkingly from the heart. What a writer he is and what a life he has lived - so far!
It's so out-of-the-closet that you'll feel suffocated if you're still in there!
I really enjoyed listening to this. I loved the irreverent tone and unapologetic glee in all things celebrity. That said, the author treats all the players with respect and sensitivity and while there's enough titillation to keep it funny and interesting, there were no distasteful skeletons banished from the cupboard. Frankly, I found that a refreshing change. It's a good listen, some bits had me cackling out loud on the tube. Not something that happens to me often first thing in the morning crushed in commuter traffic. Or to my fellow passengers judging by their shocked expressions. I thought it would be a bit "me, me, me", diva-ish, but he sounds like a good sport and great company. I liked Rupert Everett before I heard this, and now I like him even more.
Rupert Everett is no doubt a dashing, hedonistic & intermittently charming man, but this memoir is really quite dull. There are no startling revelations.
It's unconvincing in parts, e.g. when he mentions how much he loved Glasgow but doesn't substantiate that with any stories about his time in the city.
It's all a bit shallow & insubstantial. Everett doesn't really give much away.
Easy listening, well narrated, but nothing memorable.
"racey, realistic glimpse behind the glamour"
yes, Rupert Everet is so honest, and never morose or pretentious. Very entertaining and sensitive, even his jokes are in good taste.
"MOTHER", (Julie Andrews), and Rupert's childhood crush that doesn't dim with age.
The warmth of feeling he has for his friends and companions, and the desperateness of his failures. His words touch the surface of these disappointments, but his voice betrays him.
Yes, I was left feeling that there should be more, an encore or two, or three.
Definitely a good read for all who may share Rupert Everet's sexual identity. His description of how people feared that aids may be contagious was a shocking reminder of social ignorance and discrimination.
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