However you think of him, though, and whatever you remember him for, The Blaze of Obscurity is perhaps Clive's most brilliant book yet. Part Clive James on TV and part Clive James on TV, it tells the inside story of his years in television, shows Clive on top form both then and now, and proves -- once and for all -- that Clive has a way with words . . . whatever the medium.
©2009 Clive James; (P)2009 Macmillan Digital Audio
This is well up to the author's usual standard, the book contains the usual mix of laughter and the poignant. It does seem a tad short, and one wonders what the word "abridged" really means in this case. However, being read by the author, we must assume we have not been short changed. Keep at it Clive, I can't wait for the next instalment!
I did enjoy this book, but like the previous reviewer, I too found it frustratingly short. I suppose one could buy the unabridged paper version, but then you miss out on Clive James' narration which is one of the main attractions of an audiobook. He has a such a good conversational style of delivery, perfectly suited to his text, which comprises the usual attractive mix of wit, anecdote, insight and self-deprecating humour with a dash of underlying seriousness - those who have listened to his pieces for Radio 4 on "A Point of View" will know what to expect. I wish he could be persuaded to narrate his work in an unabridged version though.
But, that said, it's still well worth worth buying. I'm sure I will listen to it again.
Witty, Intelligent and Insightful.
The birth of Watch Maker.
Everything! I wish 'Unreliable memoirs' and 'Falling toward England' were available on Audible.
Genius at it's most memorable.
Shame this is only the abridged release. Contains lots of references to the most memorable moments from his TV shows including the Trabbant in Postcode from Berlin and the end of the year shows. Also explains the (imo ill-fated move to ITV) Will now be buying the book!
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