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Pretty good, but stops a bit abruptly.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-19

I definitely thought that this was a good book. Lenny even gives us a nostalgic `oooooooooooookeeeeeeeeeeeeeey` which is worth the price of the book alone. For me though, it did finish a bit early, and I was left wondering, what about the Lenny Henry Show? What about Dawn French? I got the impression that he cut if off early to leave room for a Who am I, again? part two, perhaps entitled Who am I again, again? I still can`t remember. Overall, very good, nice one Len.

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Too disjointed.

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-19

I love his standup stuff, but this was a huge disappointment. The problem is that he starts talking about an artist, gives a few minutes of their backstory, and then moves on to the next artist. There’s not enough to get you properly invested in the people he’s talking about or their albums. Also, he talks about so many albums that it would be a monumental task trying to listen to a fraction of them which just ends up being frustrating. It’s like listening to someone read the reviews page from the NME from 2016. He can do much better than this.

Yaaaaaawn.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-19

Crikey, this was boring. I actually gave up about half way through as the narrator was so unbelievably flat and monotone, and the story just didn`t really seem to go anywhere. The author didn`t really connect things to climate change, and it was just poorly thought out. You`ve got to grab the reader, and this just didn`t do it for me.

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Excellent book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-18

Very interesting read. The guy doing the narration deserves an oscar for his performance too, very well done!

Hmmm.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Parts of this were quite irritating, like the chapter where Danny talks about the fact that his wife always leaves the toilet door unlocked when she goes to the toilet. He then proceeds to have a drawn out conversation about why or why not this might be acceptable and the various reasons for and against. One guest in particular patronizingly womansplains that he is a `wuss`, and gives the overall message that he needs to man up etc. etc. and is stupid for even questioning why his wife doesn`t lock the toilet door, all while laughing in what appears to be a very affected tone. I`ve actually listened to almost all of Danny`s books and have always enjoyed his stuff, especially his last book. While you could never call his stuff high-brow, it is usually good light entertainment which keeps you distracted enough on a boring day. Parts of this however, just sounded like teenagers in the pub.

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Excellent book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Great book, really enjoyed it. Highly recommended. Very interesting, what more can I say?!

Too repetitive.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-18

The problem with this is that Ricky keeps on saying the same things. He keeps returning to the fact that he`s an atheist, great so am I, but he keeps banging the point home and defending it. Then he`ll say, a point about the difference between a scientific theory, and the colloquial usage of the word theory, again. As I moved through the various chapters, I kept wondering if I`d accidently skipped back to an earlier part. And he`s actually quite irritating on this one, he just sounds wound up all the time.

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Well written stories with no point to them.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-17

Having read almost all of Murakami`s work, I always find him to be so hit and miss. He is without doubt, a talented writer in terms of his descriptions, although he tends to overuse metaphor a little. What I always find annoying and short-changed by however, is the way I almost feel cheated when I come to the end of one of his stories. It`s as though he lays down all these story lines, characters, bits of tantalising information and mystery, and then just throws them in the air at the end and lets you watch as they merely flutter to the ground. My main complaint is that the stories have a beginning, middle, but no end, and you are left thinking, `what was the point of that?` In a word, cheated.

4 people found this helpful

Let down by the narration.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This was really let down by the narration. There seemed to be no change in the rhythm, intonation, pacing, or style. It was as thought the narrator was detached from the story and just reading it as fast as he could so that he could pick up his paycheck. It really made me switch off from the book.

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Not as good as his other two autobiographies.

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-14

Would you try another book written by Stephen Fry or narrated by Stephen Fry?

Definitely, he`s still Stephen Fry!

What was most disappointing about Stephen Fry’s story?

As has been mentioned in other reviews, a large part of the book seems to be extracts of his diary from around 1993. There are a few really interesting stories but just too much filler that seems rushed. Despite this, he`s still a national treasure and I`m a massive fan of anything he does, it`s just that this isn`t his best work.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes I have. His performance is fine, it`s just that I was waiting for it to end towards the end of the book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from More Fool Me?

The excess of diary entries.

Any additional comments?

I`d recommend Moab is my washpot if you haven`t read it, that`s an excellent read, as is the book before this in his autobiographical series.