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High Hopes

Narrated by: Ronnie Corbett
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

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

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Disappointing recording

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.

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Little Lives

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'.

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A true entertainer

Touching and glorious the class of this legend pours out in his own voice . You feel the love he has for his family and friends and of course Ronnie Barker

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Ronnie was interesting

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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Brilliant

Loved the booked, really funny and good insight into his life. sad he is gone :(

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A joy

I loves it has a warm feeling about it and show what hard work can bring you also some sad parts. You will love it great summer read

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A Big Tale from a small funguy.

A really good read/listen 👂. Lots of interesting parts to Rons life,but at times he does rabbit on a little too long about his Golf life. But loved it just the same.

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great storytelling

listened whilst traveling, very well written and presented brilliantly. The two Ronnie's was my favourite comedy program when I was younger

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Everyone Loves Ronnie

I love Ronnie Corbett, he's like everyone's favourite Uncle, and this is just what this book is like, an old friend taking you into his confidence and telling you tales of his life. If I'm being honest he does ramble a bit occasionally but overall a great book by a National Treasure and sadly missed entertainer. It was lovely to hear his voice again.

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it is brilliant

it is brilliant with Ronnie Corbett as the narrate r i rily recommend this book