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Only Fools and Stories

From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of My Lives: From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost by David Jason.

In his first book, David Jason told us about himself from his early years training as an electrician through to making it as one of Britain's actors. This autumn, in a follow-up autobiography, he tells us about the many other lives he has lived - his characters. From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost, he takes us behind the scenes and under the skins of some of the best loved acts of his career. And in the process he reflects on how those characters changed his life, too. The result, told with his characteristic charm and wit, is both funny and poignant, honest and heartwarming.

©2017 David Jason (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Deserves a huge round of applause." (Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2)
"A memoir that's as entertaining and warm as Only Fools and Horses." ( Daily Mail)

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Mislead by the details

I bought this as an avid fan of Sir David, and was highly disappointed to find that he only did the first 5 minutes of the book which was a massive downside to me if it was advertised as Intro read by Sir David at least your letting everyone know what to expect.

The content was great with fantastic stories.

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A must-have for any Only Fools / 80s-90s-20's TV fan! Everybody!

I first fell in love with the work of David Jason when he provided the voice for Danger Mouse.
I watched all of Only Fools of Horses when I was 5 (in 1992) it was a programme I got to share with my grandparents who raised me.
Now when I watch it - whenever I watch it, it not only entertains me but reminds me of them and how lucky I was to have them and their influence.
I can't also help but feel how lucky I was to have David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Leonard Pearce, Buster Merryfield and their influence.
Wonderful.

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Not quite as advertised

Narrator not as advertised. David Jason does foreword only. Not what I expected. Listing David Jason as primary narrator is, by literary convention showing that he contributes the most.

This book Michael Fenton Stevens reads all bar one chapter. If I wanted to hear the story in a voice other than the author, then I would have read the book


Feel rather deceived and let down.

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my 1st audio book

my 1st time listening to a book, and got on really well the book kept me hooked and enjoyed every second of it, 100% would recommend

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Fantastic..

loved it. the narrator was brilliant. David Jason fans will love it. a great book.

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Upset about mistake

I've listened to this twice and enjoyed it but early on the narrator refers to Uncle Arthur??? Urm hello it's Uncle Albert???

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great book from a greater man

amazing book we love you sir David Jason you will entertain us forever thank you

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Superb

A joy to listen to. Going over the wonderful characters he played throughout his years. Pity David did not read himself otherwise faultless.

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Those wonderful stories about a Peckham trader.

I have read a few but this is excellent. Only I'd have liked to hear David Jason's voice a bit more. even just hearing some of the stories, which I'd heard before, I still found myself laughing. Also learnt a few things.

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Del Boy Del Boy Del Boy

David Jason only narrates the introduction followed by a chap with a very soothing voice but difficult to listen to without falling asleep!
Very heavily weighted to Only Fools and Horses; I understand that is one of his biggest roles but even when he's talking about others - Frost, Darling Buds of May etc - refers back to Del Boy a lot which gets a bit boring I have to say.
Feels in part like a tutorial in acting which is interesting enough but combined with the introduction of David's early life pre-acting, the long focus on Only Fools and Horses etc, kind of made me lose track of the point of the book; almost like a 3 in one memoir of Only Fools and Horses, acting tutorial & part autobiography.
Pleasant enough to listen to but would have been so much easier to listen to had it been read by David himself especially as it is written in the first person!

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  • Tara Daves
  • 24-03-19

Fascinating and entertaining

I've enjoyed "Britcoms" on my local PBS station for most of my life, and "Open All Hours" was one of my faves. Reading the story of how David Jason became Granville (and later Del Boy) feels like a thrilling peek under the bonnet.

The author read the introduction, then a professional reader gave us the rest. Although we wouldn't be hearing Mr. Jason for the rest of the book, Michael Fenton Stevens is a capable performer, and he displayed every nuance and regional accent satisfactorily (at least to an American ear). At some point I forgot that it wasn't the actual voice of David Jason, becoming lost in the story.

My aim in reading this was pure mindless entertainment, but I got much more. "Only Fools and Stories" is a worthy tome of grit and substance in working toward your dreams in a world of cheap thrills.