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Summary

An element of drama has always attended Rupert Everett, even before he swept to fame with his outstanding performance in Another Country. He has spent his life surrounded by extraordinary people, and witnessed extraordinary events. He was in Moscow during the fall of communism, in Berlin the night the wall came down, and in downtown Manhattan on September 11th. By the age of 17, he was friends with Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger, and since then he has been up close and personal with some of the most famous women in the world: Julia Roberts, Madonna, Sharon Stone, and Donatella Versace.

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.

©2006 Rupert Everett (P)2006 Hachette Audio

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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)

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Badly read

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.

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A real insight into the acting profession!

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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No holds barred, interesting and funny

I really enjoyed listening to this book and his narration was excellent. I look forward to listening to his more recent autobiography which I am just away to download!

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Loved it

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.

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beautifully written a enlightening mirror into the shallow world of showbiz but rather spoilt by the rushed way it which Rupert read it .l

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Rupert...you bad lad.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

The honest delivery and intent of Rupert to be a player.

What about Rupert Everett’s performance did you like?

Brilliant

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Rupert does it to Hollywood and then Hollywood returns the favor.

Any additional comments?

Such fun!

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What a star Rupert Everett is!

If you could sum up Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins in three words, what would they be?

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!

Romesh Chopra

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins?

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!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It's so out-of-the-closet that you'll feel suffocated if you're still in there!

Any additional comments?

Hurrah!

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  • 04-11-20

Excellent

I just wish it wasn’t an edited version. Very seductive funny truthful and irreverent. I can’t wait for his new book about Oscar Wilde to be recorded.

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Frank, funny and fearless

Rupert Everett takes us from school days to stardom in a fascinating memoir. He eloquently describes his privileged upbringing,, his rebellious period at public school, his early ambitions to become an actor - and the colourful characters he met on the way. He has a cynical view of Hollywood and celebrity, which is refreshing and entertaining.

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Hilarious, beautifully written, gorgeously read

Who knew he could write too? A confection of anecdotes and hilarious memories so wonderfully read - highly recommended!!

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  • 31-05-12

racey, realistic glimpse behind the glamour

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, Rupert Everet is so honest, and never morose or pretentious. Very entertaining and sensitive, even his jokes are in good taste.

Who was your favorite character and why?

"MOTHER", (Julie Andrews), and Rupert's childhood crush that doesn't dim with age.

What does Rupert Everett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I was left feeling that there should be more, an encore or two, or three.

Any additional comments?

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.