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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 Sept. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MWMZ7KM
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Apart from the disappointment of lazy writing and the lack of thought or structure (or even point) to the book, it was the tediousness of the diary that really pissed me off. What a dull, laborious, day-by-day account of him and his 1993 luvvies, his influential friends and his cocaine buddies, with endless name-dropping and tales of excess, self-righteous indignation at his pet homosexual-related political grievances of the time and so on and so on.
"Got up with a hangover after a cocaine binge and struggled into work to do a voice-over for product x that make me x thousand for an hour's work that I spent on a dressing gown and then went and played cards at the Groucho Club and took cocaine with Keith Allen blah blah blah...
Why should we give a s***?
Pardon my French but this is just dull, dull, dull. The endless name dropping and self-absorbed obsession with his small world does not lead to empathy or even interest. It just makes you think that maybe Stephen Fry isn't the interesting person you thought he was, based on his first two memoirs.Read more ›
My god, the man needs a good editor. Is everyone at Penguin too in thrall to his legendary charm to tell him to put a bit of effort in and not treat the writing of a memoir as a homework assignment to be endured, not enjoyed? I suppose a decade and a half of drug abuse and luvvying is unlikely to make for edifying reading, but a tiresome rehash of his first two autobiographies (however charmingly he apologies for it), 200 pages of charmless coke-snorting anecdotage interlarded with a smattering of feeble apology, followed by a hastily copied-and-pasted chunk of diary that makes Pooter look interesting do not a decent memoir make.
This book covers the period when he was at the height of his abilities, when he appeared in and wrote some of the greatest comedic entertainment of its day. What insight do we get into all that? None. Where are the Blackadder reminiscences? Absent. Where are the A Bit of Fry and Laurie stories? Absent. Where are the discussions of Jeeves and Wooster? Absent.
What do we get instead? Page after page of Perudo-playing, Groucho-haunting, Voice-Overing dreariness. For someone apparently prone to introspection he's got an unfathomable lack of self-knowledge. Where's the emotion we saw in Moab? Where's the self-analysis, the insight? I don't want a list of buildings in which he snorted coke. I want to know what makes him tick. Does he simply not want to share what he thinks beyond acknowledging that he was bad?Read more ›
Having read, or more accurately listened to Stephen's other autobiographies, I was very much looking forward to the third installment. I so wanted to love this book, but alas, third time is most certainly not the charm.
Our hero once more recounts the events of the previous books (Moab is my washpot and the fry chronicles), this is of course a necessity for those who have not read them. Alas the 'synopsis' drags for too many pages and will bore even the most devouted of his fans.
The next 'part' of the book recounts many humourous, all be it cautionary stories revolving around his cocaine usage. This section of the book sees Stephen returning to fine form, and if the rest of the book was to continue along this path, then I would undoubtedly recommend it.
The third 'part' of the book inexplicably see's Stephen share extracts from his diary at the end of 1993, in a bizarre Adrian Mole-esque fashion. Whomever advised Stephen that this was a good format in which to conclude his book was sorely mistaken. The whole thing is disjointed and awkward. Annotated entries are made by the author to try and contextualise the entries, but this makes it even more cumbersome.
I am and will remain a huge fan of Mr Fry, he has a wit that would rival Wilde or Curran, but there are only brief flashes of that brilliance in this his third and most disappointing autobiography. The whole affair comes across as being rushed, poorly edited and dare I say, lazily written. I will still recommend it to fans of Mr Fry, but those of you who would like to read an interesting, witty and perhaps a touch whimsical autobiography, please read Moab and not this.
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Full of amusing anecdotes recounted in Fry's inimitable style. He doesn't pull any punches about his addictions and I admire him for that.Published 1 month ago by dog-walker
excruciatingly honest and funny. Lives up to expectations of course.Published 2 months ago by flowergirl
Stephen Fry is the working classes idea of an intellectual whereas in practice he's an establishment luvvie and as such is led 'far more by the heart and other organs than by the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Neutral
Got to love Mr Fry. He has always been a hero of mine, regardless of some outspoken views I could sometimes disagree on (rarely).Published 3 months ago by Miss Reviewer
Husband and I are huge fans of Stephen Fry, we enjoy his humour and intellect and find his voice a pleasure to listen to...especially on long journeys to Spain and France. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hels