Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • by Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by Brian Blessed
  • 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed. There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you.
Ready? Then listen to Absolute Pandemonium, and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars. You'll see Brian falling for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffering wires strapped round his wotsits as he was hoisted into the heavens on Flash Gordon, almost causing an international incident when meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and winning round George Lucas to get the role of Boss Nass on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Along the way he takes secret revenge on headmistress Mrs. Jarman and her very big bottom; punches Harold Pinter; loves and hates Peter O'Toole; woos his beautiful wife, Hildegard Neil; and braves the shocking death toll on cosy TV drama My Family and Other Animals.
Crammed with anecdotes from his illustrious career, this is a funny, warm-hearted, life-affirming, LOUD, and unique memoir from a much-loved figure.


What the Critics Say

"After reading Blessed’s just-published autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium, CW thought that all bets were off for the book of the decade." "Caitlin Moran’s Celebrity Watch." (Times2)
"The pages of Absolute Pandemonium reverberate with the sound of that inimitable voice and his appetite for life." (Andy Miller, S Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

better actor than writer

I only know Brian Blessed from I Claudius (talented actor) and several interviews (amusing and entertaining character). Based on this limited exposure, I was keen to learn more about him. But disappointment set in from the start with his introductory scatological anecdote. Knowing that reviews for the book were overwhelmingly positive, I pushed on in the hope that the spark of interest would be lit. Sadly, no. As a narrator Blessed is unsurpassed - he never sounds as though he is reading, it always sounds as though he is just sitting in a comfortable chair chatting about highlights of his life and enjoying every minute of it. But to get much from this book you would have to be an aficionado (or at least have watched) Z-Cars and Flash Gordon, be a fan of boxing, and be amused by anecdotes about drunken actors and their property-destroying exploits (of which it must be noted that Blessed disapproves). And it isn't even particularly well written - surely he could have thought of an alternative to 'I remember', perhaps 'I recall' or 'I'll never forget' and other variations to avoid tedious repetition. Blessed is a marvellous ebullient lovable character, but I think his book will appeal mostly to people who are au fait with popular culture and sport and enjoy a bit of biffo.
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- Robyn "Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime."

thoroughly enjoyable experience. loved it

absorbing story narrated perfectly! it felt as if I were there in Brian's minds eye as he recounted events.
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- Noel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2015
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.