• Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-08-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (85 ratings)

Regular price: $23.44

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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.
©2015 Brian Blessed (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Augenezum on 10-17-15

The Riveting Tales Of The Blessed Mr. Blessed!

What did you love best about Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography?

The authors enthusiasm and heartfelt authenticity, make this, one of my favorite listens, from my library of over 200 audio books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography?

This gentleman's life is one of the most interesting and riveting tales I have ever heard. Every chapter is memorable.

Have you listened to any of Brian Blessed’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have seen many of his film and television appearances and the narration of this book is up there with his best performances.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Riveting Tales of the Blessed Mr. Blessed!

Any additional comments?

I would like to thank the author and publisher for this wonderful autobiography.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Noel on 10-24-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Vernon Wright on 10-23-15

A joyful, irreverent, nine hours of fun!

I suffer from depression frequently but still have to go to work like everybody else - but I kid you not, listening to Brian recanting stories covering everything from handling corpses at 15 to handing Hong Kong back over to China with Prince Charles - well, it pulled me out of a nasty bout of the blues as effectively as having the man himself grab me by the scruff of the neck and drag me onto a bouncy castle whilst growling " Gordon's alive! Did you hear me, man? GORDON'S ALIVE!!!!
The two hour drive to work was transformed into an unorthodox therapy session. I laughed throughout - but Brians description of revenge on a cruel headteacher by means of a homemade catapult had me choking. Highly recommended - like getting a big, sweary bear hug off the man himself!

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18 of 18 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By ReadingWild on 10-10-15

Forget who you think the author is...this is incredible.

Brian Blessed delivers an incredible story, his incredible story with honour wit and passion...mesmerising, funny and in turns shocking.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Wilson on 12-15-15

The most enthusiastic!

[{ "answer" : "Listening to Brian recount his life story, apocryphal or not, was an absolute blast. His infectious enthusiasm for life was a joy to be exposed to.
WHen he sang I thought to myself for the first time ever \"If I had bought the actual book instead I would have missed out on this! Unthinkable!\"", "type" : "Overall", "question" : "Would you listen to Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography again? Why?", "id" : 45, "typeString" : "overall" }, { "answer" : "I liked... Brian's Dad. And Deep Roy was good too.
:P", "type" : "Story", "question" : "Who was your favorite character and why?", "id" : 6, "typeString" : "story" }, { "answer" : "His voice, as always is boisterous & full of life. There are inflections & tones I would never have picked up in text only. Having the author of an Autobio read to you is like a private conversation. Intimate & personal.", "type" : "Performance", "question" : "What about Brian Blessed’s performance did you like?", "id" : 27, "typeString" : "performance" }, { "answer" : "I certainly wanted to listen to it all at once but at 13+ hours & with a small child in the house it was unfathomable.", "type" : "Genre", "question" : "Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?", "id" : 55, "typeString" : "genre" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 12-02-17

best audio book so far.

I couldn't get enough of this and will be quoting it for years to come

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