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Publisher's Summary

Sir Peter Ustinov's beautifully crafted autobiography is told with exquisite wit and insight. From his birth in April 1921, it spans his extraordinary career as actor, playwright, film star, and director, confirming his early belief that he is 'irrevocably betrothed to laughter'. Ustinov's renowned gift for mimicry is exploited to the full in Dear Me. Eccentric relatives, school masters, sergeant majors, and manic Hollywood moguls are all brought unforgettably to life.
©1997 Peter Ustinov (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris Voigt on 05-10-17

Highly entertaining

Peter Ustinov's memoir is a gem in print, but the life and vocal nuance that his narration bring to "Dear Me" are more priceless still. Would that he had narrated an entire shelf bristling with audio books!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Paula Elmer on 06-01-09

Boring uninspired woes about PUs life

I was expecting to read about the funny things that happened in this man's life because he is so funny in a lot of his performances. But this was a book of remembrances that I would not like to remember about the man. It was uninspired and not funny.--More about his relationship with his parents and how he played that out over his lifetime.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 04-13-13

Such a shame

For such an interesting person as Peter Ustinov was, it is amazing his publisher's allowed such a lifeless, and unstructured ramblings to go out. Obviously he was better in the telling of short stories than this rather long self-story.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 04-16-10

A curate's egg

I was looking forward to listening to this book; the combination of Peter Ustinov's wit, fascinating life and peerless raconteur seemed unbeatable. I did enjoy it but not as much as I thought I would. The abridgment was rather too short for my liking making for quite big jumps in continuity; the balance of humour, seriousness and his up and down life did not really gel with me; and whilst he reads his book well, bringing characters brilliantly to life in dialogue, it was as another reviewer has commented a bit subdued and oddly lacking in color. I've listened to similar books by William Shatner and Clive James both of whom are much better tellers of their own story.

So recommended but only three stars for me.

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