• Moab Is My Washpot

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 07-01-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

a) A fatuous, wasted, degenerate and wholly useless existence captured in delicate, lyrical and exquisitely realised prose.
b) Lightly amusing anecdotes and tender reminiscences of the great men and women encountered during a rich, varied and rewarding lifetime, fondly remembered in the tranquil evening of a career of public service.
c) The autobiography of a dizzying life fuelled by the lust for power and the search for ever more degrading downward paths of repulsive sexual adventuring and self-destructive debaucheries: the unrepentant libertine author seeks revenge on his many enemies and tears the lid off the private life of blameless churchmen and librarians.
Fry`s autobiography is all and none of these. Too old to rock and roll, too young to die, the author looks back with bruising frankness at his life so far.
©1997 Stephen Fry (P)1997 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Stephen Fry is one of the great originals. This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion. That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." ( Financial Times)
"He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood - some of his bursts of smile take the breath away - his most satisfying and appealing book so far." ( Observer)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 11-24-10


This man is a wordsmith of the highest degree and totally enjoyable to listen to. Only Stephen Fry could have read his own book and he did it brilliantly.
One problem - now I listen to other peoples autobiographies they mostly seem shallow and poorly written and have little detail as Frys writings have in spades.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Lucy on 05-30-11

Listen to the Fry Chronicles First / Instead

If you're interested in Stephen Fry, start (and perhaps also finish) with the Fry Chronicles instead (Fry's autobiography of the second twenty years of his life). While Fry narrates both autobiographies exquisitely, Moab is My Washpot (of his first twenty years), is less interesting and calls for a good reining in and editing (even more than the Chronicles). The most interesting part, for me, was his account of how thoroughly he was tormented by his inner-devils as a child and adolescent, and how completely he screwed his life up, and then how he took control of his life and made such a success of himself. Parents and teachers take note that Fry leaves no details out of his early sexual experiences, from his more solo adventures to a rather worrying deflowering by an older boy at school. Probably more for die-hard Fry fans.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 09-19-10

A gripping account of Fry's Adolescence

This is one of those books that just has to be read by the author to do it justice. Fry reads this book passionately and emotionally, naturally using the English language to it's best extent. Fry cuts through each sentence in a beautifully poetic way!

This is a incredibly honest and frank account of Fry's school days. Most memorable parts are his hatred of games (particularly swimming), his ongoing battles over his love of music, his first crush (which consumed him every second of the day), and his petty crimes which culminated in a Jail sentence.

A word of warning, Stephen's very fragrant use of words and detailed descriptions of his sexual emotions may offend!

I couldn't stop listening to this book and wish it wasn't all over!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Suzanne on 12-01-13

I want to hug Stephen Fry

Would you consider the audio edition of Moab Is My Washpot to be better than the print version?

I enjoy audio versions, especially those read by the author as you can feel the real emotion behind the words. It's always easier to listen to someone than to read and interpret for yourself how they feel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Moab Is My Washpot?

The intensity of feeling for 'Mateo'

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

Stephen Fry

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

Yes, though my busy life would not allow this so it became my bedtime and overnight stay in hospital listen.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite it being a little angry and dark in places. I have a new found love of Stephen Fry.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony on 11-28-17

His voice is lyrical and his story interesting.

his early life is a description of a time that now seems impossible. mischievous streak and witty. some overlap with his other auto biographies but well worth a listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 08-13-17

Anyone will enjoy this book

Please don't leave this book unread truely an amazing story not what you'd be expecting

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