So, Anyway...

  • by John Cleese
  • Narrated by John Cleese
  • 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend.
En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via scriptwriting for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python.
Punctuated from time to time with John Cleese's thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the relative merits of cricket and waterskiing and the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England, this is a masterly performance by a former schoolmaster.

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Boring

If I had known this book was only about Cleese's first 30 years, I would not have bought it (caveat emptor!). That initial mistake acknowledged, it's seldom I stick to a book if I am not being informed or entertained, but I managed to finish all 13+ hours of this one simply because I couldn't believe that, with such an intelligent and brilliant author, it wouldn't improve. Sadly, it did not. Cleese's school and university years take up the first half of the book and they were no more interesting than mine. Even when he gets onto the stage, there is too much about writing and production and performance analysis and not terribly interesting anecdotes about other artists - all deadly dull unless, perhaps, you are an aspiring actor or theatre historian. The book is only slightly redeemed from Chapter 11 with the inclusion of a few sections from Cleese's best known skits. Overall the material is mundane, the writing pedestrian, and the tone uninspiring.
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- Robyn

smashing

Loved it. Outstanding performance and superbly delivered.
The recall of stories and feelings mingeld with Mr Cheese warmth and timing is as good as any I've listened to.
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- Sean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks