• What Fresh Lunacy Is This?

  • The Authorised Biography of Oliver Reed
  • By: Robert Sellers
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-20-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.6 (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Oliver Reed may not have been Britain's biggest film star - for a period in the early 70s he came within a hairsbreadth of replacing Sean Connery as James Bond - but he is an august member of that small band of people, like George Best and Eric Morecambe, who transcended their chosen medium, became too big for it even, and grew into cultural icons.
For the first time Reed's close family has agreed to collaborate on a project about the man himself. The result is a fascinating new insight into a man seen by many as merely a brawling, boozing hellraiser. And yet he was so much more than this. For behind that image, which all too often he played up to in public, was a vastly complex individual, a man of deep passions and loyalty but also deep-rooted vulnerability and insecurities. Why was a proud, patriotic, intelligent, successful and erudite man so obsessed about proving himself to others, time and time again? Although the Reed myth is of Homeric proportions, he remains a national treasure and somewhat peculiar icon.
©2013 Robert Sellers (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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By Betty on 12-28-14

Ollie!

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I read about half of this book when first released. Purchased the audio version so I could listen while on the move. This is Oliver Reed's life, passions, work, family, friends, houses, cars, pubs, rough games and hard drinking. This isn't a sentimental journey nor a bitter one either. I have never been a huge Oliver Reed fan, but I am a fan of some of his films. Women In Love, Burnt Offerings and Gladiator. I'm a fan of well written and well researched biographies. I can see why England LOVES this man. Oliver was so in love with his country and countrymen. He died too young. His career was on a come back and he still had so much to give. RIP Ollie.

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By JennyK on 09-09-17

Wonderful

An amazing story of a complex man. The family's input along with his close friends, created what felt like a very complete picture of Mr. Reed.
It is very honest and endearing. Definitely worth the time to read or listen to.

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By Jay on 11-14-13

Thoroughly enjoyable!!

Would you consider the audio edition of What Fresh Lunacy Is This? to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version....

What was one of the most memorable moments of What Fresh Lunacy Is This??

All of it!

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Gives very amusing distinguishable impressions of each person, which bring real life to the incredible stories.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both....Oliver Reed's life was clearly a roller coaster from start to finish.

Any additional comments?

Reed's antics are truly unbelievable, an absolute must read and the narration is just brilliant...One of the best biographies I've ever read/heard....I strongly advise getting this book....it made my monotonous tube rides rip roaringly funny and the the time flew by!

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By ReadingWild on 07-07-13

Such sad sweet fun

What did you like most about What Fresh Lunacy Is This??

A wonderfully read account of the life and times of the late great Mr Reed - the pace and depth of insight and speculation about his motives (and others) hits the right balance. To hear his exploits is heartening, amazing and sometimes very moving...by the time the story of his death is played out, tears were in my eyes.

What other book might you compare What Fresh Lunacy Is This? to, and why?

Red Carpets and other Banana Skins - Rupert Everett

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A lovely gift for voices and sccents

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very moving - sometimes shocked by his behavior, sometimes amazed and in the end it felt like somebdy I knew had been taken too soon.

Any additional comments?

Better than other available biographies.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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