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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I found the earlier parts of his autobiography much more interesting: as he was growing up, finding his acting feet, and learning the ropes at the hands of a wild variety of directors. After that, though, I felt it often became a mere roll-call of his illustrious roles, with analysis of how he tackled particularly significant productions. I guess 60 years of acting at the National etc would tend to produce such an approach but it became more than a tad boring, to be honest.
What was most disappointing about Derek Jacobi’s story?
I'd have preferred him to have come off the stage more, and talk about his life in general! For example, he's only one of two people ever to have been twice-knighted, so I was shocked that the only reference to this considerable honour was a throw-away along the lines of: "After I was knighted...". One of the Amazon reviewers mentions that the text was transcribed from interviews with Mr Jacobi, which were possibly intended as background material for a fully-researched biography by Garry O'Connor, and it certainly reads like that.
Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No question, he's got a beautiful voice, very easy to listen to, even when he's angsting on.
Was As Luck Would Have It worth the listening time?
If you're a classical theatre buff and you want to explore how a talented actor approaches his roles, yes it's well worth your time. Personally I found it interesting only in his early years. If you're after insights into his well-known TV series ('I, Claudius' and 'Cadfael'), these are discussed only briefly.
Any additional comments?
It didn't help that I came to this recording fresh from listening again to Michael Caine's wonderfully relaxed, amusing, generous, open and entertaining autobiography 'The Elephant to Hollywood'. Now, THERE's a man who can really tell a story!
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Would you listen to As Luck Would Have It again? Why?
Yes I love listening to other peoples lives and this was a gentle life story and a comfortable read
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Learning about his lifetime friendships and how hard it was to be gay in a time when it was against the law
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
A feel good listen
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