Moab Is My Washpot

  • by Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by Stephen Fry
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Chris

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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- Suzanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks