This is my autobiography, the exciting story of how I, Ronald Corbett, the son of an Edinburgh baker, became convinced that I had to seek my fortune and become an actor, of how I pursued that goal, found fame on television as one of The Two Ronnies, and managed to meet a fabulous cast of extraordinary people along the way.
First I'll take you back to my schooldays and reveal the technique I developed for estimating the height of a girl before daring to ask her to dance. I'll explain how I first met David Frost, John Cleese and Michael Palin, and shamelessly reveal how I once played Othello to Danny La Rue's Desdemona, having just had dinner with Laurence Olivier. I'll also tell you about the time I was suddenly struck down by a mysterious illness that destroyed my sense of balance and prevented me from going on stage for several years.
Altogether I must admit, it is a truly dramatic story. I only hope my mother won't be too shocked!
©2000 Ronnie Corbett (P)2009 Random House Audio
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Ronnie Corbett reads his autobiography, first published in 2000.
He is a pleasant enough companion as he recounts his (mostly) fortunate life. No skeletons in cupboards here.
I listen to most of my audiobooks more than once, but won't bother with this one. It's not that it's bad, it's just a bit 'beige'.
Although very interesting, I found that there was a distinct lack of chronology though out the book. Jumping around from chapter to chapter.
The most disappointing and annoying part however, was the recording. The audio seemed to be fading in and out at times and this made it very difficult to listen to at times. Plus, the occasional musical interludes just left me confused.
"Ronnie was interesting"
The story of Ronnie was interesting his years of work in the entertainment industry is second to none. His reading was very good but the music in between the sections was very distracting.
Loved the booked, really funny and good insight into his life. sad he is gone :(
I loves it has a warm feeling about it and show what hard work can bring you also some sad parts. You will love it great summer read
"it is brilliant"
it is brilliant with Ronnie Corbett as the narrate r i rily recommend this book
"An extraordinary Life."
I was always more of a Spike Milligan fan than of the Two Ronnies, although the show's writing was superb but decided to get this book as, being 50 years young, I grew with Ronnie Corbett seemingly being ever present on television in any given year and I was curious.
It was a decision about which I have no regrets.
He writes interestingly, and warmly, about almost everyone and it's touching that respect and affection were of equal measure whether someone was a family member or a new acquaintance.
I loved his honesty about his open admiration for people who were big stars when he was young, there is no artificial coolness here :)
I would recommend this book whether you've liked his work or not. He has known incredible characters, people with life stories that you just couldn't make up!
The writing is simple and honest despite being liberally sprinkled with the glitter of some of the largest names in show business (and a few east end gangsters too!) although he doesn't come across as a name dropper, he's just a modest man, mentioning the names of his colleagues.
Ordinary and yet extraordinary is how he, and his life, come across.
A thoroughly enjoyable, humourous, interesting, listen...and it wouldn't have been anywhere near the wonderful experience that it has been had it not been read by the big wee man himself.
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