Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • by Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by Brian Blessed
  • 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed.
There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you.
Ready? Then listen to Absolute Pandemonium, and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars. You'll see Brian falling for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffering wires strapped round his wotsits as he was hoisted into the heavens on Flash Gordon, almost causing an international incident when meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and winning round George Lucas to get the role of Boss Nass on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Along the way he takes secret revenge on headmistress Mrs. Jarman and her very big bottom; punches Harold Pinter; loves and hates Peter O'Toole; woos his beautiful wife, Hildegard Neil; and braves the shocking death toll on cosy TV drama My Family and Other Animals.
Crammed with anecdotes from his illustrious career, this is a funny, warmhearted, life-affirming, LOUD, and unique memoir from a much-loved figure.

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What the Critics Say

"After reading Blessed’s just-published autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium, CW thought that all bets were off for the book of the decade." "Caitlin Moran’s Celebrity Watch." (Times2)
"The pages of Absolute Pandemonium reverberate with the sound of that inimitable voice and his appetite for life." (Andy Miller, S Magazine)

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Customer Reviews

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Would you listen to Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography again? Why?

Listening to Brian recount his life story, apocryphal or not, was an absolute blast. His infectious enthusiasm for life was a joy to be exposed to.
WHen he sang I thought to myself for the first time ever "If I had bought the actual book instead I would have missed out on this! Unthinkable!"


Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked... Brian's Dad. And Deep Roy was good too.
:P


What about Brian Blessed’s performance did you like?

His voice, as always is boisterous & full of life. There are inflections & tones I would never have picked up in text only. Having the author of an Autobio read to you is like a private conversation. Intimate & personal.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I certainly wanted to listen to it all at once but at 13+ hours & with a small child in the house it was unfathomable.


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- J. Wilson

One of the best books

Really enjoyed this book. Could almost see Brian while listening to his very entertaining story. Really enjoyed watching him on Z Cars so I thought it would be a very good book and I was right.
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- Lynda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2015
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.