"Well Read But Quite Dull"
Liza tarbuck does a brilliant job of reading this book - in fact I dread to think how dull this book would be if someone else had read it. The book has an unusual style in that it is written as letters to various people in Dawn French's life - this probably works very well in the written form but I quickly became irritated by hearing 'Dear...' again and again.
I'll admitt to skipping chunks of this book (something I rarely do) because I was bored but this made things harder as the book is not chronological so I missed out on some stories. This is not a bad book but it is quite tedious in places and I'm at a loss to find the parts that have other listeners laughing out loud.
so good, heart warming with such a personal journey through the ups and downs of her great life, didn't want it to finish!
"Insightful and honest yet lacking Jennifer Saunders stories"
It was a lovely listen and gave a real in depth look at some of the most private times in Dawns life. However it was very light on Jennifer Saunders stories (which was strange as 'dear fatty' is a reference to her) the book should be titled Dear Dad as a lot of the letters are addressed to her dad. Not much about Vicar of Dibley either, just a passin mention. This aside it was a good listen and brilliantly read by Liza Tarbuck.
"Bloody Fantastic !!"
I always thought that if I ever got to find out about the real Dawn French, that I'd like her. I've been so interested to hear about her life and I've been unable to leave the book too long -without really wanting to finish it. It was easy to listen to and I did laugh out loud many times..She really is as funny and attractive for real it seems. And now I have not the slightest doubt about it.
She comes from a very loving close nit family and as a result is a 1st class all round fabulous person with tonnes of amazing friends and her book, through letters written to each of these important people, helps us to piece together every stage of her life through to the celebrity that we have come to know and love. She talks (narrated by Lisa Tarbuck) with huge love and fondness for her family- she is confident in her own skin and literally glows from the "page" or should I say...earplugs !!!
It is her 1st book and I have enjoyed it so much that I will continue to read or listen to, her new ones.
I do recommend "Dear Fatty" very much- proving that Dawn is not just a pretty face, brilliant actress, comedian, business woman, Mother, Wife, daughter friend etc etc...she is also a marvellous writer now too.
How "bloody fantastic" is she X
narration was great. made me cry and laugh in equal measure! loved it! thanks Dawn
"Amusing letters, but with no real direction."
It was okay. I nearly gave up after the first chapter because it felt as if Dawn was trying too hard to create laughs. It gets better.
I doubt it.
Similar to Dawn's.
I didn't like the letter format. The book had no real direction. On the whole, less pretentious than other autobiographies I have read. I question the honesty of this book because Dawn French overflows with gratitude and love for Lenny Henry at a time when their marraige was, apparently, already on the rocks!?
"Very moving, very enjoyable."
I loved everything about this book, such a lovely lady. I loved her before but now even more, anyone who has enjoyed her entertainment whether it be on TV or stage should read/listen to this book. The use of letters instead of chapters made the book so personal and enjoyable, brilliant!!!
"A touching, honest, brilliant insight into a life"
I bought this book after listening to Jennifer Saunders autobiography and she mentions this book as giving a good description of their early years as a comedy duo. I was a little surprised that the author doesn't read it herself but some of the passages are just too tear inducingly painful to be said aloud by her and I quite understand. Liza Tarbuck does a wonderful narration, capturing the spirit of the book and the character of Dawn French. No easy feat to accomplish and she does it so effortlessly that you are drawn in completely. A big recommendation and thank you to all involved for giving us this superb book to enjoy.
Lisa is a great narrator and very dawn like which was great. The story was not what I expected until towards the end (last hour). initially a very personal story that I hadn't expected.
"a really great read would recommend."
a great read giving early insight into how French and Saunders came about plus early childhood of Dawn and school days.