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  • The Stars' Tennis Balls

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (31)
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    (28)
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    (28)

    For Ned, 1980 seems a blissful year. Handsome, charming, popular and talented, his life is progressing smoothly, effortlessly, happily. And when he meets the lovely Portia Fendeman his personal jigsaw appears complete. But timing is everything in life, and his life is about to change for ever. Things are going to get very bad indeed for innocent young Ned. A promise made to a dying teacher and a spiteful trick played by fellow pupils will rocket Ned from cricket captain to solitary confinement, from head boy to hell.

    A User says: "excellent, interesting diversion"
    "Great Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Stars' Tennis Balls the most enjoyable?

    Its a really great story - I was a bit annoyed when I realized it was a re-write of the Count of Monte Christo, but the writing is so good and some of the twists and turns are so well disguised that I soon got over it. As ever, Stephen Fry demonstrates a great imagination in the revenge sequences. Great listen, highly recommended.


    What other book might you compare The Stars' Tennis Balls to and why?

    The Count of Monte Christo - it's an updated version of one of the greatest novels of all time


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very good rendition - charecterisations probably not as theatrical as (for example) The Liar or The Hippopotamus, but a great performance.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Stars' Tennis Balls and why?

    The Babe - clearly the most thoughtful of the characters, nice anagram of The Abb?? from The Count of Monte Christo


    Any additional comments?

    Check out the Wikipedia page, it gives you a great insight into some of the word play that Stephen Fry has hidden through the text. e.g. Mercedes from TCoMC is now called Portia (lol)

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