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Dear Fatty | [Dawn French]

Dear Fatty

With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.
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Publisher's Summary

Dear Fatty is read by Liza Tarbuck at the request of the author. With an introduction from Dawn French.

With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.

Here Dawn French invites us into her most personal relationships with, among others, her mum and dad, her husband, her daughter and her friend Jennifer.

Dawn reveals the people, experiences and obsessions that have influenced her and that helped shape her comedy creations - including dogs, grandmas, teenage angst, school, stealing and David Cassidy. She is as open about her fears and sorrows as she is about her delights and joys, and for the first time shares the experience of losing her beloved dad and later finding a tip-topmost chap in Lenny Henry.

From raging about class and celebrity to describing the highs and lows of motherhood and friendship, Dear Fatty reveals the surprising life behind the smile.

©2008 Dawn French; (P)2008 Random House Audiobooks

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    Pamela Coral Springs, FL, United States 01-22-09
    Pamela Coral Springs, FL, United States 01-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "If you like Dawn French - You will love this book!"

    I love to read or listen to auto-biographies and biographies but usually prefer auto-bios (unless historical figures, of course, and I still like the biographer to use as much of the figures own writing, etc.). As a fan of Dawn French, British humor, Absoluteley Fabulous and the Vicar of Dibley - I suspected I would like this book but really knew nothing about Dawn French other than the TV shows (how she started, her family, her association with Jennifer Saunders, etc.) I learned all about those things and more. What made this particularly interesting is the format she wrote this in. Each chapter/section was a letter to various people - her deceased dad, her husband, daughter, friends, etc. She creatively used the letter to explain her relationships, thoughts, advice - you name it. It was so interesting - funny and sad in parts - touching and honest throughout. The only negative part (and it isn't really negative) is that she sometimes refers to stars, star scandals and other matters that are apparently well known in England (but not in USA - Well, she does live in England and this was undoubtedly primarily targeted for the Britich reader.) All that said, great listen. While she did not read it, the person who did read it sounded just like her. If you didn't know it was her - you'd swear it was. Just listening to her letter to her father in relation to his death (by suicide) is a lesson on forgiveness and love and worth the price of admission. Thanks for bringing this to us Audible.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mary ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-03-10
    Mary ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-03-10
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    "Classic Dawn..."

    What a laugh out loud book. Beautifully narrated, at times I thought it was Dawn herself reading to me. I could feel her pain, disappointment and joy. I really recommend this book to anyone that's a Dawn French fan. Thank you for a lovely book, hope to read more of your books....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-04-12
    Suzanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Thank you, Dawn!!!"

    Dawn French covers many, many topics as she writes letters to friends, family and the dearly departed. Her correspondence to them creates a memoir that is vivid, funny and insightful. Wish she would have narrated, but understood why she didn't. Liza does a good job with it though. Highly recommended, especially if you are in need of some humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Sydney 04-12-12
    Chris Sydney 04-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    "A Fascinating Life"
    Where does Dear Fatty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a great listen, I have followed Dawn French since French & Saunders.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dawn, this is the story of her, and what an interesting journey she has had.


    What about Liza Tarbuck’s performance did you like?

    She was fine but I would have preferred to have Dawn read it, but because of the personal nature of this book, she felt she could not do it without breaking down.


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

    Yes I might later on.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book immensely and I hope she writes another one to bring us up to speed.
    She is now divorced from Lenny and it would be great to see how she is doing now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Metung, Australia 03-17-12
    Steve Metung, Australia 03-17-12
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    "very light"

    I unfortunately listened to this after Stephen Frys autobiography and it was like listening to Noddy after listening to War and Peace. I found it a disappointment and to have it narrated by someone other than herself was an added disappointment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tezza Cbr, Australia 07-15-13
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    "Interesting and sometimes mildly amusing"
    What made the experience of listening to Dear Fatty the most enjoyable?

    The very endearing relationship between Dawn and her closest family and friends are so touching at times it reminds you of the true value of relationships


    Have you listened to any of Liza Tarbuck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never heard Liza before and often had to remind myself that it was Dawn herself reading the book as her voice is so like Dawn's.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The very touching and personal moments between Dawn and her father did make me cry as it reminds me so much of my own relationship with my father - how very special.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 10-19-12
    Rhonda WILBERFORCE NSW, Australia 10-19-12
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    "Thouroughly enjoyable, compassionate & funny"

    I loved the way Dawn wrote letters to her loved ones and friends to give an insight into her life, love, friendships and fellow comedians.

    Dawn certainly has a way of making you laugh out loud at her "experiences" throughout her life and feel her sadness in parts.

    The narrator did a wonderful job, sounded very similar to Dawn herself, well done.

    I would recommend to anyone who has enjoyed watching Dawn's career unfold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-25-12
    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Laughter and Tears: Two of my Favorite Emotions"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dear Fatty to be better than the print version?

    I have read Dear Fatty and enjoyed both. The advantage of the audible version is being able to continue doing whatever you need to vs. sitting down and reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Fatty?

    Ms. French tells of a time when she was about 14 or 15 and was going to big party. A young boy, Mark, was going to be there and she had purchased a special outfit for the occassion hoping to catch his eye. Her father wanted to talk to her before she left (and she wanted to ask him if she could stay out later). What followed was so beautiful. The things he said to his daughter should be written down and handed to every father to be said to their daughters. What Ms French's dad gave her that night was such a precious gift. He let her know that she was valued and loved beyond measure. What a gift.


    What does Liza Tarbuck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She sounds a bit like Dawn French, so it's not hard to imagine Ms. French reading it herself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh and cry. Sometimes at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth a listen. Especially if you are a fan of French & Saunders, The Vicar of Dilby, and Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renate Kogarah, Australia 07-22-12
    Renate Kogarah, Australia 07-22-12

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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Dawn French and/or Liza Tarbuck?

    No, I didn't find this book very interesting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the content boring


    Have you listened to any of Liza Tarbuck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first one


    Could you see Dear Fatty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sportys 05-10-12
    Sportys 05-10-12
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    "Great story, shame Dawn didn't read it"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the revealing stories and overall nature of this book but was disappointed it wasn't read by Dawn herself. Liza Tarbuck did a great job, but she's not Dawn, in timing or voice, so some of the overall emotion was lost. Shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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