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Dear Fatty Audiobook

Dear Fatty

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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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    Coleen 09-02-14
    Coleen 09-02-14 Member Since 2014

    I love audiobooks!

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    "I wish Dawn had narrated it but I understand..."

    I loved hearing Dawn talk about her life. I cried at work listening to some parts and also laughed a lot. I forgot that she wasn't narrating often. She chose an interesting way to write this book; through letters to her loved ones. I would recommend this to any fan of Dawn French's.

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    Tezza 07-15-13
    Tezza 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 Member Since 2010
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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.

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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 2016

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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 07-22-12
    Renate 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.

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  • Anabella
    Worksop, Notts, United Kingdom
    2/20/09
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs G P Spurgeon
    6/18/16
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    "Surprise"

    What a brilliant listen. An amazing insight into a different Dawn French anyone would enjoy

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  • Michelle
    5/31/16
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    "Sadder than i was expecting :("

    I enjoyed listening to this, however I wasn't expecting to cry so much. I feel so much closer to Dawn French now

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  • Steve Parke
    4/4/16
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    "Wonderful my god wonderful"

    What a great listen and Liza T did a great job of narrator you from get after the 1st minute that it's not dawn. The book was a joy and one of the very best I have listened to every. You will not be disappointed in this that is a grantee

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • barbara
    2/5/16
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    "great!!"

    so good, heart warming with such a personal journey through the ups and downs of her great life, didn't want it to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lukeacardy
    Cardiff
    12/2/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. Firmager
    11/24/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/29/15
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    "Emotional"

    narration was great. made me cry and laugh in equal measure! loved it! thanks Dawn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stylo
    9/23/15
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    "Amusing letters, but with no real direction."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dawn French? Why or why not?

    I doubt it.


    What three words best describe Liza Tarbuck’s voice?

    Similar to Dawn's.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    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!?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    8/16/15
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    "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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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